It’s good to have you back! So much is happening all around us, it’s very hard to keep working on previous events, when we keep on going to the new ones! Oh well, you cannot have fun all the time, you have to do a bit of work as well! Have you missed two impervious parts of our review? Don’t worry, you don’t have to scroll through our blog to find them. We have the right links just here:
Guestbook review part 1:
Guestbook review part2:
Let us start the last part of The Cat Shop guestbook review with a fantastic picture from Emma Brown. Emma, a very shy but talented artist, appeared completely out of nowhere (honestly!) at our stand on Sunday afternoon and started working on her masterpiece so quietly that it took us some time to notice her among the visitors. She worked in absolute silence, but the result is breath taking. Emma was very pleased with her cat and gave Rita and Mal a big handshake at the end. Gracias, Emma!
We are not sure if the artist gracing page number 44 of our guestbook is a girl or a boy, sadly there were so many visitors leaving comments that we cannot remember all faces. The signature says Solard (if we got that right of course!). We absolutely adore this sketch and the cat has a very distinctive stare. Please notice, the cat’s eyes are golden-green.
Emma is back! We encouraged her to pay us a visit if she feetl like drawing again and indeed she came back with her friends, about an hour later. The group arrived while a local musician was purchasing one of our artworks as a birthday present for his wife, that’s why Emma’s second kitten is holding a guitar!
Just few minutes later after Emma and her friends left, we had another visitor, very eager to draw! Her name was Petra and she was very young (about 10-12 years old). We had a quick discussing with Petra about her very unusual name (derived from Greek word “petrus” meaning rock or a stone) and about the ancient city of Petra, a very important historical and archaeological site in Jordan. Surprisingly, Petra was very well aware of the meaning of her name and the stone temples at Petra. She proudly said that she was named after the one of the new New 7 Wonders of the World!
Sim, our next artist decided to draw another picture of the Electric Cat! The E-Cat as seen below, is dressed in sports clothing and is in the middle of a training. You have to keep fit if you are saving Malta and the entire universe from the bad guys!
Page 48 has been claimed by two separate artists. The first one drew us a very cute smiling cat-face but didn’t leave any signature preferring apparently to remain anonymous. The other cat (nicknamed “The up-side down kitten” is seen playing with a catnip ball. The second picture was made by an artist hidden behind a very delicious sounding nickname, Cake.
Josefina arrived to The Cat Shop with a large entourage consisting of her friends, parents and various family members. Not being sure if she wanted to contribute anything, she took her time to make her mind. Luckily for us, she was in an excellent and artistic mood and she portrayed her own cat in a sleeping pose. The cat seems to be truly contented, probably had a big dinner and how is resting in the sunshine without a care in the world.
Just like Emma before, it took Cake about an hour to return for a second go in the guestbook. Not satisfied with just a quick doodle, Cake spent at least 15 minutes coming up with another cat portrait! The second cat is much more detailed, it has long tail, pointy ears, big eyes and even a spotted bow in its fur. It looks like the cat is thinking about something, we may never know what’s on its mind!
They say it takes a genius to understand another genius. Julia, our next abstract artist left us a bit puzzled with her symbolic artwork. However, other children had not troubles interpreting this picture – they all saw a sleeping cat! Children are geniuses, simple as that. We have so much to learn from them!
Keira and her mom arrived at the same time when Julia was painting her picture. Keira, easily guessed what Julia drew and then decided to portray the same cat, just after waking up. She also gave Rita the biggest compliment by saying her cats were very nice. It’s good to be appreciated.
Laurent, our next guest, was a very interesting boy. He was diagnosed with autism when he was very young, but was doing excellent at school and outside of academic life. He didn’t say much but drew us one of the biggest pictures and spent a while turning the cat completely black. We wish you all the best, Laurent!
Sadly, we are not sure who left us this fantastic abstract artwork! Our memory fails us, but if you are the artist or remembers who made it, please contact us and we will give the full copyrights. Thank you!
The next two pictures were created by the same artist. Since we have no signature, the artist will have to remain anonymous, unless he or she decides to write to us to reveal his/her identity. What we find truly unique about them is that both pictures are made using so called “mirror technique”. The artist draws the primary image on the first page, then turns it around and creates another one tracing the outlines of the first picture. This technique is widely used to create “twin” artwork – very similar works but different at the same time.
This cute-as-a-button-red kitten with a spring-like tail belongs to a 5 year old Naeema. According to her mom, red colour is her favourite (at least for now) and she loves drawing and all animals. Keep up the good work Naeema!
Page 58 is a flattery in its purest form. You have to know that we set up our stand next to a bar. It was closed till about 2 pm on Saturday when the delivery guys arrived with drinks loaded onto a small forklift. They had troubles taking their eyes off us (we don’t blame them, they thought they were seeing double!). We are sure they have never seen identical twins before, dressed exactly the same and wearing the cat-ears. One of the delivery people left us this comment below. He was cute, but at least 15 years younger then us. We feel terribly old now!
Our Gallery of Smiling Cats gets a new member! This simple but great looking sketch was contributed by Val nearly at the end of our stay at Earth Garden. Is it worth staying a bit late? Of course it is :)
If you believe Aerosmith, pink is the colour of fashion. Gabyloo, our next artist, decided to create something unusual and went for an entirely pink cat. We have to say it worked wonders. Many visitors commented that this is probably one of their favourites. Pink cats definitely stand out from the crowd.
Lucy travelled to Malta from Toronto, Canada and we had a long discussion with her about everything Canadian: from old TV series (“Due South”), adventure books (James Oliver Curwood), music (Moist and Alanis Morissette) to Hudson Bay and Athabasca River. Lucy was delighted to learn that our white exotic shorthair cat is named after the famous Canadian river!
Ivy, one of our youngest artists, was so small, that she needed help from her mom to hold the markers! It didn’t stop her from contributing and she giggled loudly with delight while drawing. Her cat is named Tina – it is obvious that every cat (even those drawn ones) are in need of a good name.
Madoka arrived with her parents and large group of friends quite late in the evening. It must have been nearly 9 o’clock but she was not sleepy at all! It is only rarely when you can stay up so late so she enjoyed each second of her stay at the festival. After she was done drawing, she handed the guest book to us and took a very deep bow. That was very unusual and Mal went to speak to her parents to learn where the girl was from. It turned out that the family was from Japan and Madoka was visiting Malta for the first time. We bowed back. Her dad was very proud to find some decently educated gaijins in Europe :D
Josephina (page 49) could not leave Earth Garden without saying good bye to her favourite Cat lLdies and without painting another picture. She chose to portray the all-famous E-Cat, giving us a very electrifying stare. We also learned that his whiskers are magical – they start to glow blue when the cat is in danger and crackle with electricity when the cat is angry! Do not, we repeat, do not make the E-Cat angry, you might get electrocuted!
And here we are, on the last page of the guestbook. The last picture is again of the Electric Cat drawn by Dom Storace. Thank you Dom, as they say, you saved the best for the last! Much appreciated :)
Ladies and gentleman, cats, kittens and all respectable felines. We are sad to announce That the Cat Shop guest book report is done. 66 drawings, 10 sold artworks, hundreds of visitors, old friends and new faces. All we can say is THANK YOU for your support and for excellent time. We might be coming back next year, after all we already miss the Earth Garden!
No worries, we are not done yet with our coverage from the festival. Very soon, we will have some fantastic pictures to show you! Be on a standby and visit us soon.
Till we meet again,
Rita and Malicia D.