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if cats could talk...

"if cats could talk, they wouldn't."

~ nan porter

here's lookin' at you, kid

Mike and Kevin wanted to do something different with this little, black and white image of Pat’s black cats.

color, color, color

became the name of the game. The fact that the image has so much white space around it gave me the option of cutting a decorative mat. Note that the decorative cut does not interfere with nor does it take away from the artist’s work. Actually, the tree made of cats is the first thing the eye sees, then the matting, and finally the frame - which is as it should be.

Mike and Kevin shared this photo of “Tree of Cats,” a rare print by artist Patricia Buckley Moss.

When Barb wrote up the framing order to get these matboards, she questioned whether I knew what I was doing; then as I cut the mats, she asked, “Are you sure?” I knew it then, and I know it now. It was the right thing to do. It is not always possible to use this much color; but when you can, you just have to go for it.

Ever vigilant; ever watchful; ever observant; AND then there’s: playful, whimsical, stylized, amusing, entertaining, fanciful, curious, perhaps just a bit inquisitive (all adjectives to describe a tree made up of cats); a tree of good luck charms, eleven to be exact, always lookin’ at you. Isn’t it interesting how the artist created the perception of the trunk of a tree? and even created the hint of bark by varying the depth of color of the cats? Necks ‘n’ heads as branches? Who would have thought… because we usually see Pat’s little, black cats as imaginative little critters, inconspicuously placed in an image to look around, as if saying, “Hey, pay no attention to me - just here to check out what’s goin’ on.”

I would love to feature photos of things that I have framed for you. Just email the image to me along with a little story, and I will publish it in the “archives” section of the website. It really is a lot of fun to share your projects with others; and others love to see what’s been done.

My email address remains:​

The Art Loft Gallery, LTD., a locally owned and operated business in Collinsville, Illinois, has been open since 1984. In addition to offering custom picture framing services, The Art Loft Gallery, LTD. is an authorized dealer for renowned artist, Patricia Buckley Moss, and also has a wide variety of antiques and giftware for sale. Come in for a unique shopping experience and enjoy a cup of Starbucks and a cookie while you shop. Contact Us

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