Last month I went to the Riverside Arts Walk to check out the art there. It's a vibrant art scene with artists, young and old, showing off their talents. Very often, there are also performances by local dancers and musicians. I love it.
While walking around looking at the street vendors, I came across a small drawing of a cat woman that I really liked. When I inquired about it, the artist pointed out that it had a paint smudge across the top and didn't want me to buy it. It was part of a tryptich as I could see the other two offered on the table as well. A small exchange happened, the result of which he gave me all three for free. That's right....free of charge. I said that I really could not do that, but he insisted saying something about them being around for a long time.
And so, I did take them.....and I love them. Here they are:
But it still didn't feel right. So I decided that I wanted to draw up something for him and make this an exchange. This is the artist way.
There is a piece of Japanese art that I have had in my inspiration file for a long time. I just love the stark nature of it, with the black jumping off the page. The artist had used a pale peach watercolor in the background that I find really pleasing. I don't know who the artist is, so if someone can tell me, I will gladly credit them.
Here is the inspiration:
I used that as my jumping off point, making the raven into a cat woman instead. This is not a traditional cat woman, but that's the fun thing about art, you can make it your own. My cat is perched on a branch, motionless, waiting for the right moment to pounce. I did not have time to do that lovely watercolor wash in the background, so I had to do it in the computer, which only takes a minute. Of course, that means that I cannot give him the original, which I completely intended to do. Alas, aesthetics win out.
Years back, I was in Korea and had my name carved onto a traditional stamp, which is the mark in red on the left side. Above it is the Japanese symbol for 'love.'
I'm on my way to this month's Arts walk tonight, with my cat in the bag (I could not resist the pun).
I have two hopes.....
I hope I find him, and I hope he likes it, because I certainly enjoyed doing it.