Monday, April 14, 2014

Matching the wine to the gift box, a rare but necessary art.

I think Hello, Hello. Hello is a humorous, carefree greeting. The pale warm yellow colour suggests sweetness, and the repetitive text a dramatic but light-hearted commitment. I suggest matching this box with an un-oaked Chardonnay.

Edison cylinder megaphone man suggests the tone and texture of an odd old-fashioned novelty song by George Formby, even as Edison was American, suggesting a heritage grape, a concord? Nay, a Zinfandel, a California native, with texture, spark, humour and personality.

Whacky Orange Cartoon cat on a warm yellow-orange background wants to pair with something slightly sweet, surprising, and would leave a warm, fuzzy feeling on your tongue. This box says to me, Orvieto, a Barberani, obscure for sure, but bright, fruity, and only improves with time.

In An assortment of alternate worlds I should expect to find something lightly tannic, fruity, but with little bits of sparkling witty bite, a red, a Cabernet Sauvignon, even a Cab-Merlot blend would fit nicely in this gift box.

You should need something powerful and dramatic on it's own to stand up to these retro abstract expressionist gift boxes. Something American, Greek or Japanese. Yes, Saki would stand up this design. Not an Ouzo, but a Greek white, an Assyrtiko, a Lagorthi, or a Savatiano, which suggests, if you have had a flavour of it, a Retsina.

Nothing but an Amarone should come out of this Orange texture gift box. Complex with interweaving patterns of gritty, spicy, peppery, full bodied, bright, and a lingering scratchiness at the back of your throat. You can buy me Amarone anytime.

You wouldn't dare put anything but an Italian wine in this Stone pine in Rome gift box. Even the cheapest wine in that Roman street cafe says it could live in this gift box, anything at all from Italy and it came from a grape. That said, I recommend Prosecco, by tradition, meant to be consumed in the Spring, and rather than stored, meant to be consumed in a few months at a sit-down with friends over a bottle before dinner.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Black cat with green eyes night lights point the way

I find night lights to be really bright, so deliberately chose these dark colours to subdue the light. What pops out then is the bright green eyes of this cartoon black cat. So admittedly, the graphics on these look a bit sombre, but they are meant to be lit up from behind, and will be much brighter when in use.

And again, the red is chosen as the background colour because red doesn't trigger the eye or melatonin cycles. It's night. Red lights don't wake you up. Blue and white light does.

So that leaves us with the subtle distinction of the left and right facing pupils of the cat's eyes. I thought I'd have a bit of fun. Nothing more scary than a pair of glowing green eyes in the middle of the night, and you could choose the eye set to matches the location of the wall socket, so the cat is looking towards the door, or some other secret location you might prefer to indicate for such mysteries of the night.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cat t-shirts reconsidered. New, improved and better too!

From time to time, you have to go through all the products you can put up and re-examine them - especially the older ones and the first ones you naively put up - to cull them, so the stuff that remains is the best you can do for the moment. And that is always changing.

So, some images have been moved from samupress on Zazzle to samupress at Society6 where the t-shirt image area is larger, and shows off the artwork better in the constraints of the space. Some images work better in the vertical format. Calico back has been masked and trimmed to blow up real good and is available on all kinds of colours now. 

"Yes. You have my attention"

Calico cat back

Cat in a clear blue sky has been masked and png’ed and is also looks good with that ragged edge, rather than square, and is also available on many colours of shirt now.
Cat in a clear blue sky
Cats! They'll sleep anywhere!

Cat in a clear blue sky by samupress

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Some whacking huge jumbo mugs.

Calico cat with eyeglasses jumbo mug
"I think I can see the difference now," says Calico Cat with new eyeglasses

Calico cat with eyeglasses jumbo mug by samupress

I personally have this gaping disconnect between numbers and objects. I could never understand how many feet are in a mile, or how many ounces are in a cup. I can see a cup, and know whether I can drink it or not. But you say, 'oh, it's 8 oz!' You might as well be speaking Martian. My brain just don't go there. But, oddly, 'Venti', I understand. I have an image of it. I have a feel for it. I know how heavy it feels in my hands. And so you tell me, 'oh, that's 20 oz'.... Oh yeah. You might as well tell me, 'oh, that's 732.75 billion micro-bizzlees'. Same thing as far as I'm concerned.
So anyway, I just spent a week or so putting up 30 or so new mugs at the Zazzle store.
They have these whacking huge meal-in-a-cup mugs. You can fill them with a nice large café latte, the equivalent of 4 or 5 cappuccinos or like 20 espressos worth of caffeine, a single dinner meal worth of chili, or a great hearty soup or salad.
So, if you've wandered into some café and ever had a proper café au lait served in one of those bowls you have to lift with two hands, that is the size of this mug. But this mug has a handle, for the strong, so you can lift that croissant in your other.

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm working on jumbo mugs to fill the time.

Abstract cartoon drawing of black cat
Cat asks, what do you think you're doing?
Coming up: 30 colourful, stylish, funny, odd, unusual, artistic, bizarre, cute, quirky, original, off-the-wall, whimsical and affectionate cats images on jumbo 20 oz mugs. These things take time, especially thinking up the adjectives.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cat face. Are you looking at me again?

Calico cat face
Oh, are you looking at me again?

As spontaneous as this drawing seems, it took four days. I have wanted to draw the cats more from life, but they generally are always sleeping. This one will look at me from time to time. Then run away. Or fall asleep curled up hiding her face. Or run away.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The more 22 cats free ebook download

A tiny delightful book of cat art

More 22 cats is 22 more cats drawn by doug rogers on the iPad. As if the first 22 cats booklet wasn't enough, you get more 22 more cats, cats you don't need to feed. This tiny pdf ebook is available free. Download it from Dropbox at