by Janet Blue on January 10, 2015

We are already seriously OVER winter. Though the temperature, which was five degrees two nights ago, has been going up slightly each day (and we are not in the serious deep-freeze that some of our furiends are experiencing), neither Mom nor any of us will be happy until we see something approaching 50 degrees.

To fight the winter blahs, Mom decided to create a spring-like offering for Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. When she saw this photo with all the vibrant colors it screamed spring to her; though, it was taken indoors. We are going to do our post backwards today and show the original photo first so you can see its unaltered spring qualities.




Mom’s only regret was that she could not crop out more of the blinds, but she didn’t want Astrid to be tailless. Of course, she ended up losing half of it anyway in the final photo. 



The art piece was created using three overlays, one filter and one frame in piZap as well as a border and drop shadow effect in Picasa.

Now, don’t you feel as if spring is just a bit closer? Stay inside and keep your nose and toes warm, and just maybe you can convince yourself that mean Mr. Winter has been kicked to the curb!

neonTo add you own Caturday Art to the blog hop or to view the other submissions, click on Athena and Marie’s badge.

Cat4We will be hosting our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop tomorrow. Sure hope you’ll snap a photo or two and join us. Some of you are getting quite masterful when it comes to taking selfies. We haven’t decided yet who gets the honor torture session at our house tomorrow.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Canadian Cats January 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Astrid is gorgeous…what a great model she is….her artsy, fartsy picture is terrific…I must be more daring in my fartsy works.

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Create With Joy January 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Beautiful art – fab resolutions – happy new year to you! 🙂
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Kitty Cat Chronicles January 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

Sampson is jumping up and down with excitement at seeing you in today’s post, Astrid! He says that you are the most spring-like thing he’s ever seen. We are all so over winter here too — it hasn’t gotten down to 5 degrees, but it’s been below freezing for a few days now. Terrible!!! We hope you all keep warm. Thanks for bringing us a little spring cheer today 🙂
Sampy sends as many kisses to Astrid as there are flowers in the world, and we all send love and hugs.
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The Swiss Cats January 11, 2015 at 4:46 am

Nice artwork, and thank you for this early Spring ! Purrs
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vera ersilia January 11, 2015 at 4:17 am

It was 50 F today in the Denver area, USA… we have slipped below ZERO F a few times recently. However that original photo with Astrid is 100 !!! the art-worked pix is nice too, but we prefer the original. Love from Vera, Paladino, and Moon.

Cathy Keisha January 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Very cool effects and colors.
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Sweet Purrfectionss January 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm

We don’t want to wish our lives away, but we sure are ready for Spring.
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McGuffy Ann Morris January 10, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Beautiful artwork and subject! I needed this.
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Melissa & Truffles January 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Torties were just made to be works of art, weren’t they? Your artwork (and the original) are simply stunning!
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Brian January 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

That is very pretty and we’re more than ready for Spring!
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The Island Cats January 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Yes, that picture does remind us of spring…and it can’t get here too soon! Brrrrrrr!
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Dezi and Lexi January 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Aaaaaaw Astrid looks bootyfull. Weez so tired of winter too. Stay safe and warm.

Luv ya’

Dezi n Lexi
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Marie January 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

I am definately ready for winter to be over. Thank you for bringing an early spring!

Flynn January 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

The picture looks lovely both before and after. We have had a mild but very windy spell and now it is due to get very cold as well as very windy.
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Georgia and Julie January 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

We like the post and the picture all done up 🙂
It makes us think about Spring too!
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
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Annabelle January 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

We like both original and the art work. YOu always do such outstanding graphics!!!
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Raven January 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

That’s beautiful art. What a great idea to bring some colorful flowers into the house to break the winter blahs.
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Little Binky and Granny January 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I’m in hibernation until the sun comes out..I think that’s in about 5 month 😀 Love your picture, it’s sunny 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 <3
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Penelope January 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm

That is fabulous! We loves the Spring effect (and that yous has flowers) Mes wants SPRING!!!
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Ellie, Bo, and Kobi January 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Not sure that my comment went through. It’s warmer here today (but still cold). I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the comments – the job search is discouraging, so I’ve been a little down. Ellie
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Ellie, Bo, and Kobi January 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

It’s a little warmer here today. I have to apologize for not commenting as much – the job search has been discouraging, and I’ve been kind of down lately. Ellie
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Nerissa's Life January 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

The sun is shinin’ here but the temperature is definitely sayin’, winter.

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Hemingway and Shakespeare January 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

it’s only 3 degrees here and we have a serious case of Cabin Fever!!!
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Athena January 10, 2015 at 11:15 am

Wow… that’s so pretty!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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The Florida Furkids January 10, 2015 at 10:47 am

It’s 57 here right now and Mom is all cuddled up in her heated throw….the rest of us are all snuggled into sun spots to keep warm.

The Florida Furkids with special nose kisses and smoochies to Mau from Allie.
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Ellen Pilch January 10, 2015 at 8:38 am

That came out great. It is cold here, but I won’t complain-I am not a fan of hot weather.
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Sammy January 10, 2015 at 7:14 am

If you see Spring first – will you tell it to come here purrrrlease? We’re desperate for it………………!!!! Otherwise, bringing a bit of spring indoors is a great idea…..I’ll tell Mom about that!

Hugs, Sammy
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Herman January 10, 2015 at 3:38 am

Ah… Spring…!! The magic word… Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”
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Lone Star Cats January 10, 2015 at 1:54 am

We’re ready for spring too.
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Clooney January 10, 2015 at 1:24 am

Oh we think this is so pretty, yes it does remind us of spring which we will be very happy for! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and special cuddles to lovely Fiona & Giulietta..
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers January 10, 2015 at 1:11 am

We love that, its so pretty!
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Summer January 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

Both the original and the art are very spring like!
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