The last real entry for naarmamo is a pair of fat little cats I bought from a Thai cafe which also sold a strange assortment of imported stuff. I was just going to buy one but I decided they came as a pair. They're not Thai as that's a different alphabet. I thought they were Chinese, but googling seems to show more hits for Japanese maneki neko. So far I haven't seen any like these though.
[Edit] It turns out that they're Chinese; thanks, jaxomsride. A lucky cat museum site has yellow one from Taiwan with a gourd from the same range. :-) Here's what it says about her:
YELLOW cats beckon for good health, stability, & good marriages.One of mine has that oval which I'd never noticed before; the other has a butterfly in an oval. "Miao" BTW is a Chinese name; I had a friend called that. I think "kao" just means clay.
One of my bestest feel-goodest cats! Everything about this guy says "HAPPINESS". He's bright yellow (for "wealth") with colorful detailing, holds a crystal ball (a symbol for "purity") & also a lucky gourd (for "longevity"). His smile & body language are right on. 2.5" (6.5 cm) tall, painted ceramic. ID: Embossed in an oval beside his tail is "Kao / Miao Chuang". Purchased new from Taiwan.
And look: two more yellows and two orange ones, different again!
They're a good choice for today as the orange one looks as if she's waving goodbye. They're supposed to bring good luck and wealth, but so far they haven't worked. :-P I like them anyway. They make me smile.
( Lucky Cats )
I wasn't feeling well for some of the day and also had to go out, so I cast about for a quick subject for today's naarmamo. This is an ornament my brother gave me a few years ago, a lovely smooth golden thing made of some sort of smooth shiny stone with tiny little mottled marks on it. It didn't look right till I found a suitable brush and added speckles in a darker and a lighter colour.
[Edit] I have been told that it's a Kenyan soapstone loop, hand carved, and sold by Fair Trade. This makes sense because my brother's bought me other beautiful things from the Fair Trade shop.
( Twisty Thing )
Today's naarmamo entry is another Art Deco Blake's 7 one. A friend and I were saying that Cally's Bounty coat would make a great Art Deco outfit, but when I looked at it, I found it was really just a spotty anorak. This is not good enough. Cally deserves better, so here she is in a proper coat.
( Art Deco Cally and Coat )
Today's naarmamo is a quick-and-dirty one because I didn't have much time. I spent most of the day out, then most of the rest of it dealing with photos and writing a post about the amazing evening out I had last night at Apollo 13 - Mission Control (see the previous entry). Then Greg wanted to watch some DVDs with dinner so I thought, what can I draw in 5 or 10 minutes? I know: that blue glass vase! And it really only took that long.
( Blue Vase )
Today's naarmamo art is a quick one of a pair of cat ornaments (since my attempt to draw some flowers in the garden didn't work out). These little guys are matt white with a partial multi-coloured glaze, and sit on my filing cabinet. I bought them at a craft market, seduced by their sweet faces and pretty colours.
( Glazed Cats )