Tuesday, October 23, 2012

White Cat in the Window

White Kitty in the Window
When Will the Sun Shine?
Pastel, 8 x 10

Gloomy day, nothing to do but stare forlornly out the window and wish for the rain to stop.   For some, autumn is the favorite time of the year, but to many of us it is the beginning of a long, cold season of gray.  After the leaves have fallen, after Indian Summer has come and gone, the flowers are spent and all the lawn furniture put away,  this is what remains.  When the summer season was not the most pleasant, either filled with rainy days or as it was this year, hot and dry, there is something about the onset of winter that seems even more dismal than usual.   Even those who consider themselves indoor people - like this white kitty - feel happier when the sky is blue, the trees and grass are green and the flowers bloom profusely.  A gray day makes you feel - well, gray.  Happily, the mood will not last long for this cat. He will find something to entertain himself, or if you are very fortunate, he will curl up on your lap while you read a good book. And that will bring comfort, perhaps even a little cheer into your life.

It has been a long time since I have actually wiled away the hours curled up with a book, just for the fun of it.  If I were to choose a good one, it would be a mystery.  Agatha Christi is my favorite, but of course I have already read all of hers.  Don't tell anybody, though, sometimes it is comforting to reread an old favorite just to enjoy all the words.  (Smile)  Right now I would have to be curling up with a dog rather than a cat and it does sound inviting, but there are deadlines to meet, commissions to paint, people to please. "And miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep..."

I have always believed that animals really know how to live.  They are completely themselves, never pretend to be anything or anyone else, they live life in the moment and for the most part make the best of whatever is going on.  If they don't want to be involved they take a nap.  I like that. It sounds like a good plan for anyone on any day.

Today it is expected to reach 81 degrees here in Iowa, hot and humid.  Tomorrow reality will hit again, the temperature will struggle to get up to 57 and after that it will go downhill all the way.  One last reprieve before disaster hits.

I saw a sign on Facebook today that I loved.  It said,  "Do more of whatever makes you happy! That's my advice for today.

This pastel painting is on Canson paper, 8 x 10 and comes with a 12 x 16 inch mat, ready to frame. It is listed on Daily Painters, Art Helping Animals and Chisholm Trail Art.  It will be on my website as soon as I finish reading that book.

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Art by Della Burgus


martinealison said...

Un très joli billet... Non seulement votre pastel est exceptionnel mais votre récit me plaît beaucoup.
Je n'aime pas particulièrement cette saison, elle me rend mélancolique et je suis très heureuse d'avoir mes animaux autour de moi...
J'aime l'attitude de votre chat blanc que vous avez magnifiquement bien capturée.
Gros bisous

Linda said...

This is so beautiful.