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I am getting a little ahead of myself, but in the second stanza of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Edward Lear mentions the land where the Bong-Tree grows and I think this tree might be just the ticket.  I have been reading Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer and I am learning that he traveled extensively and published many books of drawings and a comprehensive book of illustrations of parrots. So he was much more than a writer of wonderful nonsense verse and the inventor of words like runcible and Bong-Tree. Maybe I can work a parrot into this project, perhaps sitting in the Bong-Tree.
THE BONG TREE

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I am pleased to present the pussy-cat who will accompany the red owl.  I used some new design elements in this mosaic, including millefiori.  I hope you will agree that this cat has enough attitude to deal with a guitar-playing owl as a traveling companion.

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Thank you for checking out my cat drawings and weighing in on your favorites.  Since the voting was close I decided to work on two cat mosaics, which are well underway.  I have two felines of my own at home and I am trying my best to capture their self-possessed qualities in these mosaic pieces.  Here’s a peek at the work in progress.

As you can see things get a little messy in the studio with glue and coffee stains and tiles and tools all spilling over into the creative process.  Out of this comes something unexpected and unplanned.  Speaking of planning, I have started to think about the pea green boat that the owl and the pussy-cat are going to sail away in, and I’ve been collecting green tiles. The more I think about these two, with their penchant for mice and their nocturnal ways, I think the voyage will be a good one.

Cat#1

This summer I read Wesley the Owl and I was impressed with how difficult it is for a human being to cohabit with an owl.  They eat lots and lots of mice, and only mice.  They mate for life and in the case of Wesley he mated with the author of this book, Stacy O’Brien.  This seems to bode well for my cat who is planning to start a relationship with an owl. They both eat mice.  They are roughly the same size and they are both willful creatures.

It is time to choose the best cat drawing so I can start on my second mosaic in my quest to illustrate the poem, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. Please take a moment to take the poll and let me know which cat speaks to you.

Cat#2

Cat #3

About four months ago I made two mosaics inspired by owls in John James Audubon’s Birds of America, using ceramic tiles made by Cinca.  I embellished them with patterns and dots and color.   The palette is more subtle and subdued than what I usually use in my paintings, and I made one of the owls from the warmer colors and one from the cooler colors.  This is the red owl, inspired by the watercolor of the Great Gray Owl below.   So now there’s an owl. In my next post I’ll  share my sketches for the pussy-cat.