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Charlie … my last cat

While tidying up one of my dark corners, I came across this oil painting, some decades old. I used to paint. It is a pretty bad photo, of a not very good painting, but gives enough evidence that I do love cats, if any of you were wondering.

This is Charlie, the last cat that I could really could call my own. Or maybe he belonged to the family, he might have belonged to my son. Sigh, I don’t really remember, but I know I loved Charlie.

[Oil paint on masonite, crudely framed]

charlie

In my previous existence I helped form a local art group in a very small western district town. I don’t know if they are still going or not.  We ran an annual exhibition each September and I actually sold a painting at one of them, sold another on the way home once, too. I was delivering to a neighbour (paintings the fellow’s wife had bought) and he wanted to see mine, and there happened to be a little view of a landmark on his property. He bought it. I was stoked.  Lovely bloke.

🙂

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10 thoughts on “Charlie … my last cat

    • Hi Briony,
      yeah PK was Paul’s cat. Charlie came beforehand. I have a photo of Paul with Charlie which is what made me second guess myself. I did hope the girls would like the painting, thanks for showing them. Paul asked me to show them something I’d done and I never thought of this painting at the time. I haven’t laid my hands on my teenage scketchbook yet — hope the mice haven’t eaten it. I’ve some grouse sketches in it of grandma’s ducks.
      love you all, Christine.

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  1. your painting of Charlie is wonderful Christine, he looks serene in that special self-contained cat way … I hope you have it on display! It is interesting to glance backwards in life and see what has come our way on the journey … great work starting an art group 🙂

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    • Thanks for your kinf words. I’m going to hang it back up, once I mend the hanging wire.

      Re art group: I was the school mother’s club rep on the school council, and then their rep on an adult education committee for the district. The first things I organized for the locals was an oil painting night class (I participated too) and the art group came out of that. I would never have thought of it on my own. It was a lot of fun, we used to have weekend workshops and ended up with a little shop in town where we displayed our work.

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    • Hi Sue, gee your posts make me giggle! I have no idea why your posts turn out this way (Sue emailed me about it). Maybe someone will know — I’ll check my settings in case there is some format issue happening just for you.

      it’s the background I don’t really like, no issue with the cat itself. I have no idea why I put it on a blue mat! must have been the colour I had the most of. 🙂

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    • No matter how much Mr R says he doesn’t hate cats, his body language gives him away. He just isn’t used to them, it’s kind of sad that people grow up without a cat. I had three cats when we got together in 1990, rescued earlier in the year from my best girlfriend who couldn’t take them with her when she moved — her fellow not being a cat man either, his dogs would have killed them. Yeah, cats seem to make Mr R uneasy, can’t stand seeing one on the bed, so I just think its best not to have one.

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