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Meet Max: Bacon-Loving Cat

Everyone in our house knows how much our cat Max loves bacon.  He can smell it from the farthest corners of the house!  Last weekend, as  Nicole made breakfast, he decided to get as close as possible (probably to increase his chances of getting a taste).  Check out “Bacon Cat“.

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A Sailfish & Mahi Kind of Day

Last weekend I fished with friends off the east coast of Florida (Jupiter, namely) in search of mahi & sailfish.  Lost a few early on, then our luck hit.  Here’s the sailfish I landed — that’s me, the happy angler, in the background!  We also nabbed a nice mahi.  It’s not the first sailfish/mahi combo day I’ve had – check out my In the Spread painting inspired by another great day.  Art really does imitate life. . .or is it the other way around?!?

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Still need to find a holiday gift for a cat-lover?  I have a solution for you!  My Hard At Work cards (set of 8 w/envelopes) will be well-received by anyone who needs one of those last-minute blank cards for a special occasion.  And who wouldn’t like to see a cat at a typewriter, relaxing in a hammock, cooling off in front of a fan or napping on top of a birdhouse?  If you order soon, I can get them to you in time for Christmas.  Local folks – please call me to arrange for pickup at my studio and avoid shipping!

Hard at Work cat greeting cards

Jingle Paws Jubilee with Max & Phoebe

If you’re looking for something fun to do Sunday, December 7 AND you’re a cat or dog lover AND you’re in Sarasota, Florida, stop by Payne Park for Jingle Paws Jubilee!  Nicole and I will be showcasing the Max & Phoebe cards, prints and original illustrations, as well as, my retro-style wood signs and postcards.  You might even see Santa.   Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to Cat Depot in Sarasota!   Check out the site for more info at Jingle Paws Jubilee.  Here’s a gratuitous shot of a cat and dog in Santa hats.  Cute, huh?

Cat and Dog with Santas Claus hats

Two for the Trail Painting

When I started my retro series I wanted to highlight some iconic spots in Florida.  Tamiami Trail seemed only fitting, since it transformed the way folks traveled after it opened in 1928.  It was expanded in the 1950s and ultimately connected two worlds between Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts.  For those who traveled it, endless possibilities awaited them.  Of all the gals I’ve painted, this one most closely resembles my wife Nicole.  She and I had met a wonderful guy named Mike around the time I wanted to start the painting — he was showing his classic 1969 Corvette at a car show in Venice, FL and was happy to oblige us in taking pictures of Nicole in the car.   Many folks ask if that’s our dog enjoying the breeze.  Nope, but since Springer Spaniels were popular in the 50s (according to the AKC), I thought he would make a perfect addition!  Here’s the wood sign image, but she comes as a mini print and a canvas print, too!

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