I loved this sketch last year when I painted it, and I love it just as much this year with Mimi waiting by the door in the spring sunshine for yet another year.
It’s the first day of spring and a gorgeous morning. Mimi waits by the door, keeping an eye on me over her shoulder so I don’t wander from the kitchen and forget the importance of getting outside before the busy part of the day begins. It’s a position and an expression I see on her face most days, even cold or inclement ones, and I also saw Cookie and Namir and Kublai in the same position with the same expression at the same back door, waiting to go out on the same deck into very similar sunny mornings. Though Monday morning, a full week ahead, and all sorts of work calls me…I love and cherish the time I’ve spent with each of these cats out there and the memories we’ve created, even if the time we spend is mere minutes. I photographed Mimi’s face to share, decided the scene would make a nice painting, and then we go outside.
And here was one of the things we discovered, daffodils blooming when they’d been frozen for the past week.
After I came back inside I still carried that vision of the painting was still with me so as my warm up in my studio today I did the pastel painting above. I turned her head a little bit more so she was looking at me instead of off to the side; phone photos can be confounding that way if you’re focusing it from your hand instead of in front of your face. Phones aren’t always accurate for color and the sunshine was quite yellow that early.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a daily sketch, and it felt really good.
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