A Welsh Cat in a French landscape – the story behind the painting.

5ft x 4ft (1.5 x 1.2 meters) oil on canvas.   A Welsh Cat in a French Landscape.96214822_10158339963345396_6930736945429479424_oPainted during lock down, this symbolic image of Christeve the Cat overlooking the village of Mas Cabardes – SW France  demonstrates why sketch books are so vital in the life of an artist.

I used two of the many rapid sketches I produced in Mas Cabardes eleven years ago as the foundation block for this image. 20200518_101650Sketches are thoughts on paper…in this case very quick responses to what I was seeing.         They can become excellent reference material.    

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Given that Christeve the Cat lived with me in Wales for several years, I have a zillion sketches of her:)37741212_10156512625865396_5819395929748275200_o

In many ways Christeve the Cat is my alter ego.    In the little children’s book,  ‘Christeve the Cat finds her Home’.  –  she is lost and alone and looking for a home of her own.

The book is about homelessness,  courage and trust in the unseen and is directed to children of all ages from different belief systems.     Yes, the magical hummingbirds play an important part in the story. 

65184284_10157321058520396_8159511051407196160_oUltimately, Christeve the Cat finds that her home is right there in front of her.

‘As Little Cat came closer to the only light she could see, she realised that it was shining from the cottage across from HER tree’20200521_101859

So why a French village given that the book is set in Crickhowell Wales (the Magical Town of Crickadoon?).         

I have always loved the French landscape and particularly the villages of  SW and Southern France with their orange roofs.    I have many dear friends in France and have painted and exhibited there a great deal.       For many years I have wanted to live there…and maybe one day I will,    but not wishing to sound like a cliche – the lock down has reminded me that home is ‘within’.

Plus as we now must surely understand.   ‘everything is interconnected’

Wishing one and all a beautiful and creative weekend.

Janet 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 thoughts on “A Welsh Cat in a French landscape – the story behind the painting.

  1. tessaphilips

    Lovely journey Janet, thanks for sharing your thoughts and vibrant colours! XTessa

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David…Thank you for such a lovely comment. Very pleased you enjoyed this post….and I wish you and your family a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. It is another glorious day here – hope the same is true for you. Janet 🙂

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  2. davidjrogersftw

    I want to add to my comment above. My machine got stuck above and i couldn’t type more. I wanted to say I love the cat as I love all cats and they love me. Your writing craft is so good. Gentle, easy-going, succinct. What a pleasure to read. Best.

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  3. America On Coffee

    The story behind the art is always exciting. A Welsh Cat theme here is an entertaining concept, And, your sketches are brilliant. . I always love your color scheme too. Cats are so gravitated upon France Loving hugs to you! 🌺🌺🌺💕💕💕

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      1. America On Coffee

        Hi there Janet. What a loving exchange, a smile for a smile! Your artistry of perfect, soft colors and shapes, truly stimulate my imagination. Big Hugs for rainbow matching my heart!🌈💕

  4. ĽAdelaide

    I am late discovering this lovely post. Your work always inspires me and I could use a little about now. I hope you are well and your world is not tilting like a windmill. xx

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