From The Archives: Cookie in the Gallery, and in the Tub, 2007 and 2005

tortoiseshell cat with artwork and plants
Cookie in the Gallery

Cookie had a distinctive flair for placing herself in exactly the right spot for best effect. From the looks of the other photos taken at the same time on this day January 31, 2007, I walked in the room and saw her there, which means she was waiting for me to walk into the room and see her. She looked right at me and waited as I took the photo of the scene, but she did not wait until I came closer to get a clearer photo, instead standing up and waving her tail and asking for love.

Probably I’m reading too much into what I feel were her intentions over the years with the great photos of her I took. Likely, she was sitting in the best spot for her to view the room and it was coincidental that it was a good photo, and she may have been waiting for me, but for certain when I came close she’d stand up and ask for love. In either case, we had our routine, and we both got our love.

That’s okay, I still love the photo, and I think I may paint it someday. Possibly someday soon, since this month is my personal daily painting challenge! I’ve known for years I needed to add a tortie to my collection of feline artwork and I have a few chosen of each Cookie and Kelly in different styles. I know I would move the schnauzer painting down lower to not compete with Cookie and to show more of the tulips painting. We’ll see.

Cookie in the Tub! January 29, 2005

tortie cat in the tub
Cookie in the tub!

On about the same date at the end of January 2005, I turned on the bathroom light to walk into the room, and…there was a tortie in the tub! She immediately crouched down as if to spring! And she did, up onto the edge of the tub to ask for pets! Now, was Cookie waiting for me here? Indeed she was! She loved to surprise me. This was the “old” bathroom, that really needed the remodel. I had replaced to old tile board with this tile board and ceramic edging in 1992, ironically when Cookie joined me, and it was pretty worn by this much later. She always loved to surprise me, and hanging out in the tub, or the sink, or around a corner.




A Cookie Centerpiece, January 11, 2006

A Cookie Centerpiece.
A Cookie Centerpiece.

Doesn’t every kitchen have a Cookie centerpiece? Or at least a tortie centerpiece? Really, Cookie owns that table, especially the blue and white plaid napkin in the center as she is sitting in the center of the center.

It’s a bright and cold January afternoon in 2006 and Cookie are apparently spending some time in the kitchen, where she must find the most advantageous spot and be certain I photographed her.

That digital camera was a 2MP FinePix, great in sunlight but a real failure in the house a good bit of the time. I kept getting blurry photos so I held it steady against the edge of the stove and got one clear photo that was still a little discolored. I cropped the photo above out of the center of it. Below is they full photo with pleasant memories for me of the round white table that is in “Peaches and Peonies” and was the backdrop for many photos in that kitchen. That and all my plants, because no one ate them at the time, and the lack of clutter is a wonderful thing to see. Don’t mind the closeup of the edge of the bowl at the lower left. That’s just from leaning the camera on the edge of the stove.

The full kitchen.
The full kitchen.

Photos From the Archives and Vintage Photos

Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.

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“The Little Sunflower”, pastel on velour paper, 11″ x 16″, 1997 © B.E. Kazmarski

Real sun worshippers, all of my cats wait for the sun to enter the house in the morning and take their appointed spots. The brilliance of that first light and its reflections around the room, plus the contrast of all the exaggerated straight-line shapes with the organic shape of little Cookie and her shadow inspired this one. Click here to read more and purchase.


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