New Fantasy Cats – bright and bold

I decided to be brave with my colours and painted this new group of Fantasy Cats in very bright hues – hence the name “Rainbow Cats”.

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“Rainbow Cats” Size : 22.5cm x 30.5cm; approx 9″x12″ Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

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You can find my paintings and other works here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

New! Cats Portraits – but they are all Fantasy Cats

Having painted many Fantasy Cats – their souls, really, not their exterior cuteness (wonderfully cute though they are!), I decided to try my hand it the actual portrait painting.

One of the bloggers here – Marc-Andre from

http://katzenworld.co.uk/

kindly offered me the photo and very vivid description of his two amazing cats.

Here what I made of them:

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“Oliver” Size : 13cm x 18cm; approx 5″x7″ Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

"Nubia" Size : 13cm x 18cm; approx 5"x7" Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

“Nubia”
Size : 13cm x 18cm; approx 5″x7″
Medium : Acrylic paints
Material : canvas

You can order your cat’s portrait – painted in an unusual, fantasy style – here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

And Cats Again! My latest Fantasy Cats painting for you

Just finished this painting of two cats – they have joined the growing family of Fantasy Cats (you can find them all here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo)

"Two Watchful Cats in Burgundy and Orange" Size : 30cm x 30cm; approx 11.8"x11.8" Medium : Acrylic paints Material : canvas

“Two Watchful Cats in Burgundy and Orange”
Size : 30cm x 30cm; approx 11.8″x11.8″
Medium : Acrylic paints
Material : canvas

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Cats, cats, cats – now on my cushions

I am a great cat lover – well, this is obvious.

I realized that I made quite a few of my cushion/pillow covers featuring cats – in various forms, colours and sizes.

Let’s have a look.

First, my Black Cats:

"Cheeky Black Cat"

“Cheeky Black Cat”

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“The Cat and the Moon”

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“Two Black Cats”

I made these three cushions as a set – “Three Black Cats” (inventive name, I know!)

 

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Now – other cats, white and one Siamese:

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“Queen of Night”

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“Siamese Cat”

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“Playful White Cat”

On some cushions cats have a company:

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“Cat and Dog: Friendship”

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“Cat and Mice: Sweet Dreams”

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“Cats in Love”

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“Cat and Bird”

 

Other cushions are featuring cats in a humorous way:

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“The Cats Tree”

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“The Cats Family”

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“Cat and Balloon”

"Two Funny Cats"

“Two Funny Cats”

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“Four Jolly Cats”

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“Autumn Cat”

All my cushion covers are completely hand-sewn, I used the raw edge applique technique when making it. The applique details are made of  high quality fabrics. I embroidered some details and used beads, buttons and other trimmings.

Because I put a lot of imagination, efforts and work into my cushion covers I give them all individual names :)

What do you think?

If you’d like to see all my cushions – and other art – you can always look in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

 

For the lovers of cats: My latest in the Fantasy Cats series

I have finished this cat a couple of days ago and now – please, welcome!

 

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“Poised Cat in Crimson” Size : 15 cm x 30 cm; approx 6″ x 12″ Medium : Acrylic paints Material : deep edge canvas

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It will look good together with the other Fantasy Cat!

You can see all my works here in my on-line shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

 

My London travels: A department store? Wow!

Still walking around London, looking at wonderful buildings of which there is an abundance.

Look at this one – it is on Wigmore Street,which runs parallel to Oxford Street. But in contrast with the maddening noise and crowds of London’s main shopping venue, the Wigmore Street is quiet and serene.  And what did I suddenly see on the other side?

This majestic building:

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It is huge, it occupies an entire block, designed in Edwardian baroque and is very impressive.

It looks quite clean which is unusual taking into account the big city ecology.  As I found out later, it is because it is clad in Doulton’s famous Carrara tiles (yes, the very same Doulton of the celebrated china ware) who guaranteed that his tiles would defy the smog. Which they did.

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The building is decorated with several statues symbolizing  industry and commerce (again, my later findings :) ) It is further decorated with angels, wreaths and garlands and a central tower into the bargain.

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You could say straight away that it was never originally designed as a town house or an office block, or a government office.

What is (or was) it?!

 

Well, in fact it used to be a department store. A shop. A branch of Debenhams.

Of course, it was not just ANY shop, any Debenhams branch.

In fact, it was a home to a 200-years business. It started in 1778 by a draper’s business of  one William Clark. William Debenhams became a partner in 1813 and the name was changed to Clark and Debenhams. Then Clement Freebody became a partner in 1851, and the name was changed again to Debenhams & Freebody. Freebody later sold his share of business. At the beginning of the 20th century the firm enjoyed a great success, business expanded across the whole England.

And the building on Wigmore street built in 1907-08 became an emblem of this success.

The building looked very quiet and majestic. I crossed over the road to the grand entrance and peeked through the door. All I could see was an imposing staircase straight in front of me which was unusual for shops of that era.

I could just imagine all those shoppers a hundred years ago trotting upstairs and downstairs, ladies lifting their skirts not to trip over the hem, gentlemen doffing their hats when passing acquaintances…

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Well, it is all in the past now. The Wigmore Street address is still used by Debenhams plc, but the building is occupied mainly by offices.

 

Sic transit gloria mundi

(“Thus passes the glory of the world.”)