I love it when people want to share my artwork in their own forum, especially with links and copyrights. Cat art abounds all over the internet and I have to hand it to people who not only make their own but who also maintain a site where they feature others’ work with due diligence concerning the originator.
When I first heard about Pussies on Parade I decided to watch the posts for a while to see what appeared and how the site worked. I like to look at cat art no matter what it is, LOLcats or memes or whatever, but I enjoy original and unique art the most because it helps me to push my own boundaries and inspires me to other styles. I’ll also be happy to submit my art to a site that is respectful of my ownership of the image.
Last week I received an e-mail from Joe Dawson, owner of Pussies on Parade introducing himself and his shop and asking if he could post “Calming Purple Kitty” with a link back to my site. That was a breath of fresh air as others usually “share” my work without asking permission, which is all I really ask. I’m happy to be included.
For his online gallery Joe is open to whatever is out there and enjoys finding “unique or quirky pieces” and showcasing cat art from artists around the world in various media—paintings, illustrations, sculptures, jewelry, videos, animation, etc. Browse through the gallery here.
In addition to its online presence Pussies on Parade also has a physical presence in a permanent booth space in the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago and Joe participates in a few markets, fairs and festivals like the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, hoping to do a comic convention this year. Joe is currently a graphic and web designer during the day though some day he hopes to have his own gallery/retail space.
You can see some of Joe’s images in his online shop or if you can stop by to see him in Chicago. Look for Catrice, Catference Call, Sorceress and a few others. “Also, I recently started a series of State Cats. So far I have CA, IL, NY, TX and I just added WA yesterday. Eventually I hope to have all 50 and then make a giant map from them,” he adds.
On his site you can see a photo of him with Rufus who is no longer with us but of course never forgotten, but he adds, “Ruby is my current muse and likes to help out when I’m making art or packing up orders, she’s a Snowshoe.”
The first post was March 2, 2011, and over 800 following posts are numbered in order. Click on over to “Pussies on Parade: a gallery of feline finery” and scroll through the gallery, which can be viewed as a list of posts or as a gallery of thumbnails. I love today’s “Cat GIF”—I want to make one!
If other artists are interested in submitting art to him for review, you can contact him through his site.
And because it was popular when I posted it, I also made a wood-mounted version of this little print. If you need a 4×4 bit of “Calming Purple Kitty” visit my Etsy shop as well.
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