Caturday in the Land of Oz

I bring you one of the most famous of felines, the Cowardly Lion. I made this costume for a local production of  The Wizard of Oz, and we opened last night. The mane is comprised of an old wig, yarn, and feathers. I’m especially happy with how it turned out!

Costume for The Wizard of Oz by Carol Parker Mittal

Costume for The Wizard of Oz by Carol Parker Mittal

Lion with tail, Lion Costume, Carol Parker Mittal

The Cowardly Lion plays with his tail. Costume by Carol Parker Mittal

 

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Caterday Costumes

I’ve been working on costumes for a local production of The Wizard of Oz. First dress rehearsal is this Monday, so I’ve been super busy creating munchkins, flying monkeys, and the rest of the characters. Here are some snapshots of my faithful assistants “helping” me with the costumes. Vera does quality control by laying on all of the fabrics, testing them for comfort and durability. Lucy goes through the scraps and trims, looking for useful bits of decoration before the broom takes away the excess. And Miss Bean is the project manager. She oversees the operation, keeping the work orderly, ensuring that the pattern pieces don’t get disheveled by anyone but her. Thanks for checking in! Now, I’m off to see the wizard!

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Caturday Donut

I volunteer as a docent at the Dennos Art Museum. Nearly every Tuesday, we docents assemble to learn about the exhibits, study museum practices, and to plan tours for student groups. This week, the art project committee presented examples and conducted a hands-on workshop for possible activities to use with children who come to the art museum for tours. This is my response to a prompt that asked the students to create a round object containing textures or patterns. It’s inspiration was the work of Jae Yong Kim, a ceramic artist who has an installation colorful ceramic and glass donuts on exhibit at the Dennos. I didn’t realllly follow the assignment as presented, but, well….I take every opportunity to draw a kitty when given the option!

Crayon and watercolor resist, colored pencil

Crayon and watercolor resist, colored pencil

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Taking Care on Caturday

Today’s post honors those not-so-fortunate cat friends who survive by their wits, and the kind and caring humans who manage and attend to colonies of feral cats. Stay warm, my furry and non-furry friends.

"Trickle Down Theory" Oil on Paper

“Trickle Down Theory” Oil on Paper

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Caturday Love Bites

It’s not always clear that a cat exhibits feelings of warmth and love– unless there is purring– and even then, one can be dubious. But cats are passionate creatures who need to express themselves in passionate ways. Hence, the love bite. These are not bites meant to inflict injury, rather to demonstrate trustful gnawing that says, “I love you,” in it’s unique, cat-like manner. Happy Valentine’s Day from a cat.

Miss Bean shows her love with a deliberate bite on the thumb.

Miss Bean shows her love with a deliberate bite on the thumb.

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Caturday for a Departed Friend

Cleo Louise BonNuit, rest in peace.

Cleo Louise BonNuit, rest in peace.

Mademoiselle Cleo Louise BonNuit was a cat of the world. She made friends everywhere she went with her cantankerous personality and impressive girth. Cleo traveled the United States, seeing the National Parks of the West. She was especially fascinated with bear watching from her trailer window at the Grand Canyon, and going for leashed walks to sniff the terrain in New Mexico. She frequented her favorite restaurant, Le Chat Calico (my kitchen,) where she would dine on the finest in low-cal cat cuisine with her best friend, Emily. Despite Cleo’sattention toward healthy living, Miss Cleo eventually could not resist the pull of new adventures and she left us for cat nirvana about six years ago, almost to the day. I dedicate this Caturday to all of our departed feline friends with a tribute to one impressive cat, Miss Cleo.

Cleo and Emily, good friends!

Miss Cleo with Miss Emily, always by her side. Good friends!

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Oh, Mr. Bowie, it’s Caturday

Mr. Bowie with your knowing stare, you generously spread cat ennui everywhere you go. Here is my fan art tribute to you, Mr. Bowie. All cats and non-cats can follow the escapades and musings of the shiny and industrious Mr. Bowie in his black and white world at Hands on Bowie, a blog about the most interesting cat in the world.

Here is Mr. Bowie contemplating the meaning of life.

Here is Mr. Bowie contemplating the meaning of life, or a sparrow.

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Caturday is Everyday

I’m excited to present the first of my guest kitty posts that I’ve dedicated to Marc-Andre’s informative and fun blog, Katzenworld!  Marc features stories about cats, cat products, and information about cat health. Katzenworld sponsors contests, and their version of #tbt– Tummy Rub Tuesday– where followers can submit their own cats’ bellies for posting. Featured below are Oliver and Nubia, who are just two of the starts of Katzenworld.

Oliver and Nubia from the blog, Katzenworld.

Oliver and Nubia from the blog, Katzenworld.

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Cat in a Paper Sack

I never met a bag I didn't like.

I never met a bag I didn’t like.

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Welcome to Caturday!

It’s a new year, so it’s a new day for cats! Look for a new kitty once a week. It’s Caturday!

Has anyone seen my catnip?

Has anyone seen my catnip?

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