Bad Art I Am Compelled To Share

Friday, February 03, 2006


This is my picture for Illustration Friday. The theme is "chair". Chair was drawn on the back of the July 26 page of an old Get Fuzzy desk calendar then cleaned up and colored with Photoshop.

This is a picture of the ugly-ass, broken-down chair that sits in one corner of my living room. The chair has been reupholstered to keep the stuffing from coming out and the arms are wrapped with clothe so it looks a bit like someone in a body cast. The chair is covered in cat hair, catnip, old hairball stains, old cat puke stains and god knows what else. I try to clean the damn thing once a week but it just never looks right. Whenever guests come over they gawk at the chair. It's a little embarrassing.

I would get rid of the damn thing but it's not really my chair. It belongs to my cat Percy. He plays on it. He cleans himself on it. He sharpens his claws there. Percy spends about 80% of his day on the chair. It is in fact his throne. I think it would break his heart if ever I threw it out.

So, for now, the ugly-ass, broken down, cat-stained chair that my friends cringe at will remain sitting in my living room.

Percy says, "Touch me chair and I'll scratch your booty!"

Sheesh! The things we do for our pets.

Do you love your pets? Will you leave some love for me?


  • lolololol. maybe when company's coming over, you could throw a dirty table cloth over it.

    but really....i'm sure it gives the place character.


    By Blogger Catnapping, at 22:04  

  • You know, I'm sure Percy would love a NEW chair just as much? But it's nice of you to keep it around for him.

    I got my cats a fancy new modern artistic cat tree. It looked good for about 1 day. Then they left a dead mouse in the little hidey hole in it. Now there's muddy cat tracks on the nice plush pad and the scratchy thing is missing chunks where they scratched it. It is no longer modern art and is now a hunk of junk in the bedroom.

    I liked your drawing, and your story a lot!

    By Blogger Suzy, at 22:09  

  • p.s I used to have cat named Percy. In fact, it's the first cat I remember in my life. He lived for about 11 years. He was a BIG cat. Not fat...just large. 15-16 pounds...but what a baby.

    By Blogger Catnapping, at 22:11  

  • A fine illustration. You are so kind to leave Percy his throne-I don't believe it is just because he threatens you, it's 'cause you love him!

    By Blogger 'Zann, at 23:51  

  • I used to have a cat too. We lost him after we moved house. I miss it heaps. :\

    By Blogger marina, at 00:42  

  • This is approaching good art, therefore you should probably delete this post.

    Love to you and Percy

    By Anonymous Detlef, at 02:30  

  • My standards are obviously slightly lower than Detlef and I think it is extraordinary good art.... mistake!!!

    You are a pet, unknown,


    By Blogger Caroline, at 04:11  

  • i love the chair and percy. leaving love for the unknown.

    By Blogger Beth, at 04:51  

  • weehiehie.. reminds me of a pet i had before. its a hamster and she bites everyone but me... one day when she had babies.. she bit me too! waaaa i cried... after some hours i saw she was eating them! oh my...

    By Anonymous irvine, at 04:55  

  • This chair surely tells a story and a very nice one.

    By Anonymous Paula, at 05:00  

  • The chair is just as wonderful as the story! I think next time you recover the chair you need to use some cute mouse fabric just for Percy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05:45  

  • great chair... i'm guessing you've definitely captured the essence...just imagine if we had scratch and sniff available through our blogs... man that chair would be a winner. hehehe

    By Blogger, at 07:40  

  • Fabulous! Love it and can imagine it in real life too! Thanks for your comment on my blog, glad you liked my chair.

    By Blogger Amanda, at 07:54  

  • That's not an ugly chair, that's retro chic immortalized by a great artist and occupied by a pirate king. It's all in how you look at it.

    By Blogger andrea, at 08:45  

  • Why did I know you might have a chair like this?!! You are so real!

    By Blogger Teri C, at 09:32  

  • Never get rid of it. Why? Percy will do exactly the same thing wiht the rest of the house... I know... I have 2 of those pests...
    But I love them.
    Love to you and Percy the Pirat!

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 10:13  

  • Percy's chair is sacred!You can never get rid of it as he relies on you to guard it for him. Our dog Rat has a basket full of bones that he would never let me get rid of. We laugh and call him fur pig when he gets a little protective of his stuff! love this post and you, love

    By Blogger ValGalArt, at 10:21  

  • Doesn't everyone have a chair like this??!! For that matter doesn't everyone have a pet like this??!! Love Percy's taste in accessories. Good taste ... for a cat!

