The Cats of May is a series honoring great cats I’ve known and been owned by. Also the fantastic felines of friends who have been kind enough to tell me their stories and share photos of their great cats.
Today’s cat is STUMPY. Stumpy had an unfortunate encounter with a dog as a kitten and got his front left leg chewed up to the point the leg had to be removed. Along with losing a leg, Stumpy got adopted by my friend into his forever home. Having 3 legs didn’t slow him down one bit!
Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches painted on a vintage postcard.
Price : SOLD!
If you’d like a cat painting of your own, just ask me about a commission.
Ahhh Oliver Gripweed. After the cat featured on Cats of May #1 passed away a couple of weeks later, Skinney and I went to a local cat rescue to adopt another cat. We walked around and looked for our new family member, and a small paw reached out and grabbed my partner. Her name became Vylette and she was 6 weeks old, waiting to be adopted with her brother who became Oliver Gripweed. We didn’t intend to adopt two cats, but Oliver seemed like he really needed to be with his sister. Turns out I really needed Oliver.
Less than 1 month later, a perfectly normal pregnancy went completely wrong when the umbilical cord collapsed and our son, who was less than a month away from being born, died in utero. I found out two important things. When friends don’t know what to say, they just go away and keep their distance – which really makes you feel alone and I also found out how incredibly healing the love of a single being can be. Oliver became my constant companion, no matter where I was inside or outside in the garden, he was there.
One year I decided to grow stevia, you know the plant you can use instead of sugar, and the lower leaves kept disappearing. I thought my partner was using it, he thought I was. Nope, Oliver was eating it and it made his head smell like maple syrup.
He had horrendous kidney issues, we were able to manage them for years, but when he went, he went fast. I was waiting for a call back on a Sunday from our vet about where to go with him, and less than 20 minutes after I called Oliver had a stroke and died in my arms. I was heartbroken and I still miss him.
He’s buried in the flower garden where he used to love to sit with me.
I thought for the month of May, I’d paint one cat per day. 🙂 If you have a favorite feline- get it in – your furry friend may wind up in this series.
Now about this piece. This is about a ginger cat we had -he had sort of a bad attitude and he was extremely likable on random occasions and especially when he was sleeping. We lost him back in 2003 and I still miss his grouchiness.
This watercolor and ink piece is 3.5 x 5.5 inches painted on a vintage post card.
This piece is sold. If you’d like a cat painting of your own – just contact me about a commission!
So Lady Stephen got up one day and decided she had too much to do. In fact she would eliminate getting dressed from this point onward. That took up too much time when she could be having fun and exploring the world.
Lady Stephen took her black and white Jellicle Cat with her every single place she went. He was a very good traveler.
I LOVE making ACEOs.
If you’re not familiar, ACEO is an acronym for Art Cards Editions and Originals.
The size is always 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
What an artist uses for to create an original ACEO is up to the artist, which makes ACEOs a very unique and collectible type of art.
ACEOs are not Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). ATCs are not sold and given from artists to each other or collectors.
About this Artwork
This is an ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches watercolor painting on heavy mat board.
Price: $20 +3 shipping
I can combine up to 3 artworks for one shipping price!
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