Sketchy Cat

Cat Sketch (Watercolour)

Cat Sketch (Watercolour)

It’s been such a busy week… I feel terribly guilty at missing a couple of days of painting and writing during the week, but worse than losing the thread and impetus of what I’m doing is how quickly you lose the skills. Even after only one day, it is so hard to remember what the brush is likely to do and how the paints might react, how much water to use and how long you can work before it starts drying.

I wonder if this is because I’m still a relative newbie… like driving, if you go on a long journey by the end you’re probably on autopilot, but then if you don’t get behind the wheel for a week you can’t find the indicators, or biting point on the clutch, for peanuts. I can honestly say that nothing in watercolour comes automatically for me yet – except having a wad of kitchen towel in my left hand ready to blot! – but when I’m doing it daily it does take less time to slip into some kind of rhythm. Anyway, that’s my philosophical meanderings over, for today at least 🙂 .

I decided that before diving into the painting of the two scaredy cats I should try a small sketch of one of them, to try and remember how to do eyes and fur. So today we have a tiny tabby, painted on a piece of card 74mm x 100mm – that’s A7, for anyone who wants to know – I didn’t even know they went that small! And yes, the pic here is actually larger than real life, depending on the resolution of your screen.