A Life in Paint
I'm sure you all know about our "Baby" by now. She's 10 weeks old and growing like a weed. She's loveable, playful and cute as a button and has quickly become a member of the family. Which got me thinking, a kitten really is the best pet for an artist, or is the worst? Well, let's see:
1. Cats (and kittens by extension) are pretty content on their own: That's one of the great things about them; they'll come along, get some cuddles, maybe curl up on your lap for a bit of a snooze and then, they're pretty much over you and are most pleased to go do their own thing. That makes them the ideal pet for the professional that works at home. Except when you want to work. It doesn't matter if it's writing this blog or painting, the very minute I start anything work related, she's right there, even if she just snubbed me in favour of her "alone time". If it's the computer, she jumps up, bits the monitor and proceeds to walk all over the keyboard. If it's painting, she's right there, attacking and trying to climb my easel, my table and my legs (ouch!).
2. Kitties sleep a lot, freeing up lots of work time for me: Everyone knows cats sleep a lot and kittens Baby's age sleep even more. According to some articles I've read, kittens sleep about 20 hours a day. That frees up a lot of time for me to work uninterrupted. Baby does sleep a lot, EXCEPT when I begin to work (or eat). Literally the second I pick up the computer, sit down and get started, or I stand at my easel, BAM! There she is, wanting in on the action, and she doesn't ask nicely, she just places herself smack in the middle of it all.
3. Kitties don't get into too much: Baby is a pretty good girl, she doesn't get into much. She has lots of toys and really doesn't seem interested in a lot of the things around the house. She cares not for plants, she doesn't destroy the furniture. She doesn't chew things up. She loves her toys, and paper or piece of cardboard that falls on the floor; oh and something else ANYTHING I use to work, the computer, my easel, but there's a caveat, she's only interested in them when I'm using them, any other time, it's like they aren't even there.
Maybe a kitty is the best pet for an artist, or maybe it's the worst, all I know is this little fluff ball is the best pet for me. One look at that face and I forget all about her antics, the work will get done sometime, right? How could I stay mad? Just look at her!