I was feeding BDM’s cat on Friday and stuck around for a few minutes to give him some company. He is such a lovely and appreciative kitty. I was so moved by his felinity, I was obliged to capture the moment for posterity.
I’ll admit that I’m exaggerating the momentousness of this encounter, but I’m trying to set the stage.
The only time I draw these days is upon request from my children when they are colouring; the only painting I’ve done in the last few years has been on faces at school fairs. Between work and family, I just don’t have the time to set up my easel and palette. Well, I guess I’d have time to set them up, but I’d have to put it all away again before dipping a brush.
So, to get to my point, I had downloaded a free drawing app and wanted to try it out. I was looking for a subject and Ollie was perfect.
A few minutes in, I knew I was on to something. When I started the drawing, I was purposely keeping it simple, going for cartoon-esque quality with exaggerated outlines. I soon discovered that I could do a lot more with the app and started to have fun with the colours and texture of Ollie’s fur.
I will admit that this new iPad mini is like a toy and I had a lot of fun with this drawing, but I don’t think I was playing…. I was doing serious stuff. I was finding my art again.