A Few of My Favourite Things…

Cat drawings by Anita Langham

Cats – Drawings by Anita Langham

It’s been a time for clutter-clearing this past week, and as I was sorting through some old sketches, I came across these drawings of cats past and present. Cats tend to hang around when you’re making art – dozing on the painting table, dribbling on the paper, nibbling the paintbrushes – and so they often become artist’s models.

There was Jasper, a large ginger cat, solid and immovable, but so loving. And Tyb, the Prince of Cats, a family pet – a gentle giant who takes furriness to a new level.  And my current cat who is a fluffy delight – so much so that she is a real challenge to draw. All that long fur makes it hard to discern and convey the structure underneath (plus she’s always asleep!)

It seems I’m following a long tradition in art here – the French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954) had two cats called Minouche and Coussi as well as a black cat named La Puce (the Flea). He painted into old age, and although he never depicted his cats, there’s a photo of him drawing from his bed with his cats by his side here

Photo of Canadian artist & writer Emily Carr with her dogs onepaintingaweek.wordpress.com

Pioneering Canadian artist Emily Carr (Link)

Emily Carr (1871-1945), a pioneering Canadian artist and writer, had a whole host of animals, including parrots, white rats, and cats, as well as three dogs which were the subject of her autobiographical book  Emily Carr and Her Dogs

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) also had a whole menagerie, including macaws, monkeys and a fawn. She was also fond of Mexican hairless dogs (Xoloitzcuintli), whose heritage dates back to the Aztecs. Did you know – over a third of her 143 paintings are self-portraits with her animals? Now there’s an idea for a series.

Frida Kahlo Self-portrait with Monkey & Cat

‘Self-Portrait with Two Monkeys’ – Frida Kahlo

(this was the title online, but surely one of them is a cat??)

And Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) fell in love with chows, sketching, photographing and writing about them. Which surprised me, as I didn’t have her down as the fluffy type.

How about you – dog, cat or something more outlandish? And do you ever draw them, or write about them?

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Happy New Year!

Barn Owl Painting Mixed Media anitalangham.co.uk
Barn Owl – Original Painting by Anita Langham
Just wanted to swoop by and wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
It’s hard to be positive here, in this country, on this island, on this planet.
But I’m an optimist, and I like to think that people turn towards the light and what is right (though it may take a while!), so I hope for better things to come, for all of us.
Have a Good One

A Blog Post!

Rock and Leaf Collage

Rock and Leaf Collage

A blog post has been a rare thing here of late. Meanwhile autumn/fall has arrived. This collage seems to give it expression  – the damp greeny-greyness all around. Lovely time of year though. I made this as a base for drawing or painting on, but I quite like it as it is.

I hope intend to post here more regularly from now on. I’m also toying with the idea of moving us all to a new blog, but undecided. Will keep you posted about that.

Thanks for visiting.


Sleeping Cat Drawing

Sleeping cat drawing on paper

It’s cold here again, so a time for cosying up this weekend. Cats have the right idea. A quick drawing, but it captured the essence.  Always good to seize the moment. This  sleeping cat is another one I did a little while ago.

And a date for your diary, for when the weather’s (hopefully) warmer. I’m a member of the Art of Gwynngala group and we’re having a showing of paintings, sculpture and ceramics  at the Cowslip Workshop near Launceston in North Cornwall  over Easter, 19 – 28 April, 10-4 daily. There’s a lovely cafe there, next to the exhibition space, and a textile studio/shop. So if you’re in the area, please come over for coffee or lunch and have a browse. There’s a Meet the Makers event on Saturday 20 April 12 – 2 pm, too.  Hope to see you there.

Art of Gwynngala 2019 Cowslip Exhibition