Okay, the cats are actually in rectangles, but I like the way ‘cats in squares’ sounds better.
This was a digitally created piece I did a few years ago which I posted in my Cat Attack store on Society6. Cat Attack was created so when cat ladies and other fans of cats came across my work, they wouldn’t have to sift through paintings of abstracts, suns, oceans and dog portraits to see more cat content.
This humorous illustration gets lots of positive comments. It’s fun and playful and the cats appear to be teasing the viewer in a way that cat lovers adore.
My wonderful cousin asked me if this digital creation was made up of separate little paintings and I immediately decided that it should be. So I got started the next day.
I painted four little canvases with many, many layers of paint for the bases. These are 5″ X 7″ each. When they are hung together in a square, spaced two inches apart, the total design area will be 14″ X 14″.
Next step was to sketch out my adorable little friends.
And paint them.
Aren’t they funny?
This set was a gift for cousin Carrie. I made two more sets; one the same size as this and a larger version on 8″ X 10″ canvases. They are available in my Etsy Shop:
Get lost in the depths of this psychedelic painting . It has many layers of bright color with swirls, hearts, flowers and geometric shapes.
I began this painting by sponging the base coat with various pastel hues. Once that dried, I added solid circles in different sizes and colors throughout the canvas. The next stage was done over several sessions, where I added details in a free-spirited fashion. I really enjoy the uninhibited style that I have created on this layered non-subjective abstract. As I paint, I don’t know where the painting will end up, I just go with the flow. The repeated hearts, triangles and flowers give the piece a theme, and the sweeping two tone yellow / white ribbon pulls it all together, leading your eye on a journey through the intricate elements I have painted.
28″ High X 22″ Wide Acrylic on 1½ ” deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Sides painted black with wire hanger ready to hang.
This art is available on 46 products on Society 6. The square pillows come in indoor and outdoor fabrics, in four sizes. You can buy the pillows with faux down inserts or just buy the machine washable covers and stuff them yourself.
The rectangle pillows are really cool too. I like them better than the shams that S6 offers because they are printed front and back. These are available in four sizes like the square pillows.
Once you make your own hummus you will never want to buy the packaged stuff again. It’s quick and easy and super delicious. Oh and NO PRESERVATES, Bonus! Chick peas also known as garbanzo beans are very good for you. Did you know that chick peas have a high magnesium and potassium content? They are also full of fiber, folate and iron. I make a bag or two of dry chick peas every week and use them in my Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie. So I always have the fresh cooked ones on hand. But you can use them from the can too. Classic hummus recipes call for tahini which is sesame seed butter, but if you don’t have any, that’s okay, because this stuff tastes amazing without it! I like to serve it with veggies as pictured above. We used to eat it with pita chips, but that just got to be too fattening. So now, I serve it with lower carb combinations, veggie burgers, cooked vegetables or stir in a couple tablespoons into soup to make it more thick and creamy. Simple Hummus Recipe:
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and seasoning to taste
1/4 cup tahini (optional)
In a food processor, or high powered blender (I use Blendtec) add all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. It is necessary to scrape the edges once or twice during the process and you may want to add a little more olive oil or a splash of water if needed. I find the that the longer you process it, the creamier it will be, so it’s worth giving it an extra few minutes once everything looks well combined. Enjoy!
Keep hummus in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.
While you enjoy your delicious hummus, take a mini vacation in your mind with my private island painting.
All the above are products with my art work made and shipped by Society6. They also make this image on towels, purses, tote bags, mugs, phone cases, clocks and more. Just follow this link, scroll down and take a look around. If you need help finding a specific product, contact me and I will send you a link. If you have a special request, I can most likely make it happen 🙂
You can also get an original painting just like this painted by me in a variety of sizes starting at $75. take a look at the details in my shop Custom Paintings.
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I often rely on frozen store bought veggie burgers, they are convenient and some are very tasty. While they are a better alternative to meat, they are highly processed and have some questionable ingredients. So I’ve come up with my own burgers which are super healthy, high in fiber and delicious. No, they don’t taste like meat, so get that out of your head, if you think of them as traditional burgers you might be disappointed.
This recipe makes about 18 burgers, so I freeze them to have a great satisfying meal anytime. For dinner I like to serve them with sauteed onions and mushrooms with melted veggie cheese on top or serve with a salad and some guacamole at lunch time.
2 cups Lentils cooked and drained (I sometimes use chick peas or other beans)
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large vidalia chopped onion 2 cups
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 red bell pepper diced
4 flax eggs (Each flax egg is one tablespoon ground flax seeds to three tablespoons water)
1 can water chestnuts drained and chopped
1 cup white Mushrooms chopped
1 Shredded carrot
1/2 cup veggie shreds cheese
3 tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 cloves of garlic chopped
*1 cup breadcrumbs
*Breadcrumbs or ground almonds/walnuts or wheat germ or uncooked oats – I mix a few of these ingredients, based on what I have on hand
Blend ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. If mixture is too wet add more *breadcrumbs.
Shape into patties. I use about a 1/4 per pattie.
Bake on a lightly oiled cookie sheet at 350º or I found parchment paper to be easier, because they do stick a little.
Flip them after 15 minutes. They are very soft, so if the come apart a bit, no problem, you can just reshape them with your spatula.
Bake for another 10- 15 minutes.
At this point I melt veggie cheese on a the ones I am serving and I let the rest cool before freezing.
While you are eating these burgers, you can look at my cow paintings and feel totally guilt-free. They are lovely animals aren’t they?
These two paintings “Have A Cow” and “Cow A Bunga” were sold, but I sell them as prints in My Shop
I can also make an original for you from $75., check out the details here: Custom Orders