I caught Mewsette having a meditative moment as the sun came around to the bedroom window, just catching her whiskers and filling the room with a warm glow. The light changes quickly and I knew I’d have about 10 minutes, and even then the light would be constantly moving. I finished from a photo, but I was in such a hurry to get the details down I didn’t even notice I got the quilt all out of whack. I had wanted to who more of the quilt to the left of Mewsette, just for a nice composition, but it drew too much attention to itself.
Well, that’s okay, Mewsette looks good, and it’s a nice memory. A nap by herself on the bed at this time of the day is kind of a habit, as in the sketch “Autumn Afternoon Bed” and the photo “Pensive”. She always does her best to ignore me.
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What else was I sketching on this date?
Giuseppe in a Line, 2012
I haven’t done a “line” sketch for a while, where I complete the entire sketch without raising my pen. Sometimes these are all one line with no crossovers or repeats, but I decided I’d never get the details I wanted with one single line so I retraced most of the lines to add volume and shape.
Drawn in dark green (for Giuseppe) gel pen.
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The maple outside the window that casts green tones on my bed all summer now casts shades of yellow as the leaves begin to turn on a sunny autumn afternoon; the bedspread is actually solid white. Some other cats had their way with the covers, leaving a rumpled mess that added character to the simple scene.
I think this little sketch is one of the undiscovered gems of my collection of Daily Sketches and generally my cat art. Mewsette’s contemplative shape, such a common feline posture for a quiet rest, the slightly tousled covers and the play of light and shadow make it almost abstract, and yet we are right there with the subject, watching our cat have a nap on the bed on a cool-ish autumn afternoon when the leaves are green and yellow and the sun is bright.
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