When the topic of SATISFACTION was proposed for our art therapy project, my mind immediately hopped to the Cheshire cat with his infamous grin. So I knew I had to create a cat.
Result: Satisfaction cat made of pen, ink, glitter glue and paint on canvas. Note the illustrations within the cat’s body that depict different things that bring me satisfaction.
While the Cheshire cat was definitely the primary motivator for creating a cat for the topic of satisfaction, he wasn’t the only one. Cats in general kept coming to mind with this topic. Not only is cat art fun to create, but felines frequently look very satisfied with themselves. Maybe it’s because they:
Sleep 18 hours a day
Do what they want, when they want
Ignore or even shun people yet still get love and attention
Can jump extraordinary distances
Always manage to land on their feet
Are thought to have magical, mystical, supernatural powers
Have nine different lives to play around with
Dang good reasons to be satisfied.
The topic also made me think of a cat perched high in the cat bird seat, next to an open bird cage, with the kind of contented grin one can only get from eating the resident bird.
I didn’t want to use the idea of eating small feathered things as the only way to be satisfied, so I let that last thought flutter out of my head altogether.
My final project result was a non-bird-eating Satisfaction Cat, featuring a rosy pink, glittery outlook, a collage of images representing things that bring me satisfaction, and a sensationally satisfied smile.
Dig the satisfaction cat? Check out more fun felines and other animals at rynski’s etsy shop.
The desert is downright amazing when it bursts with color – especially when it comes to Tucson homes. Check out the before and after version of this charming guest house in the historic Blenman-Elm neighborhood.
The home’s owner had long wanted to add a darling touch to the darling abode, and a pop of La Casita whimsy and color did it. This project was tons of fun, and, as the owner said: “Transformed a Saltine-boring house into a spicy jalapeno” (or something cool to that effect).
Two more cool tidbits:
You can spruce up your own home with its own personalized lettering
Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.
And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.
That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.
Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.