I sketched this on September 2, 2012, and on that day that I couldn’t sit down in my studio because a certain black cat had taken over my chair, so I was doing other things I could do standing because God forbid I move the cat. I remember I spun the chair and the light hit him just right and in the highlights and shadows in his fur I pictured the globe, blue and green, little bits of peach here and there, floating in the dusty cosmos of the Milky way, envisioning an ink sketch with watercolor in those colors.
And so I grabbed my watercolor pad and my favorite Pentel Hybrid Technica drawing pen and sketched his graceful cat curve and shoulders and big ears and minimal details. Then, because he often followed me when I left the room, I tiptoed so I wouldn’t wake him to get a jar of water and my watercolors and brushes and painted the interesting light falling on him from the window and from my work lights using the watercolors from my limited traveling palette, blue, green, purple, orange and yellow.
It was all over in about 15 minutes. I named the sketch “World Cat” not because Giuseppe represents the world of cats or cats of the world (though he might like to think so), but because I set it aside for the finishing glance and it really did look like an image of the earth from space, that lovely blue and green globe, that I’d seen in that first glance.
Or perhaps it worked out this way because I think the world of my cats.
I used him as my Peace Globe for the Blog Blast for Peace in November and he really was floating in the cosmos in that one.
About World Cat Day
World Cat Day was founded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002 because cats are special and they deserve it. Really, I didn’t find any reason for founding the day, but that seems likely since that’s usually the reason for setting aside a day to recognize a species. We who live with cats know every day is Cat Day, but we’ll gladly take one to recognize our felines, and so will they.
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NOTE: THIS DRAWING IS CLOSED.
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Win a Signed Print of “World Cat”
“World Cat” is one of the paintings I’ve chosen to stock prints for. They are printed in archival ink on matte-finish acid-free cover stock, centered in an 11″ x 14″ sheet—you can view it here in my Etsy shop. It would slip right into a premade frame at 16″ x 20″ with a mat with an opening of 11″ x 14″. I would also be glad to custom frame it for you at an extra charge.
- To celebrate World Cat Day I’ll give away three prints in a random drawing of comments on this post.
- It would be super nice if you would share this on other social networks, but I would have no idea if you did or not and so it won’t increase your chances of winning.
- The contest will run through midnight EST next Wednesday, August 14 and I will announce the winner on Thursday, August 15.
- I’m pretty low-tech with giveaways so I print out all the comments, cut them apart and drop them into a paper lunch bag. I used to have my cats choose them until they decided this wasn’t in their employment contract so now I have my brother come over and reach in the bag to choose the winners.
Good luck! And thanks for reading and caring for cats and making them your “world”.
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Other items with this image
This is sold! But I will be making more soon.
Right now I have “World Cat” available mounted on a square wood block in my Etsy shop. The block is 8″ x 8″ so the image is reduced a bit and cropped to fit; the sides of the block are painted black and it’s all finished with a clear matte finish.
I also have a number of prints as described above.
I usually have a round keepsake box with this image on the top, but I just sold it in the last week or two and haven’t had the chance to make up a new one—those round maiche boxes can be hard to find in singles or small sets. I’ve been looking for them, though, and may come up with one in the next week.
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