'The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
~Leonardo da Vinci
Flashback to 2006: This acrylic painting, titled 'Merry Meet' was created using line work from a crayon sketch of our first cat, Wednesday.
Above: 'Merry Meet' acrylic on canvas 2006
Below: Photo of Wednesday, 2006, and crayon sketch I caught of her, that same day
Wednesday was a faithful Studio Cat for almost two decades. When we lost her, I clipped the original line work from my old sketch book and pinned it up with a photo of her, in the studio. It was the first thing I thought of when we were asked to created 'Cats' themed works for the upcoming 'CATS' online art show, with Cactus Gallery.
I decided to honor Wednesday with a new work, based on that original sketch:
I still can't listen to Lisa Loeb's 'Waiting for Wednesday' without good memories of our first Studio Cat. I borrowed the song title for this painting, a 4x4" acrylic on 1 .5" artist wrapped canvas.
Also for 'CATS' with Cactus: 'Rawr!' is another 4x4", and an expression of my ambitions for the year ahead. To quote the incomparable Judy Chicago, "Art can educate, inspire, empower people to act." I intend to be consciously doing just that, with more of my work, in 2019. I have a dozen new projects in my queue to this effect, including paintings, sculptures, and collaborative works in concepts photography, with some of my favorite fellow artists.
It's going to be busy year at the raven's nest. Stay tuned!
Sister small works. One looking to the past; one looking to the future.
These works are available for purchase through Cactus Gallery.
Contact Sandra Mastroianni at email@example.com for collector preview.
'CATS' online art show, coming soon to Cactus Gallery. Exhibit opens Friday January 18th at 5pm. Visit cactusgalleryla.com/ or find Cactus Gallery on Facebook.