It horrors me to have to do this, but please allow me to explain something quite heartfelt and painful… one of my 4 cats, Wendigo…the father of the group, died yesterday. I have never felt so heartbroken in my life but I’m trying to be strong…. It would honour me, as well as him, if any of you would like, share, comment, and even download these images I’m going to share with you in tribute to such a beautiful friend of mine.
Here he is… my beautiful best friend. He died at 12:30pm yesterday whilst he was playing…we reckon he had a heart attack bless him… I don’t normally share things like this, but he needs to have his memory kept alive! I eventually carried him to his final resting place – he is now safely buried near our house.
Wendigo has been a rock to me in my life, and he had the most beautiful and vibrant personality of any creature I have ever seen. He was there for me during both the amazing times and the darker times in my life, and I’m truly happy to have known him. To me, he was not a cat…he was part of my family, and even more so, I treated him as a person and not an animal. He was a person as far as I’m concerned.
A practice project I did using a photo of him for a book cover in landscape format. I was just playing – experimenting with text and how it can be used as an image in this one. Amazingly, this was done on the 21st February 2015…. nearly a year ago exactly before his death.
Him and the others playing. Haha.
Him just being the kind, beautiful, and emotionally connected soul that he is.
Whenever I felt severely sad or down, he never left me alone. He’d tap me or get my attention somehow…. and then give me a look similar to this. He even spoke to me using his voice. Never once did he surrender, even if I did. He never gave up. He taught me how to live.
…Did I mention that he’s beautiful? Good.
A birthday card design completed for my nan in 2008 featuring the whole cat clan. Looking back at this, I didn’t capture any features to my present satisfaction… I didn’t have as many drawing skills though, I was only 17. But my nan liked it at the time, so this did it’s job. I love all my wonderful cats (people) exactly the same… but it’s amazing how Wendigo took the lead.
This is my last piece in relation to him…or at least, the last to be made to pay tribute. This was done in acrylic paints and pen ink. The idea was to communicate his idea and imprint with as less detail as possible…. So I painted his black coat and his nose, as those two things were his distinctive features. The negative space speaks for itself.
It would’ve been his wish to carry on life as normal, but to also be remembered. I have dubbed him as “The Prince”. It is a (now not so) secret nickname I gave him, which he takes with him.
Please, I urge you… any of you reading this, to either share, or comment, or even just to like this…. Not to gain fame or points, but to prove how he will be remembered, if even a little bit. Feel free to download any or all of these images to look at for yourself.
I know none of you know how special he is, but if it wasn’t for Wendigo… I wouldn’t be here. I think it is the least he deserves to be seen in this post as a hero.
Lets keep him alive. Wendigo will never die. It’s Wendigo’s Wish… and it’s mine.
Thank you all for your time. Cheers.