CAT #23 The Optimist

As it turns out, a small flurry of people unsubscribed from my mailing list over the last couple of days. It's ok. I knew there was risk involved.

As an artist I first and foremost want to bring Beauty (and smiles and hope) into the world, knit it back into the fabric of our earth, as a countermeasure to how much rape and pillage, injustice, thoughtlessness, ill intent, even horror there is here in our land.

And if you don't know this about me, I am quite the optimist!


Yet once in awhile, I feel compelled to make a statement, as I did with my NO NO NO Cat and No Grabbing This Pussy. I have no regrets. But it is in my nature not to want to offend, nor to hurt anyone....and this conflict weighs heavily. These are unique and trying times....and I made my choice.

If in some teeny way my creativity can occasionally be used for (in my perspective) Awakening those who are asleep or deluded into thinking this Administration won't alter the very core of our democracy, I choose it.  And honestly I would rather have 3 people on my list who enjoy seeing my art, than 1000 who don't. May God bless ALL of us.

Here's Cat #23

CAT #23 by Joanie Springer #30cats  30 CATS in 30 Days

CAT #23
The Optimist

acrylic and charcoal
12 x 12 in.
100% recycled heavy paper

BTW - I did go back and give each of my #23 cats so far names....some may change, but they all deserved a name. Go check them out! And if you have some ideas for me, please comment!


Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul!
~Joanie

Comments

  1. I love your cats. Great composition, great cat expressions, and wonderful and playful colors.

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    1. thanks so much, Bobbie....glad you are enjoying this #30cats series. Not too many more to go!

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    2. I will be sad when there are no more new cats! I have so enjoyed every one of them! I'm not looking at them for their names or the comments I'm just looking at the artwork! Love it!

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    3. No rules here. Look, read, whatever tickles your fancy. Glad you are enjoying them.

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  2. Well, if some folks decided to "unsubscribe", be assured that those of us who remain in your tribe LOVE you more than ever!!!!! And, as you know, cream always rises to the top. Also, in the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." If someone can't stand being having their own particular viewpoint challenged in any way, that simply indicates that it isn't that strong after all.

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    1. fab insights! thanks for our ongoing encouragement, Gayle. Blessings!

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  3. Joanie, seems to me that when a person puts their art and thoughts and feelings out in a public arena, they are taking a chance of getting some negative feedback. That is the way of it. There are enough folks who love your work, so just keep doing and sharing what you enjoy.

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  4. Imagine living in a political state where we could NOT express ourselves.....now that would be a CATastrophe.
    I appreciate your talent and energy in keeping the conversation alive in these confusing/troubling times.

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  5. Hi Joanie ~ So sorry to hear that you lost some subscribers! It is so sad that some people can’t tolerate other peoples views and have to act on it! I support you and LOVE all these cats!! If I could have, I would have been out there WALKING THE WALK also! I was with them all in SPIRIT!!

    Best wishes on this wonderful CAT series!! How DO you come up with all these great Cats??? I am SO enjoying them!! You do inspire me!! Are you really going to have a show??

    Take care,
    Cindy

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  6. I loved No No No, and the Pussy, keep up the great work!

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  7. Joanie,
    I am on your list due to a Rileyst demo one time. We don't know each other, but I have *loved* your cat series (even tho I don't have pets!) I was waiting for a pink pussy painting, thought it was absolutely necessary, and so glad u did it!!! <3 Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Pixie Dust. There is a time for everything ... under the sun.

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  8. Joanie,
    I love ALL your cats but No No and Pussy were right on!! Keep up your amazing and inspiring work. You are truly amazing!!

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    2. Thanks, Sandy. I am so grateful for your encouragement. Thx for taking the time to comment.

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  9. Joanie, I'm having a dickens of a job getting my messages to post. google doesn't want to accept my established password and be my portal, and none of the other options apply to me so I'm trying anonymouse - yes, I meant to spell it that way. This is your greatest fan, Shirley Day, checking in to write many things. Too many, I am sure.
    First, your 30 in 30 cats have been a great joy to me during what I consider one of the worst of modern times for human and humane loving, sensible creatures. I am sorry if a few people have left your blog because of the no no or the hands off but they are entitled to their opinion. Bless their hearts.

