Plenty of famous artists were crazy about cats………Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre Bonnard, Louis Wain, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and on and on. Studies confirm that they lower our blood pressure and release dopamine and serotonin, which reduce stress, improve immune functioning, and fosters creativity. Scientists have proved that the person who owns a cat has a smaller chance of getting a heart attack. However this theory was seriously tested today. When my back was turned Thomas dived for a big brush heavily loaded with blue oil paint and then thought it was a new game of grab and chase. he was determined to distribute a hefty swath of turquoise paint on his favorite places…the sofa, the bed and the shaggy rug. What a riot. Once caught, a clean rag took care of most of his coat, and butter rubbed elsewhere prompted a good licking! Tonight he still has a blue ear and neck which he couldn’t reach, and the paint has stained his fur. Perfection has been compromised, but it is an interesting look!
In San Francisco Anna and I shopped relentlessly, and enjoyed every moment. With purchases mostly from Craig’s list, flea markets and second hand stores, we transformed her small shabby apartment to a sharp character filled retreat. To get around the city, we used a zip car, a friend’s car, and Uber. We searched, then scrubbed, painted, polished, and planted and fell into our respective beds exhausted only to get up and repeat the process. We stopped to eat occasionally and very well, but even on my final morning, before leaving for the airport, the rugs came up and the floor was mopped and polished. I am trying for a return invitation!
We had hardly time to notice the weather, but on Sunday we climbed the hill to Grant Park. It is minutes from her door, and we had a brilliant 360 deg. panorama from the high rises of down town, the length of Golden Gate Park, the top of the bridge, and the Bay beyond and Ocean Beach in the distance.
On the our return walk, we found that a hill top resident had tossed a heap of rooted succulent cuttings on the curb, a free gift for passers by, and irresistible for an enthusiastic gardener. Back we came with yet another task.
It was all great fun but she had work to do… At the end of the workday she can come home to a Morrocan style retreat, a perfect setting to relax, sit back, eat couscous, and drink mint tea.
And Tom has a fine wooden salad bowl of his very own!
America’s Cup 2013 NFS
I also completed the commission. It is 5 ft wide, and took a few weeks to complete. I had plenty of resource photos. Pete and I were in San Francisco for the event.