I had started out with the idea to do much more than this, actually two cats, but I got this far and decided I liked it. So I stopped, the kitties got up and moved around and the moment was gone. I still liked it as it was.
I named it for Mimi because the shape immediately resembled Mimi, but it is not Mimi. Mewsette and Bean were draped over each other in the box, and I began with Mewsette.
It’s not surprising to me I painted Mimi in Mewsette’s place. Mimi and I had just spent some time out in the yard, just she and me and not even my camera, and I was thinking about how much I love her. She and Mewsette are very close, and while they have many differences in shape and size and personality, they are in many ways very much alike.
This is a tiny little painting! I was working on the very last page in one of my inexpensive 5″ x 7″ watercolor sketch books ($1.00 bin at Joann Fabrics), and I had to keep myself contained to stay on the paper, especially since I was intending to paint two cats. Unfortunately, this being the last page, I had some bleed-through from other paintings I’d done. I had thought I’d be covering more paper and I’d cover those up, but not so. I just tried to use them when I realized they were there, the blob below her extended arm and the blurred area by her hip. There was also a pale purple sphere over her head, but nothing a little Photoshop can’t fix.
And I’m not sure why all these little watercolors come out blue. Well, I do know why, it’s because I use blue watercolor paint, but I can’t figure out why, when I choose to do simples or silhouettes I use this shade of blue as in Blue Purple Cats, Indigo Nap and Bath, and Winter Light, though sometimes purple as in A Heart on Her Paw and Calming Purple Kitty. This time I actually tried to get myself to use green…just couldn’t do it, meaning I couldn’t visualize it in green, when I tried I saw nothing, but in blue I saw the painting I had in mind. Guess I’ll have to work on that. Or maybe not.
What was I sketching a year ago today?
Mewsette looks out into the yard…click here to see the original post.
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