Yoga with Pets

I am used to being challenged during yoga, as you can see here, but recently I was tested on a whole new level.

We have had a new addition to our household which means I now have twice as many cats “assisting” me with my plank position.

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And when my core wasn’t getting an intensive workout there was the toe-licking.

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But it was impossible to be annoyed at what happened next…

yoga-and-pets4Namaste.

A Tribute to Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

My latest art is a tribute to¬†Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. These incredibly talented sisters’ (twins, in fact) beautiful illustrations made up most of my earliest childhood memories. I can remember reading Dean’s Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes and feeling as though I was being slowly drawn into each and every illustration. I have never found another artist that has affected me in the same way. So, here’s to you, Anne and Janet!

“Boy with Bindle”

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The Secret Weapon

They came one night when all was sound

and stood their troops upon the ground.

When dawn did come the humans saw

their top position was no more.

The invaders from a distant land

now had every Earthling in hand.

Although in victory they felt secure

their celebration was premature.

There was one Earthly weapon, you see

One well-known to you and me.

It would be our¬†oppressors’ ultimate undoing

t’would leave them weak, soft and cooing.

When they were no more than putty in hand

from the invaders we wrested back our land.

They vowed never to return and to their ships, made haste

when their leader turned back – his fingers interlaced.

With pleading eyes he said, “I beg of you…a parting gift?

I know it’s not deserved and you’re rightly quite miffed.”

The Earth folk decided, with peace and goodwill in mind

we chose to gift them with some of our kind.

For alien or otherwise, there is no being (or ’tis a being to pity)

can resist the friendship and love of a kitty.

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“Few men even considered¬†the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds¬†immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and¬†surely, they drew their plans against us.”

РJeff Wayne, The Eve of the War

“It’s okay, we’ve got kitties.”

– Flufflepot

How My Pets See Me When I Vacuum

I have a little Jack Russell and two adorable (but slightly annoying) cats. I have to vacuum the house a lot because of the animal hair (if I don’t, within a week¬†it looks like we have shag carpet).

No matter how many times I vacuum, my animals react in the same exact way every single time. With total, unadulterated terror. So, I drew up a sketch based on how I think my pets see me when I vacuum.

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How To Get Revenge On Your Cat

Lately my cats have been getting on my nerves. It’s just little things they’re doing – like dragging blankets through the house (my blankets, not theirs), stealing the dog’s food, play-fighting on the couch – so violently that couch cushions end up all over the floor, scampering across the kitchen counter (I’m looking at you, Cherri) and just being generally irritating.

They have, in fact, been so annoying lately that I am starting to wonder if they have some kind of beef with me. There is a lot of debate on whether cats can be vengeful or not; some people say yes (mostly cat owners) and others say it’s not possible for a (non-human) animal to have an emotion like revenge. I tend to lean towards the side of Hell, yeah, they are!

It started me thinking… what if I decided to get revenge on my cats? Of course I wouldn’t actually do that, but if I did…how would I go about it? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

How to get revenge on your cat

1. Cats are attracted to boxes like moths to a flame. Put a giant empty box in the lounge room. The vengeful part? Make sure it is completely sealed.

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2. Keep the door closed to just one room of the house. It will soon become the only place your cat wants to be.

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3. Eat bacon in front of them.

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4. When cats encounter something new in their environment it really freaks them out. Put an object in a place where there is normally nothing (like the hallway). It doesn’t even have to be anything scary-looking; for example, a lamp will do nicely.

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5. Borrow an annoying puppy for the day.

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6. Deny access to your lap.

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If you have any more revenge ideas feel free to e-mail me. If I like your idea I’ll draw it and put it up here.

Banana Bread Recipe

Hello! I’ve been pretty busy lately – both at work and with my art. I am now working part-time though, so I’m looking forward to churning out lots more arty goodness! Here’s what I’ve been up to…

I had a banana bread recipe published on one of my all-time favourite sites: They Draw and Cook. If you haven’t been there yet, it is the most incredible Website filled with mouth-watering recipes and stunning artwork; two awesome combinations (in my humble opinion).

Click the recipe to see it on the site.

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I drew a mermaid and went crazy with colour.

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I drew a portrait for a friend who is turning fifty this week and looks about thirty-five! I hope she likes it.

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