Life is Beautiful

Every day . . . something to feel, something to experience, something to trouble or uplift, to sadden or gladden, to depress or inspire. I hope you’ve all been as fully, deeply engaged with life and all its fluctuating, erratic effects as I have been these last several days. In the middle of highs and lows one can find the counterbalances. For modeling, I exhaust my body to the point of physical pain, but my hard work is  acknowledged, appreciated, and begets the creation of art. I find, to my great horror, Prince the cat dead in the street after having been hit by a car. But I found him. Me. His adoptive mother. I removed him from the street and gave him an intimate, spiritual burial in my garden – the same garden in which he was born as a wild feral 3 1/2 years ago, under the hydrangea bushes. Prince is back home. My grief is swirled up with a sense of consolation that, purely by chance, I happened to be driving on that very street and was able to retrieve him before he got smashed by more cars. Or maybe it wasn’t “chance” at all. Family strife gets hot, then calms, then gets hot again. But we always manage to work it out. And an old flame who is back in my life, has shown me the joys of re-connecting. With wondrous delights, laughter, and thoughtful beautiful sharings, he and I are healing past pain and remembering the things that bonded us the first time around, and forging new bonds as well 🙂

It frustrates, it thrills, it worries, soothes, inflicts grief, elation, fear, and happiness, but through it all, perhaps in spite of it all, life is beautiful . . .

For my Momma’s birthday today, her favorite, Edgar Degas. At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs, pastel, 1885:

20 thoughts on “Life is Beautiful

  1. Mags Phelan says:

    I’m so sorry about Prince, but heartened to hear it was you who found him and gave him a fitting send-off. Life is all about the counter-balance, isn’t it?

    • artmodel says:


      Yes it is, absolutely. Sometimes it’s not so easy to find the counterbalances, but they’re there.

      Thanks for your kind words about Prince 🙂


  2. derek says:

    Happy Birthday Elaine
    from one proud parent to another
    all the best to you
    Claudia my dear all the best day to you
    live life to the fullest

  3. Elaine says:

    Thank you Derek for your kind birthday wishes. Spending the day with Claudia made me very happy. Hope you are well. Best regards,

    • Peta says:

      Happy birthday to you Madam Elaine
      from one fellow art model have many years to come
      and keep it real high mate…..
      from Australia to new York all the best

  4. Bill says:

    A mix of emotions. I’m sorry about the death of your cat, but the joy of your Momma’s birthday and the re-connections with your “old flame” are a continuing testament to life. And the Degas embodies that testament — that’s what art is all about..

    • artmodel says:


      So well said. “a continuing testament to life” is what it’s all about. And it’s everywhere, in things big and small. Especially the small.

      Thanks for your comments!


  5. scultore says:

    Always sad to lose an animal you have bonded with,

    but Happy Birthday Elaine!, we missed you this morning at Spring Street!

  6. Beauty, in the largest sense, is indeed what ties it all together. Happy birthday, Elaine! – sorry to be a day late with the wishes. So sorry to hear about Prince – I know how you cared for him. An old flame, perhaps reignited? I hope for good things for you!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I shall miss seeing the splendid Prince on Museworthy – I was so very sorry to read that he’d been run over. I lost my beautiful long-haired ginger cat to a car acciddent 18 months ago, so can certainly empathise with your loss. He was found by a policeman and brought home to be buried in the garden he loved so much.
    Hope your mother’s birthday went well and that you’re continuing to enjoy the positive return of the old flame …

    • artmodel says:


      Thank you so much for mentioning that Prince was a mini star here on Museworthy. He was featured in a few posts over the years. Appreciate you remembering that. Brought tears to my eyes 😦

      Didn’t know about your long-haired ginger, so very sorry to hear that. But, like Prince, he was brought back home to the garden, and that is a comforting end to their stories.

      Wonderful to hear from you, as always 🙂


  8. Jennifer says:

    Enjoyed the Degas too 🙂

  9. 100swallows says:

    Claudia: I saw the photos of all the terrible destruction in New York City and elsewhere and worried about you and your family. I hope everything’s all right, kid. Un saludo de swallows.

    • artmodel says:

      Hello Swallows! So nice to hear from you. Very kind of you to check up on me. Yes, there is awful destruction throughout our city and New Jersey. But I am alright, and so are my loved ones. We were very lucky.

      Hope you are well.


      • 100swallows says:

        Hi Claudia! I’m glad you and your friends and family are OK and I hope your Mom has electricity by now. Sorry about Prince. I’m a cat lover too, so I know how it hurts.
        Keep the fine posts coming!

  10. It’s a shame about Prince, sorry to hear it.

    Happy Birthday to yo mamma!

    Nice your re–hooking with oldflame but remember young lady, don’t trust anyone under 70! 😉

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