Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat.
Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say, love. The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly.
To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail has long since been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch. Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs.
Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. “That’s one UGLY cat!!”
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave.
Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. Whenever he spied children, he would come running meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbors huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end.
Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. I must be hurting him terribly I thought.
Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear - Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.
At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.
Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.
Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.
I will forever reblog this
I’m gonna cry. That was so beautiful
They had stolen my artwork without my permission. Artist draw a picture with their passion. And someone has stolen their artwork just for the money.
Just got a new kitten and thought I’d share, people like cats right? ;)
A bit of a sneak peak of what I’m working on right now :) painting it for my parents and it’s taking forever :( I can never find enough time to fit it in around work and seeing tom and sleeping and everything else :( I need to prioritise.
One of my old doodles in my sketchbook, thought I’d share :) the face is a bit weird but I love her hair
Snow leopard. Latest in the series, done on A3 paper.
All the animal illustrations will soon be available as prints :) if anyone’s interested please let me know :)
suhnodah asked: I am kind of inept when it comes to Tumblr so I don't know how to respond to our earlier message but THANK YOU SO MUCH! Of course I will send you pictures! Gah I am so stoked right now I can't even tell you. I was just waiting for your permission and plan on getting it within the next month or so. Thanks again! I will post pictures as soon as I get it.
Ahah i am a bit inept too :/ aww yay im excited now! This is a big deal for me i really hope it goes well for you :D good luck!!! xxxxxxxxxxxx
suhnodah asked: Hello! I was wondering if I could get your permission to have the wolf you drew in your new series on endangered species tattooed on me? I thought it would be polite to ask and would would love to tell people about your breathtaking art when they asked where I got it from. Would that be okay with you? I am being extremely serious. I have not connected with a picture so much in a very long time. Thanks for sharing your art with the world! Have a lovely weekend. :] Kenna
Hi there! Wow I am extremely flattered that you think so highly of my work, so thanks for that :) Of course you can use my design, and thanks for asking I have a lot of respect for you. I would love to see photos of it when its finished :) tess xxx
Quick photos of the next in the series :) hopefully you can tell what they are ;)
doodles to chase away boredom :)
The first in a new series I’m doing, about unappreciated and endangered animals.
The detail is supposed to reflect the environment they come from and what is sometimes associated with them. Hopefully there should be 5 more :)
An experiment with acrylic paint, sponges and an old toothbrush… :D
So I’ve finally finished putting up all the prints from my final project! Finally…!
This is from another friend of mine who also has unusual beliefs, and so she views nature as something profound; I tried to portray this through showing the huge scale of the woodland compared to the girl.