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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Thursday, October 30, 2014

black cat does a favor

image copyright and by kindest permission of the artist
Irish artist Ros Webb's sassy kitty says, "Let Me Kill Stuff for You," in this limited edition print.  Ros's background in fashion as a designer and now illustrator shines through in the sheer attitude this mouser gives off with those eyes.  I found her at Ros's Etsy store LuvBeautiful, but you'll want to see the fashion work too at Ros Webb Art.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

bat bleh!

thanks wikimedia commons contributor "hiart"
for making this available under creative commons PD
This ivory netsuke from the 18th or 19th century is the funniest-faced buddy I've seen in a while.  He looks like a little kid in a ghostbat costume.  Now I'm really excited for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

belling the cat for halloween

believed PD:US in good faith
At the witching hour hang a bell of gold / Round a cat's neck and he'll do what he's told.

Or not.  Mine would simply roll around screaming like I was trying to yank out their whiskers.  But it's a great vintage image, found on freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.com/.

Monday, October 27, 2014

a cat, a mouse, a moku hanga

image copyright and by kindest permission of the artist
Kevin Clark of Roseburg is a fine craftsman of moku hanga, Japanese woodblock printing (an explanation of the art here).  On handmade paper he impresses scenes he's carved, and we get to enjoy the result - such as Cat & Mouse, above.  I personally love the innocence of this image, with the cat - a kitten? - not even sure what that little animal is, and what should she do now?
You should visit Kevin's Etsy shop, lizardprints.  Find the wild horses frisking, or the wheat field, or the fresh, sweet beauty of the cherry-blossom castle.  See why I love woodblock prints so much?  They're full of the artist's physical presence, as if you could take their outstretched hand and walk into the art with them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

under the shelter of the moon

image copyright and by kindest permission
of the artist
A feral cat sleeps peacefully under the moonlight, in a bubble of safety and comfort. Artist Julia Jasinski writes of this original painting, "I am trying to focus on the nice parts of feral life, not the horrors that usually pass through my brain relentlessly and ruin my day."  In so doing, the sheer act of making the image can make the comfort happen:  after seeing this, will you give a little food on your porch?  Perhaps a box?  (You probably already do; show this to your friends.)  I was very attracted to the Symbolist flavor of this piece, with the branches making a tangled nest of space for the little creature at the image's heart.
This painting is over at Julia's Etsy shop, Schmoomunitions.  When you go, please notice her tagline.  It's a Nez Perce quote:  Every animal knows more than you.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

a lovely cat by natasha fine

copyright and by kindest permission of the artist
A cat has found an intriguing flower.  Perhaps it smells rich and delicious, or she likes the way the little blooms brush against her whiskers.  I remember watching moments like this with my own crew, delighting in what I saw as their pleasure.  Natasha Fine of Israel has captured that feeling here in her painting "Cat-My Lovely Cat."  That intense golden eye and fat blossoms are so immediate that I feel I could reach out and tickle this cat's snout.
"My life - it's my kids, my art and my animals," wrote Natasha when I asked her about her work.  "The children love my art and animals ... animals love my children. Art ''loves'' animals.  And I ... love them all!" No better statement could be made about the uplifting mix of art, pets, and the receptive heart and mind.  It's my mantra for today.  Meanwhile, have a look at Natasha's work at her Etsy shop, NatkaArt

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

vintage wordless wednesday

from the museum collection

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

beware of the dog

thanks wikipedia and contributor "britkemp" (PD)
At the 19th-century Chateau de Keriolet in Concarneau, France, pass warily.  The Neo-Gothic castle is protected by this faux-medieval guard, whose relief banner reads Cave Canem (beware of the dog).  A tidbit about this castle: it was owned by the widow of the Russian Prince Yusupov (one of Rasputin's assassins), who bought it as a gift for her new, young French husband, a fellow named Chaveau.  Imagine her surprise when he passed on not so long after their marriage, leaving the beautiful Chateau to his mistress.  Her great-grandson writes a bit about it on this page of his memoirs, and you may believe the Princess got her own back.  Hooray.  Meanwhile, I can't help but think the guard dog above should actually say Beware of the People.