Sunday, June 29, 2014

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Can you believe it has been 30 years since the release of Michael Jackson's mega hit album, "Thriller?" Yep, this was Michael's best-selling album which sold an astonishing 110 million copies worldwide! 

Released on November 30, 1982, this masterpiece, which was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones, held the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart for 37 straight weeks in 1983 and knocked out seven top 10 singles including "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Pretty Young Thing," "Wanna Be Startin' Something," and "Thriller."

I thought it only fitting to include a couple of Michael's great music vids, most especially the mini movie which accompanied the hit song, "Thriller."  Enjoy!!!"Billie Jean"

We miss you, Michael!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cat Artist Profile: Cyra R. Cancel!

As I am sure many of you have already taken notice on my blogs lately, I not only share my very talented friend, Stacy from MagicLove Crow's awesome aceo's, but I have very recently found another wonderful and innovative artist as well. 

Her name is Cyra R. Cancel and I am literally enchanted with her cat fantasy art! 

I have found a page of her artist profile on the net and have included it here in this post for all of you. :)  ...

(Florida, United States)

I was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. I studied Arts in San Juan, P.R., and Valencia, Spain. I have a degree in Arts. My Studio is at home. 

In the 80's I had the opportunity to express my art painting in T-Shirts with Acrylic (Watercolor Technique), and baby clothes. At that time I was studying at the Inter-American University of Arecibo, P.R., and they asked me to make a film for them showing how to paint a CLOWN, and MY BLACK CATS on T-Shirts. I had a wonderful experience doing this film. Also, I designed clothes with leather applications, and belts for a Leather Boutique in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

After my second daughter was born, I had to find a steady job, which did not leave me time to pursue my art inclinations for many years. I have begun drawings, painting watercolors, acrylics, oils, and pastels once again. Now I have the time to express my feelings in my art. 

My favorite subjects are Nature details, Animals, Faces…maybe something around me that catches my attention and imagination. I hope you enjoy my art. 

All my drawings and paintings are dedicated to my dad, David, and to the good memories he left us.

Here are a few of my fav's from her portfolio ...


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Midsummer Blessings!!!

(Photo credit: Art by Cyra R. Cancel; Brandon Racine)


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's all in the family ...

I don't need to look back into my family's history very far to see the reason why I love animals, most especially cats, so very much!  For as long as I can remember, I have been around them. My father tells me that his mother, my nana Cora, used to take in every single stray dog and/or cat in the neighborhood ... (Gee, who does THAT remind you all of?) LOL!

My nana Cora holding her male cat, Puddy, and her lifetime companian, Pete, circa 1962

A very old photo of my dad (in bib overalls) and my nana Cora holding my uncle Ronald

 My dad today with his favorite kitty, Haley

 Enjoying his visit with our dwarf bunny, Sam

Growing up, I remember my nana had a couple of dogs and two beautiful parakeets, Peppy and Shawn ~ all were rescues except for her white minature poodle, Suzie who used to love to hike a ball between her legs while playing football. My parents also had several dogs and a couple of cats as well and my brother has always and still does love our furr babies ...

My brother Kerry clowning around with our beloved Maggie in 1994

... and with our Calico cat Haley last month

Hubby snuggling up with our sweet Tuxedo cat Mr. Midnight a.k.a. "Scooter Kitty"

Our silly little Kiki -girl!

 My mom's inside/outside kitty cat, Tabby, whom she found as a stray and began taking care of a few years ago

As always, thanks so much for letting me share my friends!  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Isn't that just like a cat?

Ever since my hubby and I welcomed our Norwegian Forest kitty, Tabitha, into our little cat family, she has continued to surprise me in her own way. Where she immediately bonded with my hubby at first, she had always seemed rather aloof in regards to me. Well, to be honest, she used to down right continuously run away from me!

Mind you, granted, I am our cats mommy guardian in every way i.e. "I" feed them twice a day, "I" clean their litter boxes, and "I" spend the most time spoiling them to the moon and back. As is so often seems to be the case with felines, gaining her trust was a slow process, but one that has (apparently) finally paid off!

For the past week or so, Tabitha has waited for me to come home from work. She patiently sits and watches from the living room window for me to get out of my car and then sweetly greets me at the back door. This particular maneuver reminds me so very much of my beloved Maine Coon, Sabrina, who used to routinely greet me at my apartment door the minute that I came home from work every day ...

Sabrina with my black & white Mini Lop, Barney circa 1994

 ... and with our male Tuxedo kitty, Mr. Bojangles

Yesterday, she actually tried to touch me with her paw from the other side of the window.  She has also made it a habit to follow me in the bedroom all of the time and then stares at me until I lie down and take a little nap with her on the bed while she snuggles up next to me purring.

Hmmm,  cats ... go figure, eh?