The Thing About Cats

Cat Greeting Cards Handmade by Deborah Julian, Cat Lovers Special

Deborah Julian’s handmade cards are original. They combine the tradition of fine art and the fun of cat art. The cat cards here started out as cat prints and were adapted to make handmade cards.

Handle with Care is the artist’s icon. It expresses her belief in how cats ought to be treated — with kindness. Always.

Handle With Care Handmade Card by Deborah Julian
Handle With Care, Handmade Cat Card by Deborah Julian. $4.99 on Amazon

Cat Cards Inspired by Famous Artists: Pierre Bonnard

Rich with colors and setting is characteristic of paintings by Pierre Bonnard.

In After Lunch With Pierre Bonnard, Deborah Julian imagines two house cats appreciating the dining room after all the humans have left.

Deborah Julian's Lunch With Pierre Bonnard Handmade Card
After Lunch With Pierre Bonnard, handmade cat greeting card by Deborah Julian. $4.99 on Amazon

Dogs and cats are common in scenes Bonnard painted from his family’s country home.

A devoted post-impressionist in his later years, he worked from photographs instead of from sketches or painting directly from life.

The net result was painting extraordinarily rich in detail and saturated with colors.

You might want to check out another cat print inspired by Bonnard: Bathers from Famous Artists Cats.

Also Inspired by Famous Artists: Edward Hopper

Deborah Julian Handmade Cat Card: Edward Hopper's Window
The Cats In Edward Hopper’s Window, handmade cat card by Deborah Julian. $4.99 on Amazon

Although a great admirer who has studied his artwork extensively, Deborah Julian took her time before creating her first cat print based on Edward Hopper.

Cats In Edward Hopper’s Window recreates a familiar scene from Hoppers urban art. His paintings imagined realistic settings but were actually adventures in surreal expressionism.

After many exhibit featuring paintings by Hopper, I’ve never seen a cat, and there is no reason to think he especially liked cats.

People writing about him tend to gloss over his moodiness and the distance he kept from people.

Even his wife Jo, his frequent model who was largely responsible for his commercial success, had this to say about him: “Sometimes talking to Eddie is just like dropping a stone in a well, except that it doesn’t thump when it hits bottom.

Never the less, as you can see, as long as he had some good windows to look at, the cats are willing to populate them anyway.

To see more check out Deborah Julian Cards & Prints on Etsy

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