Thursday, April 23, 2015

from the studio: 4.23.15

I miss my little buddy

yesterday, mindy and i had to put our cat down. he had severe chronic kidney failure coupled with a blockage between his kidney and bladder that was quite literally poisoning him. he lived for 15 good years and his quality of life deteriorated greatly in the last week. while we couldn't bear to have to make the decision to euthanize our friend, we also couldn't bear to see him not eat, sit in one spot, and just generally not be the active, happy, and energetic cat we had always known. he seemed sad and in pain, only offering little head bumps and a few quiet purrs when we approached to pet him or lay beside him. we miss him. very much.

he was part of our little puzzle, and now it seems like there's a piece missing. he went by a lot of names. he was called, baby, legend, turdboy, periscope, lil fucker, monster, kaypoh, and a million other things.  he picked and chose which ones to answer to.  he was a very independent cat. he wasn't clingy or needy. he was never a lap cat. he didn't like to be held or sought out, and he generally hated people that did seek him out. he wasn't very friendly to most, but for me and mindy he was always there. he would greet us at the door with his tail up when we got home. he would wake up early with me most everyday to make coffee and go play out in the garden. he was mindy's shadow, following her around the house as she did whatever chores or tasks she had to do. he stayed up with mindy through the wee hours of writing her dissertation. and would hang out with me in the studio. in decent weather, he would sit on the stoop in our patio and sniff the air. he would eat or just generally disturb the plants, climb the bleachers and walk through all the plater boxes. then he'd lie on the ground and roll around in the dirt, just for the hell of it.

this spring, on the first warmish day, mindy caught the two of us rolling around in the sun out on the patio, just soaking in some vitamin d after the long cold winter. he was our friend. not really ever a pet. maybe, he was more like a roommate or a brother. for me, he's always been an iconic character. i've put his image on mugs, shirts, bags, cards, paintings, prints, signs, newspaper boxes, stickers, and walls all over the place. he's in NYC, chicago, and baltimore. he has fans on our blog and other social media outlets. he was always the character in our posts about the garden or posts about our lives in general. he became so much more than just our cat. and it was hard to have to let him go yesterday. as the doctor gave him a sedative and the final solution, he and i watched each other, eye-to-eye, as mindy held him. i watched him drift away, until his eyes went blank and glassy. he was a happy cat, he was an independent cat, with a great personality. he was our friend. he was legendary. in the coming weeks, i'm going to paint a huge portrait of him in some public space somewhere, along with putting his image up in many other ways, because he can make the world smile like he made us smile. #legendarycat

Sunday, April 19, 2015

from the studio: 4.19.15

Never Stop Searching

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Piece for TAP at TAF

I experimented with more spraypointillism for the piece I did at the annual TAP at TAF today:

zach medler art

zach medler art

Friday, April 17, 2015

from the studio: 4.17.15

Five for Friday: 5 Spring Developments in the Garden

 We are happy our garden is finally starting to take shape. Here in mid-April, we are already seeing a lot of peas,

the carrots are sprouting,

the strawberry plants are pretty,

baby blueberry blossoms are making an appearance,

and the Swiss chard have also started!

What are you growing in your garden this spring?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

from the studio: 4.15.15

Now that the weather is nice again, we've been thinking about what we want to do when we go out to finish painting at Dana and Kathleen's. Zach started work on their outhouse last fall, but it got too cold before he could finish (see this post). The new plan is to work a portrait of their kitty, Rose, into the finished piece. 

letter blocks say what

Zach started a new block based on this picture I took of her:

I thought the block was life-sized, but when i picked it up and cradled it in my arms the same way I cradled Rose,

I realized Rose was even smaller than Zach's rendition!

letter blocks say what

Here's the print:

letter blocks say what

A tribute to the sweetest kitty we know.

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