If you’ve ever locked gazes even momentarily with a cat, you know the inspection is deep and thorough.
Drawings I produced in the 1980s and 90s were done around, next to, and among the household cats, in tight proximity. There will be more about that in my upcoming cat book, described at https://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/announcing-my-cat-book-meowyall-a-feline-centric-memoir/.
These were highly experimental works. Materials are inks, color pencils, graphite, and regular drawing pencils. Sometimes I felt a work in progress needed colors or textures that just hadn’t happened in the drawing process. I had made some drawings for the purpose of having a wide range of effects on hand. I’d hunt for what I needed, cut out sections, and collage the parts together.
Rather than subjects of drawings, the cats were usually just fellow onlookers and scanners – cat scanners – when I took off on a pictorial walkabout through weird landscapes. The pictures are all based on natural forms and effects, just reconfigured, out of order. For an essay on color in nature, click https://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/black-cats-in-sun-and-shade-a-painters-eye-view/
The Common Grackle is a real bird, with a coloration that has always fascinated me. I wrote an article called “The Uncommon Grackle” that was published in 1987. I’ll post it on this blog eventually.
I used to think of all my drawings as peripheral visions.
When I first drew this it was part of a series of good-hearted, happy little woods spritey personifications rising from the ink. Those are the only kind I draw. For a title I wanted to play on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, so I called them “Little Witches”. They’re good little metaphors.
This time the cat joined in!
Near as I can tell, these drawings passed muster with the cats of the 80s, but did they pass this big fella’s inspection? He’s very particular, and makes a formidable critic. I think he approves, but we’ll never know for sure!
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Beautiful… 🙂 Thank you for sharing your gifts you are quite talented and quite creative…
Thank you so much, it’s very kind of you to say that.
Hi your artwork us stunning I love cats and especially cats in art.
Thank you so much, torchgirl2012! I love cats too! I wish I had pictured them in my visual art more than I did. I’m happy to find so much good cat art around the Internet these days.
Really unique. My wife and I enjoyed your perspectives on cats.
inspiring paintings and techniques! thanks for sharing…
Thank you, Pam! I really enjoyed the photos on your blog!
Gorgeous work. Very creative. Thanks for visiting my blog and following my blog. Rlte
Thank you very much! I really enjoyed viewing your art.
I love your work! Gorgeous colors…
Thank you! I really enjoyed your blog!
Oh, and congratulations on your book! I’m sure it will be terrific!
Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words! I’m still working on the book, close to being finished but not there yet, as I don’t work very fast. I did find your very nice art blog and I will definitely take a closer look as time unfolds. I plan to start commenting more on other blogs once I do finish the book.
Love your cats, love your art. I think what I see on Budster’s face is pure awe.
(I have a blog about art too, in case you’re interested – take a look)
Nice art! Amazing what and how cats can influence. My eldest cat, about 15, talks to me like a grumpy little old man. Bitches me out when it’s snowing and he can’t go out, and I can bring summer back in an instant. Ha! Nice work.
Thank you! I enjoyed hearing about your cat, sounds like he’s very much like my kitties! My cats have also have some years on them, and aren’t always shy about expressing their opinions.
I love the art and love cats too, and dogs and any other animals.
I love this. I will study it more closely than I’ve had a chance to today. And thank you for noticing my blog.
Thank you! I enjoyed your blog!
Lena gives the pictures 4 paws since that’s all she has!
Beautiful artwork, what medium do you work in?
Thank you! These are mainly drawing inks on heavy drawing paper. Some detailing was done with hard-lead drawing pencils, softer-leaded color pencils, and graphite sticks; anything within reach, basically. A very mixed media. I would collage parts of drawings together at times. Since it’s been awhile since I worked this way, I may have actually forgotten some of the techniques, lol.
Fantastic work, Leah!
I have never seen any of your art before. It’s beautiful. i love the colors.
Very cool, Catwoods! I love the beautiful colors. “Peripheral visions” is a great description. And once in a while you might have periferal visions ; )
Many thanks, Fizzy!
Love it all!
Thank you so much!
I love the artwork!