the photography blog of English artist Vivien Blackburn
Saturday, January 9, 2010
photograph of a jealous cat!
The tiger in the background was adopted as a 2 week old orphan and never learned to 'speak cat'. She was terrified of any cat who came near her (she really is a neurotic little madam, still).
So we adopted the little panther in the front after about a year - a kitten of about 8 weeks, thinking it would be company for her and give her confidence.
She was petrified of him - it took weeks for her to adjust and I was seriously worried that it would never work. This is when the fear was subsiding but the jealousy was huge. She did NOT like him sitting there considering coming on my knee!
I'm interested in painting the light and colours of landscapes as they change through seasons, the time of day or weather.
Seascapes feature strongly in my work as I love the coast, a love which developed when I lived near the sea as a child in Cornwall, Scotland, Malta and Gibraltar - each place with its special light and colour.
I realise too that I love the edges of things - for instance the coast, where the sea meets the land, the edges of woods where the trees meet the open fields.
I paint in most media and experiment with digital imagery - as a creative process related to my painting but also creating work that exists in its own right.
Another interest is photography, mainly as something in its own right, as I only rarely paint from photographs. The same elements interest me here as in my painting.
Apart from painting and photography, I teach art to adults and have all the normal preoccupations, trials and tribulations of women with families ... and cats.