THE INSPIRATION: I recently posted Claire the Cat’s somewhat apologetic letter to a little girl. If you are new to this blog, you may want to read Claire’s backstory: Claire the Cat . Want to read more posts about her? Type “cats” in the search bar.
THE CHALLENGE: Animals move. Cats move a lot. Unless they are taking one of their daily 12 1/2 naps. So one would think that would be the best time to sketch a cat. Not for this artist’s model! Evidently the scratching sound of charcoal on paper was enough to awaken and annoy Claire the Cat. Who promptly walked away to find respite in her favorite human arms.
I followed. Tried sketching again. To no avail. And had to resort to photography. Claire the Cat was not pleased – as evident in finished piece. Oh the paparazzi!
THE SKETCH: A tiny 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ ACEO piece. Pastels and watercolor wash.
THE TAKEAWAY: The artist’s eye can see sense emotion better than any camera! I’m going to try again when Claire is in a happier mood – perhaps a more wakeful moment.