Daily Photo: Christmas Catnip

black cat with catnip toy
Bella indulges in the Christmas Catnip.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Bella says it’s time to pull out the Christmas catnip.

I really really really wanted to paint this, and kind of mocked up what I had in mind with a few filters, poster edges, posterizing, cutout, and I just may do this one a little later! Bella is so inspiring.

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We are part of the Caturday Art Blog Hop

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


Wordless Wednesday: Morning Bath, 2013
black and white photo of cat bathing
Mimi has a sculptural bath in the sun.

(Funny, I took several photos very much like this one just this morning!)

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Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Birdwatching, 2012
silhouette of cats with bird feeder
It’s much easier to watch the bird feeder from the basket of laundry.

There is still something I just love about this photo.

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From the Archives: Waves of Cats, 2009
three cats sleeping on shawl
Waves of cats.

From November 28, 2009…

Giuseppe, Mimi and Bean fit together atop a hand-knitted shawl, their ears and backs in graceful ever-increasing curves suggesting waves, suggested especially by the blue and green stripes in the shawl.

I’d set on the table while digging through the coat closet. Mind you, I was digging through the coat closet because some clever feline had apparently been climbing the coats and shawls and sleeping on the shoulders of my winter coats and everything in there was a mess. It certainly wasn’t Peaches or Kelly or Cookie, and that narrowed the suspects down to a few black cats I know. Yet even in their penitence (I’d like to think) they are graceful and artfully inspiring.

I think I’ll have another tomorrow, since we did the same thing the following day.

This may look a little more like waves…

cutout version of photo
Waves of cats with cutout filter applied.

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Jelly Bean Discovers His “Inner Pink”, 2012
black cat in pink box
Jelly Bean tries out a box that is more his size.

One of the brands of envelopes I use for greeting cards comes in a pleasingly pink box. Yesterday and today as I packed greeting cards and consolidated envelopes into fewer boxes, Jelly Bean felt compelled to try each box. Like all the others he does like his boxes, but these pink ones were somehow special, even if he had to expand the box’s boundaries a bit. He looks quite serious about the experience.

black cat in pink box
Jelly Bean stuffs himself into an A-7 box.

And he purred heartily when I decorated him.

black cat in pink box with tape
Jelly Bean purrs happily as I decorate him with backing from tape.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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