October 5, 2015

The Owl and the Pussycat - Part 1

Good morning my lovelies.  The dawn has broken here, it's getting light, and my birds are singing in the big tree.  Oh what a beautiful sound to wake up to.  They are an amazing choir!

In March of this year I had another solo exhibition at Gallerie Izamal.  The theme was "The Owl and the Pussycat", a poem witten by the famous English nonsense poet and limerick writer, Edward Lear.  Anthony Burgess, in writing about Lear, insists the Owl represents wisdom and the Cat, the senses.  The marriage was forbidden by nature. They were forced to run away together to honour their love. 

As a child, the poem fascinated me, and it's still one of my favorites.  Toller was delighted with the theme I had chosen and of course had expected to be at the opening ... however it was not to be. He adored the polkadot bunnies, and would go around chuckling, "oh, those polkadot bunnies".   At any rate,  I will post a painting a day for a few days so you can see the main pieces.

The paintings were all so much fun to create, although if I had to pick my favorite, it would probably be this one.  It was large, perhaps 40" X 30" with gold leaf frame. It promptly sold the day before the show, as I was hanging it on the wall.

"In a Beautiful Pea Green Boat" oil on canvas.

I was just looking for a photo of the poster for the show, which seems to have disappeared into my numerous collection of not so well organized photos -- perhaps by tomorrow, I will have found it.

Hope you are all well and happy, my lovelies!  Make yourselves an amazing day and thanks for dropping by. 

"Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant Fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing
Oh let us be married, too long have we tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"


  1. Wonderful work, Donna, I am singing the song already. This has always been one of my fave verses, and you have really done it justice here. Have a lovely day, Hugs, Valerie

  2. OH Donna!!!! I absolutely adore this painting! Those spotted hares are so me lol They all look like they are heading for the most wonderful party :D XXX

  3. It is obvious why this painting sold so quickly. It is fantastic in every way. Love that red cat!

  4. Oh Dear Donna! I can see why it sold so quickly - delightful and full of your signature colors and vision I might add. My favorite part - the owl ridding on the cat! Fabulous painting!!!!!! Wish I could have been at that show and met you in person and been able to see your your delightful paintings for real. Is that a baby owl I see? Did the Pussy Cat adopt the baby owl?
    Sandy xx