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I’ve been painting. Again. The result—considering it took me three hours to produce—is mildly disappointing. The process, however, delighted if not myself, then my cat. She was excited by the opportunity to chase around brushes, sniff paint and step (literally) in the work in progress.

I’ve discovered that the cat finds cobalt blue soothing but fiercely hates dark green. I had some trouble defending the brush from her when applying dark green. Also, in case you wonder, once you have a cat, you never do anything without involving the cat. The cat involves herself.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love this. This is so cool. I have been painting and drawing again as well, all for the process not concerned with the result. It is soooo calming. But the addition of your cat is awesome just as company, and then to find she is not only interested but has her own opinions is just fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ooh, thank you so much for your lovely feedback!

      I’m so glad that I made myself be creative again, it’s good to take a little break from the computer and train your motorics with the brush.

      Well, my cat has an opinion on everything 😉

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  2. Ah, for more time, today!

    “Her Meditation”

    Concentrated on
    memorizing the color-
    coded mouse maze map

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    1. I shall name my picture in honour of your poem “The Mouse Maze Map”. Love the alliteration too!

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      1. Flattered. Thank you!

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  3. I know … we have cat 🙂

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    1. Cats are very “helpful”, right 😉

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  5. *dons french beret* Ah, yes, compared to the artist’s first peace, the calm blues and seafoam greens suggest a settling in, a somewhat increased comfort with the medium. In addition, in a contrast to previous works, here we find the artist attempting some more refined control with straighter, more measured lines. But, alas, the top of canvas breaks free of this rule, suggesting some meaning of breaking free from the norms of convention… *whips off hat*

    Another fun piece! And the thing about cats is true…

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    1. Oh my!! I love your insightful analysis into the depths of the artist’s creative mind ❤ Obviously, my little silly "artwork" doesn't deserve such a thoughtful feedback. But do you do reviews for a living? Or do you read a lot of criticism? Your wording is quite professional! (The cat shares my opinion – or rather, I share hers.)

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  6. Very true. Cats really do love to “help” with everything.

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    1. Today the cat “helped” me with my glasses. She dragged them down from the table and they bounced to the opposite end of the room. I threatened to deduct any damage from her food…

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  7. I really like it! I like the colour choices and the variation in line shape. I love that you are enjoying painting.

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    1. Oh dear, that’s a much kinder feedback than my experiment with painting deserves! I love it that I made myself resume some creative work, no matter the results.

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  8. My cat Sylvester approves this post. He also likes to “help” me with my various projects usually interjecting himself into my lap while I’m trying to write. If Sylvester was able he would follow my outside while I pursue my photography passion but thankfully he is a homebody. Love your art and your kitty!! Meow!!

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    1. My cat says hello to Sylvestr! The same here, my post had to be approved by my cat before posting and the opinions expressed are the cat’s 😉 My cat is also a homebody, fortunately, but she is known to interfere with the camera anytime I try to take photos indoors…

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  9. Jessie Martinovic 06/01/2016 at 11:24 am

    I think its beautiful

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback! Kinder than I deserve actually 😉

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      1. Jessie Martinovic 07/01/2016 at 12:28 am

        You deserve all of it, plus I eat 3-4 Kinder Surprises a week, it gives me unlimited kindness 🙂

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        1. That, of course, explains it! 😀

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  10. […] she describes her humour as bleak, I always find myself smiling through reading Mara Eastern’s posts – Mara originally hosted the Poetry101rehab challenge, now homed with Andy Townsend, […]

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  11. Well your cat can pass as a art critic anyday

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    1. My cat could pass as a critic of anything. She’s natural at giving judging looks.

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