Scout’s portrait is a very early one, from 1994. She was a pedigreed Persian cat, one of the original three cats of one of my longtime portrait customers.
Scout was the lead cat in this household, as you can tell by her imposing expression. I used only three photographs to create this portrait since I did get to meet Scout (under the dining room table) to gather information. All of the details of her usual attitude are correct except for her tail, and we cheated there since she had such a lovely tail but always sat on it. I had to make an extra visit when the portrait was almost done just to see Scout’s tail and then hurry home to get it down on paper.
Backgrounds were still an issue for me then, and I liked to keep them gentle and unobtrusive. I had worked up a background similar to this for another portrait at that time that I adapted from the blanket a subject was napping on. I really liked the way it looked as part of the composition, and I could adapt it to any color.
Here is a closeup of Scout’s face.
As you can see, these are photos from an older era and not as sharp as I’d like. In all the times I’ve visited this person’s home for her other portraits, and even photographed her other portraits, we’ve never had the chance to rephotograph those older ones, like Scout, and Flint and Cameo below. One of these days I’ll get to them so I can see the details in her ace once again.
About Felix’s mom and dad, serial adopters and rescuers
Both Felix’s mom and dad had grown up with pets but those animals had always gone outdoors and as a young married couple living in an apartment they were sure a pet wouldn’t be happy. A friend had Persian cats and in visits they were so impressed with the cats’ looks and personality that they adopted, over time, three of them.
I first met them years later after they had lost that first Persian kitty, Flint, and he became one of the first portraits I painted the year I began this business in 1993. I also met Scout and Cameo, above, and painted their portraits in time.
After them have come Felix, Christy, Marsha and Scruffy and I’m currently working on Amy.
Felix was their first rescue cat after they’d lost Scout, and their first mixed-breed cat. They had been so impressed by the Persian cats they met and lived with, and while they moved from an apartment to a home and didn’t need to be concerned about space, they also each worked long hours and traveled frequently. The Persian cats they adopted from their breeder fit well into their lifestyle and they weren’t sure about taking on a shelter or rescued cat whose needs they might not be able to meet. Until Felix, that is.
Since Felix they’ve adopted several rescued cats in about the same way as Felix—photos passed around the office, or a flyer, or an e-mail with a story. In more recent years Marsh has taken to socializing and bringing in a few of their own from the feral colony they feed on their back porch as the cats indicate they’d like that.
I’ve also done another portrait for them of yet another long-haired tabby rescue kitty named Christie, who is also featured in Great Rescues, and you can read about her in You Are the Most Beautiful, Precious Girl.
When I visited there were two rescues lounging indoors and four cats who they fed outside the door on the patio who had been spayed and neutered through the Homeless Cat Management Team, a TNR program based in Pittsburgh. I was not surprised to see there was even a water bowl that could be heated for winter use. After a visit to them I wrote about their little outdoor family. Recently one of those cats escaped and was missing for eight months, but now she’s home. You can read about Never Give Up: Formerly Feral Amy, Lost, Found, Recovered
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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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