|"Odd Couple" 5"x 7"graphite sketch on paper, c. 2013 TMW|
When I saw the picture of Dr. Iroh, the cat with the peaceful Buddha smile and Maiyu with her intense, wide open eyes, I loved the contrast between the personalities of these two cat friends. I have been purposefully looking for ideas and images that have that productive tension, that "what happens next?" part of the story that keeps us interested and watching to see what will happen.
I tried a sketch first to see if I thought the image would work as a painting. The arrangement and lighting on the cats could be a challenge, but I did like the sketch enough to consider it. Thanks again to Jackie Gratton for this cool photo of your cats that inspired me.
If anyone else has some "cool cat" pictures of their own they want to share with me, let me know.