A New CAT-egory of Painting

If it’s new, if it’s recently been unpacked, or if it’s off limits altogether, there’s an excellent chance that your cat will find it and claim it.


Those are boxes from just unpacked frames I ordered courtesy of King of Frames. I can’t say enough about Randy Higbee’s company and the quality of his frames and service. I stopped painting to unpack them ( it’s the ADD in my soul ).

In the mind of a feline, there is apparently no better place to snooze than a precariously and unintentionally balanced set of boxes stacked at the back of my easel. I was wrong. It seems there IS a better place and she found it minutes later:

Still Life With Plastic

I just placed this gilt beauty on the countertop and came back to learn that in 90 degree heat and humidity what could be better than sleeping on bubble wrap especially if you possess a fur coat. I’ll have to order another frame. This is her official cot.

Good. Now that she’s settled in, I can finish this piece.

Day’s Done – 10 x 12 Oil on Panel

I use Ultramarine for most things but there’s a shot of Cobalt Blue in his shirt that really pops. Wakes up the other colors too. Bet it can’t wake up that cat, though.

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31 Responses to “A New CAT-egory of Painting”

  1. Artswebshow Says:

    It’s a great painting and lol, that cat

  2. Patrice Lynne Young Says:


    Fabulous painting too…

    And the frames are great!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Thanks Patrice from both myself and Angel who loves when people talk about her. ( she was really hoping that you’d apply ” fabulous ” to her but it’s best to keep cat egos in check.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Paz Says:

    LOL! What a wonderful live picture she makes in the frame. I like your Day’s Done painting, too.

  4. Sharon Crute Says:

    Which leads to the question: “are you really comfortable like that?”
    Gave me a head-nodding chuckle.

    Your brushwork is so fluid and leads the eye around the composition. Lots of energy in that contemplative conversation.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sure you chuckled Sharon, as Dave’s and Babush’s mother, you know that they’re comfortable anywhere they have a pulse.
      Don’t we wish we could say the same!

  5. Donald Diddams Says:

    Nice new painting, Bonnie! Another winner, and you are right about that blue.
    Now why don’t cats get stiff necks after sleeping like that? I would.

  6. CarolKing Says:

    I laughed and laughed when I saw the position she managed to twist herself into. Those damn pets of yours could have a TV show all by themselves.

    Now, onto your painting. Impressionistic and beautiful. Love the cobalt blue. Love their expressions. Guess they are talking about where to go to get a cold beer. Another wonderfully emotive painting.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Carol- for a while, I only liked half of this painting and put it down for a few months. Then I went at it again and it behaved. Know when to hold em, when to fold em and when to give them CPR.

      Those animals are my entertainment center- glad you appreciate their worth too.

  7. sam Says:

    Carol’s right; let em get their own damn show. The dogs n cats definitely have star-power, but they’re upstaging you! This painting is a veritable treasure hunt and leads my eye around it from clue to clue. I could make comments about lots of the parts, but it deserves to be seen as a whole enchilada.

    Okay, one part. I could look at how you modeled their skin for a long long time. Amazing.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sam, I will always be happy being upstaged by these critters. Unless it results in art patrons requesting audiences with them instead of me.

      The skin- funny how it took me a while to decide that I liked how it worked. I’m really glad you said that.

  8. Melinda Says:

    Say, you’ve got some gallery archivists gone wild, for sure.

    Lovely, bright and sunny painting. Well done! Best wishes in wrangling those frames!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Thanks Melinda- yup, they went so wild they had to take a nap after the heavy duty work day they put in. Muse or music, I’d rather paint with my muse.

  9. wrjones Says:

    Great painting. I like the cool greens and blues against the warm body parts. Yep that sure looks comfy laying in that frame. You should order a bigger version for yourself.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Thank you Bill- I always appreciate your comments. And the only reason that animal looks comfy is because they can sleep on nails, upside down AND in 100 degrees.
      I’m lucky if I can get to it in a luxe mattress with pills as an aide.
      Never thought to try a 6′ X 3′ frame…..

  10. lesliepaints Says:

    Your cat is hysterical, Bonnie. I had a cat that loved it when packages arrived. She would sit right there and watch me opening it knowing she would get the empty box. While I was busy on the task, she would several times reach out and stroke it with a paw several times and then rub against it. She would also watch me unpack groceries for that one paper bag I would always request. I miss her.
    Your paintings are always interesting. They all tell stories. I think that is what I like about your work the best!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Leslie- missing a cat- I know that means you don’t have her but remembering her antics keeps them alive in spirit. Actually wouldn’t it be contradictory or at best erroneous to think that cat’s don’t HAVE antics?

      I’m glad the story aspect comes through in the work. It’s good to know that it comes across. There are so many stories to tell.
      Always glad you stop by.

  11. Jala Pfaff Says:

    Are you back on the island now?
    Those pics are toooooooo funny. Oh, cats. I couldn’t live without them. She apparently knew how good she already looked…and knew that a good frame enhances the beauty of art. …Or perhaps we’re just gilding the lily?
    By the way, that’s a beautiful painting. Is it new?

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Jala- Nope- not yet. Still drinking in NY everything and a little behind ( not that I HAVE one, I just am one ) in looking at everyone else’s blog.
      The painting is one that I did a while ago but was never happy with it and put it down for a while. But I really loved the left side. It was worth going back into it and re-working the other side. This time, it seemed to pull together.

      PS- very very observant of you to notice her paws tucked under the cardboard- even I didn’t notice that. The Gilded Lily ( clever girl you are ) is so delicate and weightless- I suspect Rumi has the same body type.

  12. Jala Pfaff Says:

    P.S. Had to go back for another look at Angel (Lily). Noticed she has front paws tucked under the cardboard triangle, thus preventing an otherwise unwanted spring-uncoiling action. Smart!

  13. Marian Fortunati Says:

    Actually the cat looks terrific in the frame!!

    Bonnie, your paintings are always so filled with life, freshness and story… I love the beautiful blend of colors and shapes!!

  14. david lobenberg Says:

    HiLaRiOuS photo and nice painting, island girl! I also love the green hues in your parasol- lady painting.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      David! A nice surprise to hear from you. And see that you’ve been scrolling. Love to know you still drop in here, fellow comrade of all things aesthetic.

  15. Jay Bastian Says:

    Lovely painting, Bonnie. The figures are so expressive! You colors are so rich.

  16. w1kkp Says:

    CATS! I’ve got one next door that each year manages to bat down the bird’s nest behind my outside porch decoraton and smashes the eggs. Each year the birds keep building and the cat keeps tearing down. Grrr.

    I luv your painting, tho!!

  17. planetross Says:

    I found the nextdoor neighbour’s cat sleeping in a big plastic garbage can I use for storing my empty’s … I mean recyclables around the side of the house. It scared the crap out of me!

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