Blue Eyed Cat

“When one door of happiness closes, another door opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Helen Keller

Blue Eyed Cat

4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

This was painted from the same reference photo as yesterday’s cat.  In fact, I painted it the same day.  I do seem to enjoy distorting animals.  Notice I did NOT say torturing animals.  Just wanted to be clear on that point.  😀

I am a real animal lover.  I think they have the most expressive eyes, even before I get to them.  To be able to paint expression is something that makes me happy.

The story of Helen Keller is the story of a child who, at the age of 19 months, suddenly lost her hearing and vision, and who, against overwhelming odds and with a great deal of persistence, grew into a highly intelligent and sensitive woman who wrote, spoke, and labored incessantly for the betterment of others. So powerful a symbol of triumph over adversity did she become that she has a definite place in the history of our time and of times to come.

More of her biography here.

In his eulogy, Senator Lister Hill of Alabama expressed the feelings of the whole world when he said of Helen Keller, “She will live on, one of the few, the immortal names not born to die. Her spirit will endure as long as man can read and stories can be told of the woman who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith.”


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambiguousartistry
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 13:02:48

    I agree with Leslie. You can really feel this cat has an interesting character.


  2. lesliepaints
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 00:42:02

    Your use of color and your ability to simplify and image and still impart such feeling as this cat has is remarkable, Beth.


  3. CarolKing
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 21:48:02

    Love the distorted big blue-eyed cat! You sure do have a way with animals. That background green is fabulous! What color is it?


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 10, 2010 @ 06:47:31

      Thanks, Carol! I’m not sure what color that green is, because I have it on a pallet with about a zillion other colors. 😀 If I think of it, I’ll look at my tubes when I get home. I like it, too.


  4. Joan T
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 10:25:56

    LOVE the big eyes and the colors!!! Super lively cats!!!

    I love the Helen Keller story too. It fascinates me to this day.


  5. Jingle
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 08:38:54

    love Helen killer story…

    lovely cat!


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