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Review: Dean Russo: A Retrospective

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Gorgeous. Stunning. Vibrant. Those are just some of the words that come to mind while browsing through Dean Russo: A Retrospective. Brooklyn based Russo is one of the biggest names in the pop art work. He is known for his soulful animal portraits inspired by his love for dogs, but there are plenty of stunning cat portraits in this book.Continue Reading

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Willow Tree Cat Figurines Touch the Heart

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I’ve always loved Susan Lordi’s Willow Tree collection. IThe “With Affection” angel, a small statuette hugging a cat, has been on my meditation altar for many years. These small figurines have no recognizable faces, and yet, they convey deep emotion beautifully. “Willow Tree is not necessarily a likeness; it’s a reminder of someone we want to keep close, or a memory that we want to touch,” writes Susan Lordi on the official Willow Tree website. “I hope that people recognize subtle expressions or gestures of those they love, and select pieces that are uniquely meaningful for them.”

There are three figurines in the current Willow Tree line up that feature cats, and today, I’d like to share them with you.Continue Reading

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Review: How to Draw Cats and Kittens: A Complete Guide for Beginners

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The beauty of cats has been captured by artists through the ages, and no wonder: cats make purrfect models. Their flowing, flexible grace, combined with fierce strength and unbearable cuteness, and the incredible variety of breeds and colors has captured artists’ imagination. In How to Draw Cats and Kittens, artist and illustrator J.C. Amberlyn offers step-by-step guidance so you, too, can indulge your artistic side.Continue Reading

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Review: Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats

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What if you had an (almost) unlimited budget to surround yourself with art, furniture, clothing, accessories, household objects, books and pretty much anything else cat related? You would have Caticons!

Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats chronicles Sandy Lerner’s 30-year-journey through art catalogues, the far corners of the world and the internet for the one “cat thing” she did not already have. Lerner is best known as the founder of Urban Decay and co-founder of tech company Cisco Systems. She is a huge animal lover and promoter of animal welfare, and has established Ayrshire Farm and its retail division, Gentle Harvest, to promote sustainable and humane anti-factory farming. She is getting ready to launch MeatMe, a line of 100% meat based raw pet food sourced and made from humanely raised animals (more information about MeatMe right here on The Conscious Cat very soon!) Continue Reading

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Review: The Book of the Cat: Cats in Art

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Cats have been subjects for artists since ancient times, and it’s no wonder. After all, with their beauty, grace and independence, combined with an air of mystery, cats are endlessly fascinating. The Book of the Cat: Cats in Art celebrates the beauty of cat by featuring cat art from all over the world from artists past and present.

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Karen Hollingsworth, Connected, 2010

From Edward Hopper to Édouard Manet, this book features paintings in a wide range of artistic styles. Some of the paintings are whimsical caricatures, others are more traditional, gorgeous renderings of equally gorgeous cats.

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Nobi suru neko (Cat With a Stretch), 2014

This book is sure to delight cat and art lovers.

The Book of the Cat is available from Amazon.

Interior images ©The Book of the Cat by Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts, published by Laurence King. used with permission

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Review: Knits for Kitties

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I love the creativity that goes into handmade cat toys, and I’m always amazed at what wonderful creations people come up with, but rarely have I seen a collection of toys as varied and creative as the ones shown in Knits for Kitties: 25 Knit Patterns for Making Cat Toys. Sara Elizabeth Kellner is a knitting designer who combines her love of animals and art to create whimsical toy patterns.Continue Reading

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Felted Wool Cat Bags and Ceramic Signs from Show Me a Little Sign

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I recently introduced you to Chery, the amazing woman who rescued nine cats who were living in a church parking lot with a homeless woman. You’ve learned about Chery’s huge heart, her compassion, and the love she has for her nine foster cats. Chery also has four cats of her own.

Today, I’d like to show you a different side of Chery. Chery is also an accomplished artist and crafter who makes adorable felted wool bags and ceramic signs featuring whimsical and inspirational messages.Continue Reading

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Cat Art Show LA Comes Back for a Second Year in March

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“Night Out,” by Marc Dennis. Oil on linen mounted panel, 2013

Those of us who love cats already know that cats are works of art. Susan Michal, the curator of CatCon LA, brought together 104 works of art in the forms of painting, sculptures and even a quilt for the inaugural show in 2014. The sequel, Cat Art Show LA 2, will be even bigger and feature more than 70 globally-recognized artists. All of the artwork will be available for sale including both originals and limited editions and a portion of the proceeds will go to Kitten Rescue.Continue Reading

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Art Inspired by Cats: Meet Cathi Marro, Musician, Artist and Consummate Cat Lover

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Cathi Marro is a professional free-lance musician, educator and artist. She specializes in flute and alto flute, playing in several ensembles ranging from classical symphony orchestras, to flute choirs, rock bands, sacred ensembles and even a performance art troupe. Four fabulous cats and a patient husband allow her to live with them in the Miami, Florida area. Daily cat painting is an important part of her day.Continue Reading

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Review: Puzzling Cats Art and Activity Book

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces Puzzling Cats, a fun puzzle book for cat lovers. Aimed at children ages 3-6, the pictures in this book feature works from the museum from various styles, time periods and cultures. Each piece is accompanied by a brief text explaining the painting, and each piece is also a a puzzle on board stock.Continue Reading

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Review and Giveaway: Cat Food for Thought

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I spend a lot of time looking at cat food labels so I can stay on top of all the latest information on feline nutrition, so it was a refreshing change to spend some time looking at cat food labels purely for fun. Cat Food for Thought: Pet Food Label Art, Wit & Wisdom is a charming little book featuring cat food art from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.Continue Reading

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