Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Lazy Crazy Days of Summer - Slideshow

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!  Thought we’s show our Summer Slideshow from yesteryear...many of YOUR cats are in. it!  It’s been pretty quiet this summer...time to reflect on the times we had in the past~!

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Winners of the Red White and Blue Patriotic Cats Contest on Fine Art America

We often think of ourselves as the only cats in the whole world, but our human often “brings us down to earth” by paying attention to OTHER CATs, particularly in the artistic world.  I know...hard to believe she could stop thinking of US so often isn’t it?

Well this week she was “taken over” by the patriotic spirit and hosted a contest for her fellow artists on Fine Art America.  The images which follow are from the talented ARTIST WINNERS of that contest and their creative cats!  Without further ado, we present...”THE WINNAHS!”

1st Place:  Marilyn DeBlock's winning entry “Patriotic Kitty,”  is an adorable cat, holding a flag and created in AI from one of her own photos.  Marilyn, a talented 
photographer-artist retired from a corporate career, often photographed events for her company newspaper.  She now specializes in beautiful photography & art of flowers, nature & pet photography and her company, “Picture This” creates awesome greeting cards.

2nd Place:  Debra Kewley’s entry, “Patriotic Kitties”  our second place winner, features four way-too-cute-kittens, enmeshed in an American flag.  Debra is a passionate nature photographer & artist who lives to create fun & colorful digital, AI & mixed. media artwork.  Her photos were featured in many publications and she’s a frequent award winner in Fine Art America contests. She lived in Florida for many years and now resides in Colorado.

3rd Place (tie) Charles Pace - our 3rd place winner’s creative entry was an extreme close up of a beautiful white cat with the American flag reflected in her blue eyes!  Charles, an illustrator, artist & designer is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has had a long career including advertising, theme park design and film.  

3rd Place (tie):  Louise Lavallee’s entry, “Pat the Cat” is an AI creation of a large cat sitting proudly on a pedestal with an American flag nearby.  Obviously this cat knows about “domination!”  Louise is an artist/painter who lives in Montreal and especially loves creating book and CD covers, using her own photography as inspiration.

Our human, Carol, created links to these fine individuals’ art pages on Fine Art America, if you would like to check out more of their art.  We all do sell our artwork through this site, and the images are available as prints, pillow, and many other home items and wearables.
Carol’s FineArt America address is

You might wonder why there are no picture of US in this post, or of Carol’s own Fine Art work.  Well, you will find that in our accompanying Fourth of July post on the same day.   We object to having “other cats” admired, but, well, its all in the name of A-R-T!

We are joining the Caturday hop, Sunday and Monday hops, in honor of this Independence Day occasion!

Your truly,

Peaches & Paprika
Calico cats of Distinction who have graciously given up the spotlight to others in the name of Art

Mom Carol’s Cat Creations

Do I look happy about it here?

 We tried to stop her, but she would have none of it.  Yes, OUR Mom Carol insisted on creating portraits of cats other than ourselves.  We no longer have the control of her we used to and she truly went AWOL this week, with the project.  She even held a contest for red, white and blue cats on Fine Art America.  

She DID finally agree to INCLUDE pictures of us in her Patriotic Collection, but we had to threaten to wake her up daily at 4am for her to agree to this.

But, IS the day before her birthday...I guess we’ll cut her alittle slack. This time.

Here are the “other cats” she created, along with some enhanced pictures of US!

This is Mr. Americat.  Actually, he’s very handsome with those red and blue eyes.  Paprika wants a date with him but I’ve got first dibs! - Peaches the cat

Mr. Americat

Here is “IVAN INDEPENDENCE.”  He DOES cut a fine figure doesn’t he, with that wavy red bow.  He is, however, our SECOND choice as “boyfriend.

Ivan Independence

HOWEVER, There IS some competition. Her. name is “Mrs 4th of July." Look at this stuck up cat with her “over the top” tail.  She thinks she’s hot stuff, with blue eyes and swirly rear end, but we bet she’s never even caught a mouse!

Mrs 4th of July

No sooner did we recover from encountering “Mrs 4th of July,” when another stuck-up female popped up into our line of vision...:”Ms. Red, White and Blue.”  We think she has a long way to go, thinking all she has to do is wear those overly blue heart-shaped glasses.  We bet they cover up a HANG-OVER! 

Ms. Red, White & Blue

Well, there is one cat-dream who came along to make this little exercise totally worthwhile.  His name, Sweet Sandy Ameri-cat, reflects the real gentleman he is,  and look at that cute little beret.  No attitude here! Paprika and I will have to fight over him.

Sweet Sandy Amiri-Cat

Our last (unwelcome) visitor is one we both fear - her name is FIREWORKS FANNIE, and she heralds what we all fear and dread...the boom boom noises and flashing lights which terrify her.  But Our human assures us we will be SAFE even when she’s around.

Last but absolutely not least are some pawe-some pictures of me and Paprika.  Maybe we’re not as “outrageous” as those “other” cats but we can hold our own...and we’re in it for the long haul!

Me, Myself and I...Peaches the Cat

And Paprika can also hold her own.  Look at that beautiful red chair she found to sit on.  She does look alittle dazed though, from all the action...

Last but not least, our human added insult to injury and created a little video of this “other cats.” If you’re not tired of looking at them. yet, there’s always the video! 

Love, Carol, Peaches, Paprika, and all the other Catriotic Cats of Independence Day