December 2, 2010

That was close

Yesterday, something awful almost happened. I was working in the studio when my husband called. He needed to ask me something right away. I had a plastic container of acrylic paint and a paintbrush in my hands. Absent-mindedly, I stuck the brush into the paint, and put it on a nearby table. Out cat – a nosy animal – immediately jumped onto the table. My intuition made me turn around at that moment, and I saw that the paint container was just about tipping onto the cat. I screamed so loudly that, instead of getting splattered with paint, ran away, and hid under the bed in the other room for the next hour. I told my husband about what happened, who was still on the other line, hearing the sounds, but not knowing what was going on. He reasoned that our cat had almost turned into an art installation. I told him (as my mind painted the picture of a clean shaven cat, since acrylic paint doesn’t come out of anything) that first, there would have been something more like performance art.

This is why I can’t see myself getting a dog. I can’t guarantee being able to prevent the occurrence accidents and victims. Once, a friend of mine came over with a wonderful Labrador Retriever. We popped into the kitchen for just a moment. When we returned, the dog was licking the canvas, which was covered with a mixture of glue and chalk. If cats are hard enough to manage, then dogs just aren't meant for an artist's studio.


  1. LOL! Gosh I am glad the cat didn't get painted :)
    Try a chihuahua. I write and paint and my little pup accompanies me. She just tucks herself up beside me :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. oh that's funny - I spilled wine on the cat reecently but am yet to make him a work of art. he looks a bit like my cat atually

  3. Gosh, that was so close to a big mess! Now I do understand why artists don't keep pets in the studio (unless of course if they want to turn their pets into art pieces?)

    Happy creating :-)

  4. Oh funny --- although I am not sure it was at the time , but makes an interesting topic,,, and your cat is so lovely I am sure Green would not be preferred choice for a coat.

    Now I have two cats, very noisy who I referred to as shadow 1 and shadow 2 and a dog who is very attached -- who I call Velcro.

    Needless to say I can no longer make creative bars of soap for that very reason,,,,
    and dream of a separate space for a studio.


  5. Ooooops, but a miss is as good as a mile. Lucky you shouted when you did. Diane

  6. Ahh, what a lovely cat. And what a near miss! Thank goodness!

  7. Your cat looks so beautiful I am glad you averted disaster, just!

  8. Hi Tabitha Bird!
    Thank you for being my follower. A chihuahua might be a very good idea.

    Hi David L Macaulay!
    Thank you for visiting. We just talked about your cat - the one that luckily avoided the microwave :)

    Hi Kris Ngoei!
    Thanks for visiting. I consider my cat a model and an encouraging companion, not an art piece :)

    Hi Joanny!
    I love your pets' names. A separate space for a studio is a big dream of mine too.

    Hi Diane!
    I shouted - No! I'm pretty sure that my neighbours heard it. I wonder what they thought.

    Hi Sarah!
    With two urgent commissions and one gallery life passed by in front of my eyes.

    Hi Mariann Lennert!
    Thank you for being my follower! Cats are adorable :)

    Hi Lindy!
    Thank you for complimenting on my cat's good looks.

  9. Love this guy... So cute. Carla

  10. That is the best story I have heard all week !!!

  11. Hi Carla!
    Thank you. I love him too.

    Hi MANDY!
    I am happy that you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. too cute. glad your cat wasn't splattered with paint. hope you've a great weekend.

  13. beautiful kitty, as an owner of too many cats and dogs, you wouldn't believe the trouble they can get into... but i think they are worth it... but today has been a good day, subject to change at anytime~

  14. Hahaha, oh animals, you gotta love them. That could have been CATastrophic!

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by Olga. Lovely kitty...a near-miss is always alarming, even with a good outcome :)

  16. Oh that's a cute story... A cAt saved by a scream:)

    She looks lovely...

  17. My cat Jack gets into everything. I'm sure he would find a way to get paint splattered.

  18. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh your cat is simply adorable!!

  19. Hi Life Ramblings!
    I am happy that he didn't paint himself. Thank you for stopping by. I like your Moscow photos.

    Hi food for thought!
    I have never had a pet before. They are so much fun.

    Hi *~Christine~*!
    I seriously like the word - CATastrophic. Thank you for commenting.

    Hi Paula!
    It has happened for the first time in my professional life. I am definitely going to be more cautious.

    Hi Ann!
    I think my scream could have stopped a train. Thank you for visiting.

    Hi Jan!
    I only know two constantly curious animals - cats and squirrels. Thank you for visiting.

    Hi shirley!
    He is very modest. But today he is a bit of a star.

  20. haha loved this yes just love cats, my old fellow died in June. I am still grieving. He was black & white and though supportive of my wall hangings was very jealous of the time I would spend on them and made sure I knew it. Your cat makes me think of a cat that I met in the south of France in September. Won't tell the story now, saving it for a post. But there will be a picture of the cat and he looks just like your cat.

  21. Hi Dolly!
    Sorry about your cat...
    I am looking forward to the post!!!!