Monday, December 14, 2009

The Gift

You may remember me mentioning my friend who lost everything except her two dogs in a fire. (If you don't remember, you can read her account here.) Over the past two and a bit years, I've been painting her pets... the five cats that died, the two dogs that survived, and one shelter kitty she rescued since the fire. After each painting was finished, I really wanted to blog it, but that would spoil the surprise. Somehow I did manage to keep the secret the whole time. Kelli has given me permission to post photos of my work now (they are from her photos, to which she has copyright, but I also didn't want to post them if it would be painful to here). So, without further ado, here they are:

Bella.jpg
Bella

Felix.jpg
Felix

Neville.jpg
Neville

Penny.jpg
Penny

Pip.jpg
Pip

Piper.jpg
Piper

Puddin.jpg
Puddin

Xander.jpg
Xander

Pip was the first one I painted, followed by Puddin, Neville, Xander, Felix, Bella, Penny, and, finally, Piper. (I might have a few in the middle mixed up in order.)

6 comments:

mrsfife said...

I think you're a good friend. Those are a wonderful gift.

noricum said...

Thank you. :)

kelliamanda said...

She is a WONDERFUL friend, and I absolutely LOVE the paintings. Even if they did make me cry. :-)

LsbnMom said...

WOW! I was so waiting to see this and they are fantastic! Having seen all of them in person (although sometimes from a distance and often not sure which kitten was which), you have a great eye for details! I can tell you that this is one of those gifts that Kel will NEVER forget! WOW! I am soooooooo impressed! Thank you for doing something so meaningful! :)

noricum said...

LsbnMom: Thank you! Kelli made my life much better while I was living in Chapel Hill. Even though I am far away, I will never forget her. (Even if I do keep forgetting to call!)

Prairie Chicken... said...

Bella looks like my dearly departed kitty Norma. I love tortoiseshell cats.
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