For Haley: “Bread and Gouda”. Day 13 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.


"Frommage d'Haley"

I was supposed to do a painting of my favorite veggie today, but I scrapped that plan.

This morning my wife and I had to take our sick old cat to the vet and ‘send her off.’ In honor of Haley (in her prime, 8.5 pounds of unadulterated malevolence) I give you: “Bread and Gouda (Frommage d’Haley)”. See, Haley — a weird cat — shunned wet food, fish, poultry, milk, etc., anything that a normal cat would love. But if we had crusty bread and aged gouda around, she’d go nuts. Never a lap cat, she’d climb all over us (obstacles that we were) to get to the BREAD AND CHEESE. So, in honor of her unique tastes, here’s today’s painting. Sue me if the perspective is off; with this one, it’s the thought that counts. This one is not for sale.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale (except this one). And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Let’s see what tasty beverages have been suggested. Vernor’s Ginger Ale (many times), a vanilla malt, RC Cola, Café du Monde coffee, Captain Morgan’s & Diet Coke, and – Ted Williams’ faaaaavorite soft drink – MOXIE. Thanks, and keep those suggestions a-comin’.

Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of for his mention here.

Tomorrow’s painting: my favorite veggie. This time I mean it.

Yesterday’s painting: “Avocado de Funk.”

one of 30 Paintings in 30 Days by John Tebeau

"Avocado de Funk"



Filed under 30 paintings in 30 days, Food, original art

6 responses to “For Haley: “Bread and Gouda”. Day 13 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

  1. Mary Jean

    Adieu, Haley! Our cats like bread, too.

    Hey JT, this is superlocal, of particular interest to those of us who grew up in and around Joliet, Ill., but the poorboy sandwiches at Merichka’s are faaaaaaamous: Lou ate one on Y2K and still can’t stand the thought of it. Merichka’s also was the first place I ever worked, busing tables on Friday and Saturday nights with my hilarious friend Diane (oh, where is she now?). I grew up two blocks down the street, where my parents still live. Check it out!

  2. I absolutely adore this painting and I think it’s perfect for Haley. I hope there’s lots of aged gouda in the kitteh afterlife. So, here’s the plan: if you do a Sconni painting with cheese and summer sausage, I’m all over it. As in I’ll buy it. Scout’s honor. I find myself so looking forward to what your painting of the day will be. What a wonderful idea. Lovea youa mucha.

    • You are sweet, Lara. That’s a good call. Par-boiled in Leinie’s first? Johnsonville? (or are they just brats?) Is there a beloved Sconni brand 0f summer sausage?

      You know what else I like from the Dairy State? Frozen custard, (butter pecan) from Not Licked Yet, a roadside stand in Fish Creek. Holey mackerel. Not. Licked. Yet.


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