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February 3, 2012
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2.6 MB


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1/250 second
Focal Length
8 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 3, 2012, 11:38:19 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (20060914.r.77) Windows
Shambles, York by Cellarvee Shambles, York by Cellarvee
Set in Shambles, the most well known tourist street in York.

This piece was inspired by the ‘Cat Trail’ because this is where the York Cat Trail starts from. This is a set walk around the city centre, with the object of finding all 16 cats (carvings or statues) located around the route.

There is a cat statue here somewhere. Can you spot it?

Full details of the Cat Trail can be found at

Oil on canvas, 36” x 48”
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I don't know if I'm qualified to give a critique, as I am an amateur beginner, and you are so wonderfully gifted, but I'll try. I love the crowded feel of this painting, it seems alive and filled with action because of all the people. Your attention to detail as usual is superb, I love the way you did the words on the signs. The one shutter (I assume it's a shutter) looks a little bit like a window on the sky and rather detached. At first I thought there was a building there, when I figured out it was the sky, and that must be an open shutter. It's the only thing I found that looked a bit "off." But that's just my opinion, take it with a BIG grain of salt. Your ability to twist your images yet retain their original intention is just amazing to me. Your painting has great depth, and an endless supply of interesting material. As always, you've painted a wonderful picture and I intend to keep it!
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Taniajo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very cool
Cellarvee Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thanks. :pepsi::-)
TansyEngland Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Another fabulous painting. I just love your people - they are so animated, yet overall your paintings, despite their busy-ness and detail, have a lovely laid-back quality that is immediately smile-inducing. Plus they are engaging because they draw the viewer in to see past the main characters to a kind of second layer of interesting things (in other paintings the hen and eggs, the mouse and so on). In this one, there is not only the signs, the cat and the open shutter, but it almost seems to me that the buildings are as alive as the people, with movement of their own. And, by the lamp, could that be an eye? And even if it wasn't intended to be, it still seems to me that the buildings are looking at the people, just as the people are looking at the buildings. Nice interplay.
Cellarvee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Hello again my friend. Wow, you really have looked closely into this one. It is one of the few pieces that do not contain one of my usual unreal or improbable elements. By the time I reached this stage of completion I had decided it was busy enough without adding anything else. I am so pleased you like it and thanks for your great comments. :tea::-)
tanya-and-coffee Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Cellarvee Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thanks Tanya. I always know a piece is OK if it gets your approval. Thanks for faving. :hug:
Deviantinterested Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
Adding to my feature 4 on my profile, it is so good. :-)
Cellarvee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Thank you my friend for such a kind gesture. :floating:
Deviantinterested Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
Oh you are more than welcome. It is so superb, such impeccable work. :-)
Deviantinterested Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
Amazing piece, it is so fantastic.

The cat is above the ice cream sign, on the right?
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