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“Momentarily Purr-fect” – oil paintings of a black cat

R 1,250.00 R 700.00


Here, 3 oil paintings of a black cat capture the beautiful moments I enjoy with my cat, Ray, in the evenings. Perfect (Purr-fect) moments are always worth capturing.

Done in oil paint with a palette knife.

3 x 20cm x 20xm canvases make up this triptych


I have a few oil paintings of a black cat in my store.

Consider this an official notice that there will be more!

Maybe I’ll even change it up a bit and try them in watercolour!

Why 3 oil paintings of a black cat?

It was one of those moments when you catch yourself staring at someone you love or deep in thought appreciating the sound of waves crashing on the rocks that I tried to capture. In the evenings, when I cook, our cat, Ray (short for Raymond but inspired by the phrase “ray of sunshine”) comes to stand at the front door and watch the birds settle on the balcony wall.

I imagine he has hundreds of ideas on how to catch the swallows, but he is cool, calm and very smooth as he quietly passes them sitting on the wall.

I decided to capture a few his memorable poses as three oil paintings.

These are their titles:

Oil paintings of a black cat. Bath Time. 2018. Y Hess
“Did you see that?”
Oil paintings of a black cat. Bath Time. 2018. Y Hess
“Bath time”
Oil paintings of a black cat. What a nap. 2018. Y Hess
“What a great nap”

Since we adopted Ray last year on the 17th March, I have dealt much better with my mental illness and my sobriety. Maybe he’s a distraction? Or maybe I just needed the company in bed as I worked through the episodes. Whatever it is, it’s working.

So because of my work as growing an artist, I am free to create art pieces of my muses. And Ray is definitely one of them.

Besides, it is awesome creating oil paintings of a black cat. They have something magical and mystical about them.

Ray has a confidence about him, which I admire and envy on many days. But then I realize that he’s just being himself, confidence in all that he is. And maybe that inspires me sometimes too. Just to remain authentic. Be yourself.

It’s really not that bad of an idea at all.

Do you remember Black Cat peanut butter at all? I googled an old advert. Oh my, I’m giving away my age!

Oil paintings of a black cat. Momentarily Purr-fect. 2018. Y Hess
“Momentarily Purr-fect”- oil paintings of a black cat


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