These are the reason for "Monkey-Cats" Studio receiving the name. Pretty cute when they were kittens but they are now 9 years old, still think they are kittens and try to fit in the same spaces on my studio table. For some reason these two have very long tails like a monkey and received the nickname monkey boys from my husband. We are sure they can swing upside down by those tails! Their real names are Jake and Elwood, after the Blues Brothers, because they try to do the right thing but they are just naughty.
Wow, where did 2012 go? I don't think I remember a year flying by as fast as this past year, and it makes me wonder if indeed I am uttering the same words my parents said at my age. I remember thinking how old and mature fifty-seven sounded when I was younger, but I have discovered it isn't either of those things. I forget I'm not still in my thirties, and I'm not sure I have ever felt mature a day in my life. I asked my Mother recently about how old she was when she felt mature, and she told me she would let me know when it happens. Must be in our genes, and I am so blessed to have those genes that still provide me with my childlike wonder!! "P.S. With All of My Heart," is about that childlike wonder of the heart. I loved Valentine's Day as a child (and still do today) and I always looked forward to decorating our boxes at school to receive our classmates' valentines. Everyone gave and received valentines that we made in the classroom. Cupcakes were generally the order of the day from our teachers, and fingers were often crossed that we might receive a special valentine from a certain boy we were sweet on.
This little character's name is Val, and he is having those same thoughts. He has a sweetheart he is ready to give his valentine to and he wrote her a message on the back with a post script, "With all of my heart." My thought is there is no way she could refuse such a sweet message from such a passionate observer of Valentine's day! There are so many details on this little fellow such as the painted hearts on his hat that are painted inside one another and springing forth from the headband as though they are May flowers. The largest heart on the hat is actually three-dimensional and is slightly raised from the top hat itself. Val's bow tie and jacket are also painted in the same heart motif with dots and lines being used to guide the eye inward and upward toward Val's big smile. He also has a second three-dimensional heart on his jacket placed over where his actual heart would be. There are also two heart buttons painted on his back with a third three-dimensional heart on the center of his jacket back. The heart he is holding is also three-dimensional and allows his fingers to be wrapped around his valentine treasure with a small heart painted in the upper corner. This little fellow will be available on Thursday, January 10th, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on PFATT Marketplace. I have provided you this link that will take you directly to my page.. After the Marketplace opens on the 10th, click on the link and if this work isn't on view yet, refresh the page until you see Val. If you wish to purchase the piece send me a quick email and I will sell the piece to the first person to email me with the price of the work in the subject line of the email. Here is hoping he touches your heart and you can give "P.S. With All of My Heart," a new home.
Thank you for giving my page a view, and cheers to you in 2013!! Laurie