Thursday, March 3, 2011

painting with cats

It has been ages since I have gotten the acrylics out and done any fun painting. When I found myself with a free afternoon and the sun was shining, I decided this was the day!

Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline AestheticsI don't remember the last time I painted but since I don't recall ever having to deal with the cats while painting, I am guessing it was back when Max was my only cat. Painting and curious cats makes for a very interesting experience.

I was very tempted to let the cats have ago at painting, like in Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics but before I give that a try, I need to figure out what paints to use that are non-toxic to cats. (I love this book!)

My goal was to paint some card stock, which I will later cut into cards. Nahum and Theo made every stage of the process very challenging.

Nahum laying on the card stock paper, as I am trying to cut it to size.

Nahum, wanting me to paint his portrait.

Nahum kept trying to run away with tubes of paint.

Then the brushes looked like fun. Theo actually gagged himself trying to play with the brushes.

Theo insisting on being in my lap. He left my lap with a blotch of red paint on his shoulder!

Nahum checking on progress.

The finished painting.

Willow gives her approval of the finished product.


  1. What a great painting! The cats should be proud of how they they helped you all the way through it.

  2. The Very Best CatsMarch 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Cat Guy, we think you may have been looking at this whole painting experience the wrong way. It looks to me like you were getting a lot of help. Nahum was holding down the paper for you. Theo was checking to see if you had good brushes, maybe a little too closely. Nahum was even ready to model for you if you needed a beautiful cat specimen. It all depends on how you look at things.


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