Have you ever known
a cat so special that he actually inspired you? Linda is happy
to announce that her miniature entitled Deck Master recently
received the Peoples Choice Award at Parklane Gallerys
25th Annual International Juried Miniature Show. News from the
Gallery relayed great sales, a Sponsor Award for Country Cousins
and now a Peoples Choice Award for Deck Master!
This painting, which displays an outstretched orange tabby sunbathing
on a deck, is actually a portrait of Sunshine, Lindas neighbors
adored pet cat. As Linda explains, Sunshine, aka Gargamel,
was a neighbors cat who believed in having a second home
ours! He would sun himself on the deck, and if any other
neighborhood cat approached his coveted territory, he would make
sure they know who was the 'deck master.' Gargs was the subject
of many of my paintings and is missed terribly by all who experienced
the pleasure of his company. Although he is no longer with us,
I intend to continue to paint this very special feline to pay
homage to his extremely good looks and larger than life personality.
Did you know that more
than 80% of these beautiful orange tabbies are male? The orange
color is produced due to the presence of the pigment pheomelanin
which displays colors in the red to cream ranges and produces
orange cats that can be very dark to very light orange in color.
Often called Marmalade cats or Ginger cats,
orange tabbies are thought to be friendly and lovable and are
actually more likely to be adopted from shelters than cats of
other colors. Just take one look at Gargamels beautiful
green eyes gazing lovingly at the viewer, and you can see why
this might be true.
Behold the miniature
still life of porcelain and other material cats inspired from
an array from Lindas own kitchen. Country Cousins
was the recipient of Parklane Gallerys Sponsor Award. Chosen
from over 300 masterfully crafted paintings, Country Cousins
depicts Lindas personal collection of cats in clay, porcelain,
tin, glass, wood and even an old printing plate, represented
exactly as they are on top of her kitchen cabinets in her home.
As she herself enjoys collecting cat items, Linda painted this
tiny masterpiece with other feline collectors in mind.