23 Traditional Japanese teacup forms with one Maneki Neko lucky cat. Watercolor. 24″ x 30″
At the end of October 2014, I turned 63 years old. Life is good. An employee at Trader Joe’s gave me a bouquet of Marigolds, my friend Harumi sent me some wonderful cloth buttons from Japan, my cousin Bernadette gave me a fabulous & sacred Kuan Yuen necklace in a bowl filled with sea glass, abalone bits & other tiny treasures & my son and his wife gave me money to go whale watching! The Planet Earth gave me a gorgeous day, a humpback whale that threw her flukes 3 times, hundreds & hundreds of dolphins with too many sea lions to count “porpoising” right along with them & the knowledge that I am lucky to live every day in the beauty on this earth. If the shore birds could sing, they would surely be telling me that I am loved. Happy Birthdays are not about “stuff” they are about being in the flow of the joys that come our way every single day.
SUMI CAT – i have been feeding a black feral cat for 7 years now & his name is Sumi Cat because he has black fur, which is like the black Sumi ink I paint with. I’ve been having fun painting Sumi cats lately.
I added 2 signature chops to each cat painting. A small one of my Sensei name, Ryu-Nan, & a large Maneki Neko stamp that my friend, Harumi, sent me from Japan. The Maneki Neko stamp is a 2″ high porcelain cat with the stamp on the bottom & is very cute. I turned these Sumi cats into lucky cats on red paper. I think they are lucky cards because I hope that anyone receiving one of these kitties would feel lucky! I also think my feral cat, Sumi Cat, would be pleased to know he inspired these cards!