September is here, and time for a change in tone outside my studio window and the last hurrah of summer colors! This daily sketch from July 2012 captures all of that, with the spruce on the left still green, and the maple tree on the right which will begin turning yellow soon, and that mix of summer and autumn colors that I love so much about September.
I love all my photos and sketches of my cats at the studio window, spending time in the sun and supurrvising me. This was the first sketch of all. It’s been in the running for a desktop calendar several times but because it is so completely horizontal, and I can’t crop it vertically and still keep both Giuseppe and Mewsette, I had to work on how to use it vertically. I did a little copying and pasting and added the extra windows above. The window is four panes tall so I’ve stretched it a bit, but when the sun shines in during the afternoon this is quite how it feels.
Here is what I said about this sketch when I shared it in July this year:
Since I’ve been spending more time in my studio in the past few years, photos and sketches of my studio cats have become a thing. This little sketch from five years ago is still one of my favorites, in part because it’s bright and colorful and also because it’s very specific for place, but it’s timeless. The old casement with the vase of paintbrushes on the windowsill has been there a long time, the bright green trees outside the window, and many cats have spent time in the sun on the windowsill so it’s timeless. Funny that I painted this so early in my daily sketches series, five years ago. It was almost prophetic.
This is what I wrote about this little painting when I painted it in 2012, five years ago:
Yesterday I actually did a painting of Giuseppe and Mewsette guarding my studio, and took photos for reference, and just to have them. I didn’t get the chance last night to post the painting, though I like the photo and posted that as yesterday’s daily photo (actually seen below), intending to just show a comparison of two different media, and what I often do to sketches to simplify them and focus on the subjects.
If you look at yesterday’s photo you’ll see there’s much more stuff in front of and around them. While this does look like my studio, it’s distracting, and I don’t like to include unnecessary details in my paintings. What I was seeing was what you see here, Giuseppe and Mewsette, the vase with brushes, the window with the green outdoors, and a few miscellaneous shadows. What you don’t see is what I either literally did not see, or simply ignored. I’m good at that. So are my cats.
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Studio Guardians, 2012
Kelly took the day off as my studio cat today, at least so far, so Giuseppe and Mewsette took their places on the cool marble windowsill. Surely I am well supervised, and no evil spirits would dare pass my guardians.
One drawback was that they were a little too far away for me to touch, so all I could do was look a them, a pleasure. I also photographed them repeatedly, and painted them as well, scan coming later.
Where to find this art
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This month’s desktop calendar
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- For mobile devices, press on the image to bring up a menu and choose “open in new window”. Go to that window and press until a menu appears and choose as “set as wallpaper” or “set as lock screen” or whatever you’d like—this is slightly different on all devices.
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