Welcome back again! Another day, another blog and we are still showing off our collection of super cute cat portraits! Yes, the ever popular part two of Earth Garden 2014 guestbook review is right here. Be prepared to discover amazingly talented kids, great artworks and a lot of imagination in its purrrest form. Vanadian Avenue has always been a cat-crazed team and we are very proud of that! Looking through the colorful pages of our guest book, we have to admit, we are not the only ones. Malta seems to be an animal loving nation. Keep it up folks. The more, the merrier as we say!
If you would like to see the twenty pages, please click on the link below:
And now ladies and gentleman, we will show you a collection of works that should be exhibited in MOMA or TATE art galleries. Let’s hope that one day it will be!
Everybody say hi to Nacho, the smiling cat! Johan and Grainne found our stall at the Earth Garden by complete accident and they wouldn’t go without leaving a mark. The mark has a long flowing tail, pointy ears, long whiskers and a big smile. This is a sign of a spoiled kitten and that’s how we like our pets to be. A big thank you for your kinds words about our works and it was great to meet you both. And pet Nacho from us, will ya? Nacho is a real kitten and deserves a lot of love and attention.
Our next visitor, a young lady named Sasha decided to use a palette of colors to bring her talking cat to life on page 21. This fantastic beast has a yellow head, purple tail and orange-blue body. Don’t be afraid, this particular creature is very friendly and likes to talk to humans quite a lot. Sasha is an expert on talking cats and has studied them carefully. She was convinced that we can learn their language pretty quickly as each meow has a clear meaning. Some wise words from a little girl. We should always listen to our pets and kids. Listen, not just hear them – there is a big difference there!
It’s a family affair! Four girls (two sisters and two cousins) named Bibi, Amelia, Dora and Amaryllis overtook our stand for nearly half an hour but the merry bunch had the time of their lives. The girls ranged from age 4 to 12 and they all share love for arts and cats. The extended familia owns a cat called Olli that has been portrayed several times on the picture below as sleeping, playing with a ball of yarn, hunting for a goldfish and just looking straight at the visitors. The youngest girl was unable to draw cats yet but she bravely participated by doodling several bugs that Olli likes to chase around their house. As professional artists, the girls signed their artworks using pseudonyms: Am, Mia B, Do and TD. Look out art world, the super talented family is going to be very influential very shortly!
Anybody who has ever been involved in an organization of a street event will admit that guys are not easily convinced to participate. It takes a lot of encouragement and sometimes even pleading to make them change their minds. We don’t really know where it starts as children of both sexes love to draw, play and they do not need any extra initiative to just have a good fun. The older the kids get, the harder it comes to convince them to show their skills or try something new. It is especially hard with boys as ever 10 or 11 year old will find a myriad of excuses not to do anything. We treasure every picture we receive but those made by boys are especially cherished. Gilbert, one of the boys who approached our stand, left us a brilliant artwork. His cat is comfortably sitting on a meadow next to flowering plants. Gilbert also added a short message that reads “Thanks for the cat love”. You have some serious skills Gilbert! All the best!
Another contributor named Matt reigns on page number 24. His extraordinary talents put even the experienced artists like Rita to shame (she isn’t afraid to say so). Matt’s drawing of a crazy kitten on a midnight walk shows great sense of humor and breath-taking dedication to the smallest of details. It didn’t took him more than 10 minutes to come up with this beautiful artwork and as we watched him work, we were grinning with delight. We are sure that Matt has been drawing for a while now and we would love to see more of his works. If you are reading these words Matt, please get in touch with us!
Kyle Cassar is one of the youngest contributors to our guest book. Kyle is a Maltese boy and he is 8 years old. He likes to draw, play and loves animals. He created a very unusual cat, a cross between a feline and some unknown species that looks to us a bit like a dinosaur! And the dino-cat is being followed by another very curious creature that can be described as a slime-fish 😀 Good work Kyle. Not many artists could come up with two new races on a single artwork!
Page 26 belongs to Dean, aged 14. He is another boy that decided to try drawing a cat at our stand and the results are beyond fantastic. We need to encourage boys to create and draw more! Just look at his cat portrait – perfect proportions, a great abstract pose, unique style. This kitten needs a bit of color and it will fetch a nice price at the next arts and crafts market. Dean – your skills are brilliant. Please do not let anyone discourage you from practicing. Keep on doing what you love and in one time you will be a professional artist. Please, come to Ta’ Qali next year and bring your portfolio with you. We will see if we can help you set up your own stand!
Do you ever wonder how the artistic world will look like in the future? We do it constantly and that’s why we are looking for talented individuals. Darryl, a five year old visitor featured on page 27 could be the next big thing. He is incredibly passionate about drawing and didn’t need any encouragement to grab a pen! He got so excited while creating that he draw not one but three pictures! He was also the only artist to run out of space on a single page and he claimed another for his art. Way to go, Darryl! Art needs space and every obstacle can be resolved. We will be watching your progress!
