Every cat has a story, including the outdoor feral cats!
The black cat in this painting and photo is not Midnight, the black cat that I feed in my yard. You can see Midnight in my Cats and Pumpkins paintings.
This black cat is not friendly. He lives down the street and I see him sometimes when I walk around the block. If it’s the right black cat, I think his name is BK.
During the past few summers, I worked together with a couple of other cat feeders to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) all the outdoor cats (around 20-30) that we could in our neighborhood.
Each cat receives an ear-tip when fixed, which trims the top off one ear. The missing tip makes it easy to see that the cat has been fixed so that another person doesn’t trap the cat to get it fixed.
Now, I’m representing the feral cats in my art.
The Painting and the Photo
One night when I was walking, I noticed BK staring at me.
BK will not let me approach him and he doesn’t want to be petted by strangers. So I zoomed from about 10 yards away to take the picture.
I was hesitant to show people my painting because the lines for the bricks are not even. But then several friends said they liked it since it wasn’t perfect.
My plan was to paint individual stones but that was much harder than it seemed, so I changed the stones into a paver patio.
It’s a folk art representation of the photo. The original painting was done in acrylic on an 8″ x 8″ canvas.
Here is it is for the world to see! It’s available on many products in my Redbubble store.
Redbubble is a print-on-demand site that will print the image onto the production of your choice (shirts, prints, coasters, magnets, etc.). Since the painting is square, it looks better on square products such as coasters and pillows.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my art and reading the story behind it!
Prints of the painting or other products with this image can be purchased on Redbubble.
Thank you for your support!
Heidi has been living with cats since 2003 and loves to talk about cats. She currently has seven indoor cats and two outdoor cats. She also is also a cat artist.