Cats in our lives touch our hearts in different ways

Cats in our lives touch our hearts in different ways

Our cat Amber died today. She was 18 and deaf and died peacefully in her sleep, in the shed where she lived. When we moved to Kent three and a half years ago the couple we bought the house from asked if we’d take on the responsibility of the two female cats who had only ever lived in the shed, (as they couldn’t take the cats with them) and never came in the house, but were happy to be companionable in the garden if we were out there. We agreed, of course, as I’m a massive cat lover, but found it strange for these two cats that they were so obviously unused to being stroked, or petted. We adjusted to their lives, and created ‘Cat Heaven’ in the shed for them, lots of different heights for them to sleep in, suitable for all seasons. We’ve given Amber the best life we could. Thats what you do when you look after animals in your life. Even if you can’t cuddle them…

I couldn’t pick her up as she obviously didn’t like it. But she did like to be petted and would come to us if we were in the garden to have her ears rubbed. She was deaf in the latter years so there was no point in speaking to her much, although I did a bit.

But I was fond of her, and I cried a few tears for her when we buried her at the end of the garden, the garden where she belongs since she lived her whole life here.

Cats touch our hearts in so many ways…………

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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