Technically this image isn’t a “daily sketch” because it wasn’t part of the original series, but I did paint this in September 2017 during the 30 in 30 daily painting challenge so it’s in the original spirit of the daily sketches. I featured it last November as my desktop calendar. Even though this painting is nominally from winter I always choose warm colors and a feeling of home and warmth for my November desktop calendar, and what is warmer than an orange and white kitty dozing on a sun-warmed windowsill? Just right for this cold weather and our first winter storm of the season!
I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994, and it’s been on my mind all this time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so much Allegro in his quiet, understated self, having wandered around and found a warm spot in the sun, decided to drop everything and enjoy the sun while it lasted. He sat down between the window and the plant on a cold winter afternoon and had a nap. I worked it loosely with lots of extra colors to capture the feeling of streaming sunlight. I initially cropped it much tighter, focusing on him, but then I lost the light, the reflections on the window, the sun on the plant, and all the things in addition to Allegro that I loved about the scene.
This was my painting from Day 16 of the September 2017 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.
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