Rio Grande Cat

If you have read my blog before you know that often times I am inspired by what I have been dreaming at night while sleeping. I’ve been thinking about Native American textiles as of late. Occasionally I dream of the colors and patterns of southwest designed rugs. In the morning I decided to look through a book I have owned for many years.

After searching inside the covers of the book it came to me what patterns and colors I had envisioned were found in the Rio Grande valley. The blanket which caught my eye was a Rio Grande blanket, ca. 1880s. The weaver had used desert colors such as ochre, turquoise and red clay to create a jagged diamond pattern. The rug can be found in a book entitled Rio Grande Textiles, compiled and edited by Nora Fisher, published in 1994 by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

The subject of textiles is not something I generally have great knowledge about. As I mentioned earlier I am drawn to them. I thought I could use the diamond inspired design in a design that would be fun for kids. The Rio Grande Cat was born, at least in my mind it took shape after brainstorming late at night.
Southwestern designed cartoon cat.
I truly love earth tones of colors and I tried to mimic the colors found in the rug on the cat’s forehead design. I chose a sun weathered brown for his fur to represent the color of native peoples skin.

I have created a collection of Rio Grande Cat gifts for children. Many of these items have a matching teal name which can be customized by you. I found the kitty also makes a great pattern on his own.

I also have added this design in my Redbubble store where you will find other product types not found on Zazzle.

Rio Grande Cat Studio Pouch. Click the image to visit the store.
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Picasso’s Cat

Inspiration for Picasso’s Cat

Every Saturday the artist Fernando Guel posts images on his Facebook page pictures of cats. One such day he posted a black and white image of Picasso holding his tabby cat. In a flash I got to thinking about Picasso’s cat and what he would look like. My brain went even further and wondered if his cat saw the world as Picasso did? Was the cat’s milk bowl made up of geometric shapes other than a circles? To say the least, my brain nearly exploded thinking about these things.

What happened?

I dreamt of Picasso’s Cat in detail. What I saw in those dreams were not what I expected. Instead of seeing a cat made up of triangles and squares, I saw a blue cat shaped a bit comically with a heavy bottom. He was solid blue with eyes that were not symmetrical and crooked whiskers. The light blue vase and two red poppies next to him looked fairly normal too. But the wall behind him was made of a patchwork of red, yellow and orange hues. The four window panes on the wall were also skewed but were light blue as a summer’s day.Picasso's Cat

What’s next

I’ve named the cat a nice masculine name. Claude was inspiration enough to start work on another piece. I’m thinking Picasso needs a dog or maybe a chicken. Doesn’t this man look like he needs more animals?the artist Pablo Picasso holding a cat

Blue cat painting shown on acrylic blocks
My Picasso’s Blue Cat painting found in Redbubble.

Visit Lasgalen Arts on Redbubble to find Picasso’s Blue Cat on acrylic blocks as shown above and on other quality products.

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