When the sun moves around to filter into this window, Kelly hops over to enjoy it and have a nice bath on the cabinet. In a rare moment of repose, she sits still and lets the sun warm her back, the light reflecting back from the pine wood cabinet warming the tones of her tortoiseshell fur.
This is not an easy image to paint as a quick sketch, and certainly I would never have considered it as such if I hadn’t watched Kelly at this activity nearly every day since late March. I have enough of the colors and shapes and details memorized just from frequently looking at it and photographing it, so actually doing a quick sketch wasn’t as difficult as it might have been.
I let Kelly bathe and find a comfortable spot, sketched her torso and tail and paws, then watched her as she moved her head to a position that worked well and quickly sketched the outline of her face and ears; I had wanted more sun on her face, but that was not to be.
While I waited for Kelly’s tail and face to find a moment of stillness for at least ten seconds, I began on the objects in the background, the mid-century brass and tempered glass raised fruit dish with its olive green glow cast on the table, the apple and green grapes which I’d kept replenishing to continue photographing and hoping to get time to sketch or paint, and the simple shapes of the curtains and shadows on the tabletop.
As usual, there are areas I am not happy with and would render differently, but visualizing, then actually diving into the subject and rendering it is the only process for finding out what does and doesn’t work.
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What else was I sketching on this date?
Morning at the Door, 2013
Even though it was rather cold for a spring morning, Mimi enjoyed the sun on her front while Mewsette enjoyed the sun on her back by the door.
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King of the Pile of Boxes, 2014
I caught Mr. Sunshine looking a little disgusted at his throne today. How he would like a “real” place to display his splendor and survey his domain.
I admit, we do have piles of boxes much of the time, and that may continue for a while as I settle into show season for the summer. However, thanks to the quick posting of a person in the rescue group I managed to snag a really nice cat entertainment center at the curb waiting for trash pickup the next day. I was going that way and swung by to pick it up. It just needs to be scrubbed and have a few repairs. They have a smaller one next to the refrigerator, but that’s stuck in the corner and not optimal for observation or personal display. And it’s navy blue.
At first I thought I’d clean it up and donate it since I have no space for anything extra right now—or ever, really! Then I saw the perfect spot. It means a little sacrifice for me, but finally the household will have a real feline entertainment center.
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Four Black Cats on a White Bed, 2013
I was thinking in color today, but when I saw Mr. Sunshine, Mimi, Mewsette and Giuseppe curled up on the unmade bed, I saw the angles and wrinkles of the covers in simple, clear ink lines, and the silhouettes of the black cats against the white.
Their shapes had just the slightest amount of highlighted detail from the window light, just enough to see an ear or a nose, or to distinguish Mimi from Mewsette, and I had no idea how I would do that while still preserving their ink lines, which I love with this pen. The angled lines served to distinguish and describe their shapes, and just came naturally to my hand.
Jelly Bean was supervising me.
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I’ll Take Three Lumps, 2012
Lumps of coal, or lumps of sugar? I was thinking lumps of sugar. The boys “occupied” my desk, as usual, Mr. Sunshine, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean, all about as inert as the lumps in this sketch. Tough Monday.
I had the kitty keep-warm lamps on at my desk, so of course they were cuddling underneath, and also absorbing all the extra light. The least they could do is be models, but they didn’t even awake to comment or object.
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