Miss Gemini in the Window
6 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Cretacolor pastel pencils on Brown color ClaireFontaine PastelMat.
Christmas present for my daughter Kitten, portrait of her cat. Miss Gemini has three or four different tortie patterns stitched together on a midseam. She's gorgeous but her markings are unique and difficult to get exactly right. I succeeded, this is actually Gemini and not just a cute tortie.
She came to our door as a tiny waif in Kansas, walking up as Kitten came in with groceries to enchant her with big green eyes and a huge purr. Of course we took her in. Kitten checked for weeks to see if someone had lost this wonderful, people-friendly, loving and adorable cat -- but the only trace was that she'd been seen around a house where some college kids moved out recently. How could anyone abandon a cat this loving?
We lucked to get her. Kitten got her microchipped and took her in to the vet, which was where we discovered she was an already spayed two year old rather than the half grown kitten we thought she was. She's tiny. Only about seven pounds, well, eight now, she's packing on the ounces. Her fur went from dull and ratty to glossy and silky.
She loves everyone, even the children. She lets Sascha play with her and doesn't even claw if a child grabs her by the head. We had to watch out for her for a while because she wouldn't even defend herself, just put up with the children whatever they did. Sascha learned to be gentle with kitty.
A White Wolf
7" x 9 1/2"
Cretacolor pastel pencils on Anthracite color ClaireFontaine PastelMat.
This painting is a present for my son in law Carl. I did it on the 25th, so it wasn't late -- just pushing deadline. He loves wolves and we all enjoy the White Wolf roleplaying games, so doing a white wolf was a natural. It's a bit of an artistic breakthrough because instead of just doing wildlife, I've got the wolf in a dramatic setting too. More like a cool illustration than most of the animal art I've done.
I've had the best holidays of my life this year. Right down to grandchildren singing Jingle Bells without knowing all the words or sticking to the tune -- something I had completely forgotten about. There is an age when people don't know all those songs by heart and that's when they're the most fun.