Takin’ It To The Streets

Close Up Chalk Cat

Last weekend, my husband and I schlepped the art supplies, kneeling pads, and sunscreen down to the Chalk and Chocolate in downtown Traverse City to draw on the sidewalk. We spent about 7 hours on the pavement applying chalk to our creation, talking to passersby, and noshing on chocolate treats supplied by the local bakeries and candy-makers. This is what we came up with!

Chalk drawing of cats
My entry in the Chalk and Chocolate competition during the Traverse City Film Festival last weekend.

The next day, a terrific storm came through the area. In addition to knocking out power, and furiously blowing tree branches here and there, the rain changed our drawing into this ghostly memory.

Washed away drawing
The remains of my drawing after the weekend storm.

We met many nice people, spent a day in the beautiful summer sun near the bay, and took 3rd place for our efforts!

Telling Your Story

#blank book #journal #sketchbook
Hand made journal or sketchbook. Suede, stitched cover, watercolor paper. Carol Parker Mittal

I’ve always kept a blank book around. I started my first diary when I was 10 years old. It became a habit that I would follow my whole life. My diaries have evolved into sketchbooks over the years and I can’t imagine not having a place to put my ideas, solve problems, draw pictures, or make lists. That’s why I make hand made books. My blank books are for people who need a place to pursue and store their personal expressions. Check out my new Etsy shop and see what I’ve been up to at Attack Cat Studio.

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

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

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.