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cat portraits and pangur ban

black and white cat

The other day my cat, Sputnik, was lying on the bed curled up for her nap.  As I was hovering around her with my camera, she looked up.   I turned the photo I got of her into a black and white stencil photo  and used it as a spring board for my latest cat portrait series,  Pangur Ban, on etsy.
Pangur Ban I on etsy

Pangur Ban is a poem written by an Irish Monk about his life with his cat.  The excerpt below is from a translation by Kuno Meyer at

Pangur Ban - The Monk and His Cat
I and my white Pangur 
Have each his special art : 
His mind is set on hunting mice, 
Mine is upon my special craft.


Kristin Dudish said…
What a very cool process - I'm looking forward to seeing more from this series...

Poetic Artist said…
I really like this..Sputnik is beautiful..I just enjoyed the entire post...What would we do with out our cats!!!
Take care,
ZenDotStudio said…
now those 4 stencil shots just need a little colour to make Sputnik into an Andy Warhol!

Love the little cat poem. I am a cat person who is getting closer to having a cat again.
Tracy said…
Your stencils of Sputnik glow, Juana--such presence! Very sweet cat poem...That could be Charlie & me. ;o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS))
Marlene said…
Love the stencils of Sputnik he is a great model. Loved the poem.
Anonymous said…
Very cool idea...I love the images of Sputnik!
readingsully2 said…
Neat, Juana. You always have such creative ideas.
Hey Harriet said…
I very much like your cat portrait and look forward to seeing more from this series! Such a lovely poem also :)

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