Friday, September 17, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Do you think cats can be artists?

From the back cover:
"The fact that some domestic cats are able to make marks with paint has always been explained by biologists as an instinctive form of territorial marking behavior. Now, each one of these lavishly photographed postcards, selected from the book Why Cats Paint (10 Speed Press), provides graphic evidence that some cats' marks are aesthetically motivated and should be regarded as genuine works of non-primate art."

From the back of the postcard: "This medieval bestiary illustration acknowledges the practice of 'painting' by cats in the Middle Ages. Because cats were regarded as agents of the devil during this period, they are depicted here as evil  alchemists about to transmute the caged bird and sleeping dog, prey and enemy of the cat, into gold."

From the back of the postcard: "Whether these cats are engaged in territorial marking behavior, as many biologists would contend, or actually decorating the fish for aesthetic reasons, remains open to debate. However, the fact that the cats showed no aggression towards each other during the two-hour painting session, strongly suggests it was a genuine aesthetic experience."

I think little Miss Cassie could be the next Rembrandt Kitty.
She's been practicing on the bathroom mirror! 

Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by the lovely Beth.
Each week you'll see a variety of postcards from the old to the new, the comic to the serious.
Enjoy the visit!

Happy PFF!

Wishing you well and a JOY filled weekend.


MrCachet said...

Wierd. Our cat(s) never exhibited that kind of behavior, despite their proclivity for jumping on my drawing table - usually in the middle of the night with no paint open, but I'll have to give this a shot!

Postcardy said...

I have that book. I really enjoyed it, but I haven't looked at it in a long time.

Mary said...

This is hysterical.

Barb said...

Hi Snap, Next thing you'll be posting her artistic renderings! Does she use mixed-media? Have a great weekend.

Funoldhag said...

Goodness - those are some really cute postcards! The kitties are having a great time got sure. Happy PFF!! Carol

Anonymous said...

I'm with Mary. This is hysterical.

Kiki said...

Yay's to Cat-power..wonderful post!

Linda said...

Ha! I'll have to get my hands on that book. My cat Penny scratches in the litter box, that's it!

Aimee Dars said...

You have the best cat postcards!

Crafty Christina said...

So funny! They look like they're enjoying themselves.

Cezar and Léia said...

They are adorable postcards and I'm sure that "kitties are very creative and can do beautiful artworks!"
Have a lovely weekend,

McGillicutty said...

very interesting... really.. i never heard of cats painting.. i wonder if shih tzu's can paint????
happy weekend!!!

Sheila said...

I really love that top card, the rich colours in it. The second is amazing in a totally different way!

Marilyn said...

Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart yesterday. Love your artist kitties.

viridian said...

I have nevere seen cats paint! But that's only because they haven't had the opportunity.
Happy PFF.

Rita A. said...

Love the cats. We used to have a painting elephant in the Phoenix Zoo. Her prints sell for a lot.
Thank you for visiting Tattered Past. I look forward browsing through more of your blog.

Dorincard said...

CAT-ering for the fish...Great experiment!
I hope David's soul is not "stuck on the roof".
The Internet offers us more and more online obituaries/bios/immortalizing webpages for interesting people. And ordinary people, too.
I remember this great quote: "No, Prometheus, you were not a thief! You ripped a torch out of you, to enlighten the others..."

Rosa said...

They are so sweet. You know how I love my kitties!

Anonymous said...

I have that book (Why Cats Paint)! I wonder if it might explain why Tucker is always dumping my trash - maybe he's looking for mixed media ephemera!