This bright morning sunlight gets us all up and around and doing interesting things. It may look as if Giuseppe is planning something, really he’s just basking in that wonderful sun puddle that cats have enjoyed in exactly that spot since I’ve lived here. I stopped and looked at the deep shadows, the brilliant highlights and the reflected highlights in between and there was my daily sketch. Couldn’t sketch him right then, but took a quick photo, just before he stood up and stretched and walked toward me.
The toned paper is wonderful for black cats, especially in the sun. Click here to see more sketches on toned paper. One of these days, I’m going to have to do something with that collection.
If you’d like to purchase this sketch, please send me an email. Other similar sketches on toned paper are available, including a few of Giuseppe. See below.
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Yes, Giuseppe is napping, but it’s not a serious nap, it’s a vigilant nap. He’s on my worktable under the lights while I am at my drafting table and computer in my studio, and apparently he’s been assigned to keep an eye on me. They take turns at this, and it’s clearly a different nap from a curled-in-a-ball, or a cuddle with siblings because the attention must be on what is happening, and one must be able to awaken immediately. He lifts his head at every noise, or sometimes only opens to big golden eyes, assesses what, if anything, needs to be done, then puts his head back down on his paws. I see his ears swivel constantly, and when he open his eyes, even though he is facing away from me, I can see his whiskers shift upward and the shape of his forehead changes.
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