A character piece based on the narrator of James Joyce’s short story “The Encounter.” He’s waiting for his mate Mahony to arrive as they planned a day of “miching” (ditching school). He was very happy sitting there by himself. This one was done in Coral Paint, something my class has been using and am beginning to really like. It mimics paint stroke textures really well. I know, I know…why don’t I just use traditional media if I want the brush texture? You traditionalist may laugh at me, but I just HATE the time it takes to mix all the colors. Absolutely hate it. I don’t have that problem with digital (and it saves my carpet from those horrific paint stains). A big thanks to my friend Marvin for the pose!
I’ve always wanted to do a story with a nameless, wondering cat as a protagonist. It snoops around observing people without them noticing. A sort of modernized version of Soseki Natsume’s “I Am a Cat.” (This piece was referenced from an anonymous photograph.)