Furry Friends

Day 6 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Furry Animals Gray Cat Watercolor - #doodlewash

When it comes to painting furry things, I definitely find it challenging to get the idea across. Here we have a little kitty, who stared at me imploringly for the past hour urging me not to mess him up. I skipped my trusty fountain pen for this one and simply made a quick pencil contour sketch and jumped right in with watercolor. I’ve never owned a cat as I’m allergic to them, but I think they’re really cute. I’ve always loved animals of all kinds. In my early teens, I was totally into horses and used to go on trail rides with my sister-in-law. It was amazing! As a little kid, I wanted nearly every animal I saw at the zoo as a pet. Each time we would visit, I would find a new one that I was suddenly fascinated with and just had to bring home. I was told that wasn’t possible, of course, but I assured my mother that my chimpanzee could just share my room and wouldn’t be a bother. I ended up getting a plush one instead, which was not quite the same, but better than nothing.

I’ve often wondered what animals really think of us. If they’re pets, we’re the “food bringers” so that’s a pretty important role. I always tease that my dog Phineas is constantly judging me, but that’s just the nature of the wrinkles on his forehead. At least, I think so. Truthfully, I’m not sure. He could actually be judging me and wondering why I’m so clumsy or have the attention span of a goldfish or any myriad of things that one might imagine. Actually, I saw a study a few years ago that said all humans now have an attention span that is shorter than a goldfish, thanks to technology. I’ve no idea how they knew that they’d successfully bored a goldfish, but I never made it through the article because I got distracted by a funny cat video. Phineas may have a point. There are so many things we know about animals, and yet so many things we may never know. One thing I’m certain of, is that having one in my life on a daily basis is incredibly rewarding.

Philippe was actually worried that our dog might be getting a bit bored so he bought him some interactive puzzles from Sweden. These were meant to challenge his mind, but the first attempts getting him to use them were hilarious. Philippe was down on all fours and doing most of the work, while Phineas sat there quietly just looking worried. Today, Phineas tackles the puzzles with aplomb and happily gets all the treats inside. Then, he will barely leave you alone in an attempt to get you to “fix” the magic treat giver which obviously must be broken as it’s failing to dispense them. These moments are precious. I try not to think much about the fact that he’s half way through his little life and just enjoy each moment as it comes. And even if he can’t tell me exactly what he’s thinking, I’m pretty sure there’s one thing we can both agree on. Life just wouldn’t be the same without furry friends.

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 Day 6 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Furry Animals Gray Cat Watercolor - #doodlewash

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30 Comments
  1. debiriley 1 year ago

    love those eyes! your Phineas is a smart little charmer isn’t he? And Fun, of course 🙂 loved the visual of Philippe “showing” Phineas the How To.
    Yes…. I’ve the same. I admit it. showing the cats WHERE to scratch. & How they’d be rewarded. rolling my eyes. So glad, no one saw this. Have a lovely day Charlie! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Debi! So glad you liked this post! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I think these animals know exactly what they’re doing and enjoy watching us make fools of ourselves! LOL

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Animals bring great reward to people in so many ways. They ask nothing, not even to be treated tenderly, though we should of course. They give unending love to us and measure nothing about us in the usual way – they don’t care if we are ugly, old, poor, or confined to a wheelchair. They find us a pleasure to be with and respond to all odors, cranky moods, and limitations with the same joy – they like us. Your kitten is adorable.

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 So true… I really can’t imagine a world without our furry friends. Phineas can be a handful, but it’s always worth it in the end! (Wait… that’s exactly what my mother always said about me!! 😊)

  3. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    The eyes. I am such a sucker for them. That being said cats are not welcome at our house due to allergies either. Funny we can survive dogs!!😉

    • Author

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Yeah, I always go into these sketches thinking… must… get … the ….eyes… right!! hehe And thank goodness for surviving dogs! Allergies are no fun!

  4. Bam…..you nailed those eyes! love your cat!

  5. jmnowak 1 year ago

    Aww, such a sweetie! 🤗 Martin Clunes narrating Secret Life of Dogs TV doco is fascinating and a scientific eye-opener. And the dogs are wonderful. Of course, you have no idea what I’m talking about, do you!! 💝

  6. Jacob 1 year ago

    He’s so sweet! Well, I would say that as he looks very much like my Oscar, only less purr-turbed! 😉 But you’re quite right, the place wouldn’t be the same without these charming creatures to share it with.

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Aww yay! A sweet Oscar.. hehe… that’s lovely! I think I’ve only managed to paint a sweet Phineas once when he was sleeping with his duckie. lol

  7. Laura (PA Pict) 1 year ago

    Gorgeous painting. I’ll have to show it to my cat mad sons. That’s quite the hilarious image you’ve conjured up of Philippe doing the dog’s puzzles while Phineas looks on.

  8. Phil Cooper 1 year ago

    Wow, soulful eyes! Yes, hurrah for furry friends Charlie 😊

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Phil! 😃💕 And yes! Three cheers for furry friends everywhere! Life just wouldn’t be the same without them.

  9. Tom Merriman 1 year ago

    Gorgeous eyes, Charlie!
    Cats are fascinating creatures who use their eyes well to try to get what they want… and they’re cute with it! 🐱

    • Author

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 I’ve been accused of doing the same, but I don’t think I’m as cute as cats while doing it. Lol Love animals… they’re so wonderful!

  10. snigdhadotcom 1 year ago

    Awww so cute..😍😍

  11. Lee 1 year ago

    Adorable picture! I just got a new cat a few days ago, I love her so much already💕she’s so sweet

    • Author

      Thanks, Lee! 😃💕 Aww that’s so wonderful!! A new pet is the most fabulous thing!

      • Lee 1 year ago

        It is I agree! They keep you in those good loving moods☺️

  12. SHARON HASCHALK 1 year ago

    You are amazing Charlie!

  13. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Awww….well who could resist those eyes? (K)

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