Girl With Cat Painting by Lillian Connelly from

Girl With Cat Collage Painting

Girl With Cat Collage Painting by Lillian Connelly from
Girl With Cat Collage Painting

I started this girl with cat collage painting by gluing down some paper. I had no idea what would come next, but it turned into quite a cute little painting. It reminds me of being a girl, well, it actually reminds me of my whole life. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a cat. Funny this theme should turn up in my art work now. Kind of a nice surprise! Especially since Tiny-Small is all gaga over cats lately.

First I painted a face and then I drew in the cat looking at the face. It seemed to make sense. You have no idea how many times I have stared out the window with my cat. We are like two old ladies spying on the neighbors over here. That’s not even counting all of the times I stared out the window with our family cats when I was a child. It’s practically a profession of mine with all of the experience I have doing it. Too bad it doesn’t pay very well, right? Anyway, what I mean is, I feel like this girl and this cat are staring out of a bedroom window. What are they watching? Probably some birds, maybe a neighbor mowing the lawn, maybe some kids playing baseball in the street….

When Tiny-Small was little she would stare out the window with our dog. Apparently this gift for staring runs in the family. I seem to have passed on my fondness for animals and spectacular backyard views to my innocent, unsuspecting offspring.

Tiny-Small and Rosie waving bye to daddy.
Tiny-Small and Rosie waving bye to daddy.

She still looks out the window with our dog, even though she is practically grown up now at the ripe old age of three. There is something about sharing that moment with an animal that is kind of strange, but great. I mean, it’s like sharing a perspective for a moment. Or admiring how amazing the world is outside with someone or some beast that truly gets it.


Tiny-Small and Rosie in the window a year later.
Checking out the scenery.

When I am looking out the window with my cat, she always turns to look at me. Just like the cat in my painting. I can almost hear her saying, “Did you see that delicious bird fly by?” Indoor cats are always sort of dreaming about what it would be like to roam free, at least that’s what I imagine they are dreaming about. Then again, maybe that is what we are all dreaming about from time to time.

I know there are days I would much rather be outside bird watching or rolling in the grass or just running with the sun shining instead of inside doing laundry and typing on a computer. Even at this moment I keep stopping to look out of the nearest window for a moment. The wind is blowing my flowers around and the shadows are changing as the sun slowly makes its move across the sky. It seems a shame to be inside working on a beautiful day like this, and yet here I am.

I am sure my cat really just wants me to open the window and let her jump out. I can’t really blame her, but for safety reasons and life obligations, we’ll both have to settle for looking out the window for now. Sometimes being a grown up kind of stinks. I guess it stinks to be an indoor cat sometimes too. I hope it doesn’t stink for these two souls trapped inside my mixed media collage painting. At least they have each other, right?

Do you ever find yourself side by side with your pet staring out of the window and wishing you could just run outside and play?




3 thoughts on “Girl With Cat Collage Painting”

  1. All the time! We have a nice fenced in backyard, so every now and them we will all go outside and sit on the deck or the yard…. dog, cat, Dan, Jessica, and Tasha and just enjoy the sunshine. The cat is an inside cat so she is content to just sit on the patio.

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