Wow, this sun is really nice. And there’s a lot of it. I can hardly stay awake.
She’s down there with her camera, isn’t she?
(Opens one eye a tiny little bit.) She’s right on us.
Let’s just ignore her.
I just can’t sleep with her pointing that thing at us and moving around and talking.
Will you ask her?
Will you just go away so we can nap?
Well, I got my pictures.
Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day
This was last Saturday, April 17, founded by Ingrid King in honor of Ruby’s homecoming day. I’m obviously late sharing the big day here. I need a few more hours in each day for social networking, but at least I finally get around to it at some point.
So I spent Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day with these two tortie girls! I had a pair of matted framed hand-tinted prints to send out so I had to make new sets of prints of each The Goddess Cookie and The Roundest Eyes Kelly for 2021.
I cut the linoleumblocks for these two blockprints 20 years ago, in 2001. Each time I pick them up to print, I carefully check them over, because linoleum blocks don’t last forever. Edges may start to crumble or curl, the flat areas start to sag, and the linoleum may become to soft or too hard to print with clean inked areas and edges. In fact 20 years is quite a long time. When I began printing this time they were a little messy, and I was frantic that both blocks might be unusable from now on. But after I finished a few, washed up and put them away to think about what to do, the next day the blocks were in fine shape. They just needed to be reconditioned with moisture, patted dry, and then let sit overnight to absorb it. I made my dozen of each, and they are as purrfect as they were the very first time I printed them.
I print the black ink, then each print is handtinted with #watercolor and let dry. I double mat them with specially chosen mat boards, and frame them with a matte black frame. I’ll be shipping them out tomorrow, and in this case, one of the two girls is in memory of a special tortie cat and the other one is a gift for a father who loves #torties too.
You can see my studio supurrvisors were right on the ball. At least they made a nice spot to catch all my paper scraps.
I also make a lot of gift items with the tortie girls on them, like tote bags and trays and wood-mounted prints and even garden flags. Find everything available here.
From the Back Yard and Beyond
Mother Goose keeps a careful eye on me as she sits on her nest under a honeysuckle bush. I was not that close to her, I was using my telephoto lens.
I went on an unexpected walkabout Tuesday. I took my car for an alignment, and also had a leak of something that showed up on the driveway in rather large amounts, and bear in mind, this is the brand new used car. The garage I took it to was concerned about all the transmission fluid, it turned out, all over the underside of the car and suggested I have my transmission looked at. I found a wonderful business at the other end of town, drove my car down and talked to them. It’s not something that was there when I bought the car. Car is going to cost another $2K to fix this, so if you were ever interested in buying a piece of artwork, getting a portrait or buying a gift item, now is the time to do it!
Since it was a warm afternoon and I had my camera with me, I decided to go and explore/reexplore a new/old trail. This took time I hadn’t anticipated spending, but concerned about the car and money, exploring a place with my camera helps me relax and let go of it so that I can get a perspective. And interesting photos.
It’s a strip of land between Chartiers Creek and the industrial park on the west end of town where a single rail line traveled across the creek to the next community to the south, now quite overgrown, that we had once wanted to develop into a walking trail. The creek channel is quite deep here, the banks are steep and around the bend it’s steep hills with no development at all.
All the wild animals were having a great time on a warm spring afternoon. I saw several Canada geese, like Mother Goose, and three young male geese who were walking around looking for something to do, camouflaged mallards, deer on the opposite bank, the tracks with bonus spiderweb, Robinson Run enters Chartiers Creek here.
Also, not pictured, Muscovy ducks, cottontail rabbits, lots of chattering birds.
Then there was all the cool stuff in the industrial park, but…another day.
I have a couple of posts for this on my photo blog Today:
The post about the three male geese is actually a story post with lots more photos.
From around this date in past years
Whether together or apart, hope you are all sharing a virtual box with friends and family today (Easter Sunday). I don’t often get the front and back images of their groupings, but their expressions often belie their silhouettes. Mewsette, Sunshine and Giuseppe.
My Afternoon on the Trail
I am so far behind with posting here, despite the fact I’ve had articles lined up to share for weeks. Getting the work to get the money to get the car really took a bit of time. Last week and over the weekend I was organizing last year’s financials and current ones, and applying for grants and unemployment compensation. And then spring has me kind of frantic with photographing everything that blooms, all the new sun on my cats, and interesting things on my walks to Main Street, plus spending a little bit of time working in the yard each day as well as seed starting activities. I never wish I could just focus better and not see these things and thereby have to share them, I only wish there was more time to share more.
