Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Untitled 287


Untitled 287.  Pastel.  Approx. 6" x 8".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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I've never bought a cat bed before--I mean, cats sleep anywhere and everywhere. But my vet said a heated cat bed might help Gadjo with his FHS. 

So I ordered an inexpensive "self-heating" (has a layer of that silver space-blanket stuff in it, no electricity or anything) bed. It does get warmer than if it didn't have that layer, although I'm sure an electric one would be even warmer. But I figured they would like it no matter what, since it has cozy padding and is kitty-sized.

I read the description online (19" diameter, "fits one medium-sized cat") and estimated that that would be just about right for Rumi and Gadjo together.

This bed is rarely unoccupied.  I knew these two were gonna love it:




Fennec uses it less often... My theory is that he produces a lot of heat already--you know, all that mass--merely in the act of existing.  Made me laugh to see how he doesn't even really fit in it.  He has to sit on it rather than in it:





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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Untitled 286



I've had almost no time lately to paint, but I've done a few small pastel works.  I'm excited about this one, because not only do I really like it, but it's also kind of a new direction for me.

Untitled 286.  Pastel.  Approx. 4" x 6".   
Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Fennec has his head shot. He's ready for any auditions that might come his way.

I haven't blogged for a while... My life feels completely crazy juggling so many things. I'm kind of exhausted lately.
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The other day I went by a client's (I guess technically I'm supposed to call her one of my collectors, but that always sounds so pretentious to me) to drop off a couple of small paintings she is considering.

I got to see a bunch of my art in situ. Her house is so perfect for my pieces--she has an ultra-modern house with all white walls and a ton of light.

Here's one of my oils on linen. It's 36" x 36" (looks small! Her wall spaces are seriously massive).  She bought it about three years ago, before my divorce:


And here is my group of small white paintings, oil and cold wax on museum panel. They are 6" x 6" each and she bought them last year. She has them in a little alcove with this awesome bench. So perfect:

She has good taste, don't you think? ;)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Untitled 285



Untitled 285.  Pastel.  Approx. 3" x 8".   
Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Untitled 284


Untitled 284.  Pastel.  Approx. 5" x 8".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Untitled 283


Untitled 283.  Pastel.  Approx. 7" x 9".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]

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I looked behind me to this chair, and realized I was under surveillance.

Being smushed is not a problem, as long as he's warm.

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Xmas detritus.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Untitled 282



Untitled 282.  Pastel.  Approx. 6" x 5".   
Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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 I haven't posted for a while. Been dealing with crazy weather (more extreme cold, more snow) and with this:

Mojito developed something called a "hot spot." That's not such a serious thing per se (cured by antiobiotics and by letting it heal without him licking it), but the problem was, he wouldn't leave it alone. 

We tried the cone (as I predicted, he was absolutely terrified of it and I can't watch him panic; he's an extremely sensitive dog), we tried a donut cone (it unfortunately still allowed him to reach the wound), I tried various experiments with socks and gauze and tape...

The actual, vet-applied professional bandage you see on him here was on for only three days, then the idea was, take off the bandage and just make sure he doesn't keep licking the area... But he did.

So, that became a rather time-consuming issue for me, along with dealing with things like: a) we had to go back to the vet for more antibiotics and steroids, because he had made it worse after the original bandage came off; b) you have to make sure the bandages don't get wet--and it's snowing pretty much every day lately; c) the steroids make him drink tons of water and have to pee often (see b, above!, so I'm changing bandages many times a day); d) I had to do a lot of experimenting to figure out how to give him his pills (the ideal way, I have now determined, is via ricotta cheese).

Anyway, the wound is looking much better. If he leaves it alone for just a couple more days and quits being naughty removing the bandages in the middle of the night, I think we might be in the clear. Of course, it just keeps snowing and I've already had to make two pharmacy trips to buy more gauze...  Moji adores costing me money, and this has already been a very expensive hot spot, so pray no third trip to the vet!

And I've also been trying to manage Gadjo's Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, which inexplicably went from maybe 15 minutes a day to almost constantly. He was on steroids as an experiment, which worked pretty well, then the plan was to taper him off the steroids slowly. The first day I started tapering, he had a relapse, poor baby, and we were back to square one. Steroids reinstated daily, and as of today, he seems to be doing better again. I'm not supposed to taper again for weeks or months, so that he doesn't relapse instantly again.

Rumi, in the meantime, has decided to start losing weight again, ever since his urinary problem. No new ideas on the weight-loss problem yet.

Sigh. 

I love them all so much. But why must they make me worry so?

Oh, and I have a cold. Waah!




The heat-vent twins.




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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Untitled 281


Untitled 281.  Pastel.  Approx. 5" x 4".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Untitled 279



Untitled 279.  Pastel.  Approx. 4" x 4".  Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]

Fennec has never learned how to relax...





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Friday, January 17, 2014

Untitled 278


A pastel from last year.

Untitled 278.  Pastel.  Approx. 4" x 5".  Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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 {smile}


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Grocery store bouquet.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Square 11


Square 11.  Pastel.  Approx. 4" x 4".  Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]

With this square, I was interested in how it felt contained, but not confined.

It has a lovely, more "glow-y" look in person.

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Oh no, another visitor! 
Gadjo's tail...I can't believe it can get that big. It's the skinniest tail I've ever known.

They kind of wanted to kill each other.

Mr. Visitor reminds me of my beloved Halfie cat.

For the next few hours, Gadjo was on high alert.

Blast from the past photo: remembering my sweet old Jazzy dog today (on the right).

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I was shopping for coffee.  Um, the English is a little weird...

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