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The assignment I chose to follow today from Noah Scalin’s “365: A Daily Creativity Journal” was to make something that is not normally cute and cuddly into something that is. I thought about this challenge for days, originally envisioning a hunched, hissing, black cat made into a little (“cute & cuddly”) felt doll. But it seemed kinda predictable. There are items like that in all our local stores with Halloween approaching. Then it popped into my head as an image: a swiping paw with sharp claws extended (definitely not cute or cuddly)… made into a “doll.” It’s funny that my hubby came to me a little later that day with the same idea. I started the project at work during a break, and finished it at home after midnight. And I was lucky enough to have my lap kept warm by a chihuahua puppy at the beginning and a cat at the end of the project.

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20111026-005843.jpg I was much happier with sewing on the details (in this case, footpads) first rather than gluing them or adding them later as I did with the other felt projects. The foot did look so cute and cuddly as I sewed the pink pads on the black felt, I was actually a little startled at how (relatively) aggressive it looked once I started adding the nails.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Hug a cat… with caution! (hee hee)

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Today’s kitty is a tiny cat head that I made at the kitchen table while visiting family. I think he needs a magnet glued to the back of him and he can live on a refrigerator.

Another quick cat today. Another cute cat. Not sure I’ve gotten felt cats out of my system. So you might see more of them. We’ll see. And I definitely have more cute cats in my system!

I like that this project is rekindling my interest in fine arts, too. I’ve been reading a little of Simon Schama’s The Power of Art. Two interesting quotes:

“Great art has dreadful manners…. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality.” (p 6) Hmmm, I don’t think my cat projects are doing that to you as a viewer… yet! (mwahahaha)

“…it’s quite true that for every van Gogh there’s an imperturbable Cézanne; for every Jackson Pollock, a Matisse; for every painter driven by furies, countless more who have gone to work and lived their lives in a state of disciplined serenity.” (p 10) Good to hear you don’t need to be insane, mentally unhealthy &/or self-destructive to be an artist. Although I am absolutely not in a state of “disciplined serenity” myself. If it’s a sliding scale between completely destructively insane on one end and healthy, stable and sane on the other, I’m probably slightly to the stable side of midline, and I like it there!

The next few cats will be quick ones out of necessity. And I’m hoping my paints will arrive early next week and I can begin some exercises with them. Woo hoo! Then: look out! My cats will put you “in a headlock.” Just kidding! My cats are nice… usually. :)

I was inspired by a book I found at a local art supply store called, “The Cuter Book” by Aranzi Aronzo and made this kitty. My design, but his suggestions for how to glue, sew and stuff the doll.
Today I learned that I want to sew all facial features first, then end with all glued facial features. Oooh, I have to fix the center of his mouth with some glueing. Well, that may become an updated photo tomorrow.

It’s so little, especially compared to the cat doll, here are a couple of photos for size comparison.

And Christmas is coming early this year!  Today I ordered some M Graham watercolors, M Graham oil paints and some Bristol boards online.  I’m so excited!! I can begin some of the color exercises in my books and start to learn to paint.  Next I’ll add some Golden acrylics, but that may be a while.

The coolest thing about this project is how happy I feel.  So grateful to Noah Scalin and all the other 365er’s who inspire me!!! And thank you for visiting and looking at my rudimentary creations!