cat art

Giveaway: Cat Prints and Notecards from Heidi Shaulis

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Heidi Shaulis paints cats (and sometimes, other creatures) in oils and canvas. I love the bright, bold colors, and I find myself smiling at the expression on the cats’ faces in her artwork. In addition to original oil paintings, Heidi’s creations are also available as art prints and notecards.

Enter to win a set 3 art prints and 5 notecards – a $60 value!

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The cards and notecards feature Heidi’s adorable tuxedo cat Charlie.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Custom Canvas or Wood Print of Your Cat from CapThat

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There are probably hundreds of sites on the internet that allow you to create custom products from photographs, but I’ve rarely come across one as creative as CapThat. CapThat lets you create products ranging from phone cases to wall art. I had a chance to try out their service, and the end result was the “oil painting” shown above. I had a lot of fun creating it – the options they offer are mindboggling! – but I have to admit to being skeptical as to  what the final product would look like. At price points starting at $50 for the canvas wall print I chose, I hoped that it would look really nice.

It came out amazing. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It really looks like an oil painting. The colors are just as vivid as they were on the photo I uploaded. The painted look softened all the hard edges of a photo, turning one of my favorite photos of Allegra and Ruby into a true work of art. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

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Giveaway: win an autographed copy of Cat Laughs by Gary Patterson

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Last week, I introduced you to Gary Patterson and his whimsical paintings of cats. His distinctive style captures cats’ essence in ways that will inevitably make you smile.

I’m delighted to be able to offer an autographed copy of Gary’s book Cat Laughs to five lucky winners! Gary presents the funny side of felines in this little volume, and anyone who likes a great laugh will enjoy this catnip-worthy collection of cat comedy. The book is hard to find and is considered a collector’s item.

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Giveaway: Cat art print by Michelle Wolff

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Michelle Wolff paints stunning custom portraits of pets and wild animals. She became fascinated by the challenge of capturing the essence of an animal through charcoal, graphite, pastel and some home made watercolors, which she makes from coffee, tea and onion skins. Eyes are her absolute favorite. She spends a lot of time  trying to tune in and really grasp the emotional tone of the subject.

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In addition to her custom work, Michelle also offers prints of 11 different cat images, including the ones shown here. The prints are available in a variety of options, both framed and  unframed.Continue Reading

Gary Patterson captures cats’ unique essence

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As far as artists go, Gary Patterson is probably a household name in America. You may not know him by name, but I’m pretty sure that at some point, you’ve come across his distinctive artwork in some shape or form. Since some of Gary’s whimsical paintings feature cats, I wanted to learn more about the man behind the smiles.

Gary Patterson is one of America’s best loved artists, and his work is enjoyed and collected throughout the world. Born and raised in California, Gary submerged himself in the world of art as a child. He was influenced by his father’s artistic ability and was encouraged by his family to formally pursue his artistic ability. During his career, Gary has achieved numerous prestigious awards.

I had a chance to ask Gary a few questions, and I’m delighted to introduce this wonderful artist to you today.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Tiny Confessions cat print by Christoper Rozzi

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I’ve been admiring Christopher Rozzi whimsical cat prints for quite some time, so I was delighted when he offered up 10 – yes, you read that right, 10 – of his prints to 10 lucky winners. Winner gets to choose the print.

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Rozzi’s handcrafted prints are original paintings of dogs, cats, (and everything else) which reveal their secret thoughts and deepest admissions. Ever wonder why your cat is looking at you a certain way? Rozzi answers this, and other pressing questions with spot-on humor and appealing art, all painted with an app on his iPad. Rozzi’s inspiration came after his father-in-law gave him and his wife a bichon frise named Willie. When Rozzi, a veteran comedian on the New York scene, started walking his new best friend through the city streets, the writer in him couldn’t help conjuring up his dog’s inner monologue. Tiny Confessions was born.Continue Reading

Giveaway: cat pillow from The Pineapple Cats

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I envy people who are talented at arts and crafts. I used to knit in high school and college and actually created some pretty amazing sweaters (that I still own), but once I started living with cats, knitting became challenging, what with the constant batting at the moving needles. The only way I could have knitted was behind closed doors, and since I refuse to exclude my cats from any of my activities, that just wasn’t going to happen. Sadly, I either have no talent in other areas of arts and crafts, or if I do, I haven’t discovered it yet.

Hilary Cairns of The Pineapple Cats only learned Needle Felting a year ago, but when you look at her  felted animal art and pet pillows, you’d think she’s been doing it all her life. Her Etsy Shop is filled with whimsical creations that will be sure to bring a smile.

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Meet BZTAT, artist, writer and cat advocate

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Artist Vicki Boatright, known as “BZTAT” (pronounced bee-zee-tat), is an accomplished artist with several public art projects to her credit. An avid pet lover and business partner to her cat Brewskie Butt, Vicki specializes in whimsical drawings, paintings and prints of cats, dogs and other companion animals. She creates colorful customized pet portraits, which are unique in their original contemporary style. Vicki also creates murals and other artworks that address a variety of themes.

I’m delighted to welcome Vicki to The Conscious Cat today.

When did you first realize that you were an artist?

I cannot remember a time in my life where I was not creating. Being an artist is something I am, not something I do. I remember drawing and doodling and coloring, etc. when I was very small, and I never stopped!

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Your unique style is instantly recognizable. How did you develop this style?Continue Reading

Giveaway: Limited edition cat art from Ola Liola

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I can’t recall where on my online travels I first saw the art of Ola Liola, but her stunning prints definitely made an impression.

Ola Liola was born in the Ukraine and grew up surrounded by incredible majestic nature. When she was 16, she moved to Israel with her family, where she studied design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She is a freelance illustrator and fashion accessory designer. Working in fashion drove her to create through questions. How could emotion be expressed with color? How could thoughts, feelings or special events be relayed through visual expression?

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Her images of animals emerged as a result of these questions. The illustrations areContinue Reading

Review and giveaway: The French Cat by Rachael Hale

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“Cats make their own decisions, follow their own instincts. French cats are probably the most independent and enigmatic of them all.” This perfect quote from The French Cat sets the scene for a collection of beautiful cat photographs in a beautiful setting. Award winning photographer Rachael Hale says this assignment was like a love affair for her. Having previously photographed animals in a studio setting, this project allowed her to work with them in their own environment, using natural light.

Born in New Zealand, she moved to France with her new husband in 2009. France intensified Hale’s creativity. “Every corner I turn…makes my mind and eyes explode with inspiration.” And then there were the cats. “The…wonderful thing about French cats is that they occupy one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Artists through the ages have relished France for its old-world villages, rustic charm, and most of all, for the luminous quality of its light.”Continue Reading