Sunday, January 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Cats

I started off with the idea of painting the Cheshire Cat from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,, by Lewis Carroll.

Alice meets a mysterious cat several times , who vanishes leaving his grin behind him. I started drawing the cat , and had several attempts at different versions before giving up. I had a really good basic cat grin but i was having a lot of trouble with getting its disappearing act to look right.

However it made me think about kalaeidescopes and mirrors and for some reason i wondered about quilting designs and pondered over the idea of a cat quilt.

That lead me to a simple cat sketch , mirrorred and coloured a range of sugary colours. I decided i quite liked this - though my cat loving daughter wasn't keen on the colours.



I thought about doing some more to the cheshire cat after this but got side tracked and started painting some cat's eyes , the wildflower , Germander speedwell.

I used to love these when i was a child - their tiny blue flowers always seemed cheerful and twinkly , very like blue cat eyes.

One of our neighbours always had lots of speedwell in his garden. He used to ask us if we wanted to pull out the plants - a sneaky way of getting his rockery weeded for free. We were happy to oblige though the flowers woudl fade and the petals would drop quickly.

Germander speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, has some other common names; bird's eyes , angel's eyes, farewell flower and used to be thought of as a cure for small pox, measles, coughs, asthma, and a variety of other illnesses. The farewell or speedwell name is due to its panacea like nature and to how quickly the herb would bring about a cure.
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16 comments:

The Tart said...

Love the pastels...so peaceful!

Smooch,
The Tart

LudaChristian said...

very cool... kind of an andy warhol vibe to it.

Ellen said...

Lovely, simply lovely!

Binsk said...

Very nice.

donna said...

great image, lovely colors.

Twisselman said...

Whoa... get a little dizzy alternating between the negative and positive spaces in the cat patterns. Hope it's not some psychology test. Nice colors, though...

Lily and Lucy White said...

Very nice cat illustration, imaginative and love the flower! Lily.

isay said...

colorful and they can pass as a stamp.

i love the flower

Jonathan Beckett said...

I love the cat picture - reminds me of Andy Warhol's work. I used to be a big fan of pop art.

the painted pear said...

I like it and it does look like pop art! I was fascinated with Andy Warhol. Great job.

Leezy said...

Alison, I think the quilt designis super cool, andeven though the colours arer sugary as you put it, they work for this piece. Lovely!

Gise said...

Excelente armonia de colores.Thanks for your comments

Fancy World said...

Fabulous! I love your colors!

steve said...

This is really cool! I could see a great stained-glass window from this design.

Alison Ashwell said...

It does look like a psychology test or optical illusion. weird how these thinsg turn out.

i've been working on sme other animals in a similar vein- i'll probably post them to the blog later.

carla said...

There's something so hypnotic about the cat illo, contrasting with the light and soothing flower illo. You do such wonderful work in so many styles!