I won a contest! Oh wait, I didn’t enter one… #art

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Wow, when you win a contest worth 3,000 Euros, but you didn’t actually. Someone entered your design for themselves…and won. Sigh. I’ve messaged the design shop Petit Bateau, to alert them that the design is mine and not authorized…and that they probably shouldn’t pay the “winner.”

How sad for actual artists who entered this competition, to find out they were beaten by someone using art that wasn’t their own. I’d be FUMING mad if I had participated in this contest and found out as Charlotte, who found my art quickly after searching “sailor cat” to find out more about the winning entry. You can see her message to me below.

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I’ll keep you updated when/if I hear back from this clothing line.

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My original painting, “The Little Sailor”

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day! Enjoy some nautical themes and kitties,, and my old fresh-end-of-bootcamp portait. =)

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The Old Fisherman

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“Olde Grey”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-7.25″ x 8″ Wood
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

Grey had been fishing for many, many years. Still to this day you would always find him with a pipe in his mouth, fishing on his old boat simply named, “Dahlia.”

Cat Nap Fishing

“Cat Nap Fishing”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-Approx. 10″ x 7 1/4″ x 1″ Piece of pine
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

Rosebud thought it was the purrfect time to catch a nap, right before he catches dinner. =)

Seasick, Yet Still Docked

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This dock has a longer piece, that apparently they haven’t put back on this year.

 Ok, I totally borrowed that title from Morrissey, but it was the only thing that kept running through my head today as I shot these photos. I love everything nautical. Well, not for me but for Anna. The past 9 birthdays have had nautical themes…or at least she’s worn a nautical-inspired dress or outfit. (The Hello Kitty cake request almost launched the nautical theme overboard on her 8th birthday…) Anna doesn’t appear to mind it, in fact she’s requesting origami boats and Hello Kitties on her birthday cake this year. I think I can create something like that. =)

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I was pleased the wind picked up.
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That’s actually a lake, since we’re in Western PA, but shhh.

The Sailor

He wanted to be a sailor

He wanted to be a sailor… I love painting nautical kitties, it might have to do with the fact that I was once in the Navy. =P

Sailor Cats

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Just a few paintings of cats sailing the seven seas. I was going to add one of my own Navy photos, but maybe I’ll just keep it all sailor kitties. Happy Friday!

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Hello WordPress!

Apparently I created an account with WordPress back in 2008, and soon forgot about it.  So now I’m going to waste time trying to figure out how to use this, make it look how I’d like, then decide if I’m going to keep it. =)

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I also have to decide on whether I want to use this for just my artwork, or for my photographs too. I’m a bit addicted to taking photos of anything and everything. Sometimes taking photos of things that I’ll later use in paintings. The two work pretty well together!

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Anyhow, I’ll sleep on it and see how things go!