From the Archives: The Persistence of Cats

three cats melting off desk
The Persistence of Cats

If you remember the painting by Salvador Dali, “The Persistence of Memory”, where clocks are draped over a tree branch, off the edge of a table and over an amorphous rounded object, it’s that painting that people refer to when they say, “It’s like that Dali painting,” when inanimate objects are draped over other inanimate objects in that strange surrealist way. Well, maybe that doesn’t happen all that often in anyone else’s life, but my cats draping themselves in total relaxation on just about anything has always made me think of that painting. I have always said I would do a painting of all my cats forever (so far) draped over random things in my household. Above is a start. Mr. Sunshine fully on his back leaning on the shelf, Peaches draped off the edge of the desk, and Cookie woke up and looked at me because that was her job.

Below is Dickie on the same day at the same time in one of his fantastical sleeping contortions on the butterfly rug. Sometimes I couldn’t figure out how he could breathe. It’s nowhere near that hot this August, but I remember that summer. Memory is persistent. So are cats.

tabby cat sleeping in a twist
The Persistence of Dickie

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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




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2 thoughts on “From the Archives: The Persistence of Cats

  • August 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    R sneekin round blog ville at de werk pea N cee… iz knot werkin two well two day guys sew
    happee week oh end…heerz ta yellowbanded perch in everee bowl ♥


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