I’m cheating again with a daily sketch from another era, though not so long ago as yesterday’s.
Peaches was a perfect model, even when she wasn’t sleeping. Her markings always fascinated me—I was accustomed to torties in Cookie and Kelly, and even the calicoes I had fostered had smaller spots and clearly striped areas. Peaches’ dilute peach and gray and large clearly outlined shapes reminded me an older two-color wall map on cream-colored paper, slightly mellowed with age, where each of the countries were filled with a different color so you could distinguish them at a distance.
Here she was sleeping in classic Peaches stretch on her favorite fleece on a chair in the kitchen, above the heater vent, and certain to get a bit of sun at some time during the day. This may have been from four years ago, but if you follow my daily sketches I’m sure you can see some of the same pencil lines and watercolor washes you see in my sketches from today. It was from looking at this painting in my studio and remembering Peaches last fall that I decided I really wanted to—and really should—start seriously doing daily sketches again, remembering how pleased I was with this, how I have these little moments to remember from each of the cats I sketches, and how the brief time I did these in 2008 really helped me improve my daily work. Thanks again, Peaches, for all the gifts you gave me.
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