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08 January 2014

The start of a new year

For me it has been a rocky start to 2014, both personally, healthwise and in my art. I developed a migraine new years eve that put me in bed for 3 days. So no art was done then. I am trying to get back into sketching and or painting daily but it has been a bit hit and miss. I am hoping things will settle and I'll get back some routine.

Here are a couple of things I did manage to do. All of the drawings were done in pen in my Moleskine sketchbook. I am finally enjoying using it. I guess it was just a matter of finding the right tool to suit.

I was resting in the sun along with the cats so did some quick gesture drawings. They had to be quick as even though they seemed to be sleeping as soon as I tried drawing them they moved. Those cat senses on full alert... lol

Jasper likes to perch on top of the footseat. It is filled with styrofoam balls like a bean bag and is very loose and floppy. Somehow he manages to climb on top and scrunch around till he is comfy. This is a back view.

As a group exercise with some friends, here are some gesture drawings of people in different poses. I like to have small challenges like this. And also fun to share.

A friends son had his 8th birthday on Monday. He loves cats so I painted this cat face and turned it into a card for him. His face lit up when he opened it. It was a winner. That made me feel really nice. :)


  1. Cats definitely seem to know when they're being drawn/photographed (most of the pictures of my cat are just of her tail). I'm glad the were able to lay still just long enough for you to sketch :). And I love the painted card, especially the nose on it - the colors are so soft and cat-nose-like! Hope your migraines have gone away!

    1. Thanks so much Leah. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment. I am pretty happy with that painting too. :)
      Thank fully the migraine has gone for now. Fingers crossed its a while before I have another.

  2. Sorry your health has not been the best. I love the simplicity of your line sketches for the cat...purrfect! Great page of exercise poses!

  3. Love your cats:) Welcome back! Thanks for the comment :)