My fine felines happily spent supervisory time with me in my studio yesterday, mostly napping but I’m sure they could have awakened at any time to give me whatever direction I might need. I took plenty of photos of sweet, sweet naps of one and two, which you’ll soon see, as well as an important meeting among the four, but there was just something delicately inspiring about Mewsette and Bean, backlit by my work lights, with gentle highlights on their faces and whiskers. Mostly soft and grayish and just a touch of their mahogany but lots of delicate whiskers, I could picture a soft sketch on black paper using just the pastel I had layered on my fingers from the portrait I was working on yesterday and gentle touches of white charcoal or pastel pencil. I could also feel my fingers applying the pastel to the paper and see the marks I’d leave that described their noses cheeks, ears using the shapes of my fingertips…heck, if I wash that distracted by this sketch and visualizing that fully, I might as well do it! So I did.
I’ve done a few of these before—why waste the pastel, and the inspiration?
In truth, this was almost another scratchboard, except for catching that softness, and all that pastel on my fingers…
(This was actually intended to be the daily sketch for September 3, but my internet connection was interrupted for several hours as well as overnight, so I’ve posted September 4.)
We are participating in Lesley Saeta’s “Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge” for September 2014.
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What else was I sketching on this date?
Okay, it’s way more about the pattern on the curtains than it is about the cat, but really, I wouldn’t have noticed it if not for Mr. Sunshine looking out the window at night.0
I think Jelly Bean is jealous, though, because once I began scanning the sketch and writing my post he’s been all kinds of infatuated with me, purrring, head butting, leaning on me, walking on my keyboard…it could also be that we are next to the room where Emeraude has food. Jelly Bean has simple intentions. That “o” at the end of the paragraph above is his comment.
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What Are You Looking At?, 2012
I did my best to capture Giuseppe’s somewhat harassed expression because I’m sure he feels like I’m stalking him. Lately he’s been the subject of photos and sketches and I think he’s beginning to wonder what I’m up to. Guess I should give the guy a break, but it’s really just coincidence.
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