    By Anonymous Alison, at 11:10  

  • The chair will undoubtedly end up in the Smithsonian someday, next to Archie Bunker's. Nice job. Peace and love to you and Percy.

    By Blogger Twisselman, at 13:01  

  • I had a chair just like this in one of my studios. Man was it comfy.
    My mother hated it, I kept it just to annoy her, even though I do love her.
    Thanks for the memories.

    By Blogger Shane, at 13:15  

  • Love the chair....find a manly quilt and throw over...we do that here!

    The boss sounds like a barrel of monkeys....but look what great art comes out of your anger!!! Love that red & your scruffy Brad Pitt facial growth...very xxx.

    So....lotsa love for you and Percy.

    love love love

    By Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails, at 20:44  

  • Awh awh and one more time AWH. The drawing of the chair caught immediately my eye, as it looked so familiar. I have lived 30 years with chairs and couches looking like that and felt often the same embarrassment when having guests at home. But the cats still have ruled. Guests with black clothing get a wooden chair or, if they are good friends, some of my home clothes to wear. 16 years ago my sister sent me two of her recycled leather chairs, and they have proved to be the easiest to take the scratches and not the hair. But still, some chairs are kept only for the cats, their mind couldn't bear their favourite chairs to dissappear.

    By Blogger Katili, at 02:03  

  • hello unknown...out of respect of your silly IF chair post, I have woven a story including you in my current post. i invite you to stop by and read about yourself!

    please leave a comment and let me know if there is more to my story...lovely chair, luv!

    By Blogger kan, at 10:12  

  • catnapping: If I did that someone night actually be tempted to sit in the chair! Eek! Do you know how mad Percy would get.

    suzy: A new chair!? What am I made of money? We want to get a big cat tree eventually but for now it's just the chair.

    catnapping: Nice. Our Percy is only about 9lbs. He is mostly hair though and looks like he weighs a lot more.

    zann: OK,OK... I admit it. I'm a big softy!

    marina: :-( Can you get another pet?

    detlef: Oops. every once and a while something slips through. What's that thing they say about all those typing monkeys? Kind of the same deal here.

    caroline: Thanks!
    I also like to be petted.

    kimberly: Thanks! I love you leaving love!

    irvine: Hmm... I guess that's the circle of life? Cue Elton John music now!

    paula: Thanks! Actually I told the story the chair just sat there. Stupid chair.

    andrea: Yeah, the first covering was sort of a test and just to keep the stuffing in. And the clothe was cheap.
    love EEEUUUUUOOOOOO! Stinky.

    amanda: Thanks!

    andrea: Yeah! I like your vision!

    teri c: Because I'm trailer trash?

    merlinprincesse: Ha! That's so true. Pepe claws up everything that's in the house. Percy just the chair.

    valgalart: Wee Hee! Thanks love!

    alison: Percy is the most elegent being in the house.

    twisselman: Ha the Smithsonian! I hope so!

    shane: What's funny is I don't know why I held onto the chair for so long before I met Percy. It's not that comfy and it falls over when you lean back in it. I guess I was saving it for Percy.

    lyn: HA! Thanks and thanks!

    katili: Wee hee! Thanks love.

    joli noir perle: Loved your story very cool! everyone should go read it! you can find it HERE!
    Thanks so much!

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 12:10  

  • Love the pic of the Percy more.


    By Blogger D. Maria, at 12:45  

  • If the cat chooses a single piece of furniture you simply don't mess with that! We've had our share and they prefer to destroy ALL chairs. I'm not a cat person anymore. /:-P

    Love the illo.

    By Blogger Don, at 16:28  

  • Hmmm I like this chair. Looks like good chair for my Lily cat. I don't think Percy would want you to get rid of his chair
    I love cats

    By Blogger Toni, at 18:38  

  • So you are a twin to the infamous Shane....I new it!
    I see the chair...and you are not in it.

    Look out my boy, we are heading your way. Poor Edsel! Hellcat has sent out the reserves.
    The Whippy's have deployed KSSU. Yowza.
    Percy lock down your man!
    Save the ARTWORK!

    (Read the story at Joli's!)

    Yes sir, you are sport'in that hottie Brad Pitt scruff aren't you ; )
    Give me some luv, love....
    Nify narley chair, mister.

    The Tart

    By Blogger The Tart, at 20:11  

  • Ewwwwwwww, that chair makes me want to *running out door and yelling out Love!!!!*

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 20:41  

  • My kind of chair Love. *VOMIT*

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 20:42  

  • I think quite a lot of a person who would do this for their cat. *G*

    By Blogger Aravis, at 23:39  

  • i like your drawing. percy knows and thanking you and loving you more.

