Monday, April 13, 2009


I hope all of you had a great Easter weekend and were able to spend it with family and loved ones. This time of year marks a period of regrowth and new beginnings, and this year is no different, except maybe I'm not taking things for granted as much as I did a few years ago. I'm finding I take pleasure and I'm more thankful for even the simpliest of things, and I'm feeling very hopeful about this country. I know that may not make sense with the economy still in turmoil, but with the warmer winds of spring and the greening of the landscape it all makes me feel energized and excited. I wish that feeling for everyone because hope and joy can be very powerful things and it can't help but give you balance in your life.

Something new to begin the week...."Elwood, All in Black." With the completion of this piece our cats have all been created and completed in papier mache. Elwood is the comic of our cat clan and runs throwing his back legs in the air like a new colt. He just makes me laugh and seems to know just when to coming flying in to see me as if to say, " Take a break, I need my head scratched!" He is also the smallest of our three cats, which was recently explained to us by our vet because Elwood has asthma. It may make him a smaller cat, but it doesn't seem to slow the little guy down at all. Elwood also smiles...yes, he really smiles!

Our Elwood actually has more white on him then painted in this piece and that is the reason for the title of the work..."Elwood, All in Black. "

His ball shaped body sits on the top of a wood base painted with a Halloween landscape. The ball can be removed from the base or rotated and angled to suit it's placement in anyone's living room or Halloween gallery space.

I hope he gives you a smile. Have a great day and week!!


HowlingMoonDesigns said...

Very beautifully said Laurie! I feel the same way this time of year..actually it's when my huge Wisteria blooms and the flowers are perfect and beautiful and fragrant..I somehow feel renewed by it's beauty!
I Love Elwood! and how cute your guy sounds :)..All your new pieces are just Fabulous!

PJ's talking... said...

Yep, he made me smile... several times. So dressed up, that fancy guy.
(got a give away on my blog) ~PJ

Jo James said...

Elwood's awesome!
I'm feeling hopeful too.
Spring does that, I think.

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Candy- I had 2 tiny yellow crocus and a small red tulip today and it just was so lovely to see things in bloom again. It is renewing! Isn't it amazing that something so small can bring such joy!!

PJ-I stopped by your blog and left you a comment. Congrats on your 200th post!! Glad Elwood gave you a grin.

Jo- Thanks for stopping by! I think spring is the grandest thing we get yearly. It just makes you feel good about everything! I found some more tiny tiny buttons I will get in the mail to you as soon as I find some more of he buried treasures. HA!

Thank you all!!

Robert said...

Sooo... sad I did not win your ornament-boo whooo... I am loving your new pieces though-keep em' coming!!!

Sonia ;) said...


How fantastic Elwood is...Dressed in black for a Halloween party maybe. I love the expression on his face and poor lil guy with asthma. As always your pieces amaze me and always make me smile...

Sonia ;)

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

He gives me a great big smile!!!

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

Elwood is delightful! I wonder if he'd share his boa with me? :]

Designs By CK said...

What a LOVELY post & well said!

The new art is not bad either!!! '-)

Have a great week Laurie.

SpOOky CK (-'


~ OTBP said...

he is just great!

HowlingMoonDesigns said...

It is amazing Laurie, that little small things can effect us in such big ways :)..I love that we can get that, and apreciate it :)