A lovely artist named Rachel is gracing page number 28. She drew us a smiling ginger cat and called him Ginger. Or Grumpy. Or any other name will do as well! It doesn’t really matter how you are addressing the cat, if it wants to acknowledge you, it will. If not, there is absolutely no use in calling the kitten, you will be utterly ignored! Rachel had a lot of fun creating her fluffy friend (just look at the cat’s tail – it must be half Persian!) and left a playful message to other artists. It reads: “Meow! My name is Ginger…. Grumpy…. The multi-names cat….you name him! She also signed her artwork with a cat paw print. Very cute 😀
An amazing artist known to us only as Sara P. pictured every cat owner’s biggest nightmare: scratching! Forget about the scratching posts, your feline knows better. That expensive wardrobe, an antique bed, posh armchair or your new beautiful leather sofa – they are there for your kitten’s comfort and convenience. And once the item is (nearly) destroyed, the cat proudly announces the triumph with a loud, high-pitched MEOW. It usually means “come and admire my masterpiece”. Sara – it was a pleasure to talk to you. Please come back again next year!
Page 30 and our first manga inspired cat artwork! A lovely artist nicknamed Kittimi stopped by and expressed a desire to draw as well. Equipped with a pen she quickly came up with a superb manga sketch of a cat girl. When we asked her about her preferred style, she admitted that she has been creating comics for a longer period of time and that she soon might be looking for a place to exhibit her works. Comicon Malta crew, your immediate attention is then required. We are not sure if the sketch is a self portrait or maybe just a drawing of Kittimi’s original chara, but the girls have great skills.
The artwork is signed with a huge heart and writing “Kittimi was here”.
The next artwork has absolutely nothing to do with Earth Garden or our cat shop but is cool enough to be included. Sometimes visitors are leaving us some cryptic messages, mumblings and rumblings without any sense or coherence. The artwork drawn by Darryl (yes, the same one mentioned on page 27) shows a collection of geometric (mathematical) shapes both in 2D (plain) and 3D. The figures include cylinders, squares, triangles, ellipses, circles and cones. There is also a row of numbers at the bottom of the drawing that reads: “1 123”. If anybody knows what that means, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Hey artists! Please sign your works! It is a truly devastating feeling when you are trying to compliment somebody’s work and you don’t even know their names! Page thirty two belongs to a big, pink cat with a long flowing tail drawn by very talented but anonymous artist. And we cannot even remember his or her face! So many people signed the guestbook, hundreds more came to the stall – it is simply impossible to remember all of them. Please take a look and admire – the force of art is strong with this contributor!
Maltese artist named Julian Spiteri was more than happy to share his imagination with us and contributed a small round kitten with short front paws, large eyes and cute expression. His artwork displayed on page 33 is a great proof that you don’t have to have an amazing painting techniques or advanced skills to be able to draw! A bit of sense of humor, open mind and willingness to have a good time – that’s all it takes. And the results are very good. You never know, maybe signing a guest book could be a start of an artistic career or at least a beginning of rewarding hobby!
Roberta Micallef is not only a gifted artist but also a very kind person as well. Her artwork (which she called a “hamster cat”) is dedicated to a rock legend – Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Roberta arrived at our stall when we were packing with three of her friends. They were all sixteen and each wore a different band tee, Roberta rocking out in a Sonic Youth merch. At first she was afraid to draw something, but when we told her that “riot gurls” have no fear of art, she agreed and created one of the most amazing designs in the whole book. We have promised to send it to Kim herself. Roberta`s kitten seems to be a magical creature – it has a magic wand and a performing magician’s top hat on his head. The artwork is dated and signed. It says: “Hi! Kim xxx This cat is for you. 06/06/14”.
Wait a minute! Cats cannot wear hats and do not carry wands! This is not a cat portrait; this is a drawing of an animagus in a cat form! There must be a Hogwarts-like school in Malta as well!
Time flies when you are having fun. It feels like we have just barely started and suddenly we find ourselves on the last page! The last artwork in our guest book has been made by 11 year old Sebastian Camilleri and his 10 year old partner in art, Zane Calleja. This unstoppable duo have prepared themselves well for the task: they cleaned the table, put the drawing materials in front of them, sat comfortably and went wild! Their cat is green-pink-orange-blue and black, has a fluffy tail and is named Whiskers. The cat is real and lives with the kids in their apartment. A house without a cat is not a home!
And that’s all dear readers! The guestbook for Cat Store is done, photographed, described and available online. We are still trying to edit pictures from the Earth Garden Festival and soon you can expect a full blown review of the 3 day event.
For now, thank you for your attention, enjoy the art and if you’d like to visit us again, come to Ta’ Qali National Park next year. Earth Garden 2015 and we shall be there again!
Have a great day,
Rita and Malcia Dabrowicz