Riley the Critic

Riley the Critic

If a cat won’t lay on your quilt it isn’t worth much.

Riley came to us in the middle of the night through a mutual friend. He was rescued from a house that had 5 dogs and 7 cats. I knew him as a sweet, playful kitten as he had belonged to my son’s roommate but was abandoned at the last known address. Riley was underweight, full of fleas and had very bad house manners. He sat under furniture for several months and just watched us.

Window Shopper

Window Shopper

Out for a walk in San Francisco I took this picture. I looked at it in the viewfinder and didn’t think much of it. I signed up for a painting class at the local college and one of the projects was reflection from an actual photograph. I presented this photo to my painting teacher for consideration. She discouraged me and said she wouldn’t paint it. That sounded like a challenge, and I like a good challenge. I was working in a media which I was unfamiliar, water-mixable oils. They are drier than oils but not like acrylics. Halfway through the painting I asked myself, “What were you thinking?” Yet I persevered, there was so much detail.
The teacher entered Window Shopper into the county fair and it won my first a Blue Ribbon.
Take pictures of people and things you love and you never know what might happen.