My Able Art Assistant

cat with art materials
I’m ready for my art experience.

Mr. Sunshine waits behind the row of art materials at the edge of my drafting table for…I’m not sure what. Perhaps just for me to look at, perhaps just to gaze at me lovingly, I’m not sure, but Mr. Sunshine is always present for me when I get started in my studio, and he stays with me the entire time.

I also thought the colorful scissors looked striking against his black fur and all those shades of green truly complemented his eyes.


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6 thoughts on “My Able Art Assistant

  • December 3, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Love your photography and your descriptions of the pictures.

    • December 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad I can share them in this way.

  • December 3, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I am so inspired by what you create, especially with the “melting cats” sprawled out on your work space! It looks and sounds like your house is about the same size as mine – a small farm house. I have a hard time trying to get things done in my studio without “help”. Closing the door just does not work – the misery, scratching and whining on the other side of the door breaks my heart. I have to let them in and they do so much want to be helpers and be in the midst of creativity.

    Your cats are great posers, I must say! Mine are all either camera shy or try to lick the camera lens when I’m just about to shoot the picture!

    Isn’t it funny how cats just have to be on the paper that you’re trying to read or draw on?

    • December 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Susan, do you have any of your work on the internet? Do you paint cats too? My cats are why I’m an artist, so I owe my whole career to them, probably one of the reasons I let them hang around while I’m working, not that I could realistically make them move! My house is actually a small two-story addition from another house that was moved onto its own foundation, long story, very small.

      Four of the five black cats were three days old when they came here and I’ve been handling and photographing them since before they can remember, and their mom is fine with just about anything. Cookie knows she’s a star, though she nearly always looks away at just the last moment so I dont’ get her face, and Kelly is a little shy, but she’s grown accustomed to my camera. All my cats need to train as artist models, and after a while they understand that the camera and sketch pad are a part of me.

  • December 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Oh, Mr. Sunshine reminds me so much of Hattie with the beautiful green eyes and the willingness to assist in my studio! She had her own chair right next to mine and stayed there with me as long as I was there, even coming down to join me for a lunch break. I think cats really tune into creativity. They respond to art and music in such a profound way. I love that. Mr. Sunshine is proud to be your assistant and very willing to help, I can tell.

    I covet that scissor collection, by the way. Great photo!


    • December 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      Susan, sometimes I have ALL of them in there and they do like to be near me, but Mr. Sunshine has staying power. What he’s doing is waiting for me to settle down so he can lie down on what I want to work on. I’m also positive he knows how to pose, and knew he’d look striking behind the scissors collection. I got them on clearance, by the way, and more because they were pretty than that I’d use them, but I have now that they are here!


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