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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Cats x 3-ish



I need more more more practice. The girls move fast.

12 comments:

refugeefromreason said...

You've got four! Oh my. I thought our hands were full with two, the dog and the fish. Cute sketch.

Tom G said...

Great little sketches. It must have been hard to get them to cooperate!

marly said...

Mrrowl!

Jocelyn Bell looks as though just about to levitate, hair on end. Those eyes are wild . . .

We have a calico named Theodora and a blue Persian named Lady Azure. We recently shaved her because she had turned into a felt hat. Now she looks like a mortified manticore.

There are also guppies, Russian turtles, and a dog, alas.

Ed Maskevich said...

Remember John James Audubon, the great bird artist? His work has been promoted by conservation groups for as long as I can remember. What is interesting about his "technique" is that he did not draw from life, rather he drew from death. Yup, he shot those little birdies so they would stay still. He had a large board, the same size as his paper (the size is called an elephant sheet) and he would pin the little feathered creatures down to it. He only had a few days until things were a little too ripe. The paintings of large birds are in strange poses because he would bend and twist them to make them fit on the board and hence fit on the paper. Myself, I shoot my pets with my camera and pin the photo down.

Larry Ayers said...

I'm reminded of my attempts to photograph my dog Tucker. He always moves abruptly just as I click the shutter! Back to the compliantly stationary plants and fungi...

polona said...

these make me wish i had a cat :)

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Just popped over from MBs hope you don't mind-love the drawings

Lori Witzel said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Ref: Nope, just three -- I tried to catch Kizmet twice (on paper) -- she's very amenable to being caught for ear-rubs, belly-tickles and "thump-a-cat", but like the other two just loves to avoid holding still when I try to sketch. Fish? With cats? You brave man!

Tom G: What cooperation?
;-)
But sketching these three is great training if you want to develop an eidetic memory!

Marly: Miss Joss is the baby cat, the youngest and adopted a year after the other two -- and when I first got her, she was quite the little lap kitten. Now she's a ssssaaaaavage adolescent, as you see her in ambush-mode atop the cat tree. But Sput and Kiz were also kookie adolescents, so I have hope she'll mellow. The sweetest cat I've ever had was a calico named Mrs. McGillicuddy -- wonder if yours is a sweetie as well and I've heard Persians are sweethearts too. (Poor mortified manticore! Must be almost as sad as a sodden kitty.)

Ed: I wondered how he was able to get such accuracy! I think a bunch of naturalists of that time did similar, but makes my skin crawl. If I could take a decent photo of these furballs I would, but (like Larry's comment) there's a reason I like photographing still things.

Larry: I'm with you. Can't wait for more fungi, BTW!

Polona: Cats are tons of fun, and can be very silly. But you need to play with them to keep them that way...

Sue: Welcome, and thanks for the visit! Glad you like, and hope to "see" you again soon.

MB said...

I love the expression on Jocelyn Bell Burnell! What a riot! Consummately Cat.

Lee said...

let me know if you do figure out how to get them to sit still...I tried some over the holiday and had the same thought..Happy New Year, btw!!

Ernesto said...

I love Sputnik's curves. Lovely.

marly said...

The cat of my heart was a Burmese. 17 good years.

Theodora is haughty and likes me best, though she officially belongs to our daughter. She can be quite mean to the Persian.

Lady Azure is adorable in a sort of outer-space way: she is definitely from another planet. She seems like a living stuffed animal, perhaps in part because she has a heart murmur. But I have utterly failed to make her poop in the dratted box. You see me, you see a mop. Dern. She officially belongs to my youngest, but nobody wants to brush her daily, bathe her weekly, or clean up the presents. Double dern.