Garden Flags With Mimi

"Garden Sketch With Mimi" Garden Flag
“Garden Sketch With Mimi” Garden Flag

Mimi was more than amply well represented among my garden flags—and had four designs featuring her, more than any other cat in my feline family. This design wasn’t in the original dozen, but as soon as this little watercolor was done I knew it had to be a garden flag. Now that the weather has warmed up and the clouds cleared away, Mimi and I have been enjoying our time outdoors. Well, she has been, but I’ve been alternating between taking 4GB of photos and cleaning up the mess I did not clean up last fall. But Mimi is happy and that’s what counts.

Cleaning up includes taking in my garden flags while I work on the flower beds, and deciding which flags I’ll put out next, and I always have at least two of Mimi out there!

Garden Sketch With Mimi

"Mimi in the Garden" Garden Flag
“Mimi in the Garden” Garden Flag

Each flag has a design on both sides, in this case it’s the same on both sides. This art is “Garden Sketch With Mimi”, originally 5″ wide x 7″ high on 90 lb. watercolor paper signed and dated 6/27/13.

This was not what I’d intended to paint that day but I like it anyway. It’s Mimi napping in the shadow on the cool bricks among the geraniums, near the vintage aluminum tub where I grow pole beans. Mimi was so happy to be outside she only rested in each position for less than a minute, and the sun was in and out behind the clouds. The temperature was in the 90s and we weren’t doing much but looking for a comfortable spot.

I had wanted something a little tighter in detail, but I like the details this one has. I did a light pencil sketch underneath because it’s so small I knew I’d run out of space if I didn’t give myself some guidance about Mimi, the geraniums and the barrel, but aside from that I just painted.

In part I was using the quick and easy eight-color grade-school watercolor set that’s easy to carry and use. I really need to get a set with a greater color range if I’m going to paint outdoors.

But what was my purpose with this painting? Sometimes I sit down to capture the details of the moment, and some day I’d like to do just that with the reference photos from this, but with my actual sketch, and all my daily sketches, my purpose is just to capture the essence of the moment and share what moved me to render the scene. In this case it was a relaxed Mimi in the shade on a hot morning, stretched on those familiar bricks next to the cool anodized aluminum tub where I’ve always planted pole beans and surrounded by my geraniums saved from year to year. It was a scene I loved for my love of my garden, my appreciation of Mimi relaxing in a place she’d once hunted for food to feed her kittens, and the memory of the generations of cats before her who enjoyed that very spot, this little patio and the verdance of my garden.

You can find “Mimi in the Garden” garden flag on Portraits of Animals as well as prints, greeting cards and note cards of the original watercolor painting.

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About the flags, and Mimi the model

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Mimi models the garden flags.

Mimi is sure if she shows you how nice the flags look you’ll definitely want to get one. Would you refuse Mimi’s direct look? I certainly don’t!

Below, Mimi rubs her face on the basket and looks endearing. She is such a professional! She was also the model for two of the flags you see in this photo, and she is also on the back of one of them!

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Mimi rubs her face on the basket showing approval.

About the flags

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Mimi is pretty pleased with her representation.

At left Mimi reviews the selection of flags, happy to see that she is represented several times, as are her children. Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to model for more art, supervise their design, and especially act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the the survival of the ones I have outdoors now this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

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Mewsette gives her approval of the sewing machine.

The flags are printed flat and, after an inspection by either Mr. Sunshine, my engineer cat as shown below, or Mewsette as seen here, I fold over an stitch the pocket on each. They are then inspected by one or more felines prior to packaging.

I love this product, and I’ve enjoyed developing and designing it, combining my skills as a commercial artist, print buyer and fine artist. They are printed on a special paper stock which one of my regular printers had introduced to me several years ago and I knew as soon as I saw it that I could finally have the garden flags I’d been envisioning imprinted with my artwork. I had proofs made, sewed pockets in the top, and off I went.

Each flag takes a number of steps to produce, and that can add complications to any product, but last year I introduced a dozen different designs, then added holiday designs. They sold well so I continued developing new designs and planned reprints. But last year production  met with difficulties, and the garden flags I had printed last year were also not waterproof so I have decided to discontinue them. I guess you might say at this point that these are “Limited Edition”!

 


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Mimi poses with her favorite design, featuring her, of course.

At left Mimi models her favorite design, I presume, since this was when she chose to saunter over and rub herself on the bracket even though she is featured in three other designs. This one, “In Afternoon Light” also includes Mewsette as the two sit quietly on the windowsill in my studio.

Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

 

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