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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Feline Art - Resources for Artists
Somehow or other I seem to have neglected to introduce one of my squidoo lenses: Feline Art - Resources for Artists. Which is another way of saying I've searched my own blog for a reference to it and can't find one - except for its inclusion in the side column!
It's not that new - I've had it for a few months now. However I did start to update it and add more information links to it after the visit to the Supreme Cat Show on Saturday.
I've now included links to the breed standards and the cat clubs associated with the more popular breeds. If you're doing a pedigree cat it's a good idea to know what the breed standard is and hence which are the good points to play up or down as the case may be.
Links to feline artists in art history
I've also started to add in more links to the portrayal of cats by different artists over the centuries (such as Louis Wain and Steinlen) plus links to popular contemporary artists such as Ditz and Derold Page.
Any suggestions are to more artists who drew or painted cats? I've got Gwen John on my list to include - plus I want to try to find some sites which display ancient and/or eastern art involving cats.
My drawing is of Cosmo, my Somali boy, sat on top of the door - as he likes to do from time to time - and staring down at me. I always get the distinct impression that he quite fancies lording it over us from on high! Quite how he gets up the doors at times is beyond me. I used to find him sat on the top of doors from when he was small rather pudgy kitten!
Somali cats are the semi-long-hair version of an Abyssinian cat and have very silky fur and tufty toes - hence the title.
I'm still experimenting with different papers for my feline art. With this one I used buff coloured Stonehenge paper for the first time. I got a pack of Stonehenge samples from the UKCPS stand at Art Materials Live and it's quite interesting as it's not the same as the other Rising paper which I've had for some time and thought might be Stonehenge. Stonehenge is now produced by Legion and you can read more details about it on their website. I gather from the note which was enclosed with it that UKCPS hope to have supplies of Stonehenge in the UK early in 2008. Details are to be provided to UKCPS members and posted on the website as soon as details have been finalised.
Feline art is art which portrays cats rather than art which is produced by cats who paint as this site would suggest! Which means feline artists are people and not puddy cats...... Cosmo does however try to help me out with my drawing on a regular basis - mainly through the introduction of the 'break to stroke the cat and stare at drawing from a distance'. ;)