Friday

Cat # 4

"Cat for Guillaume"


...excerpt below from "Everything Cats Expect You To Know" by Elizabeth Martyn,  pub. 2007

"Cats are never as keen to respond to praise as dogs, because they evolved Not as pack animals,
 but as solitary hunters, for whom food was the only reward worth having. 
Lone wildcats didn't need to develop social skills and were content to walk by themselves. 
Even so, when the opportunity for easier life presented itself, they were quick to make the most of it."

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approx. 5" x 7" of a cat perched on a windowsill, drawn using a stump  loaded with charcoal dust from another drawing which made very soft, almost elusive marks...  characteristics I think of in a cat.

from Desideratum Art and Jewelry Studio, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada

14 comments:

Arija said...

Beautiful and solo expressive!

Terra said...

Pretty kitty and I like the soft markings and how you found a way to create them.

Linda H said...

Beautiful! I do love a soft cat...

Guillaume said...

Oh thank you so much! This is so sweet!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hey all, Thank you! it was an interesting experiment.
You're welcome Guillaume, I know how much you prefer cats! especially ones that like to go over and eat fancy dinners at you house.

Valerianna said...

Nice and cat-tie!

Valerianna said...

...or rather, cat-ty...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Valerianna, you say Tom-a-toe... I say Tom-AAA-toe

Tracy said...

Really like the softness of the stump technique here, Gwen... it lends a tenderness to this sweet cat portrait. LOVE kitties. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

dixiebelle said...

Lovely.. and so true about them being solitary creatures!

ArtPropelled said...

I know that look!Chilling on the sill but alert to anything that might flutter of scurry.

Sharmon Davidson said...

lovely cat drawing, Gwen; those soft smudges are perfect!

A Heron's View said...

Looks almost like our Squeaky, an amazing capture of her characteristics - well executed!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Tracy, I was really surprised by how long the stump held the charcoal and allowed me to continue drawing. Probably other people knew this but not me... learn something new everyday.

Dixiebelle, they sure are. They are their own bosses and we interact with them on Their terms.

Robyn, yes, always watching, waiting and on the prowl. so different than a dog.

Sharmon, nice to experiment with different mark makers.

Thanks Mel, give Squeaky a scratch on the neck for me.