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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Black Cat, Observed

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Hello everyone. I'm completely and totally smitten with artist Peter Alexander. I admit it. I love his Los Angeles cityscapes, his palm tree abstracts, his stunning painting of the full moon (posted last night.) But he won my heart with this series above.

He created these drawings -- pastel on paper -- in 1987 as an ode to his beloved black cat, Romance. Maybe it's because we have two black cats. (I love them!) A couple years ago, my young daughter decided to create an almanac of cat positions:

There was the french fry, the donut, the vulture, the croissant and -- the most beloved of all -- the bread loaf position.

Makes me happy to think about it. These drawings reminded me.


Anonymous Charlotte said...

What wonderful drawings. They capture that essence of feline repose. They are such magic beings, each one a perfect work of watchful grace. Thanks for drawing out attention to such marvelous work by someone who clearly is a wonderful artist.

April 9, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger giulia said...

You had me at "cat." I can't believe I'm online. A friend of mine lent me an adorable book earlier this positions. I think it might have been 'yoga cat' or some such. Anyway, I just finished playing with energetic game all my cats have enjoyed called "stir fry kitty." Place hand in belly area on bed (on sheet only), & whirl around in circle...

It's funny...we all have names for the positions. I think my 'chicken-kitty' might be B's bread loaf...but I think we all use 'croissant.'

Thanks for sharing these marvellous images. He's terrific.

And with that, zee cat & I are off to sleep...ciao-meow

April 9, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger SOL said...

I love these drawings of the cat. Also, I love the idea of an almanac of cat positions!

April 9, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Triin said...

The first is the best!

April 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

These are wonderful drawings.

April 9, 2009 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

wow. his drawing abilities are spectacular! these are so adorable (:

April 9, 2009 at 10:18 PM  
OpenID auxpaysdesmerveilles said...

Amazing drawings, so simple but still they get the essence of what cats do haha!

April 10, 2009 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

These really are so perfect to look at !

April 10, 2009 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

nice. very elegant.

April 10, 2009 at 4:51 AM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

This cat series is amazing! Your daughter's almanac of cat positions is too cute. You've inspired me to post a pic of a sweet black kitty from one of my job sites on my blog!

April 10, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Char said...

we always called the breadloaf the "kitty loaf"

a very cute entry

April 10, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

Oh my god, I love these! I also have a black enormous cat, named Archibald. He's, hold on, can it be, impossible, 27 years old!! I got him in 91, so I guess it is so. He lives with my mother now, and only slips, eats and miows. I guess, all cats do regardless of age. He's teribly moody and used to like hiding around the corner, under the bed and then jump on your bare feet and start munching them. And, would not tolerate more than several minutes (seconds, actually) of cuddling and petting. I have numerous scas to prove his short temper. And, did I say he's enormuos! A real, royal, egyptian cat. I Miss him, and I ove these drawings!

April 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger nathalie et cetera said...

wonderful drawings! black cat are hard to photograph and hard to draw. these are purrrrrfect!

April 10, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger A Wanderer's Wares said...

Oh goodness! How fabulous! Thanks for alerting me to the presence of Peter and these paintings are darling, I have a black cat too! And that moon-scape. It feels mystical but comfy and close. Thanks!

April 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger sallymandy said...

These are so simple and graphic, and perfect. I didn't know at first that they were pastels; I thought photographs, because he captures the kitty's fur's texture so well. I can almost feel the warm sun on his back in the last one.


April 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
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April 12, 2009 at 12:52 AM  
Anonymous Yaana said...

That really caught my eyes.. I love black cats.. I had two of them a couple of years ago and I still misses them greatly.. T.T

April 12, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
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April 12, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

This reminds me of a good friend of ours back in the Woodstock days - she was one of the few among our group who was NOT an artist, but as a hobby she did these gorgeous sumi-painting-style portraits of her cats with a brush and ink stone. They were a lot like this. Beautiful.

April 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

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