For Day 5 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Startle,” I sketched a scared kitty jumping in the air. It’s the first idea that popped into my mind so I just made a little drawing from my imagination as scaring an actual cat seemed a bit cruel. I had mentioned in my last post that my pup Elliott wasn’t really scared of fireworks, but even he had a few moments of uncertainty during all of the festivities of the 4th of July. A couple more friends joined us and we sat on our rooftop deck and enjoyed the city’s fireworks display. Elliott stayed inside downstairs below us. He wasn’t pleased to be left out of the party, however, and when we came back down after the festivities, we were alarmed to find that he had locked us out. Apparently while we were watching fireworks, he was learning how to work the lock on the sliding glass doors. Thankfully, our neighbor was still up on the roof and was able to come through our house to let us all back inside.
Once inside, Elliott seemed rather too pleased with himself. It was, in his mind, the perfect punishment for leaving him behind. It was almost cute, even though it did give us a bit of a scare initially as we were two stories up and trapped outside without a way down. We’ll have to start leaving Elliott on the first floor when we’re heading to the roof just in case. I should have known he was up to something. He was examining the handle and lock very closely as we all left to go outside. He’s learned how to open and close the kitchen door as well. Though he can only open it from the outside to get it and close it after he’s back inside. That’s not the intent, however, as he wants to go back outside, but even a smart dog has his limits.
This was my final day off work and I’m going to miss all of the extra free time. I managed to paint a bit more, read a bit more, and even play video games. As for Elliott, he’s a bit tired today along with Philippe and I, since the fireworks continued late into the evening, making sleep a touch difficult. At one point in the night, I got up and noticed Elliott standing by our bedroom door. He didn’t look frightened, but I could see he was unsure about the apparent war happening outside. I told him everything was fine and he should go back to bed, which he did right away. Even the bravest of pups can have moments of uncertainty. I find myself having little moments of worry all of the time. My mind will fill up with all sorts of scenarios and possibilities and then the doubt begins to roll in. Yet, when I’m painting, I never feel afraid. I just feel like everything will work out somehow, even when I’m splashing around color and honestly confused as to what I’m going to do to complete the illustration. It’s fun to just play and try things, and stepping even a bit outside my comfort zone helps me prove to myself that, in the end, I’m not a scaredy-cat!
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