Kitten Cat Eyes

Kitten Eyes Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Eyes” today, I initially started trying a self-portrait, but my eyes looked a little tired today so I ended up with this scruffy little cat instead. I’ve heard the expression of “puppy dog eyes” referring to someone who has a facial expression of credulousness combined with a touch of naïve innocence. Cats can adopt the very same expression, but don’t seem to get the credit they deserve. So I figured the cat equivalent must be “kitten cat eyes.” In truth, I simply felt like making something a bit furrier and using more ink so I could doodle more. I doodled the eyes and nose and was going to leave it at that, but then ended up with a whole cat by the time I was done. That’s the joy of doodling, I’ve literally no clue what will happen when I start. Though my doodles are a touch more elaborate and accurate these days than when I was scrawling little images in the corner of my notebooks at school, it’s still pretty much the same process. I’ll start scribbling something and if that something fails to excite me, I’ll move on to something else instead. Today, indeed, it was my own image that didn’t excite me. I looked like a guy who hadn’t yet adapted to the time change and wanted to crawl back in bed. This wasn’t at all surprising, because it’s exactly how I felt most of the day.

When I was younger, I would always receive compliments on my eyes. They were much bluer and brighter then. These days, I get lots of compliments on the blue frames that surround them. And, that’s just fine. I’m quite thankful to have inherited my mother’s eyes. No matter how many lines appear around them, they still sparkle with a bit of mischief. Yeah, I can say that freely because my mother doesn’t read my blog since she refuses to get wifi or anything more than a flip phone. But, trust me when I say she’s always up to something. Nothing nefarious, but like many folks in my family there’s always a touch of humor and sarcasm waiting there. There’s a lovely freedom to never taking life too seriously. That’s what my mother taught me. In her youth, my mom’s eyes were so stunning they practically entered the room before she did. Today, there’s still that flash of creative brilliance in her eyes and that spark of amusement when it comes to life. And she’s right about that. It’s nearly impossible to get too stressed out about things when you’re the first to spot the ridiculousness of it all.

That’s why I see still always see the world through joyful eyes. It’s a crazy place, indeed, but when you look at things in a certain way there’s always far more good than bad to be found there. How one sees the world is indeed not just an aspect of eyes, but what’s in a person’s heart and soul. Those things I can only feel combined with what I see create the full picture of my life. Indeed, this has an effect on what I sketch. Even if I try to sketch something a bit sad, it comes across as whimsical. If I even try to add a bit of melancholy to a painting it still comes across as hopeful. Perhaps it’s my color wheel palette of bright colors, or moreover it’s likely just the fact that this is how I truly see the world. No matter how many wrinkles appear around my eyes, they do nothing to change my view. Even when I’m a bit exhausted adjusting to daylight savings time, I feel the same way. I’m just happy. The good I see in my world is always more than the bad. In many ways, I wonder if I’m just a touch too naïve when it comes to life, but I can’t think of a better way to live it than with kitten cat eyes.

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  1. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Aweeeeeeeeeee I adore this precious one with its sweet kitten cat eyes. I love that!!! I was smiling at your moms words about how could we stress when we see the ridiculousness in it all. Bravo!! Yes, I totally agree. For me, I am always looking at life with my wonder. Here is to many fun experiences of life. 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay to many fun experiences and seeing the joy in life always!

  2. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Love your kitty with the kitten eyes, Charlie! It is good to great whatever the day has in store and I sense of humor and a twinkle in your eyes!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, a good sense of humor has gotten me through so much in life!

  3. Lisa 3 years ago

    I was always complimented on my eyes too. Big blue eyes, long lashes. Once when I was really little, an older girl on the school bus told me I had calf eyes. I went home crying because I thought she was being mean, saying I looked like a cow! 😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Oh no!! hehe… yeah, I’m not sure calf eyes would be considered a compliment to a little girl. But calves do have lovely eyes! 😉

  4. Loan Anh Pham 3 years ago

    Lovely kitten with its innocent eyes 😘!!! In the beginning of your story, I laughed a lot when I heard you want to try your self-portrait but your eyes looked a little tired, because it happened to me as well. At 4 a.m in my time zone, I looked my eyes in my camera phone, they’re looked tired, I sighed and gazing at them 15 mins, drunk a cup of coffee to awake , then I surrendered and went to bed again he he 😂.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 hehe… yay to going back to bed! I wanted to do the same when I saw my eyes. Granted, that’s the beauty of drawing…. I can just fix them, but I was too tired to even bother with that! 😊lol

  5. Jerson Antao 3 years ago

    Hey Charlie was there anything in your hand …I mean some food like fish etc😀….looks like the kitten wants something from your hand..😊…Nice kitty Charlie.!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      hehe! Thanks, Jerson! 😃💕 Hmmm… maybe a glass of wine? lol Actually this was from a reference, as with all kitties since I’m allergic. But I do love them!!

  6. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Not only a look of innocence but total trust. Sweet kitty!

  7. Mary Elizabeth 3 years ago

    Love this – and as a cat owner, very familiar with that look. Thanks so much for sharing your stories and your positive energy. Such a wonderful way to start the day on a positive note. I’m also enjoying your podcast during my commute. Thanks. Keep living the world with kitty cat eyes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Aww yay! I’m so thrilled I can me there with you when you start your day! And SO happy to know you’re enjoying the podcast!! That means so much to me!

  8. memadtwo 3 years ago

    You do have a way with animals. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 I really appreciate it! Animals are definitely my favorite mammals to sketch!

  9. Bonnie Ottaviani 3 years ago

    You and I see the world in the same way! No wonder I was drawn to your doodlewash site. Love your cat kitten eyes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay! Glad we found each other then, Bonnie! 😃💕 It makes me so happy to know you’re enjoying Doodlewash! And glad you enjoyed my little kitten cat!

  10. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Kitty! I love the expression. I love the colors details. I just love kitties. I love your reminder to focus on the happy and good things around us. It seems nowadays, people feed off the bad and it is a sad sad world. So today, I will focus whole heartedly on the good, which shouldn’t be too hard for this positive Polly. ;p

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one. And yay to positive! I guess that makes me a positive Paul, pete? Not sure the male equivalent so I’ll just be Polly as well! I like that name! hehe

  11. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Nice drawing of the cat, you really captured the eyes well.

  12. smzang 3 years ago

    Perfect ‘kitten cat eyes’
    Just for the record, don’t ever change the way you look at life
    the way you paint eyes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Aww… what a sweet thing to say! 😊

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  14. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Oh so those eyes!!

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