Saturday, July 12, 2014

Untitled 289


Untitled 289.  Pastel.  Approx. 6" x 4".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Life continues to be a bit overwhelming...

But at least here's a small painting for you, and some pics of the ridiculous, inseparable, adorable, obnoxious duo, Rumi and Gadjo.


 (Feet in face = no problem.)





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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Untitled 288



Untitled 288.  Pastel.  Approx. 4" x 4".   Purchase information: jala [at] jalapfaff [dot com]
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Long time no blog, I know. I haven't literally disappeared--just been kind of exhausted running around trying to deal with stuff, make ends meet and keep me and my animolecules afloat. So far, we're all still here. Have you missed us?

No time to paint lately, either. The pastel above is from a couple of months ago.

Relatedly, I decided not to participate in Open Studios this October. It was a hard decision and makes me sad, but this year I just don't have the funds to apply or to participate (two different fees), or the physical and mental energy to do all the work that's involved in getting ready for, and actually doing, those two weekends. 

I'll try to remember to send out an announcement about it in the fall, so that anyone who was planning on visiting will know I won't be in it. 

I'm always happy to make appointments for people to come look at my art anytime, though, so please let me know if you'd like to.
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The only bad thing about the cat bed is that they're in it so often, they don't cuddle with me as much now! 

 The size difference with my cats always amazes me. Gadjo and Rumi each weigh about eight pounds. They're both still underweight--by one pound (Gadjo) and two pounds (Rumi)--but at least they haven't been losing any more lately.

Fennec--and this is a major accomplishment--is a little below 18 pounds. His heaviest (19.6? pounds) was when he turned 1 year old and I took him for his one-year checkup. The vet hadn't seen him since he was 12 weeks old, and her jaw practically dropped to the floor. For a while, Fennec's head looked too small for his body. It's starting to be more in proportion now.

What can I say, Fennec is a monster. I have to remember to bend my knees when I have to pick him up (and I never pick him up just for fun, the way I do with the other two). When I have to trim his claws, it's a full-body contact sport. It's like wrestling a puma. He would've given Steve Irwin a run for his money. (Fennec is truly a very passive, mellow, sweet cat...except when you try to mess with his raptor-sized talons.)



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Gorgeous Easter eggs, no? 

I saw these at a friend's house and remarked on the wonderful, rich, deep colors. She said (and I love this--both for her ingenuity and because this is such a Boulder anecdote) she had everything prepared to dye the eggs, but then realized she was out of vinegar. 

...So she used imported Italian balsamic. Those were some sophisticated, expensive Easter eggs!


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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? ;)

More art on my website: jalapfaff.com

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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