Ah, the muse, how we love thee. My eclectic junking soul has dozens, and I'm sure you do, too. This A-Muse feature will explore my favorite art inspiration, right in time to help me complete my ambitious quest to draw 36 things in 3 months! Let's start with a childhood favorite: the feline! I'm a crazy god damn cat lady.
I've loved cats since toddler-hood, my first beloved feline was a snowshoe Siamese we named April for her birth month and our favorite Ninja Turtle's reporter. Saved from a dumpster in Naples, Italy, our April lived up to her breed's standard of being an incredibly gregarious, loving and sweetly vocal companion. (Also a rare breed, only 388 officially registered in the USA in the last decade!) My family mourned when a stray dog wrote the final chapter of her life, she'd lived with us for over a decade. (Hence why my Yuko is a strict indoor-only cat!) If I acted out my secret desires I'd have four cats. Another snowshoe, my current feline, Yuko, a calico Japanese bobtail named Usagi (Japanese for rabbit), and Lydia the Bombay.
Give it time, I'll age into a crazy collector as the years pass. I'll buy a new cat every time a man breaks my heart, by the time I'm eighty I could have hundreds! It'll be beautiful. Just me and my eight hundred cats. Just kidding. OR AM I?!
I'd love to produce a cat photography series or even publish a cat photography and/or artwork book. They're energetic subjects, their front-facing eyes expressive and their Cheshire "grins" alluringly enigmatic.
Why do the artists (notable cat fans, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Claude Monet, Alexander Dumas, Freddie Mercury) find never-ending inspiration in the cat? I'm sure their graceful shapes and movements play a role; they sprawl on narrowest ledges, perch proudly on the tallest spires, squeeze into clandestine cubbies, all without breaking a sweat.
No matter where I'm at in the world, I love to stop and photograph the local cats. They add life to composition and highlight or nicely juxtapose local architecture and landscapes. All the of the photos in this post were snapped on a couple of walks around my Riverside, Jacksonville neighborhood. Everything's better with cats!
The Yuko, my own personal feline muse. And pissant.
I love drawing, shooting, watching, and living with them. They'll never fail to a-muse! I really let the cat out of the bag with this one, oh ho ho ho! :D I'll stop with the bad puns now.
Are kitties a muse for you, too? Feel free to share your favorite muses in the comments!