Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tell me a Story

Happy Weekend everyone I hope you are doing well.

I'm working more on Journal pages than I had in the past, some for classes, Lifebook 2017 and others just playing without following anything.  Below is one that is my own design and I think it tells a story.

Art Journal Journey's theme for January is "Tell me a Story" as most journal pages do tell a story.   I'm linking in at AJJ this month, it's been a long time.  I've met so many talented and friendly bloggers through this site.

The story here is that the girl loves her home, nature, birds, flowers and her cat and he is the king of the home :)

We had a scary week with our beautiful friendly cat who has been ill off and on for most of his life.   He is doing well on some new meds for GI issues.   Last summer we thought we would lose him after extensive dental surgery (he only has a few teeth left) when a few weeks later he became very ill and in a lot of pain.   However he 'came back' again with good meds.  Our vet bills are high but he is family, we of course love him and do our best for him.  He is probably 13 years old, but we are not sure as we adopted him as an adult from a animal shelter 11 years ago.  He had been picked up as a stray and probably has had about 25 lives.

Here he is laying under the Christmas tree last month. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,


  1. Oh Shirley, what a lovely cat, and of course, you'll do everything for him, he's family ! I feel the same with my dog ! I do hope, that your cat has still some lives to go, it's so sad when you lose an animal. Your Art Journal page is so beautiful, lovely colours and I love her eyes ! And it's a wonderful story ! Wish you and your cat all the best ! Enny

  2. A beautiful journal page and a lovely cat.

  3. Á wonderful girl painting - beautiful in the special Shirley colors! So lovely done and wonderful shaded and colored!
    Oh what a lucky boy that he came to you!
    We love our pets and they are family for sure, you are right!
    Wishing the best for your lovely boy!
    Thank you so much for joining AJJ Shirley! Much appreciated!
    Happy weekend!
    oxo Susi

  4. Such a beautiful journal page Shirley. The colours are gorgeous and the story lovely. A beautiful photo of your cat too. Hope your weekend is a good one.

    Sue xx

  5. Such a beautiful cat Shirley and I am pleased he is doing well again.

    This page is stunning and it is so good to see you at AJJ as they are a wonderful group of blogger there

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Fantastic page, and you made me very happy that you have linked to us at AJJ. Glad your beautiful cat is feeling better, pets really are members of the family. I was devastated a couple of years back when my Kitty dies - but she did reach the ripe age of 22! Hugs, Valerie

  7. Oh he is just lovely Shirley, beautiful colours he is too. I hope he enjoys more life, our pets are so much part of our lives and feel so helpless when they are ill.
    You journal page is brilliant, fabulous colours and artwork, Kate x

  8. Beautiful page, you have created a lovely scene! The girl eyes are mesmerising and she looks like she is in great appreciation of life with her cat and the song the little bird is singing :-). Thanks for drawing me into her story. Your cat looks very content sat under the Christmas tree, so adorable and I'm really pleased he is recovering well. Have a great weekend! J :-)

  9. I love your piece. It radiates happiness and warmth.
    And it does my heart good when folks take xtra special care of their 4 legged family members.
    A new follower.

  10. Love your page, really lovely. So glad to hear that Archie is doing well with the new meds. Sending lots of hugs and purrs. Anesha and Skipperx

  11. Another wonderful journal page. You are so very talented and must be having so much fun. Enjoy your weekend snuggling with your cat.

  12. Your A is such a handsome fellow and certainly looks happy and content.
    This piece you created is beautiful in so many ways dear Shirley ♥
    really gorgeous colors and details and message too.
    Happy January oxo
    p.s. you are so right about the participants of is an endless source of delight and inspiration and friendship too

  13. What a beautiful cat Archie is Shirley and hopefully the new treatment will keep him on an even keel. It is so hard to take when an animal is getting older and in poor health. I love your pretty lady holding her sweet little cat and I love the way you have given him a crown to show his importance, and I love the cute bird on the branch singing away too, and all three have lots of character. x

  14. He is a beautiful guy Shirley. Pets are family and therefore deserve love and care when they need it. I'm glad your guy is doing well, and he looks good. And your page is great. I love how colorful and bright and happy your page is. Glad you decided to come back and join us at AJJ. :) Erika

  15. wow shierley ,your girl is just sweet ,.wonderful story is this,love love love it.
    have a great sunday.

    hugs jenny

  16. Love Archie, so fluffy looking and adorable...We love our pets no matter what they cost. Our lab has cost us a fortune but would not do anything different. Great card and your colouring is superb....xx

  17. Your painting of these faces is exquisite Shirley. You must be thrilled. This one does indeed tell a story. I hope your cat settles again OK. These do give us a lot of pleasure and pain don't they! Sorry you had trouble with my blog posts, it was my own fault for not remembering to allow comments, I went back and changed them when I realised, but by then most visitors had given up!!!! Elaine xxx

  18. I find myelf working more ion AJ-pages because I like to keep some things and I have enough cards just from the challenges I like to participate in... Like that they are a bit bigger, so you can "play"more or tell more of a "story" on them... Just like you did so beautiful here! It is good to see you still use your favorite colours... Stay warm too! Hugs, Gerrina

  19. You are absolutely splendid at this Shirley! I see you used what I think of as your favorite colors. Truly Shirley - I would love to be half as good!
    Sandy xx

  20. Oh what a beautiful kitty cat--so glad he's got all those lives! Your journal page is wonderful, Shirley--absolutely tells that story! Cheers from Oregon!

  21. Really beautiful page! Love the wonderful scene you've created.
    Your cat is adorable!
    Mar xx

  22. You are so good in drawing and painting dear Shirley you are really a talented lady and I hope to see a lot more of your own beautiful designs, super!!!

    Have fun!!

  23. I'm so glad your cat is recovering, he looks so delightful in your photograph.
    How nice that you have made a painting of him (with his crown) and I think there are other wonderful features in this painting but the cat steals the show (as always).


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