Aby-a-Day – 13 July: Life imitates art (Fashion Friday Flashback)

An unsung hero of cat art history is Girard “Gig” Goodenow. I can’t even find a biography of him online, but a Google search of his name will give you plenty images of his art. I had a set of four of his “Pity Kitties” with huge, sad eyes in my bedroom when I was four years old. But a few years ago I found a print of one of the series of cat prints he did for Women’s Day…the Abyssinian, of course.

Well, I finally got around to finding a frame for it, and, after I unrolled it to look at it after years of it being packed away, both Björn and I were struck by how much it looked like a portrait of…Alfred. Eerily so, considering the print is 53 years old.

So we got Freddy to pose next to his two-dimensional doppleganger.

freddygigabyC08622

Or, rather, I should say we tried to get him to pose. It didn’t start off well…

freddygigabyC08625

This is one of the best photos of them together!

freddygigabyC08660

At last Freddy took a good look at the portrait.

freddygigabyC08667

“Wow! That really kinda does look like me!”

freddygigabyC08665

“This is amazing..! It’s like looking in a mirror!”

freddygigabyC08662

I think Freddy has a new-found appreciation for vintage cat art. I wonder if this Abyssinian was based on one of Freddy’s ancestors?

Aby-a-Day – 12 July: Sleeping in Vimmerby (Thursday Things)

Our friend Summer commented on yesterday’s post that it was nice to see Angel in a post. I do try to mix it up as much as possible, but it’s not always easy since Angel tends to avoid the spotlight.

Kalle has a really awesome Vimmerby bed from Mio. It’s a modernised version of the traditional box bed that dates back to the Middle Ages, and let me tell you, I would have LOVED to have a bed like this in high school!

angelkallesbedC06077

Seems that Angel likes Kalle’s bed, too! She hardly ever sleeps on our beds, so when she decided to hang out on Kalle’s bed, it was pretty awesome, and we were lucky to get photos of the rare event.

angelkallesbedC06081

It’s great to see her branch out. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve had her, and she still acts like she did when I first brought her home. So to see her do something like this is so special. Good girl, Angel!

Aby-a-Day – 11 July: Wordless Wednesday (Angel on the balcony)

angelbalconyC08490

angelbalconyC08492

Aby-a-Day – 10 July: The Girl with the Aby and Singa Tattoo (Cartoon Tuesday)

You might recall a few weeks ago I was about to go in and get a magpie tattoo on my arm and plan my next tattoo with Linus, my new tattoo artist here in Slövde. Linus is amazing, and tomorrow I am going to get it coloured in. I can’t wait! Since the 21st, I’ve had a half-done, just black lines and shading. It’s going to be amazing to finally have it finished.

In the meantime, I have worked up two better-coloured versions of my original sketch. The one above was coloured in on my iPad Pro using pencil and an incredible app called Art Set which works well…except it hasn’t got layers. So I did more colouring using Photoshop…and the result is above.

Then I thought my rough-sketched maple leaves, pussy willows and cherry blossoms were kind of…lazy. So I found some Photoshop brushes and line art and created a better background. At least I have something to show Linus tomorrow during my appointment.

Aby-a-Day – 9 July: “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero” (Medical Monday)

The last time we all went to the vet, we encountered a gorgeous German Shepherd in the lobby. He was so huge compared to Lorelai!

rorydogvetC06060

But Rory was her usual fearless self.

rorydogvetC06058

In fact, she barely seemed to notice him at all. “Dog? What dog?”

freddyrorydogvetC06055

Alfred, on the other hand…

freddyvetC06054

…did not like the looks of that enormous predator at all.

freddyrorydogvetC06061

In fact, he put his body between the dog and Rory to protect her.

freddyrorydogvetC06065

The dog had the good sense to look appropriately intimidated.

freddyrorydogvetC06068

“Don’t worry, little sister. I won’t let this beast hurt you.” Not that Rory looks at all concerned.

freddydogvetC06069

The Shepherd was actually a well-trained tracking and guard dog, and he and his human volunteer with the canine unit at their local Hemvärnet battalion. Hemvärnet dogs are very disciplined, and he wouldn’t have hurt a kitten.

freddydogvetC06076

Freddy didn’t still didn’t trust him. The entire time we were there with that dog, he remained vigilant, protecting Rory from harm.

Aby-a-Day – 8 July: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

Last Saturday, as I posted, Lorelai made her first show appearance.

halfbroVäkC07530

What was interesting, though, was that her half brother Lord was being judged at the same time on the judging table next to ours. The ruddies and the blues were judged separately on Saturday, and together on Sunday.

halfbroVäkC07535

halfbroVäkC07539

It was fun to watch him be judged while Rory was being judged.

roryVäkjudgingC07546

roryVäkjudgingC07548

roryVäkjudgingC07553

roryVäkjudgingC07557

roryVäkjudgingC07564

Rory is a cat show natural! She was fearless, playful, and utterly charming.

roryVäkjudgingC07566

The judge, Marie Westerlund, actually breeds Abys (her cattery name is S*Rackarkattens) and she fell in love with Rory.

roryVäkjudgingC07570

roryVäkjudgingC07574

roryVäkjudgingC07578

roryVäkjudgingC07579

In FIFe, the owner displays the cat to the judge, and the judge talks to the owner and explains what she’s looking for and how the cat meets the standard. It’s a bit different from CFA, where of course the judges know who the owners are, but there’s a sort of invisible wall of tacit anonymity. A show judge is not supposed to see or even know what cat is entered in the show. After the cat is judged, it’s okay to hang out with the judge. Also, in CFA, judges dress up. Men wear ties, and women wear nice suits and dresses. In FIFe, the judges seem to wear whatever they want. Men wearing jeans and a polo shirt is not uncommon.

roryVäkjudgingC07589

roryVäkjudgingC07593

roryVäkjudgingC07602

roryVäkjudgingC07608

roryVäkjudgingC07613

Marie seemed to examine Rory for ages

halfbroVäkC07617

halfbroVäkC07621

Meanwhile, Rory’s half-brother was still on his judging table.

roryhalfbroVäkC07632

roryhalfbroVäkC07651

roryhalfbroVäkC07654

Then something odd happened. Rory’s judge went over to talk to Lord’s judge! I hadn’t ever seen that happen before. Not sure what they were talking about, but it was cool to see them close together!

roryVäkjudgingC07661

roryVäkjudgingC07666

roryVäkjudgingC07670

roryVäkjudgingC07677

roryVäkjudgingC07680

roryVäkjudgingC07681

roryVäkjudgingC07683

roryjudgingC07685

As you can see, Rory is a natural star. And you can see how smitten Marie was by her.

I also shot a movie of her being judged. As I said, she was on the table a really long time!

Aby-a-Day – 7 July: “Once you get a kitten, the natural thing you do is take a billion photos” (Cat Show Saturday)

Because of this blog’s hiatus, I have an incredible backlog of photos to go through.

roryVäkC07878

Lorelai is not making getting through the backlog any easier.

roryVäkC07480

roryVäkC07481

roryVäkC07483

roryVäkC07484

roryVäkC07486

roryVäkC07487

roryVäkC07490

roryVäkC07491

roryVäkC07492

roryVäkC07493

roryVäkC07495

roryVäkC07498

I mean, LOOK at her. She is stupidly photogenic, isn’t she?

roryVäkC07501

Oh, and yeah…she was so totally stressed out by being a showcat. Can’t you tell?