Luci Update and New Work

Luci cat

Hi Friends,

I thought I’d give you a quick update on my cat, Luci. She was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease a few weeks ago and was going downhill fast. I thought she was a goner, but since then she has made a miraculous recovery, thanks to homeopathy.

It was touch and go for a couple of weeks, but with the help of two different homeopaths, I found a remedy that’s really helping her, along with daily subcutaneous fluids. She’s feeling better and I’m hopeful that she’ll continue to improve. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts for her.

Making the studio update videos for Facebook and YouTube has revitalized my painting practice. It helps to have a place where I can share my process and the finished paintings during a time when I don’t have anywhere else to show my work. Everything has been cancelled, even my annual holiday shows.

Here’s a new painting that I created last week. It’s another one of my excavation pieces, where I rework an older painting with layers of imagery and sanding.

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Cassandra Tondro, "Cyclone," abstract painting

“Cyclone,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

This was a poured painting that I sanded down and unified with an orange glaze. Then I started layering imagery, without giving it much thought. I had planned to sand, mask and overpaint, but I like it the way it is. It has a frenzied energy that feels exciting.

Its tentative title is “Cyclone,” but if you have a better suggestion, I’m open to hearing it.

What’s keeping you going these days? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. So glad to hear that your kitty is doing better! Also that you have been revitalized with your art, sounds like life is good, may it continue down that road. Enjoy your orange coming out of your pictures it is like the morning sunrises:)
    Have a wonderful day!
    Your friend in Iowa,

  2. Hi Cassandra,
    I am camping with my husband in northern Wisconsin catching up on some email. What a lift to know Luci
    has taken a turn for the better. It’s always a pleasure to drop in and see your latest paintings and what you are up to. Thanks

  3. Thanks Kim, Thanks Jean. Yes, it’s encouraging to find something that is helping Luci. It gives me faith that healing is possible, even when things look very grim. I don’t know if she’ll “recover” per say, but at least she’s feeling better and can live normally for a while. Good to hear from both of you!

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