Life is never boring with cats in the studio…
Drusilla is a very paws on cat in the studio. She likes to be involved in my creative process every step of the way.
It’s not all mischief and mayhem though, there’s plenty of quiet moments too. This may look like adoration, but she could easily be taking a moment to ponder her next move.
What should I do next?
Hunter is more reserved, a silent stalker type. Thus, there’s less photographic evidence… But he’s here. Watching. Waiting. Always.
Take a look at the first installment of Cats in the Studio.
I’ve lived with a cat in my art studio since 2006 when Shadow was still shy of a year old and we lived near the Dorset coast in England. Initially, I tried to keep her out of the studio, but her cries were relentless. Over the years I’ve come to learn some valuable lessons and hard truths.
1. Cats love to be involved in the creative process.
Yessss, these are the colors.
2. If you can’t find that certain pad of paper chances are, they are sitting on it.
I haven’t seen your watercolor paper.
3. Never leave works in progress unattended. Remember, they like to be involved.
It needs my special touch.
4. Learn to incorporate cat hair into your paintings. Chances are there are more than a few strands of fur in this painting. It is what it is.
Sticking with the theme…
5. Cats will attempt to sway your creative decisions.
Are you sure you want to draw that?
6. Everything is for climbing. Everything.
Mom, look what I can do!
7. A warm lap must be made available at all times, no matter what you’re doing.
Oh, you’re painting?
8. They are never too young to begin
disrupting learning what you do.
I want to try!
9. You may feel like working through lunch, but they won’t. Ever.
Are you done working yet?
10. All of the above rules apply both inside and outside the studio.
I’m going to sit on your art till you pay attention to me.
These week I hired a new studio assistant. She knows nothing about brushes, paints or Photoshop but I’m sure she’ll be a quick study. Drusilla is eager and full of creative drive. I met her at the dog groomers over the weekend and I knew then she’d make a perfect edition to the creative family. She’s already begun learning about colored pencils and of course, brushes. I’m going to have to watch her with those–she keeps trying to munch on them.
Did I fool you?! Probably not. If you follow me on the web anywhere I’ve been posting photos of this little angel almost non-stop. She’s just too precious!
And, she looks just like Shadow. It was a little surreal when I walked into the dog groomers Saturday morning and saw her sitting near the door. My heart clenched and I tried not to look at her. It must have been fate. She’d been found inside a car engine and she has the scars on her nose to prove it. The small, very friendly kitten, was also severely underweight. I brought her home and within days she was gaining weight and running around the studio.
Up until yesterday, we were not positive on whether she was actually a she and that was partly due to her weight and overall scruffiness. The Veterinarian confirmed yesterday we indeed have a little girl and except for some tummy bugs, she was in good health.
I can’t take credit for the name, but I also didn’t need any convincing. Drusilla was my mother’s suggestions. And yes, she is named after that Drusilla. 😀
Drusilla played by Juliet Landau
Spike and Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Drusilla is already taking after Shadow. She likes to sleep right up near my face and she lunged and hissed at the dog yesterday. She’s a fighter and a survivor, but also incredibly loving. I still miss Shadow terribly but this little look-a-like warms my heart. Before long she’ll be sitting in my lap, snoozing as I paint.
For fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans, you may be interested in my videos from Dragon*Con 2012. I have two videos from a panel with actors Juliet Landau (Drusilla) and Spike (James Marsters). Here’s Part 1, check my profile for Part 2.