26 Apr

Let’s Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day with a Giveaway!

April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Rescuing cats (and dogs!) is a cause near and dear to my heart, so Kitty Curator is celebrating the occasion by hosting a special giveaway!

You could win a beautiful pet portrait from artist Kayla Erickson + a $25 donation to the animal shelter of your choice. I’d also love to profile the winner’s final portrait in an upcoming blog post. Make your cat famous!

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9 Apr

Etsy Shops for Cat Lovers: Meet Niaski & Her Artist Cat Series

NiaskiI decided to begin a new blog series, Etsy Shops for Cat Lovers, where I’ll introduce some of my favorite artists. I had to start off with Niaski because I’m madly in love with every single item in this shop! I can’t decide if it’s the vibrant colorful designs or the clever homage to famous artists, but either way, I’m a fan.

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28 Mar

8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pet Portrait Artist

Choosing a pet portrait artist is no easy task! You want the finished portrait to capture your pet’s personality and be a beautiful addition to your home. If you’ve never commissioned a piece of art, it can feel a little daunting. Not to worry!

With the help of several experienced pet portrait artists, I’ve compiled eight questions that will give you the confidence to find and choose the perfect artist. Once you’re ready, don’t forget to check out my Pet Portrait Directory with over 80 talented artists.

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9 Mar

A Tribute to Cat Lover and Artist Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was an influential Mexican painter, best known for her self-portraits. As a feminist icon and animal lover, it’s not surprising that many artists have chosen to depict Frida with cats, or as a cat herself. In one of her most famous works, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, she has a black cat on her shoulder.

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19 Feb

25 Artists Who Capture the Exotic Beauty of Siamese Cats

Buster, SiameseToday’s post is dedicated to my sweet Siamese cat, Buster, who crossed the bridge about seven years ago. His story with me began as many cat stories do – a stray that wandered into my heart.

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5 Feb

Artist Dora Hathazi Mendes and Her Muse, Rebeka the Cat

I’m so pleased to introduce the wonderful cat artist, Dora Hathazi Mendes. She was kind enough to share her story as part of my new “Cat as Artist’s Muse” series. I thought Kitty Curator readers would enjoy learning about the cat-artist bond, and how this relationship inspires their beautiful artwork.

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27 Dec

50 Cat-Themed Journals & Sketchbooks for the Creative Cat Lady

I love cracking open a fresh journal at the beginning of the new year. Oh, the possibilities of that blank page! Whether you’re sketching kitties, scrapbooking memories or recording brilliant ideas, these cat-themed journals and sketchbooks will inspire you all year.

Some are handmade and designed, while others have an original illustration or painting printed on a hardbound or soft cover book. I’ve also included some beautiful notebook covers for those who like using Midori or Moleskine journals. Check out even more options on my Pinterest board.

Hopefully the variety of styles, colors and materials will get your creative juices flowing! Here’s to a great year ahead.

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14 Dec

10 Cat Calendars You’ll Want to Frame … PLUS A Giveaway!

The Painted Cat CalendarI put together this list to expand your calendar horizons. Why choose generic cat calendars from the big box store when you can own 12 original prints by talented cat artists? There’s no debate in my mind. At the end of 2017, you can choose your favorites for framing! Best of all, you can directly support the artist, which is always my goal.

I’ve featured ten calendars here, but I have several more on my Pinterest board. I never have quite enough time in the day to share all the talent I find! Let me know your favorites in the comments. I love to hear from you.

Plus, I’m super psyched to announce my very first giveaway! You, dear reader, could win a gorgeous calendar from The Painted Cat. Scroll down to the bottom for easy instructions on how to enter. Good luck!

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