This morning we had to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions that a one has to make when living with fur children. This is very difficult to write but I won’t be able to write this later when reality sets in.
Cleopatra, our foundling kitty, the kitty that was inserted into many of my sketches and paintings, had to be put to sleep this morning. She crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge a little while ago. We got the news a little after 4 am and we drove back to the ER to say our final good-byes.
We don’t know what happened. Erin took her to the vet on Saturday. They took blood work to see what could be ailing her, That night she had to go to the ER because she was quickly getting worse. It just snowballed from there.
Cleo was only 5. They can’t tell us why. She wasn’t injured. This is why everyday is precious when there is life.
Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Cleopatra is our black kitty that we found, literally, on the street. Or she found us. She ran right up to me and was “no bigger than a bowtruckle.”
Cleo lives with my daughter in a nice house in Orlando. Cleo has been the inspiration for lots of my little vignettes and postcards upstaging Chloe and Mack on many occasions. Cleo thinks she is a Chihuahua and that’s ok. She looks at other cats like they have three heads.
To celebrate Cleo, here are some of my favorites for Black Cat Appreciation Day:
Another amateur animated ‘toon. This one was my submission for the Kitchen Table Mini Film Festival. I can’t wait to do another! This was an awesome idea by Carla Sonheim and Kara Kramer. I could still do a ton of things to this video to tweak it but I had a deadline. I still may work on this though.
I took Carla Sonheim’s class on animation called “Make it Move” and it was fun and really helpful. I enjoyed it a lot and it gave me ideas how to handle animating my art in the future. My head is popping with ideas.
One assignment was to animate some collage pieces…..this is a very short video where I used a homemade background and three collage pieces to make a small scene. The kitty and the “rod” where pulled out of my paper stash. I don’t know where kitty found the bikini top.😎
Remember, this isn’t Disney, just a little fun playing with paper…..
Ok, this is my first time offering free art. I did this on Procreate for my mom and then I printed it out on cardstock and colored it in and mailed it to her. She probably won’t see it for a while. They are holding her mail a little bit to disinfect it then they’ll give it to her.
Cleo is back with us for a while. My daughter has been furloughed from Disney because of the “Safer at Home” quarantine, so the two of them have been here for the past month. So she’s been inspiring a few ideas….
Here is a free coloring page featuring Cleo, aka Kitty . If you color it in, please post it on Instagram and tag me @ginalento so I can see it!
Last week, Moo Kitty aka Bella, was sent on her way back to Catskill, NY. She came down to Florida with us as a standing cat and is going back to NY as a Cow.
Bella is part of an outdoor exhibit called Cat’n Around Catskill, which consists of fiberglass cat sculptures that will be on display this summer on Main Street in Catskill, NY. Artists submit designs and then they are “juried” by sponsors who pay to sponsor a design. The artist receives the corresponding cat (either standing or sitting) and they take it back to their studios to convert it to the design that was submitted
My “Moo Kitty” design is the standing cat converted to a Holstein cow. It took me several weeks to sculpt the cow parts and then paint it.
Here are photos with after and some of the “before.”
Yesterday’s photos are raw cat. Today’s photos show the gradual progression to cow.
I still have to add udders, a collar and cow bell and eyelashes. Then I have to tweak and sand it. I am trying to keep the sanding to a minimum. The Magic Sculpt dries like concrete. It’s amazing stuff.
I tweaked my original design by sculpting the entire cat instead of adding props like a leather collar, because I need to make the cow vandal proof. I also want the finished piece to still reflect the cat underneath so I am adding to the cat without taking the personality away.
Inktober ends today! And there was joy in Mudville.
Here is today’s Little Witch & friends plus all the ones from 10/22 to yesterday.
I followed the prompts this year and using them gave me ideas that I would not have thought of on my own. It gave me ideas for introducing new characters. I’ll have to use prompt generators more often.
This weekend I’ll be closing the studio to pack. John and I are moving to Florida. It’s a bittersweet move and one that was caused by a job reduction for John. It wasn’t planned but we sensed it was coming and prepared. We’ll miss some things here, but we are looking forward to new adventures. At least we had one more October here before we moved.