Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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A Painting for a Wedding – The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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I had an enquiry a few days ago from a lady in California who had been searching for a wedding present for a friend and had come across the painting of mine of the Owl and The Pussy Cat Dancing.

Owl and Pussy Cat by Diane YoungThis is the second time for me that this image had been associated with weddings, strangely I had never gave it a thought when I designed the scene last year.  It all seems obvious now, after all there is love, a ring and a wedding described in Edward Lear’s narrative.  Following this I googled the association to see what else would turn up on the subject.  The first web site I came across hd the longest domain name ever!

 A wedding photographers!  http://www.theowlandthepussycatweddingphotography.com   was at the top of the page, and although they could be anywhere in the world they are in fact based not too far distant from me in the UK.

Next I came across articles about some couples’ desire to have the poem read out at their weddings but in some instances were concerned about the word “pussy” and the number of times this word would be read out and whether nudges, winks, snorts and sniggers it might set off amongst the wedding party.

Those that went ahead with the Owl and Pussycat “theme” at their wedding would have small pots of honey and quince and gold wrapped chocolate coins and so on amongst the decorations of the day.  Perhaps they would drive off in a pea green boat.  If you had a real sense of humour I fancy a cat tail from out of the wedding dress and maybe a few feathers for the groom would not go amiss!

And sadly as does happen with some enquiries even though they appear to be a dead cert, the lady interested in my painting backed out even though I kept her informed daily of the making of a mount, sorting out packing and postage costs and so on.  Apparently the recipient of the gift had changed her mind, and she signed off the email by  thanking me for understanding 😦

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Author: DianeY

Illustrator Artist

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