Saturday, May 22, 2010

Of clocks and cats



I have some new projects in my head and have been sketching out others.  I also have this grant proposal to put into action as well.  Aside from that I have a little piece of whimsy that I've been working on here and there.  It will be a little clock eventually.  I have the bones of it on the wood and have more work to do with it yet, but here's a little glimpse.

I initially did a watercolour wash on the wood.  Of course this raises the wood fibres, but also gives an interesting patterning as well.  I will be adding acrylics or oils to finalize this and put in a clock mechanism and paint on the numbers etc. I can't tell you what it means or where it came from, it simply is and mostly done late at night in bed.

I've spent a lot of today working in the garden and wandering around the property, seeing what winter has moved and spring has revealed.  Of course Tripod sticks like glue.  He has a horrible habit of running in front of me, then throwing himself on the ground, hoping to be picked up and carried.  More often he gets kicked or stepped on as you trip over him!  Today was no different and as I started out with my camera, there he was.  Meowing and racing over to ensure he wasn't left behind.


I wandered down the lane by the house and noticed Tripod stopping for a drink in a little stream by the side of the road.  He's a strange cat and won't drink water inside the house from his bowl.  He has to go out and drink from puddles or streams. Perhaps a throwback to his feral days.


Of course he noticed I was wandering off so he scrambled up the bank to chase after me and once he caught up, he shot ahead and flopped on the ground.


His attention span in the great outdoors is limited, so the sound of birds or squirrels has him peering into the woods at regular intervals.  Until he realizes he's left behind again...

6 comments:

Lolli072 said...

Hmm... may I please steal your cat Jeanette? LOL He's so precious! Not sure if my parrots would agree though. LOVE that you painted on the wood! Very imaginative. :-)

Billie Crain said...

Love the clock to be.:) Clever of you to use the grain of the wood to help create the ocean waves and as always...I love to see Tripod.:D

Julie Broom said...

Tripod is a complete star! What a character :-)

Jeanette said...

Lori, Tripod is a - what shall I say - special needs cat. He's more dog than cat, probably due to the fact that he was living wild for years. However, he doesn't like any other animal in the world and just tried to kill them. Dogs he especially hates and stalks them to attack. Like I said, he's very 'different'.

Thanks Billie, the clock should be done in a few days I'm hoping, then it can be my time piece in the studio. Yes, the woodgrain works in my favour on this.

Julie, Tripod's unique alright. Some days he become intensely frustrating and needy. But he's here to stay. :)

RHCarpenter said...

What a chubby little chunk of love! This gave me a good laugh - my cat does this, too, and is very needy (more dog than cat for some reason, he follows me from room to room to make sure I haven't gone away). Love the clock start and what you're doing with your fish prints for your grant (congrats).

tracywall said...

Once again, you never cease to amaze me in your variety of media! Tripod tails remind me of my own Bexley. Trying so hard to be a wild jungle kitty only to end up needing a scratch and a lap to survive.