Sweet Dreams

Tabby Cat Sleeping Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Serene” today, I sketched a little cat sleeping happily. Indeed, it was Saturday, so I slept a little bit later than usual which is always a lovely thing. Truly, I don’t like to actually sleep in too much since weekends are my favorite time. So, I like to be awake for the experience as much as possible. Though, yes, I usually always nod off to sleep more midnight. And, since I spend the afternoon doing only little things I love, it’s always quite serene. Often when I’m sketching, my mind will wander a bit. Well, in all truth, my mind tends to wander pretty much all of the time. But in these moments, I like to just dream about things I wish would happen. Things that probably never will in reality, but it’s fun to visit that little utopia that I create in my mind. It’s a magical place that’s, yes, totally invented by my inner child and it’s always happy and fun! This kind of whimsical place changes ever time, so it’s one of my favorite ways to travel.

This afternoon, I had music on in the background while making this sketch. Well, to be more precise I had a show called Sing On! playing on Netflix. It’s a karaoke challenge show that sounded a bit ridiculous and so therefore rather perfect. It was not a disappointment at all. The songs were all hits that I enjoyed and so it was really fun. Not paying attention to the screen, however, made the experience extra comical. Some singers were really good and consistent while others were a lot less so. The effect was jarring as I was enjoying listening to a song and almost forgetting it was all amateurs. Until that one note that made me look up to see if a cat had actually crawled into the studio and started crying for food. In all fairness, it’s a technical challenge more than anything and the stress is a little high to be absolutely perfect. What was wonderful to watch was that they just owned the screen, even if they were missing a few notes. I loved seeing that level of creative confidence.

I’ve sung karaoke before when I was younger, but only had a few songs I would sing with confidence. I realize now, that’s not the same as having to sing anything that was thrown at me and doing it with the same confidence, whether it was perfect or not. That’s why I’ve loved my sketching stuff habit. I’ve been challenged to make all sorts of things and, especially when I started, it was always out of my comfort zone. These days, I keep trying to push myself to try different things just for fun. I have to admit that I was once scared to sketch tabby cats as they seemed really complex. Now, they’re one of my favorite things to make and fun to practice. Sometimes, when you imagine doing something it can seem a bit impossible. Like that imagined utopia that’s simply not ever going to jump outside of your mind into reality. And, even if those outcomes aren’t completely perfect, they’re always the product of sweet dreams.

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26 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Sweet tabby, Charlie. Looks like serene and sweet dreams to me.

  2. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    I could almost reach in and pet him. I love kitty ears and hearing them purr. Uh-oh, I better not say that too loud or I may receive a mysterious flea. haha haha🐱🐱🐈🐈 Cute kitty, Charlie! 💜 I really hope that you can check out the panda 🐼🐼 video. I watch it everyday. Even just thinking about it makes me happy.
    Cauliflower crust? Well, I had a scrunchy face reaction to spinach pizza before I tried it. Now, it’s one of my favorites so cauliflower crust may be the next to make my favorite list. I don’t know if anyone in SA makes it, but it sounds good. 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I did check out the panda!! So awesome!! Definitely instant happy! And so far I only like the cauliflower crust of this particular restaurant… it takes the best. More like the original crust!

  3. Iisa Ebenstein 1 month ago

    The dessert looks scrumptious and the candle is a nice touch. Hope the cat had a nice a snooze and enjoyed it too. I like to give my cat a nice treat on the holidays so I give him a fancy feast broth treat which comes in packets. I give them often but especially on holidays and he loves them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Iisa! 😃💕 That’s so wonderful you give you cat a holiday treat! I’m sure he adores it!

  4. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Serenity is indeed a state of mind, and therefore with us everywhere if we’ll just look for it. On the other hand, it’s also a spaceship with a fiesty crew and Captain Tightpants. I was surprised that no one painted that for the challenge, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! I know! At least I didn’t see it… that would have been so cool! 😃💕

  5. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    So peaceful Charlie! I likely will be spending time with my sister’s gray cat. Just waiting on the call to go spend a few days with Mom so she can deal with a family situation. Likely I’ll have several nights on Mom’s sofa fighting with keeping the cat off me as I try to sleep. Oh well.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Oh my, I hope everything is okay and you have safe travels (and not so many cat cuddles as well).

  6. Mireya 1 month ago

    the cat looks so comfy and happy. I need that rest.

  7. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Lovely doodle, Charlie. He does look serene. I always think if I sleep in at the weekend, that I’ve wasted some of my time off.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I know! I don’t want to miss it!

  8. smzang 1 month ago

    what a beautiful snuggly kitty and the look on his face is pure bliss. I design and decorate houses in my dreamy Utopia. There is always a place for kitty cats and puppies too. Such a joy to spend time in your space!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Your utopia sounds like a perfectly lovely place to visit indeed!

  9. memadtwo 1 month ago

    I always like your cats. They do know how to make the most of a nap! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I glad you enjoy my kitties. Cats and dogs really know how to rest!

  10. Lisa 1 month ago

    Your tabby cat is purrfect! She looks just like ours, napping all over the house. Ours are getting older now, so they are napping even more. Of course Joe and I have been known to nod off in front of the TV after dinner every other once in a while. Especially now that the days are getting shorter and cooler. I made Joe turn the heat on a couple of days when it got cool.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Oh wow! When heat comes on, it’s definitely a sign of change. Yeah, I nod off a lot earlier when the light goes away! hehe

  11. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Purdy kitty! Amazing! I’ve tried to sketch my kitty, but have not been happy with her. Parly because her fur on her back is a bunch of mottled what should be stripes. However, I never thought to do just her head! You may be onto something here! I had to giggle at your comment about not sleeping in because you want to experience the whole weekend. I think that is what all of us ADHDLMNOP’s feel! I love getting up early on the weekends because it’s quiet and I don’t have to get moving. I can spend a few hours sketching, why on earth would I want to lay still in bed?! Have a good rest of your weekend! (I thought it was Monday when I awoke, so I am pretty happy now!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yep… if the whole things gets too complex… just focus on the head! Yay to enjoying the weekend. Though sometimes I do play video games and read in bed in the morning before jumping out. But I’m up and doing something fun at least! lol And thank goodness it’s not Monday yet!

  12. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    That is such a sweet peaceful looking kitty. She seems to be smiling in her sleep. 🙂 Im glad you spent a lovely Saturday. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and super week ahead. Please keep dreaming of the seemingly impossible… you never know when it’ll turn into reality. After all, someone must’ve daydreamed about being able to connect with a like-minded unknown person in an unseen place. But today, the internet is real and here we all are. 🙂 So please keep dreaming…

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true! The Internet itself is a dream come true. Finding truly like-minded people is often a challenge in life. So it’s wonderful to be able to find each other my friend! You keep dreaming as well!

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