January LightPosted: January 29, 2012 Filed under: animal artwork, cat artwork, cat painting, cat photographs, cats, daily photo, feline artwork, my household of felines, namir, original artwork, photographs | Tags: cat in still life, cat photographs, cat photography, cats, feline photographs, pet photography, photography 2 Comments
January light is so beautiful, the sun still at a low angle streaming into windows and doors, the days often overcast and the brilliant warm yellow sunlight a respite.
I was browsing my library of feline photos and saw this one of Namir from 2007, who you’ve only met through stories since he passed about the time I began blogging, and thought I’d share it. He has his toys there, the sisal mouse and a milk bottle ring, but as animals, and humans, do when they meet up with the relaxing effect of warm winter sun, a contemplative stillness falls, and perhaps a nap ensues.
Namir was so graceful and dignified and obviously knew how to strike a pose, even though he was a total goof and in another moment could be on his back with his legs impossibly twisted, or toss that mouse up in the air and do a back flip right after it. I love his pose, and also the little touches of home, my home, the canning jars, honey jar, oatmeal container; perhaps I only love it so much because it was one of those complete moments that we all experience now and then, where every familiar thing is in its place and all is warm and safe and filled with love.
I took a series of photos of Namir in the sun in the kitchen that January, enjoying them as photos and intending to do a few paintings, and indeed I did do a watercolor of one of Namir’s poses from another morning.
I chose this one because I also liked Namir’s intent posture, ears forward, whiskers drawn back, his tail curled into the nearly perfect circle that was his trademark tail action.
This photo had much more light in it as it washed the cabinet, but I also had the wooden clementines box filled with things that needed to go into the basement, the canning jars and the cylindrical cardboard containers with their brightly-colored labels. Another example of that homey feel, my kitchen, my stuff, my habits, my cat, my home. Yet others enjoy it too. Sometimes we are not too different from one another.
I also posted this on Today today; it’s one I’d wanted to share with both audiences.
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The photo of Namir is very artistic, but the painting is really something. I love your style, the way you capture light.
I have two gray and white kitties – Zelda and Boyzie. I call Boyzie my cat in the gray flannel suit because the gray wraps all the way down his sides and all you see is a little white collar and white socks! Zelda has more white on her chest and belly like Namir.