Yulia Brodskaya

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Cat Art

We all know that cats rule the internet, but in the past few weeks I have come across a couple of artists that use cats as their muse to create captivating, often hilarious and irresistible works. Check them out:

Heather Mattoon
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There is something so endearing about the kitties in Heather Mattoon’s Cats in Clothes series. I love that the outfit completely defines the personality of each cat. Also, I love how they feel so dignified and stately, albeit they are cats in clothes. She has prints, greeting cards and custom portraits available on her website.

Casey Weldon

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I am confused and fascinated by Casey Weldon’s four eyed cat paintings. I can’t look away. Check out his blog if you want to get lost for a few hours in his pop culture and nostalgia driven pieces. They’re compelling.

Mimi Vang Olsen

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Mimi Vang Olsen is a pet portraitist with a shop in the West Village. Although she paints all kinds of pets, her cat portraits are what really shine for me. I love all of the pattern play and folk quality of her work. I would love to visit her shop someday.

And, because I am a true cat lady, here are my favorite portraits of my own kitties via Instagram:

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Paige C. Anderson

I spotted these wonderful pattern paintings by Paige C. Anderson on Art Hound.  With my interest in crafting, knitting and embroidery, I was instantly intrigued by her and her use of patterns. Her description is all about family, ancestry and connections. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it was an appropriate time to share.

“My most recent project represents what I have found while discovering my ancestry: repetition, consistency, veiled connections, endless succession, commitment, diligence, and duty. In the process of creating my work, I have sought to represent these themes. I use meditative and repetitive processes of art making to honor my ancestry visually. Methodical processes also underscore the connection my work has to traditional women’s work—like quilting—as well as daily family rituals, ceremony and pursuing genealogical research. The use of patterns and layers references the process of uncovering our ancestry and regaining connections to our progenitors.

My work also explores the idea that I am but one of a string of genetically linked individuals. This notion has profound implications; that events give birth to events, changes to changes, and actions to actions; that I am but part of a grand causality. As I have worked on this series, I have come to better understand my own personal history as an outgrowth of my ancestors.”

Embroidery Artists

I cam across artist Daniel Kornrumpf’s unbelievable embroidered portraits on Cup Of Jo today and was so blown away. I can’t get over the amount of painstaking detail that went into these beauties. Incredible.

I also recently read about artist Jazmin Berakha’s incredible embroidered pieces on Arthound. Again, the amount of detail is incredible, and I really love the whimsical quality of the moments she captures. Really, really stunning work.