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Four Cat Themed Notebooks

bengal notebookS.O.F.A. member Denise Laurent has several cat themed notebooks available through Blurb.

There’s a Maine Coon, a Siamese, a Black Cat and a Bengal notebook.
They combine Denise’s colourful cat paintings and sketches  with plenty of space for notes and drawings on both ruled and plain pages.

The books are 13×20 cm or 5×8 inches and have 80 pages on 90 GSM paper and come in hardback or softback.

You can find them on Blurb UK or Blurb USA


cat themed notebooks

Self Portrait With Cat by Yasmin Donlon

S.O.F.A. member Yasmin Donlon has a new book out, Self Portrait With Cat.

self-portrait-with-cat-ydonlon“Artist Yasmin Donlon tells the story of her eventful life, and the part played by the cats and men she has loved – and lost. This is the autobiography of a colourful, highly creative character who was recognised for her artistic talent at an early age. The book chronicles the stormy ups and downs of Yasmin’s intense personal relationships, her battle with depression, and her struggle to earn a living while facing discrimination in the workplace. In her first marriage she endured violence, and her second ended in bereavement. Through all of this she constantly fought for independence from her parents, who she experienced as controlling and stifling. Yasmin has at last found happiness with her third husband.”

You can get a copy of Yasmin’s book from The Book Guild.

White Chin and Magnificat by Marilyn Edwards and France Bauduin

S.O.F.A. member France Bauduin has beautifully illustrated Marilyn Edwards book White Chin. Behind each book there is a story, not just the story it tells but how it came to life.   Here is how it all started for France…

white-chin-fbauduin “I first met Marilyn Edwards as a fan of her well known Cats of Moon Cottage but we soon became good friends.  Having already drawn her four cats, Fanny, Titus, Pushkin and Gilly, she turned to me once Peter Warner, the artist who had illustrated her four previous books died suddenly.  Originally, the book was supposed to be called Blue after one of Peter’s dear Russian Blue cats but my skills as a cat artist were not equal to the task as I could then only draw what I saw.

So the book became White Chin, after one of Spooky’s tuxedo kittens who had recently been adopted by a friend of mine living near a wood.  It fitted perfectly the book premises:  the story of a cat being abandoned by his owners and forced to live in the wild.   It was a true collaboration where Marilyn would often write a description to fit my drawing rather than the other way around.  We started in autumn 2007, found a publisher (Catnip) in 2009 and after numerous rewrites, drawing alterations and hundreds of emails, finally got published in 2010. ”


Magnificat -fbauduinWhite Chin generated enough interest for our publisher to ask for a companion book and so was born Magnificat, which tells the story of a little cat alone and afraid in an unfamiliar town.  She takes refuge in the local church where she meets Ben, a boy hiding from problems at home.

Magnificat was both easier and harder than White Chin.  Easier, because we already had a publisher and I could use my own cat Laila as model for Magnificat.  It was also harder because this time, my drawings had to please both the editor and the author who had often very different ideas of how the illustration should look.  At times, it could be very frustrating but we got there and Magnificat was published in June 2013.


While copies of White Chin and Magnificat are available on Amazon, you can get signed copies from the author by ordering these directly from her website or emailing France.

Cats And Doggerel by Daphne Lanham

Cats and DoggerelOne of our members, Daphne Lanham, has a new book published, Cats And Doggerel.

“Daphne Lanham certainly knows her cats: she has owned, fostered, adopted and admired countless felines over the years, and has not only painted and drawn them in exquisite detail but has also now immortalised many of them in verse. Here we can meet Poppy, whose inquisitiveness almost gets the better of her; Tom, the natural comedian who uses his milk dish as a rubbish bin; Shadow, nemesis of birds and mice; and Lulu, whose name is not what it might seem.   Daphne’s deep affection for her cats, and her detailed knowledge of their lives and quirks, inform every line of this charming collection of poems, while her illustrations are a complete delight.”

Youi can get a copy of Daphne’s book from The Book Guild.

The Printmaker’s Cat

I got an email from one of our members, Alex Johnson, asking for a mention in our newsletter or blog about a book she’s featured in called the Printmaker’s Cat. A week or so later we were both in London at a meeting. I had a chance to see the book and I bought her copy! It’s such a lovely book, so well researched with beautiful images. Printmaker or not it was hard for me to resist the book. We all have strong feelings about the the subject matter; it’s fascinating to hear artists’ stories how a particular cat or cats inspired such beautiful work. I think the book is good source material no matter what you do; there are plenty of ideas to inspire. This 136 page hardback book features the work of 38 contemporary artists.

Watching by Alex Johnson

It can be purchased for £25 (including £2.50 p&p) from the publisher, Mascot Media. For more information about it have a look on their website: and click books for sale.

The Cat – 3,500 Years of the Cat in Art

I recently came across a fascinating book called The Cat 3,500 Years of the Cat in Art by Caroline Bugler. It’s a great source book for feline artists. As well as looking at cats through the ages the book focuses on the Comic Cat, the Companion Cat as well The Eastern Cat, the Portrait Cat, The Big Cat and the Modern Cat. The book is hardbound and the 260 illustrations lavish. To find out more about the book check or, The Cat 3500 Years of the Cat in Art.

Exhibition Photos

Slide Shows
See the photos of each exhibition as a slide show. Click the links below and sit back and watch the show. These will be quite large photos and may take a while to load.

SOFA London 2016
SOFA London 2015
SOFA London 2014
SOFA London 2013
SOFA London 2012
SOFA London 2011
SOFA London 2010
SOFA London 2009
SOFA London 2008


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