This dapper young feline bears a striking resemblance to a time-traveling doctor:
The lady who commissioned this piece asked me to paint Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as the background, in reference to the episode “Vincent and the Doctor”.
I was flattered that someone would think me capable of recreating a famous painting. LOL
I had something nearly finished to publish here on December 17th, but it was quite depressing for a Christmas post…. as I was experiencing “the winter blues”; depressed and anxious, dreading each day, alluding to various stresses we’ve been dealing with (without mentioning details), grieving over lost children I never knew, and of course, making a few sarcastic references to The End of The World.
After two early appearances in December at the Westminster Farmer’s Market…
… I spent the latter half of this month buried under a mountain of blankets, eating comfort foods (lots of homemade pumpkin pie), and watching pre-recorded episodes of Glee.
Oh, and working on commissioned portraits that I’d assured customers would be ready by Christmas. :P
A Viking Warrior Cat on-board his long-ship, crossing the dark ocean to conquer new lands:
This fella is Angus McMeowd ….a.k.a. Otis the tabby, named after “Big Otis”, a fictional character on the cover of Kellogg’s OKs cereal boxes in the 1960’s.
I “borrowed” the Scotsman’s costume to dress this handsome boy. ;)
And here is a new portrait of a beautiful Bengal kitty as a Redcoat soldier:
As far as Christmas goes, it was a small quiet affair; just Joe, myself, and the kids.
He surprised me by bringing the Christmas tree down from the attic on Thanksgiving!
I don’t really collect fancy or expensive ornaments (although someday I may), preferring to use whatever we have on-hand.
This year, we made paper-chain garland to string around the tree.
I hung leftover cat art ornaments from my craft shows…. and we filled in the gaps with pine-cones.
It was a simple and fun tree, and I think, really captured who we are as a family. :)
Oh… and I’ll share one brief encounter that brightened one of my otherwise hectic work-days:
While setting up a cookie display in our bakery, a family passed by…
and I overheard the little boy asking his mother whether we made our Christmas tree cookies using real Christmas trees!
I wanted very much to reply,
“Why, yes! In fact, we use actual pine sap in our secret recipe.
They taste just like real trees!“
Yummmm nom nomnom. ;)
We raised over $1,300 on Kickstarter to publish my 2016 Literary Cats Calendar, featuring 13 of my original cat paintings.... and they sold out before Christmas! Thank you!!!
Tara Fly5 hours ago
The Apple Blossom Festival: Day 2 is underway. The rain has relented, and the sun is playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds. I want to thank everybody who has ventured outside this weekend to visit us! :)1 http://ift.tt/1rKrqwr
I am at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA ... Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. The weather may be grey, but people are still having a great time! :) http://ift.tt/1WxCZ58
Tara Fly2 days ago
I'm loading up the car, in the rain, to set up my booth this afternoon.... in the rain. I heard it might rain this weekend. Haha!
I wrote a cheesy little poem for today:
"Setting up in the rain
is a bit of a pain
for vendors attending a show,
With the mud and the damp
permeating the camp...
But it beats setting up in the snow!" ^_^
I am at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA ... Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. The weather may be grey,... fb.me/5ns2BT5BU
I'm loading up the car, in the rain, to set up my booth this afternoon.... in the rain. I heard it might rain... fb.me/1dEzstLtJ