Interestingly if you query "why we draw cats" Google becomes deaf and pretends it hasn't heard and serve up more takes on "how to draw a cat".
I think the reason people draw cats is because we own cats - lots of them! There's about 7.5 million in the UK and where I live there's about 600 cats per square mile.
We also draw cats because when we've fed them they lie down and stay pretty still for rather a long time - and it's a lot easier drawing a cat which doesn't move!
....and because we love them.
One year ago today Cosmo died. (RIP Cosmo 2000-2015)
I can't believe it's a year. I still miss him every day. I still get tearful when I try to talk about him.
One year ago right about now we were taking him to the vet for the last time - and then brought him home again for some last drawings of his last sleep.
It seems this year as if rather a lot of people I know have also lost their cats.
I've watched as new kittens have arrived - but I simply haven't been able to replace him (and not just because Somali kittens are very difficult to find!) but simply because he is totally irreplaceable.
What I do know is that I wouldn't be without all the drawings I've got of him.
I look back through sketchbooks and suddenly there's yet another drawing of Cosmo - usually half finished because he decided to move while snoozing.
I've found it difficult drawing in the last year.
Maybe this explains why. I came across this comment by me in an earlier blog post
Did I not tell you all that Cosmo has to sit right next to me and watch while I draw? And if I show the slightest inclination to pause and reflect and not remain alert to his likely next move, he's climbing into my lap - right across the artwork.THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Always draw the ones you love - because you never know when they're not going to leave you.
It applies to everybody - not just cats.....