'When I Was Young I was Beautiful', Cat's cat by luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

'When I Was Young I was Beautiful', Cat's cat by 

571 views 04/05/2012

Digital painting of my impression and inspired from listening to one of the most beautiful songs ever written, ‘Memory’ as sung in the musical ’Cat’s’ by the wonderful Elaine Paige.

Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS

See the dew on the sunflower
And a rose that is fading
Roses whither away
Like the sunflower
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn………………………..listen to music video below
I am waiting for the day . . .

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

Every streetlamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the streetlamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is

A new day has begun

Mouse drawn and painted in photoshop 5.5. Windows ’98 platform.


  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Hi Norval…she is all dressed up and what a beauty ~ Anni :)

  • Thank you Anni, I had her on before and was checking my gallery and somehow I had deleted her and hadn’t noticed.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Ivana Redwine
    Ivana Redwineabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you Ivana

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you Sylvia, I kept messing up and had the wrong ‘Memory’ YouTube on. Got it right this time :-).

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful detailed work and colours. Beautiful.

  • Thanks Joy, I had this on before but somehow I had deleted it when I was taking the card designs off.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 5 years ago

    splendid work..idea..colors..image..

  • Thank You, as you can tell, music and theater whether it be broadway, Opera or a good rock performance have a big influence on my work.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Meow. This is so fun, especially considering cats are aware of themselves in a mirror. Lover her hat with the Ostrich feather. :)

  • Thanks Frannie, Boo—Mr. Horrid loved to look at himself in the mirror, and cats are aware of themselves where dogs???, one of my rescue great danes I brought home, the first thing he did was attack ‘that other dog’ in the hall mirror. ’Had a late night trip to the vet., the mirror won.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Such wonderful talent!

  • Thank you Pamela, but I see really good artist here on the bubble. I look at myself and paintings as being a good stage manager, I have fun putting on a good show.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreabout 5 years ago

    Very, very creative work:)

  • Thank you Vanessa, I’m really a sponge, everything I hear or see I soak up and then it gets wrung out with my own quirky twist.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! As always, I love the colors.

  • Thanks Marsha, I’m still captioning and keywording. I haven’t done any original work for weeks. When I get back to it I’m hoping for a new look!!! it’s time.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainabout 5 years ago

    Such a fabulous beauty, so very lovely

  • Thank You Pinky, I have been keeping up with your causes on face book :-).

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

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