I always loved Stanley’s “racing stripes” on his face and the back of his head. This pillow was meant for me to use during yoga, but apparently I was wrong about its purpose.
This is a daily sketch from many years ago, at another time when I did daily sketches. Stanley settled on the pillow on the Recamier for his after-breakfast nap and I simply grabbed my pencil and sketchbook and swung around in my desk chair and got it down on paper. I’m so glad, because more than any photo with all its distracting details, this sketch brings Stanley and that moment right back for me as I remember studying him and deciding what was essential about the scene and about what I loved of Stanley.
This is from 2002, from another time when I did daily sketches of my cats and of my yard and my town and anything else. Life moves you around and sometimes you need to let some things go for a while, bot not forever. I missed the sketches and what I learned in each one, one of the reasons my daily sketches are so important to me today.
I still have this original sketch too, matted and framed and hanging in my office for now. “Stripes” is part of my Feline Pencil Sketches notecards.
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