Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Samantha - Original pastel

This is my sweet cat Samantha.

She came into my life about five or six years ago. Someone had dumped her out in the country near where I lived. She was only two months old when I found her during one extremely cold November living under my house.

I happen to be allergic to cats but couldn't resist her sweet face looking at me through my French doors. After all these years, she is still very shy of people but is gradually coming around. She follows me around the house everywhere, in fact right now she is asleep on the pillow at my feet.

Up until a few months ago she slept in the 2nd bathroom at night. In the beginning, that is where I used to keep her at night because she was so wild. It became such a habit though when it was time to go to bed she would meow and walk me to her bathroom and sit and wait for me to close the door. Now, however, she has finally stopped batting the blinds and running around like a crazy feline in the middle of the night and she sleeps quietly on my bed, between my legs.

She also has just recently has realized how nice it is to be petted and insists on being petted for a couple of minutes as soon as I sit down at the computer. I actually think it is because she doesn't have to compete with Sassy, my Cairn Terrier, at that time. Sassy occupies my lap most of the time when I'm just sitting on my love seat doesn't really give Samantha a chance to do the same. That never really bothered Sam before but I think she is learning she has been missing out on a few things from the looks I have been getting from her occasionally when Sassy is getting my attention. She is such a sweet cat and it is good to see her finally coming into her own.

Over the weekend Samantha let me take some photos of her and this pastel is a result of one of those poses she did for me.

4" x 4" (10.2cm x 10.2cm)
Pastel on Velour
$100 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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Barbara Pask said...

Hi Karen, This is wonderful and what a beautiful cat. You are amazing with pastels, makes me wonder why you are trying to learn oil. Is it because they are easier to market?

Karen Hargett said...

Hey Barb - thanks! She is a beautiful cat. Thanks for the complilment on the pastels - ha, I wonder why I was trying to learn oils too. I've put them away - again. I have such limited time to paint and haven't really worked on my portfolio in a while being caught up with oils and that isn't good. I love working with pastels - I think I just needed a change of pace for a while but I've really enjoyed getting my fingers dusty again.

Unknown said...

HI Karen thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your pastels. Have you ever tried pastels on suede mat board? It is wonderful.

Your cat is adorable. My Lily sleeps with us all night and very rarely roams the house.

Karen Hargett said...

Hey Toni - thanks for dropping by. I haven't tried sued mat board - I will look for it and give it a try. There is so much I haven't tried.

Lily sounds like a wonderful cat. Sam is right here by my feet as I type.

Marsha Robinett said...

Your Samantha is just beautiful. I so enjoyed reading your story about her. Our animals certainly bring lasting joy into our lives.

Lovely work as usual. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Marsha - thank you! Yes our animals certainly do bring lasting joy into our lives - don't know what I'd do without them. Thanks again.

Dianne Mize said...

Karen, I love this kitty. Beautiful painting, sensitively done, and the cat is purring. It is so alive. Well done!

V....Vaughan said...

Really nice, Karen!!