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Feline Friday – #91 – Grecian cats

In 2007 my friend KJ and I took a cruise of the Greek islands on the Perla, a small-ish ship (1095 passengers, 395 cabins). We started out in Athens and visited Crete, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini.

I encountered quite a few cats along the way and took photos of some of them. The photo above was taken at the Roman Agora in Athens. The cat took a shine to us and followed us around for a while, then jumped up on the map to help us plan our visit.


This photogenic gentleman was well known and I was told collecting money from tourists for his cats padded his ouzo budget, but that was okay with me. One for the cats, one for the ouzo sounded fair and I was happy to contribute!

We spent a considerable amount of time in the Plaka area of Athens. KJ was and is still a souvenir store junkie so what could I do? As we were leaving one evening I turned around and saw this Tuxedo cat sitting outside this pottery store.

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It turned out to be one of those serendipity moments as when I returned home I painted a ceramic tile of the scene.

This Tuxedo seemed very serene, waiting patiently for dinner further along the street.

grecian catsThis beautiful ginger tabby was enjoying the sun at the Palace of Knossus on Crete. While the tour guide droned on and on and on I was trying to be as zen as this cat.

Still at Knossus, these dogs were roaming around. I was concerned about the lone cat at left but he seemed able to take care of himself.

Another Tuxedo, this one was at Patmos.

Also Patmos, this guy (or gal) was chowing down on some juicy bacon…

greek catsBut this little guy won the jackpot with toast, chicken and bacon.

In my travels in other countries, outside of the US or the UK, I have to admit I am troubled by the number of cats and dogs in the streets, seemingly without a home. But they all seem well fed and taken care of. Certainly there is horrendous abuse of pet cats and dogs in the US, so I can’t point fingers. It’s just a different attitude towards animals as pets.

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Feline Friday – #29 – Art Nouveau cats

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I don’t remember when I started painting cat tiles… fifteen years ago or more? These are a couple of my early attempts.

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The backgrounds are after an Art Nouveau design I found in a book.

Kiln-fired ceramic tiles, 6 in x 6 in (15.25 cm). Framed, 8 in x 8 in (20.3 cm)

I thought about these as tomorrow I will be in a place famous for its tiles and its cats.

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Feline Friday – #15 – in the nick of time

Been a little busy taking care of stuff. Was afraid I wasn’t going to make Feline Friday today but it is 9:20 pm and it’s still Friday so I made it!

I painted these two heart-shaped tiles in 2006 in honor of Pharoah, my Champagne Tabby and Friday, my late Tuxedo Cat.

These kiln-fired glazed tiles measure 7 inches across and still hang in my living room.

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Reflections in tiles and being purple

california science center los angelesI visited the California Science Center a couple of times during the past year. Located in Exposition Park, south of downtown Los Angeles, the 400,00 sq ft museum hosts permanent installations as well as special exhibits related to all areas of the sciences from bacteria to outer space. It is also home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour and a seven-story IMAX theater.

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Between the main museum and the IMAX theater is a plaza area where I took these photos. I was just having fun shooting some abstract and miscellaneous images.

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This is a series of selfies reflected in some colorful ceramic tiles installed on the exterior of the IMAX theater.

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Steps leading out of the plaza area.

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Looking up to the ceiling of the plaza area and towards the main museum building.

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california science center los angeles

Granite slabs which create a seating area or a place to run and jump depending on your age group. Oops, my copyright covered up Victor Hugo’s name.

On a very hot day, a place to cool off and be purple.

science-center-012115-016-C-850pxA closeup of atoms or planets?

The plaza area reminds me of the 1970s and I thought that was when it was installed but the facility opened in 1998 so obviously I am wrong. But if time is non-linear it can be the 70s in the 90s and 2015 too!

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Feline Friday – #10 – Catalina Cats

I didn’t want to miss a Feline Friday but, as you may imagine, my life is a little hectic right now. So until I can get back to some kind of regular schedule with my blogging activities (and my life) I decided to copy and paste a post of mine over at my archived Art, Tiles & Mosaics blogspot from September 15, 2008. Gee, that is more than six years ago… hard to believe!

As you will note, my cats Friday and Pharoah show up in this tile… I often painted them into my designs to make them more personal for me. Friday, of course, has since passed away, but Pharoah is still going strong! The other tile mentioned in this post came out pretty well too but I don’t have time right now to track it down. So, in the meantime I wish you a happy Feline Friday!

Catalina Cats

From September 15, 2008

As a self-proclaimed tile addict, my favorite thing to do when I visit Catalina Island (just a short boat ride from Los Angeles) is to hunt down all the beautiful tiles that adorn the buildings and walkways in Avalon. (And I highly recommend the Jewels of Avalon Tile Walking Tour.) But just as ubiquitous, and beautiful, are the feral cats of Catalina. T-shirts and other souvenirs of the cats are easily found in the shops. So for me to paint a tile of a Catalina scene was well overdue. I just retrieved this one from the kiln this morning. I have a companion tile that I’m starting to work on now but for the first one I decided on the most famous landmark, the Casino Ballroom. Inviting you into the scene are my two friends, Friday and Pharoah!
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