Oh the kitties we'll see - Cat art
Cat lover's view when traveling
Cats are everywhere
Near or far, it will not be long until you see some sort of image of a cat. A item of clothing, a picture or an object, for cat obsessed people such as myself we notice. As a creative spirit, I can't help but enjoy seeing the representation of this ancient as well as modern deity.
Cat Street Art
As a child, you learn to draw basic things like stick figures, a house, a tree and the family pet. The representation of cats are instantly recognizable in any minimalist or maximalist form and instantly emotes a feeling to other fellow worshippers:
"You are welcome here."
As street artists know, if you want to grab someone's attention and make them smile draw a cat. Below are some of my favorite examples I saw on my travels. I truly enjoyed with minimal detail how you can evoke the "aww look at the cat" feelings in these pieces.
On other occasions I stumbled upon some more detailed renderings of the honored cat in murals. Below is a favorite scene from Durres, Albania of a plain doorway painted to looked like an aged wooden door. Outside the door 2 kids are resting along with a white fluffy cat. I can't help but be reminded of my childhood sitting on a front stoop talking with our neighborhood friends.
And there is always the abstract art of magic eye. What do you see?
Alley Cat Allies: https://www.alleycat.org/
Brief history of housecats: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-house-cats-158390681/
Episode 17: the cats of Turkey: https://www.liveletroam.com/podcast/episode/2ea3eaae/llr-017-the-cats-of-izmir-turkey
About the authors:
Christy is an artist/creative spirit & blogger/podcaster with a passion for many things especially the arts, nature, and weird things around the world.