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From the Archives: Heart Cats, 2009

two black cats cuddling
Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette hug each other in a hart-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…

posterized image of two black cats
The first iteration of this image, posterized and with poster edges–and I still like it!

Then decided to work out a more dramatic image…

valentine greeting card with cats
“Heart Cats” Valentine Card

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

    • RumpyDog, just a chance photo, late at night with bad lighting, but it started a trend. To think I was concerned I”d never see them that way again!

  • Those are both great renditions of that photo. Our mom wishes she knew how to do that. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

    • Janet, I’ve been using graphic design software for over 20 years and I’m an illustrator, it’s great to have fun once in a while!


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