    'still angry with your boss?

    By Blogger isay, at 00:08  

  • Hey!
    LOVE your chair contribution. And a fab story too.
    Nice one.

    By Blogger Southern Bird, at 00:14  

  • nice of your part, with the cat, thanks for share your illo, wich has history lovely

    By Blogger KaRLa, at 02:36  

  • ugly-ass?
    its a good draw.

    By Blogger Alex¬™, at 04:25  

  • Too funny. I totaslly feel your pain when it comes to cats and chair posessiveness. My two cats each have their own chair/sleep location and heaven forbid you accidentally leave a coat or newspaper in their spot. There'll be a hefty price to pay (usually in the form of a nip or smack as you pass by or some lovely morning crooning.

    Lovely illustration!

    By Blogger FlipFlopGirl, at 07:45  

  • Love my pet. Like the story and the illo.

    By Blogger ratlion, at 07:52  

  • Beauty is in the eye of the
    Meow !


    By Blogger steve, at 17:55  

  • jaja, a very worthy chair, great chair!

    By Blogger Lu***, at 07:48  

  • It's a well seasoned chair...just getting broken in for Percy! Of course you must keep it...Percy wouldn't love you if you put it on the curb!

    By Blogger carla, at 08:46  

  • I "heart" Percy!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 17:04  

  • love the skill in the artwork,even if it is a chair nightmares are made of.

    By Blogger HARDWAX, at 17:14  

  • it looks like it suits Percy just fine...I had a cat named Percy when I was a your Percy really really old and from SC?

    By Blogger Lee, at 18:53  

  • Oh I love the worn-out feel of Percy's chair!

    By Blogger miragee, at 19:00  

  • But how can it be good art if it is a bad chair?
    And if the chair is good for Percy is it still bad art?
    And if you make good art of a bad chair is it still bad art?
    But as Magritte should have said: "This is NOT a chair!"
    So it is art!
    But is it good art of a bad chair or bad art of a good chair?

    By Blogger Clo, at 19:49  

  • I've never had a cat. We just have a dog who has commandeered our couch during the day and our bed at night. She's a self-cleaning dog and the licking drives me nuts. Thanks for letting me vent. I hope I don't owe you therapy fees.

    Love to you, Percy, and the chair.

    By Blogger IdiotHead, at 18:20  

  • cats never share their sofas, pillows or laundrybaskets. i gave up. but my cat and me still discuss about leaving her hair on everything.
    maybe your chair is a hair-chair, too?

    By Anonymous mareiki, at 03:55  

  • d maria: You can sit there any time.

    don: Thanks. Yeah the other cat we have scratches up evrything except the chair.

    toni kelly: :-)

    jody: Smooches yourself you crazy tart. :-)

    anonymous: You can run but the stench will haunt your dreams.

    sandbox: Your vomit would fit perfectly there.

    aravis: The all mighty cat!

    isay: Thanks! No. I don't have to work with her for the next few weeks. :-)

    southern bird: Thanks! Love the red bra.

    karla: Thanks. :-)

    alex-a: Wee Hee! Thanks!

    flipflopgirl: Ha! Thanks.

    ratlion: Love love.

    steve: Funny.

    l***: Ja, ja!? Thanks!

    carla: We would like to build a cat tree around it.
    Somehow I think Percy would still love me if I dumped the chair. He doesn't know how to open the food can by himself.

    big a: I'm sure Percy would *heart* you!

    hardwax: LOL! Thanks!

    lee: Umm... no. :-)

    miragee: :-)

    clo: If the Pope fell over the chair in the forest would a shitting bear hear it?

    idiothead: Self-Cleaning Dog! Where the Hell do you get one of those?!

    mareiki: My cat only shares when I refuse to move. Then he tries to sit on my head.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:04  

  • The Unknown, you've just falled in my hypno-psycho-test!
    Now, I know WHO you are and WHERE you live!

    Your name is Benedict and you live in Ethiopia, in Diredaoua (Ethiopian word for shitting bears). Your girlfriend's name is Cher and she was born in Pompeii (italian word for falling popes).
    Your favorite cake is the Black Forest, you wear blue underwear, hawaian skirts and red bow tie but never together!

    Amazing, isn't it?
    Love dear Benedict

    By Blogger Clo, at 19:50  

  • everytime i come over i sit in that chair and every one calls out a warning "THAT'S THE CAT CHAIR" and then i spring up and spend the rest of the night cleaning off my butt, love

    By Blogger RedT0pMedusa, at 17:25  

  • redt0pmedusa: Ha! It is true! Maybe you should turn your butt to stone.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 22:16  

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