Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cat people

Watercolour 9 x 12

I'm not a cat person. Really I'm not. I've always had cats around however, but mostly for functional use as mouse catchers or to sit decoratively warming their toes in front of the fire without becoming overly intrusive into my life. I don't want a cat demanding attention or always being on the wrong side of the door.

Then Tripod appeared. He wasn't a chosen pet but an orphan from the woods. I often have a soft spot for animals (and people) who are life's downtrodden. Tripod is unique for a cat and has a true personality with more dog qualities than cat ones. He puts up with me, preferring the company of others but will clamber up on me as a last resort. We have an unspoken agreement that we both keep to ourselves for the most part. I'm still not a cat fancier. I wouldn't harm one, but if he left tomorrow, I wouldn't be heartbroken either.

He is photogenic and good to draw however. The thought sometimes flits through my brain that he was sent for me to draw, for him to leave his mark on the world through my hand. I did this watercolour sketch from a photo I took of him staring balefully at me from across the dining room table, sprawled across the newspaper, which is one of his deepest loves.


Jo Castillo said...

Jeanette, we are kin! I feel the same way about cats. We haven't had any in our immediate household. Love this post and the cat painting! :)

Jeanette said...

We must be Jo! :)

We've always had cats around from childhood onwards, but they and I usually don't become the best of buddies.

shicat said...

Your cat painting has inspired me to go back to a painting of my dog that I had stopped working on. I stopped working on it because i lost interest,had another project or just didn't know what to do next. Anyway i am grateful for the inspiration,now I will read your post!

Kari Gibson said...

What is it about cats and newspapers?

And I think Tripod is lovely and photogenic or whatever the drawing/painting equivalent of that is.

I like this delicate painting!

Jeanette said...

Shicat, I'm glad that this piece gave you some inspiration to move ahead with your work.

Thanks Kari, there is a secretly hidden magnet in cats and newspapers that force them together. :)

Anita Davies said...

Lovely soft watercolour.

Marsha Robinett said...

We always had a cat (or two) when my daughter was young. Usually arriving the same way your cat did. Loved hearing your story...and really like the soft way you have rendered with this painting.

Jeanette said...

Thanks for dropping by Anita. :)

Marsha, so many animals that I've had in life have turned up out of the blue. Seems to be destiny. Tripod's been the subject of a number of drawings and paintings that I've done. So I guess the odd tin of tuna for him is well placed.