Pool Cat by F.A. Moore

Medium: Oil pastel on dark peach, suede mat board
Dimensions: Original. 10.5 × 13 inches;
      Scanned. 7648 × 6250 pixels @600ppi
Date: July 16, 2011 (upload, 2011-07-17)

Was drawing (or painting, as the case may be) an abstract in oil pastels around midnight.

Just as I was satisfying myself with the smoothness of the pastels on the suede surface, and contemplating the abstract colors and lines, a cat crept into the work.

A nearby bluebird flew onto the canvas, too. I believe we’ve caught it in the act of chiding the cat. Or perhaps it fancies the plumbs in the pool.

By the time I added a signature, the cat’s whiskers had sunburned.

So much for “burning the midnight oils”.



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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Burning the midnight oils. Oil pastels, that is. Hope you enjoy Pool Cat! Thanks in advance for your comments and favorites. They are meaningful feedback to me. —Frannie

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    In stiches over the sunglasses and your process sounds right on for MIDNIGHT.. hehehe..
    the colors here are perfect for a day in the sun and that blue bird is indeed pesking that cool Pool Cat. DELIGHTFUL Frannie!!!

  • Thank you, Lina! I can always count on you for smiles in the right places. ;)

    – F.A. Moore

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    Pool Cat is a Cool Cat ☺

  • ;) Thanks.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamalmost 4 years ago


  • Michael, thanks the kudos!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingalmost 4 years ago

    Reverberates with summer and warmth and fun and some mystery too!
    LOVELOVELOVE the colors and how they dance with each other! Your cat is VERY cool…especially with that adorable birdie so close by!
    Everything about this is super, Frannie!
    Not just the luscious colors and how luminous they are (like lights shimmering off water) but also how the composition moves so gracefully from one element to the next.
    I’d applaud but I don’t want to disturb the cat.

    PS: the title rocks!

  • Robin, I am now just taking some time to read the comments on the work, and have to say I especially appreciate yours, and the time you took to survey the scene, and give me direct feedback. I feel as if you have described the very things of which I’m proud of achieving in this piece. Thank you so very much for that gift.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Great colors, very cheery style!

  • Cindy, I’m delighted that you came by and pronounced it “cheery”! Superb.

    – F.A. Moore

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 4 years ago

    Superb Frannie, makes me happy to look at, great work, Xxo

  • Ah, I’m glad I made you happy, today, Anna! You deserve happiness every day. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Monica Engeler
    Monica Engeleralmost 4 years ago

    Pool cat. How about cool cat. He got style. Great work. Love this.

  • Yeah, he’s definitely a cool cat, too. Glad you like this Monica. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...almost 4 years ago

    Pampered cool cat pink and loved:)

  • Probably so. He picked the best spot on the deck too. (Maybe the only spot! lol)
    :) Thanks for checking out the art, Laureen!

    – F.A. Moore

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Michelle, so good to hear from you, That just makes me feel great. Thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

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