Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cats Rule

I decided to paint another feline picture, inspired by my very spoiled cat, Smoke. Worked on it for two days and this was the result:

"Pampered Cat" Original watercolor and ink painting in my etsy store.

The relationship between people and cats goes back eons. The cat was considered sacred by the Egyptians and they even had their own cat goddess. They were mummified and put into their own special cemetery. The cats were valued as pets and as mousers by the Greeks, Romans, Chinese , Japanese and etc. Throughout time, cats have been depicted in many art forms. They have shown up in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci to Andy Warhol. They are as fascinating to paint as they are to observe.

I have only recently become a cat owner in the last year and 1/2. My neighbor's cat had kittens and so we took two of them. I just enjoy watching them so much. They are very friendly and smart. I was surprised as I thought they would be very aloof.

I just read about how cats may be as smart as toddlers. Lab studies are hard to do on cats because they won't perform on cue which may be a sign that they are a lot smarter than we think.


BetteJo said...

Okay, I have 4 cats. I only meant to have 2 but I have a daughter who can talk me into things. I'm hoping to be back down to 2 someday, but I do love cats.
Your painting reminds me of my favorite cat Jake. Jake is a she. Sigh-h-h. Another story. :)

The Family Jewels said...

That is gorgeous! If I send you a picture of my pup Jesstyr Bleu, can I commission you to do her picture? Can we do an art swap?

palette48 said...


I love being a cat owner too. Used to have a preference for dogs but now I really love having both a dog and cats. They get along so well also. The cats will use the dog as a pillow and sleep with her.

palette48 said...


I haven't done a lot of different breeds so not sure what the final result would be but I am willing to try it, if you would like me to.


Patsy Jackson said...

Beautiful painting - you are so talented.

I have a 5 year old British Blue cat - he's cute but quite aloof at times!

palette48 said...

Thanks Patsy,

Appreciate the compliment and I think your card creations are fantastic!

Day Dreamer said...

I love that watercolor! Just wonderful! The eyes have it for sure.

Cats are pretty smart. Smart enough to not perform. Smart enough to be gone when my toddler (read menace) heads their way! Smart. :)

palette48 said...


thanks for stopping by my blog and glad to know you are a cat person too!