Friday, February 18, 2011

Trouble on Friday

I was long overdue to spend some time with Trouble, so I made sure I went to "visit" today after my trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. When I arrived, she greeted me again, almost at the door. I think she had been enjoying some "rays" on the back of the sofa, in the den. We set up, in the kitchen. Trouble on the table and me seated on the end with my sketchbook and pencils.

After scratching her head for a minute I thought, "I wonder what she'd do if I didn't scratch her head ..." Well, this is what she'll do! She kept trying to climb down onto my lap - her left paw is on my knee....

Of course, the non-scratching lasted for only a New York minute! I resumed the head scratching and kept drawing.

I do try to make our sessions more than all about the sketching. Trouble whirls and twirls around and I scratch her head and stroke her back. She purrs and nudges. God forbid I should stop even for a moment! She'll stop and turn and ram her head back into my hand. Sometimes she'll look at me for a second with half-closed eyes like she's saying, "Excuse me... but we're not done yet..." So I'll continue on. When I feel she's not as needy and relaxing a bit, I'll resume drawing.

Per usual, I could only do "pieces parts" of her. I concentrated on her front paws.

The first sketch is with her two front feet planted together, her back is arched in this stance.

I also did "Purring Toes" - that's when she alternatively picks up each front foot and curls the toes of the lifted paw.

I really tried to get a "front on" face of Trouble,
but that little cat is in constant motion!
This was the best I could manage:

After more head scratching and petting, I decided I better not push my luck - I am allergic to cats, after all and Trouble's hair was getting pretty thick on my pencil case and on my sketches. That's when I know it's time to pack up - when there's so much hair on my sketch I can't tell if it's pencil lines or cat hair! Haha!

The final sketch I did of her was after I'd wiped off the pencil case and my hands. She was still on the table and I was standing across the room from her. She wasn't moving much so I thought what the heck, let's see if I can get a full body sketch done.

This is what I managed to get accomplished. She did keep moving her head, but I was able to work fast enough and I kept changing her ear positions.

Who knows, maybe next time she'll actually "sit" for me... but I'm not going to hold my breath!!

You know, I have these labeled as "5 minute sketches" - HA! If I work more than 20 seconds on any of them I feel like I've gotten all the time in the world! It's a great way to discipline oneself to get the gesture down quickly. Maybe I'll try two year-olds next. That ought to be as difficult as corralling kittens, but my pencil sure would get a workout!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Brain Freeze

Has anybody figured out where last week went? It's already TUESDAY of this week and I can't figure out where last week went! I think my brain had gone into a deep freeze. I'm not tolerating the cold very well this year - not that I did last year or the year before. Those of you who know me, know I hate being cold, so I'm not a fan of winter.

I do recall finishing "Lemon Lime Buddha" (not the best photo, here...) and starting a new painting. Oh, and I did and still am working on a monogram for a client. Plus, I've got some kitchen tiles, for someone else, I'm getting ready to paint on. Remember, I'll slap paint on anything! But the day to day of last week eludes me... dang, that's right, there was the broken rear truck window fiasco! That messed up two days and the rest of the week is a blur. Hopefully our little warm up that's supposed to happen this week will thaw some brain cells. I don't know who's more stir-crazy - me or my dog! God, how I miss summer!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Better Late Than Never

So, here I sit, printing out photos I took in Florence, Italy - four years ago!!! I know, I know... but with this new age of digital photography that's where our photos tend to linger - in digital limbo. What has prompted me to print them all - along with about 3,000 more - is the fact that we're giving my daughter and son-in-law our present printer, which is a very nice printer. I love this printer, except for when the paper jams on those occasions when I'm in a hurry.... My printing marathon has begun because the new printer is a laser jet printer and this one is an ink jet, so all the photo paper that I bought for the Italy pix, won't work in the new printer.

Anyway, the purpose of this posting is not to discuss my photo paper dilemma, it's to post my Blind Contour Friday (albeit Sunday) drawing. I don't know why, I simply could not keep it in my brain on Friday to do my contour drawing. So, as printer chugs out page after page of photos, I decided to draw my coffee mug. Not just the shape but the image that's on it, as well. Ha, ha! Yeah... kinda crazy :)

Can you guess who it is? It's Tigger!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bits of Trouble

I wanted to make sure I got to spend some time with Trouble before the "blizzard" came barreling through. (We didn't get nearly what was predicted, in the metro Detroit area and I feel bad for those who did and are still getting blasted by this winter storm, but I'm glad we dodged the blizzard bullet.) I figured I'd go "hang out" with her in the morning, that way I wouldn't feel rushed. Although, I usually like to stop in on my way home from my favorite Starbucks, I'd just finished about four cups of coffee at home and figured I'd better not arrive with a grande latte. There is such a thing as too much caffeine at some point!

Per usual, Trouble met me at the kitchen table, purring and pacing, round and round, while I got seated and situated. Happy, as long as I kept scratching her head, she purred and spun and purred some more. If I dared to stop, she'd look at me with her beautiful jade green eyes and ram her head into my hand again. Having learned my lesson last time, I kept her to the left of me, so there wouldn't be any awkward crossing over of hands while I sketched.

I think Trouble was feeling a bit more lonely - or maybe she'd figured out, "Hey! It's the one that just pets me and scratches my head!" Whatever the reason was, she was much more actively spinning and nudging so I ended up with many sketches, but little pieces parts of her. I figure at some point I might gather enough "parts" to actually "assemble" a complete drawing of her!