    I have enjoyed the cats, and the whiskers are all fascinatingly different too. #3's mustache is Salvador Dali inspired, even if you weren't trying. I'm waiting for the Matisse cat, perhaps I've seen it and not recognized it?

    I have to many of your girls, I call them "my joanies" and not one is like the other. All unique, and one of a kind. I continue to marvel at them, at your talent and at the personalities you instill in each.
    I've had my share of woes and challenges and you cannot imagine the importance of your art in my life. The delight and joy. And now the mirth from the cats. Oh dear. These are wonderful. I know it must be challenging for you to create something new each and every day but golly you do a great job of it.
    We who follow you online consider you a great treasure. If anyone meets you they know the good soul you possess, you are someone to emulate, not deflate. You make me a better person. You make me think. You calm my rage and despair when I see things in this world that I am unable to tolerate or change. You inspire me to accept the things for which I have no control and boy, do I need that now.
    You have had so many physical set-backs this past year, and yet here you are tools in hand, various media to the canvas.
    You set an exceptional standard for living. And I thank you.

    Okay, let's see if this publishes.If not I will email it and you publish it! shirl

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    1. Oh Shirley, thanks so much for persevering and finally figuring out how to post in my comments!!! Three cheers. And thanks beyond words for being such an encouraging voice to me all these years. blessings!

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  10. I love All your cats and since you created them, you know their names. This is a country still of free speech and thoughts, right? I commend your consciousness and courage; so needed now more than ever. Keep on keepin' on dear sister! Love, Darlene Bernier

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  11. Greetings AND gratitudes for your willingness and bold ways. You, as artists have done through history, encourage hope and a different way of seeing the world. You inspire courage in our convictions and our creations. Blessed be.
    Nita

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  12. Guess I must get a Google account....but the message from me is "THANK YOU!" for your stance and for keeping the Art flag in the air.

    I enjoy daily the beautifully painted face ("No Words Necessary") which I bought at the end of a Riley Street demo.

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  13. Have to chuckle when I view your Optimist kitty. Her colors suggest a firm determination to be so, as her expressive eyes turn upward with an almost peeved look like "Ok,so show me
    just HOW to do this!"Know my little interpretation is a reflection of my own thoughts! ;) So love your work my friend. Hugs, Nafia

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  14. Margaret HendricksonJanuary 23, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Well there seems to be another Margaret commenting- hello out there! :)
    Loved this cat as soon a I scrolled over its ears. Colors galore!
    I was going to comment on my policy of avoiding news. It's so gut wrenching
    and anxiety provoking. Was also going to quote a fave author but forgot the verbage, so here's similar nugget:
    There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. (Anais Nin)

    And another:

    "When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow." (Anais Nin)





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  15. Jess and I always love your way. You are always full of joy and carry a feeling of grace, laughter, and peace about you that leaks on to everyone around you
    Love all your cats
    Keep on drawing and sharing
    Christina

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  16. Onward and upward, dear strong, resolute, audacious one.
    Create.
    Create what your heart speaks.
    Let the chips fall where they may.
    The price of risking is high.
    The peace of mind bourne of being authentic, priceless.

    hugs,
    francine

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  17. Well there seems to be another Margaret commenting- hello out there! :)
    Loved this cat as soon a I scrolled over its ears. Colors galore!
    I was going to comment on my policy of avoiding news. It's so gut wrenching
    and anxiety provoking. Was also going to quote a fave author but forgot the verbage, so here's similar nugget:
    There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. (Anais Nin)

    And another:

    "When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow." (Anais Nin)

    Margaret H.

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  18. Joanie don’t feel bad........it just happens.......it is part of the times in which we live........I LOVED your pink pussy and spread it around the Internet profusely....
    a couple of Republicans even thought it was clever......!!!

    Diane M.

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  19. Joanie - I SUPPORT you!!! And I concur with you. What we face today is very frightening. I am like you, usually hesitant to speak out in unchartered territory.
    I pat you on the back for your courage. I'm certain you had to expect pushback, so please don't let it rattle you! Certainly, "they" must admire brazenness ..., but only when it suits themselves!
    Chin up- hang tight! Ceci

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