"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 25, 2010

Painting at Meyer's Barn with Ashley the Cat


 One Wednesday afternoon recently, I was painting en plein air at the country home of some friends near where we live.  They have some wonderful animals and we were first greeted by the 3 dogs, a golden lab and 2 boxers.  After I was set up and beginning to paint, I was greeted by Ashley the cat, who took a liking to me - so much that I was unable to paint for a while - she was persistent in making sure that she had my attention.  What an affectionate, sweet and gentle cat!  Painting en plein air has many advantages and perks - Ashley was definitely one of them.  The barn painting, which I did eventually get painted, is 9" x 12" and is painted on a canvas panel.  It is always going to be a reminder of a lovely afternoon with a wonderful furry friend!

10 comments:

jgr said...

What a great story! I just love cats. I love your your painting, too it's gorgeous! WOW!

Gillian said...

Great barn - that shadow on the building makes it sing. What happy memories it will inspire. x

RHCarpenter said...

How cute is that! And a beautiful painting to commemorate the day, too :)

Barb Sailor said...

jgr...I love cats too! Maybe Ashley knew that:) Thanks for commenting!

Barb Sailor said...

Gillian...Thanks for mentioning the barn - I worked really hard on those shadows!!! I will always love this painting. This is why I love plein air painting - so many wonderful memories.

Barb Sailor said...

Rhonda...she is an awfully cute cat - you can't help but love her. I'll think of her everytime I see that painting.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I had to check again to see if the image was a painting or photo. That to some artists does not sound like praise - but I really mean you have created a wonderful scene with this barn. Particularly love the shadows and colours. Great cat two - we are cat lovers with two - a Burmese Blue and a Rag Doll (part).

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Love the light you painted into that barn! What a nice day you must have had.

Personally, I am not a cat person, I melt around dogs but not so much cats. Nothing personal, just can't seem to get into them. So, I think they sense that and try to target me for a conversion to being a cat person. They rub on me, meow ceaselessly, try to walk along the furniture backs to get to my neck, etc. whenever I am around them. Happens every time. Hmmmm.

When we had kids at home one of our sons adopted a stray and it found its rightful way into our household and I did miss him when he was gone, but still held on to my dog preference. He was a special buddy of my husband's and could sense when he was having a low blood sugar during the night and would jump on his chest and wake him up. Of course, when Tom got a spoonful of peanut butter for his blood sugar he got one for Sam, also, so I think there was something not altogether altruistic about Sam's sensing low blood sugars! LOL

Barb Sailor said...

Joan...aren't rag dolls great! I don't have cats, but I have friends with rag dolls. I am honored you think the barn was a photo - I worked very hard on the shadows and reflections. Thanks.

Barb Sailor said...

Susan...Rock and I have always had dogs also, but we had cats when I was a child. They are a totally different story, aren't they? - very intelligent! Of course our dog is very intelligent, also - humans tend to underestimate animal intelligence, don't you think?
Yes - I had a wonderful time painting the barn!