Friday, 24 July 2015

Crazy Cat Lady!

I've been doing a lot of arty networking recently and I have been finding sometimes when I introduce myself as soon as that person hears my name they say "Are you the cat lady?" I always then think of the Crazy Cat Lady from the Simpsons cartoon!

I admit I have been doing a lot of cat themed artwork recently especially since I got my very cute black and white cat Morpheus a few years ago!

Who could resist this little face!

 My very first painting of him when he was still a kitten.
Kitten Acrylic Painting

 My very first and still my favourite collagraph print of him as a kitten!
Dreamy Collagraph Print
 I started doing quite a few collagraph prints of him dressed in his finest hats!
Captain Jack Kitty Collagraph Print
 Even printed him onto bags!
Steampunk Cat Bags

I also do an ever expanding range of acrylic paintings of him in various disguises! Also occasionally featuring his mortal enemy the ginger cat who is always trying to steal his food!

Cats in Hats acrylic paintings
 He even has his own Christmas card too!
Christmas Cat!

And he has been featured in the Printmaker Cat book with a double page spread of all my prints of him!
Printmakers Cat Book
So I suppose I can see why people know me as the Cat Lady, hope they don't start adding the Crazy part soon though!

Clare xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Printmakers Cat

In the beginning of 2013 I was contacted by a book publisher Mascot Media to see if I could like to contribute to a new book they were publishing called the Printmakers Cat. Of course I couldn't refuse. I wasn't sure what to expect but sent over a couple of images of my cat prints and wrote a small piece about myself and waited to see what would happen. At that time I didn't have a cat as sadly my 20 year old cat had died a few years previously so all the neighbours cats and every cat that came into the garden was fair game to be made into an artwork!

A few months later a parcel arrived with two copies of the book and I couldn't wait to get to my page!

Of course all my friends and family got a copy of the book for Christmas too!

The beginning of this year I had a message from the publisher saying they wanted to produce a revised softback copy of the book with added artists and if I wanted to add a few more images I could. By this time I had a new cat Morpheus and I had done loads of artworks based on him! It was difficult choosing which prints to send in as I had so many!

I narrowed it down to a few favourites a "Dreamy" collagraph print from when he was a tiny kitten!

Dreamy Collagraph Print
 And a "Play With Me" collagraph print too.
Play With Me! Collagraph Print
  A couple of my very popular cats in hats prints!
Captain Jack Kitty Collagraph Print
Happy Kitty Collagraph Print
 And a couple of linocut prints.
Kitten Cute Linocut Print

Kitten Play Linocut Print
 I was pleased to see all of these were accepted into the new book and I ended up with a double page spread and one of my linocut prints also featured on the back of the book!

Morpheus the cat really loves being in a book!

The book is available direct from the publishers Mascot Media or from Amazon 

Clare xx