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My Work // Cats. Books. Life is Good | Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book


Cats. Books. Life is Good - Watercolour Illustration on a Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book by illustrator and designer Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

Anyone who has been reading my blog or following my work for even a short time will know that there are two things I love more than almost everything else; cats and books.

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I adore Edward Gorey, so when I came across a quote from him, "Books. Cats. Life is good", I knew I wanted to use it in someway. Then I remembered that one of the first photos I’d ever taken of our youngest cat, Monty, was of him ‘reading’ one of my Haruki Murakami’s novels (I’m a big fan, if you hadn’t noticed). And these two things just sounded like they’d be perfect partners.

Cats. Books. Life is Good - Watercolour Illustration on a Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book by illustrator and designer Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

I broke out the pencils and watercolours and started trying to capture Monty’s cute blue spotted British Shorthair face; he has big jowls and is so full of chunky blobs that he really is a joy to draw. A little simple calligraphy lettering, a pair of nerdy glasses and a nice thick book, and I had an illustration that I was really chuffed with.

Cats. Books. Life is Good - Watercolour Illustration on a Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book by illustrator and designer Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

So, as I’ve done three times before with my Wild Sofa Beasts line of products, I’ve turned the watercolour drawing into a new wooden brooch. This piece also helps to expand on the jewellery products I have up for sale on Etsy, and in-store at Studio Souk in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Cats. Books. Life is Good - Watercolour Illustration on a Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book by illustrator and designer Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

If you are a cat and book lover like me, go and grab one of the brooches for yourself.

You can also buy the illustration on a number different products over on my Society6Redbubble and Art Rookie stores, from cushions and cards to mugs and rugs.



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Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

Hello, I'm Karen

I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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