Category Archives: Maneki Neko

Japanese Teacups & One Maneki Neko Lucky Cat

23 Tea Cups & One Lucky Cat 5-2015 WATERMARK

23 Traditional Japanese teacup forms with one Maneki Neko lucky cat.  Watercolor.  24″ x 30″

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TRINKETS & TREASURES FOR MY BIRTHDAY & A WHALE WATCHING TRIP – OCTOBER 2014

October 2014 Art Journal - Page 126 WATERMARK

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 PAINTING MADNESS!

Cat etegami postcard with stamp 11-2014 WATERMARKSUMI 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.

Cat painting marathon 11-2014 WATERMARKPainting the Sumi cats is kind of addictive as each one is completely different!

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!