From the Archives: Heart Cats, 2009

    Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette hug each other in a hart-shaped embrace.
Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette hug each other in a heart-shaped embrace.

This is the original photo I used as the foundation image for my Valentine, “Heart Cats” and one of the very first series of “Compositions in Black and Green” photos. Everything has a start somewhere, and this is where several inspirations began.

After all five black cats plus Namir and Cookie made a real mess of the bathroom, pulling down all the towels, the bath mat and anything else not attached and too high to reach, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine cuddle on the pile of stuff. I just had a single bulb in the ceiling at the time, and I had all the fixtures in place but I’m not even sure the door was in place yet, much less all the towel bars or anything. The light was not good but as I walked past the doorway and saw these two hugging each other I snapped a quick image just to capture it, not caring how it came out, then squatted down to capture a few more. The lighting was still poor enough that all the photos were grainy. Their pose was so dear, and I was afraid I’d never see them do this again! Little did I know

But I pulled the image out a little later and both posterized and applied a “poster edges” filter to it…

The first iteration of this image, posterized and with poster
The first iteration of this image, posterized and with poster

Then decided to work out a more dramatic image…

valentine greeting card with cats
“Heart Cats” Valentine Card

Happy Valentines Day a little early!

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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4 thoughts on “From the Archives: Heart Cats, 2009

  • February 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I love all your work! But I get the posts through my email and there is no “like” button to let you know; only “comment”. Is that your choice and if so, I wondered why?

    • February 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Mollie, I’m really not sure. I subscribe through Feedburner and “Follow” as well as email sign up. You are likely getting this from the email signup, and I think that option is somehow managed by your own WordPress settings. I’ll have to look into it and let you know!

  • February 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I found this card on the internet, long before I knew of your blog. So glad to finally connect with the artist.

    • February 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Same here, Mollie! Now you know how it came about, and who the models are!


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