When you visit my house, Sophie keeps watch from the flower bed by the front porch, not far from where I took the photo of her in the window.
That’s kind of like how it is in my yard, especially in the spring, and that’s when I remember so many of my fine felines posing in the forget-me-nots. The photo I used on this garden flag and other products, however, is the most special of all.
This art is the only one in my set of garden flags that is not a sketch or painting, but a photograph, and a very special photograph called “Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things”, taken in 2005—May 4, 2005 to be exact.
The Garden Flag
This image is the only garden flag design I have from a dozen different flags, and I only have five of these flags left in stock. Until I figure out how to make these I won’t have any more, so make sure you get your spring garden flag so that Sophie can watch for you too. And…
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I have a little gallery below of other items with Sophie’s image on them too.
About the photo
Sophie could use any prop to dramatic effect, and the lace curtains were her favorite. Of course, you can’t see her. But if you look closely you might see a cat’s face through the lace that might have Sophie’s big green eyes with heavy eye-liner, and her tabby babushka and outlined nose.
I took a number of other photographs the same day I took “Sophie Keeps and Eye on Things”, all with the lace curtain filled with early evening sun. I was preparing to leave the house on my bike and had my original little 2MP digital camera, and because Sophie always fussed when I was leaving she got extra attention, inside and out. Never sorry for spending that time!
In the evenings I closed my curtains before I left. Sophie always watched me leave the house and she took the opportunity to play around with the curtains—often I had to inspect the lace to see her white fur through the mesh, or she dramatically appeared from between the panels, around the edge or underneath, but she was always there with her big round eyes.
On this day, in the late afternoon, the warm spring sun angled into the window imparting a creamy tone to the lace, and the forget-me-nots I’d planted in pots in the windowbox were in full flower. Before I left I closed the curtains because I’d be gone after dark, and Sophie began her little game while I was still indoors, so I stopped and captured a few images of her silhouetted and peering through the curtain at me.
Then I finally went out the door and, as I always did, stopped to look back at both my front windows and the door to see which kitties were bidding me farewell, or sending me on a guilt trip, depending on their attitude. I don’t remember who was at the other window or the door, but Sophie managed to find an open spot to peer through the lace at me in several different ways. I had my bike and my hands full of things, and only my little 2MP digital with no zoom, and wished I had my Pentax film camera at least, knowing the shot would be difficult with the tiny digital. I considered stepping back in to get the film camera, but knew she’d move and I’d never see this particular shot again. So I put everything down, kicked out the kickstand on my bike, pulled the digital out of its little wallet, pointed and clicked, several times, and hoped for the best. And I got it.
I lost Sophie at the end of 2006 and hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about her. Her rescue story is also one of the funniest of all my rescue stories, so take time to read “The Housewarming Cat”. You can also read more about the day I took this photo and see other photos I took that day in Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things, Take the Photo Now.
Other items with this artwork
I have this image currently not only as a garden flag but also as a photo print in many styles and sizes, and as a greeting card which is often used as a sympathy card, even a cabochon pendant, and a feline votive. I had a tile and will make more, and also a small keepsake that could be used for a gift or storage, or for an urn to keep your kitty’s precious cremains and keepsakes. Whenever I create a new product, Sophie usually ends up on it. To see all that’s available, go to Portraits of Animals and search either “Sophie” or “Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things”.
Here’s a gallery of what I’ve made so far.
Mimi looks over my sample flags, happy to see she is amply represented!
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