Tuesday, 1 August 2017


At  "Art Journal Journey" Jo is asking us to make art inspired by poetry or a quote
and at "Moo-Mania" Susi has the theme "Cats".

I chose the poem "The Cat" by Robin Skelton.

The cat stood under the lilac.
It was black.
The sky was blue, the grass green,
and it stood
black under the lilac
that was lilac
under the sky that was all over blue.

The poem told me exactly what to paint.


  1. A lovely poem and illustration! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Oh my goodness, what a truely delightful poem and your painting captures it beautifully! I love your black cat, his eyes look so soulful while he waits on the green grass under the lilac tree with a sky that was all over blue - I love it! The colours are so vibrant and I love how they have merged together to create that beautiful texture and lines of colour - amazing! Thanks for sharing this wonderful page at Art Journal Journey, it made me smile 😁. Have a wonderful week dear Sheila! J 😊

  3. Haha so cool, there it stand the cat under the lilac ;) I think the cat is involved into a story, that goes on behind the viewers eyes! And the bird is take advantage of and will land on its neck in just a sec! So happy to see your art again! ♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

  4. Its a lovely poem Sheila, the painting looks wonderful and it is a lovely handsome black cat.
    Yvonne xx

  5. This is just wonderful, Sheila!!
    I love the lilic and the black cat with its lovely eyes!
    And of course a bird and some flowers have to be there as well.
    I like that poem and had to laugh about it.
    Is this out of the book "I hate that cat" ? You know, nobody hates the cat
    in that book.
    I wonder how you did this lovely green hills and the sky.
    And are the leaves of the lilac on holidays right now?
    I hope they will have good time :)

  6. How cute that poem is! And you're right, it told you exactly how to paint the scene. I love how your grass and lower, distant sky looks...I always love that watery-color look. Birdie is jealous and wants to perch on the lilac and be in the picture too. The lilac is inviting with it's pretty blooms. But I suspect kitty will be boss and decide to let birdie stay or frighten him away. I like the bitty grass flowers too.

  7. An absolutely ADORABLE poem and a really great painting, too. I love the bird, the wonderful cat, and the lilac. Simply wonderful that the poem told you exactly how the scene should look. I love it all.

  8. Very sweet...love the lilac against the blue...gorgeous combination and texture!! Love how it's exact too!! You have inspired me yet once again!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. That's a fantastic poem and you certainly created it in picture form.:) I like your cat. I spent my day trying to get a face I liked on a cat I painted. Cat faces aren't so easy but yours do look just like a cat. Mine went from angry cat to pig to person without a nose and hopefully, maybe back to cat. Hmmm. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

  10. hi sheila,

    thats fantastic page,love the cat and the beautiful poem,the colors are wonderful,love this :-)
    happy week,dear sheila.

    hugs jenny

  11. Oh, that poem is so visual!
    Your cat seems to enjoy the feelings of the words <3

  12. Fantastic use of the poem to make this great page

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. The sky was blue, the grass green,
    there came the flying bird
    it was lilac.
    But the cat stood black
    under the lilac ...
    and the sky was all over blue.

  14. Your creative mix of materials and photoshop is brilliant as ever, including poetry this time. Naughty cat better not catch the bird, we don't want a kaleidoscope of colours all over the place. Love it, Awesome !!

  15. Beautifully the poem as an image .. wunderful idea !!!!
    Happy Day Elke

  16. Oh my gosh! This is just AMAZING dear Sheila! With what an adorable painting you came up by making use of the lovely poem! What an original concept! I am thrilled about it!
    Thank you very much for this exclusive and inventive Orange Esmeralda entry for Art Journal Journey and it makes me even more happy to see it linked to Moo Mania & More! I love it!
    oxo Susi

    1. And you made me just happy with your lovely compliment on my blog dear Sheila! So lovely of you!

  17. It seems as if this poem had been written only for you! You painted that beautifully, Sheila. But honestly, I'd rather have seen your original watercolor ...
    By the way, my first cat was also pitch black!

  18. Just gorgeous !!!!

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  19. I love this Sheila! I don't know this poem but you have captured it perfectly on your page! Hugs, Chrisx

  20. the cat Looks like she would say: come Play with me! you are combining my favorites - cats and lilac!!
    xox johanna

  21. I don't know this poem but you have captured it perfectly or should I say 'purr-fectly' - love the cats eyes and expression... and I'm wondering if that sweet little bird is going to dive bomb him :)
    Hope your week going well
    Gill xx :)

  22. Super magical...I love this whole post..words/poetry and art! The colors are radiant and gorgeous and I am so smitten with that sweet black cat, such a soulful little being..wonderful!
    I always enjoy visiting your world...poetic and creative!

  23. What a wonderful idea to use a poem for inspiration! And the outcome is such a sweet and lovely artwork. The lilac is wonderful and the cat looks so cute and I love the texture of the grass and the sky very much!

  24. I love your painting Sheila :D)
    Yes! such a descriptive poem too... even so, your imagination is vivid and delightful xx

  25. Beautiful painting it's perfect with the poem. Have a great day xx

  26. Poem and painting in harmony.
    I enjoyed this post.

    All the best Jan

  27. This is a favourite, mum would love this one too for sure, being such a cat lover. The colours are so striking and the whole piece always has that allure that your work always contains, dragging me in with its unique magnetic force!

  28. So beautiful picture! I do love your birdie and the cat! It´s a pleasure to look at your art!
    I hope I can visit you more often.
    Hugs, Annette

  29. When I read your words: The poem told me exactly what to paint.
    I chuckled, it sure did. So fun. A charming piece, it makes me smile.

  30. Hi Sheila! I love the gorgeous and fun work of art you created! It really captures my imagination!!! I always LOVE visiting your blog and seeing your wonderful creations!!!!

  31. I ove your black cat, looks just like Rudy, Mhairi's cat but in idyllic surroundings. Love the clours

  32. And this cat is so sweet! Is that a magnolia tree behind her?
    Sorry I haven't been around for a while. I have enjoyed catching up. Jx

  33. This is alive and bright with Summer light! Such a sweet black cat, so great against the bright summer colours and I love that happy swooshing bird so much, so free!


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