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″


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.


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!