Hip Cat Visits Lighthouse

“Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.”
– Samuel Butler

Hip Cat Visits Lighthouse

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Ha!  You were expecting a painting of a sailboat?  🙂

I haven’t painted any cats for a while and this one just had the smug look that cried out for sunglasses.  The cat in the reference photo didn’t look smug, but my paintbrush interprets things it’s own way, sometimes.

I say … go with the flow when that happens.  No Rules.  It’s great brain food.   🙂

About Samuel Butler

British author Samuel Butler is best known as the author of The Way of All Flesh, a semiautobiographical novel V. S. Pritchett called one of the time bombs of literature because of its incendiary critique of Victorian society and because Butler delayed publication until after his death. He was born in 1835 near Bingham. Rather than enter the clergy as many of his family members had, he became a sheep farmer in New Zealand for four years. He first gained fame with the satirical novel Erewhon. He died in 1902.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    May 24, 2010 @ 22:00:06

    That’s hysterical. I laughed when I opened your site. But in this case, you HAD to be going for the laugh! What a great painting. That is one cool cat! Great shades. Great painting.


    • Beth Parker
      May 25, 2010 @ 07:48:54

      Thanks, Carol! Actually, I shouldn’t tell you this, but the cat’s eyes made him look really pissed off (not the real cat, but my painted cat), so I added the shades to change the mood of the painting. he he I guess it worked. 🙂


  2. asmalltowndad
    May 24, 2010 @ 11:54:52

    As Huey Lewis would sing… your to hip, to hip to be square! Your paintings do have a way of putting a smile on faces.


  3. Joan T
    May 24, 2010 @ 10:44:07

    I love this whimsical piece. What a cool cat and lovely lighthouse. You do such fun pieces!


  4. lesliepaints
    May 24, 2010 @ 08:50:37

    First of all, I don’t think I’ve mentioned how cool your header is, above, with your art lined up in a row! Looks really nice when I open your site.
    The cat! 🙂 Color, and because of how bright the color is, the need for sunglasses. I love coming here weekday mornings. Starts the day off great!


    • Beth Parker
      May 24, 2010 @ 08:57:35

      Thanks, Leslie. I haven’t received any responses to the new blog layout, so I was wondering if it was too much. I appreciate the comment very much! I am also happy that my blog starts your days off great. I really want it to do that. I appreciate you!


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