I've loved cats forever! The first cat that was my "very own" was a gift from my brother Conrad who was away in college and I was in the 5th grade. That sweet little Siamese kitten was about 3 weeks old and abandoned. I got to feed it pablum from a tiny doll bottle and I was in heaven! My Mom - not so much. You can imagine who did some of the feedings, especially in the middle of the night . . .
For some reason I was afraid to paint cats until about 3 years ago. I couldn't decide how to portray them to show how special they were to me. Finally I decided to just have fun and go for it and show them in a whimsical way. My cats bring me such joy - hopefully I'm sharing this whimsy and joy in my art.
20" x 16" acrylic on canvas
©2014 Claudia True
I'm donating "Smiley Yellow Cat" to the 7th annual Picassos for Pets fundraiser for HELP HUMANE, a no-kill pet shelter in Belton, Mo. (See flier below). I hope Miss Smiley finds a perfect forever home with someone who spends lots and lots of money on her to "keep the lights on" at the shelter. Maybe you'll find a spot for her or some other pet art? Better yet - maybe you'll find a real "furever" pet!
"Smiley Yellow Cat"
12" x 9" acrylic on canvas
©2014 Claudia True
Now - if you have a cat - you know they love tuna! I swear mine dream of the stuff. Here's a tuna appetizer recipe I created - it's in the 2014 Cooking with Friends calendar. My babies are happy, happy when I make it!
"Spicy Tuna Dip"
1 7 oz can tuna, drained
1 8 oz block cream cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon or more (I like its of lemon)
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 to 2 minced pickled jalapeno peppers
salt to taste
Mix everything together. Add a little "jalapeño juice" if it's too dry or to add more "zip." Good with crackers or Fritos. Simple and delicious!
original: 14" x 11" acrylic on canvas - sold
©2013 Claudia True
available in print
Here's more information about the fundraiser for HELP HUMANE. Hope you'll support this or some other place that takes care of pets who need a home. Maybe you'll find a little fur friend of your own! Maybe a precious little cat - ??
I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.