I tend to use creative liberties in regard to "themes" and "themed shows", and while a Cascadian flora & fauna theme seems so incredibly up my alley that I probably could have sent them anything and still fit in, I wasn't totally sure if using my housecat as a model on a nearly blank background was going to fly. At all. I did make sure I used some local butterflies (hydaspe) and inspiration from local flowers (shamefully forgotten the name)... but there was some seriously fantastic work in that room which I thought was way outta my league!
About this painting:
I paint my cat sometimes. This one more than my other one. I think it's a guilt thing. This cat is very good at conveying importance and dignity. He is the "wildest" cat I know - hardly what I would consider "domesticated". I assume that when he twitches and kicks (and occasionally LEAPS) in his sleep, he is out in the wild chasing creatures and sniffing notes in the air. I like to paint him in the life he was meant to experience, tearing up grass instead of tearing up carpet (and nervous guests/mates/me).
The photos don't really capture the delight of the attached buttons and the butterflies that bounce away from the canvas, so if you are local to me, come check out "Wild" at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna
August 23 to November 16, 2014
Opening Reception September 20, 7-9pm
Surrey Arts Centre
13750 - 88 Avenue
Just for fun, here's an interview with the model:
Interview with the Model: Milo
Q:How do you keep your fur so white?
A: Regularly scheduled barfing.
Q: How do you handle the rush of apartment life and working from home?
A: Very strict routine as follows:
5:00 - snuggle tiems
5:30 - poop & barf
5:30 - 8:00 - beg for breakfast. I might even eat it
8:00 - snooze
17:00 - beg for dinner. Definitely won't eat it until later. Eat grass. Maybe barf if it's been a while since last barf
18:00 - play and snooze
20:00 - restricted snuggle time. Very particular with the hugging. Will bite if not to script
23:00 - extreme whine & unlimited snuggle time. Have separation anxiety attack out of spite
23:30 - snooze
Q: What is your favourite food?
A: I refuse most meals, but I LOVE spiderwebs and random pieces of carpet lint I find on the floor. In the above photo there's a gigantic piece of grass I had stuck to my face for the longest time. I mean, I was saving it for later, duh.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?