cindy pon
a little sweet, a little sour
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surly cat loves you!


happy early valentines day, my lovely
readers! i’m sharing Surly Cat early as a present
to you. =D i’ll be going out for a nice dinner
with the love tomorrow for a date night, and
am hoping i’ll finally get a few hours to write on
monday–actual valentines day.

i was trying to paint birds again last night, but
they were simply flitting away from me. after three
or four poor attempts, i decided to try a cat
instead. none of the lesson books inspired me,
so instead, i googled for cat images and found this…


haha! tell me it’s not the cutest thing you’ve
seen? so this is the cat that inspired Surly Cat.
i first tried to paint him in the orageish color but
that proved too difficult. so i rendered him in
black ink. what do you think? does he make you smile?

he makes me giggle every time i look at him!

this was one of those paintings where i started with the
first four strokes and thought, there is no way i can
paint this thing. but slowly and surely, he began to
emerge on the rice paper, coaxed by brush strokes as if
by magic. in art, as in writing, there is the comfortable
confidence of “i can do this, i’ve done this many times before”
and the challenge of “i don’t think i can do this, but i’m going
to try”. it’s the latter that makes us better every time.

if my oriole made you happy, i hope my Surly Cat makes
you giggle, as he does me. and finally, in celebration of
Silver Phoenix paperback release, i’m giving them away
over at the Supernatural Underground.

have a wonderful weekend and a happy valentines day!!

Surly Cat’s theme song sung to “Spider Man” tune:

Surly Cat, Surly Cat does everything
a Surly Cat can
Glares at you
Pouts all day
Is Surly as only a Surly Cat can!


  1. Posted February 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh he’s so cute!!!

  2. Posted February 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Ha! I love Surly Cat, Cindy. You have genuine talent!

  3. Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Love it! I think grumpy cats are the cutest.

  4. Lisa Ritter Cannon
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    You are multi-talented! I love it. :)


  5. Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    thanks abby, jan and liz!! <3

    lisa, your first comment here! i’m always excited to see new alien from a new commenter, you’re so cute. i’m very boring. =( and thank you, i hope you enjoy Surly Cat!

  6. L.T. Host
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    so cute :) Reminds me of my little girl kitty except she’s not as round. Love it!

  7. Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    *Wheezes* Can’t. Stop. Laughing. Send. Help…

  8. Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    SURLY CAT!!!

    I need Surly Cat to go with Blobby Cat! So very cute!

  9. Jennie
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Aww!! This is so cute!! Reminds me of my cat, Almendra. She’s always so grumpy. lol

  10. Posted February 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    zoe, surly cat lifts a whiskered brow at you. “we are not amused.” =) hha!! glad you enjoy him.

    lessa and jennie, hee! i know i done good if i remind owners of their own kittehs!

    lisa, hoorah, you’ve met Surly!

  11. Posted February 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Surly Cat did make me laugh too! He’s so cute. And he even has a theme! You are so silly.

  12. sue
    Posted February 12, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Surly cat is wonderful!

  13. Posted February 12, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Surly cat is so cute. Beautiful painting.

  14. Posted February 12, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    ::BIG LIKE::

  15. Posted February 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    deborah, i know you love being silly with me, altogether now! Surly Cat Surly CAT…

    thanks sue, anita and juliet!!

  16. Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Unbelieveable. I want a book of your brush art! Your talent blows me away, lady!!!!

  17. Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    aw, thanks for the Surly Cat love, g!!

  18. Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Surly Cat rocks! :D

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