My muses! I am now a cat guardian!

I have been owned by cats now for a grand total of two months. They are teaching me to be a good cat guardian, and a lot about myself. You can read about that process over on my other blog.

They have also been showing up in my sketchbook. They don’t sit still for long for the most part – one of them is a hyper kitten – so I work from photos or I turn them into comics. It’s fun having two new muses to provide creative inspiration! They are always doing something silly or lovely that is worth recording. I thought I’d share a couple of pages with you.

20210328 - baby kiska 2

I drew this one from a photo I took when I visited my little fur-ball at the breeder’s home. She was checking me out from high up on her climbing tree.

20210419 - krasnyy

This big boy was a surprise addition to our family, but he is just adorable and has adapted well to his new home.

20210507 - kiska comes home

The first night with a new kitten is always….interesting.

20210521 - krasnyy adjusts

Krasnyy was a little suspicious of the fur-ball at first, but welcomed her quickly.

20210510 - afternoon nap

Occassionally Krasnyy sits still long enough for me to do a sketch from life. I grabbed my sketchbook and coloured pencils and captured him snoozing on his tree beside my desk while I dialled into a work meeting.

I have no doubt they’ll provide continue to provide many opportunities and creative inspiration in the years ahead. Perhaps Kiska will even sit still long enough for me to sketch her while she rests!

Rebuilding my creative practice – My week in sketches

This week I started to sketch things around the house as well as playing with collage. I am trying to do something creative in some for each day. I am not putting limits on what sort of creativity and I don’t care if it is bad. The point is that I enjoy the process regardless of the outcome. This is what I did this week. As always, click the picture to see a larger version.

I started with the bench by the front window…

20210214 - tea and toast

Then moved to the section by the stove, and started to notice how many little pops of red I have in my kitchen.

20210215 - sharp knives

The next day I wanted to capture the outside of the house. Oddly enough I did a similar view a couple of years ago at about the same time of year.. you can see it here .

20210216 - my haven

Wednesday and Thursday I sketched the pops of red either end of my TV buffet. I have a lot of peace lily plants, and they all remind me of the scenes in Hot Fuzz, and they are pretty much indestructible.

20210217 - pops of red

Thursday was a productive day creatively speaking. I did the peace lily sketch above and the two below.

20210218 - drama

I had an urge to play around with blackout poetry and then the resultant verse was begging for a collage page to show it off.

20210218 - gang gang tresure

Continuing the theme of sketching things around the house, I moved on to bass corner...complete with my husbands Fender bass (P bass with J neck) and our subwoofer. I looooove bass loud enough to feel it in my chest, though as one follower on social media reminded me, all is well so long as it has groove, which is also true.

20210220 - bass corner

Today's page evolved over two days. I filled the page with the zentangle pattern as I watched TV last night and then this afternoon created the slice and dice poem and collaged it on top of the patterned background.

20210221 - slice and dice poetry - wander with you