Saturday, June 27, 2009

Venice is Purrfect

Two of my favourite things captured in one painting: Venice and kitty cats {not necessarily in that order!}

This idyllic domestic Venetian scene was tucked away in a little courtyard we wandered through, gosh knows where. {If you're wondering why I don't know, you can find out here. Nope, there's no good reason, really. I'll do better next time I'm there.}

I like to imagine what may be on the menu for the human carers living there. Perhaps some hearty Pasta el Fagioli followed by some bussolai buranelli pastries collected from the island of Murano earlier that day. And the freshest of sardines for the kitties after a trip to the markets for that sole purrpose, of course. Meow.

14 comments:

  1. so is this drawing (purrfect, that is). Love it! I'm curious: Did you do your Venice paintings on the spot, sketch them there & finish them later, work from photos? Do you carry a sketchpad everywhere, like some of us carry a camera?

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  2. Haha Shell - my kitties love sardines. Love the little one in the doorway and the window beyond ... beautiful.

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  3. Alexa ~ All from photos, though sketching en plein air is much more romantic. :) I love drawing and painting in my little studio. But I've started carrying a watercolour pad with me too.

    MmeB ~ A little birdy told me you'd like these kitties {shortly before being eaten by one. Kidding!!!}

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  4. That is a fantasy courtyard and the kitties are lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings.

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  5. Shell --Mme Benaut just made me think of the three newborn kittens that my bother and I took in (with their wild mama kitty) on Christmas Eve when we were living in Spain. We called them Crosby, Stills, and Nash—once weened, Nash ate anything, Crosby liked steak, and Stills wanted nothing but sardines in tomato sauce. (Me, I'm partial—like you, I think— to essi buranelli.)

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  6. from cali ~ yes, I'm guessing they had a pretty charmed life!

    Alexa ~ I love your story - and what great names! {Yes, I prefer pastries.}

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  7. Such spoiled kitties, Alexa! As rock star cats should be. Shell, I'm charmed and hungry all at the same time.

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  8. Petrea ~ 'rock star cats' - I love it!

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  9. Petrea—me too (and were they ever)!

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  10. Although my cat is ...in fact...used to be a male, he really acts like a diva !!
    Nice drawing, as usual, thank you for our dose of Venice.

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  11. Marylène ~ I guess your diva would have appreciated such surrounds too!

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  12. Another beautiful drawing, Shell. I do believe those cats live a fancier life than I. Sigh.

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  13. I really like this one, Shell. Love the pale yellow and the little dash of rose.

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  14. pcn ~ Fancy yes, but are they happy? {Of course they are!}

    Margaret ~ thank you! I love the way those pigments weather.

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