On Easter Sunday, the day after I got the car, I decided to visit the Panhandle Trail. For the first time in two years I could comfortably walk my favorite trail in the woods, and I had a car to drive myself there. As soon as I stepped into the woods all worries dropped away and I saw only the wonder of new life all around me. So here are my photos from that walk because I kind of figure many of you are interested in these things.
I found the Fern family celebrating with a Spring Party in the woods this afternoon. I was celebrating being able to get there in my new car and my ability to hike in the woods for four hours after my hip replacement! It’s the first time I’ve done this in about two years.
Just some of the wildflowers blooming now in the woods.
I was barefoot on the trail for the first time this year. How good to feel the earth against the soles of my feet. I had some cleanup to do when I got home!
Up and down the trail I call the wildflower walk! I’ve missed it and welcoming all the flowers. I’m glad I can enjoy this trail again.
Two interesting photos of the limestone highwall in the old quarry pond reflecting on the water.
And…a new painting. Though I’d taken pastels and papers with me the weather was drizzly and that doesn’t work well with pastels. I knew of two scenes I wanted to paint, but when I got home I was darned hungry, the sun had come out before sunset, and Mimi and I went out into the yard. The need to create the painting stayed with me and I decided Tuesday I’d better just do it. Looking over my artwork in preparation for my Panhandle Trail exhibit last year I realized I was deficient in spring artwork and was happy to be able to sketch at least a small one, 7 x 9 inches. I wasn’t so sure about it when I’d finished it, but it’s really grown on me, and looking at it on my wall here in my studio I know it’s perfect for the event. It’s called “Social Isolation”. That’s part of what I go into the woods for, and while it may seem strange in everyday life, sometimes it’s a good thing. The reference photo is in the gallery above.
From around this date in past years
Sienna Gets Tips From Mimi, 2018
Sienna joined us in the studio the other day while Mimi was enjoying a sunbath in the late afternoon. Sienna is still a little cautious about the cats she hasn’t developed a relationship with yet—so many other cats! And Sienna has to get to know them each one by one. And this meeting was important to Sienna because she typically steals all the time on my lap she can get, and with Mimi at the window it was wide open for her, but she bypassed me and went to sit next to Mimi. Mimi isn’t always keen about sharing her studio time or her sunny spot, but she was fine with Sienna joining her. But the two sat side by side, at first touching noses, a shot I missed because my work lights were in the way, then looking out the window watching the birds and the squirrels, people and cars out in the street, and the neighbor’s cat on his porch.
We’re tired of getting our photo taken. The human heard it was siblings day so we had to sit still here until she got a good one. Can we have second breakfast now?
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Wordless Wednesday: Studio Cat Basil, 2017
Basil’s typically not one of the windowsill crew in the studio, but instead prefers a nice box or basket on my work table, or lolling about upside down in a tangled position on my lap—or stealing my chair when I stand up. But here he found a nice sunny spot on the windowsill and enjoyed it for several hours, as I
was totally distracted by enjoyed his quiet enjoyment of the sun and trees and warm air and bird songs. Here’s another photo I took that afternoon too.
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Catching Up With This Week, 2016
Working my way backward from Saturday to last Tuesday, here are the photos I posted this past week.
You can always tell, when I don’t post at all, that work and things needed time and I had to give up posting for a few days. I’m still building Portraits of Animals, Hamlet and Ophelia have been moving forward and backward and needing time, I had to focus on two websites and other work for the week, my brother needed a few things, I took my camera for repairs, one of the ferals I’ve been helping the neighbor trap gave birth to her kittens on Thursday, the list goes on. But my cats never quit being inspiring, especially on the rare sunny day—Tuesday was overwhelming with the sunshine, as well as touching Hamlet’s belly.
It was really hard to choose the featured image for this post and I almost broke it up into several posts to be sure each group of photos got their due. Just scroll down and enjoy all the pictures!
Saturday is often a day in the kitchen, and that traditionally includes making a pot of soup and some baking and some other cooking. Today was just a pot of soup as everyone slowly gathers in the warm steamy kitchen on a cold and snowy day.
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Giuseppe and Jelly Bean were sharing the same spot of sun on the landing today, contentedly tucked side to side, facing opposite directions. Jelly Bean looks like just a pile of something. Giuseppe at least has ears. They were absolutely fast asleep. Read more and purchase.
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