Cat Art and a Giveaway! | Lola The Rescued Cat
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cat Art and a Giveaway!

Hello everyone! This is Lexy checking in with a great interview with a fabulous artist and a giveaway! Today I bring you a fantastic Etsy store, Starlustudio2, with art created by Gina Stark.  We first became familiar with Gina through our friend, Prince Pan Pan.  Every Friday in the Royal Art Gallery there is an exhibition of cat art and Gina’s work caught Mother’s attention. 


Flying Gray Cat Angel



And when Pan Pan made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge, Gina painted “Prince Pan Pan hangs the stars flying over the countryside” in his honor.  (Mother has a print of this and she just loves it.) 

Pan Pan Hangs The Stars

I asked Gina how she met Pan Pan, and it turns out Pan Pan’s mom, a cat art enthusiast, found her on Etsy.  Gina says she was so happy to get to know about him and his work helping other cats in need and thinks Pan Pan and his mom are true heroes! (We agree! Pan Pan’s brother, Prince Pippin, is proud to take over his work.) 


Pirate Tabby Cat
Starlustudio2  features folk art and whimsical pet paintings, prints and magnets Gina has been drawing and painting most of her life, her artist mother being her first teacher.  She officially began painting in high school and was a portrait painter.  She painted her first whimsical cat painting after her sons beloved cat, L.J., made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge.  This memorial painting depicted L.J. in kitty heaven as an angel.  After that Gina started painting more whimsical cats and has been creating folk art story paintings ever since.  
Black Cat With Spider
Of course there is a cat in Gina’s life.  CC is her muse, constant inspiration and rules the roost when it comes to the other family pets. Originally intended to be a gift for her son’s girlfriend, CC had other ideas and adopted Gina’s family instead.  She is now about 12 years old and is just as beautiful as she was when she was a kitten. 


The beautiful CC
In addition to her Etsy store Gina sells her artwork at local art fairs, art group exhibits, and by word of mouth. When I asked Gina if she has a favorite piece she told me she feels each work has a personality of its own and she loves them all.  She creates the majority of her folk art and whimsical paintings in acrylic on stretched canvas, and then makes all kinds of things from her art, such as magnets, prints and even jewelry.  Prints come packaged in a crystal clear envelope with a ridged board backing for safe keeping until your print is framed.

Gina is very generous and gave us a print to give away on our blog.  


Fluffy White Cat Angel

This painting is called Fluffy White Cat Angel, and one lucky person kitty will win it to display in their home.  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below by midnight February 5, 2016. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you are an Etsy lover (such as Mother – who likes to support small businesses) take a look around her shop. We're sure you'll find something you love.  Tell Gina Lola and Lexy sent you! 

Do your humans have cat art in your home? 

Disclosure: We didn't receive any compensation or products for this post.  We are spreading the word about an artist we admire. 
Lexy

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  1. What cute art! It sure has a lot of personality!

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  2. I love kitty cats! Aww they are all so adorable and beautiful! ☺♥☺♥

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  4. love cat art...one of my favorite things to look at besides real cats lol...Love the painting of Pan Pan - very nice! =)

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  5. I had a white cat that passed away in 2011, this print makes me think of her as my Angel kitty in Heaven.

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  6. Mom likes looking at cat art but we don't have any in our house -- only photographs.

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  7. That’s cute. The peeps have never had a white cat but they know someone who did.

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  8. My granddaughter would just love this print as she is a cat lover.

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  9. My granddaughter would just love this print as she is a cat lover.

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  10. Hey Girls, so mom just checked out Miss Gina's Etsy, we think we saw her drooling a little bit! We really like that print and best of all the raffle thing ends on our mom's birthday :) O&C

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  11. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful artist...I'll be checking out her Etsy page!! <3 >^,,^<

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  12. L & L....therz knot enuff cat art in R houz far az we iz concerend...we will go chex out thiz shop; Gina's werk iz awesum !! ♥♥♥

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  13. We've seen Miss Gina's artwork in many places and it's just wonderful......magical even. Love the giveaway kitty - very sweet!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  14. Dat's pawsu, Lexy. Weez seen her art many times and it's adowable. Fanks fur sharin'.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  15. We love Miss Gina's art! What a great giveaway!

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  16. Love the white cat - makes me think of our angels Georgie and Lily.

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  17. Her artwork is delightful! Her pirate kitty looks like Cody! Good luck to all who enter! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  18. I love cat art!!! My favorite piece is the painting commissioned by Chewy of Truffles. Gina is incredibly talented!

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  19. I love all this art. Almost all the art in my house is cat themed. I love the giveaway prize, I have 3 white cats and sadly someday they will be angels. I am reviewing your book on my blog tomorrow.

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  20. Such wonderful and special art! Thank you for sharing Gina's talents with us, and for the chance to win her lovely painting.

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  21. The picture Fluffy White Cat Angel reminds me of my own angel cat, Anya, who left us for the Rainbow Bridge in 2006 - just short of her 20th birthday. I'd love this picture to help remember my Anya.

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  22. Very beautiful. My cat Garra would love to see some cat art around the house.

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  23. Love her art! What a fun giveaway too. Thanks for sharing this Etsy shop with us - we will add it to our favorites!

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  24. Very cool art! She is a talented lady. Independent art is awesome - especially when it involves cats. :)

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  25. Such cute artworks and a fun giveaway. ConCATS to everyone who enters.

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  26. This artwork is so charming and whimsical! I would adore a piece from Gina! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  27. I adore cats.. in fact I have 5 , feed a feral colony and socialize feral kittens. I love this artwork ad love Etsy! Purrs to the artist!

    ellen beck on the form up there.

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  28. I love these prints! So cute!

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  29. Gina is an amazing artist! I feel it is a very generous and kind offer of time and talent!

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