copyright 2009. Judith Nijholt-Strong
“Minette on Her Pillows, Oct. 2009 - Château-Chervix, France”
colored pencils, pen & ink, Moleskine sketchbook
Minette visited my husband and me almost every day when we returned to the Limousin, France last month, (mid-October), for our autumn vacation. The rental house is in the village of Château-Chervix. The owner of the rental house had told us that Minette had missed us very much after we left this past summer when that vacation was over, and that Minette had been looking all over the house for us a few days before we arrived in October. Uhmm, I guess even cats anxiously await someone’s return.
Usually Minette’s visits were just a quick “bonjour” meow and a stop for a little cuddle before she went out, for the rest of the day, into the woods near the house. But one night, she decided to spend the entire evening with us in the living room. We had sort of a “slumber party” with her - we had dinner and she had bits of the chicken I had cooked, we had wine and she had a little saucer of milk, we watched films and she watched us watching films into the wee hours of the night!
This sketch was done very early the next morning, very early, when I awoke to find her comfortably cleaning her lovely fur coat on her favorite pillows by the living room fireplace – she had slept there. Luckily for me she was concentrating so hard, while taking “her bath”, that she stayed still long enough for me to sketch her. I don’t normally sketch or paint animals because they move too much. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, now Sacha (my cat who could be Minette’s cousin, they look so much alike) will be jealous, but Sacha really never stays still!
I will try, over the next few weeks, to post the rest of my sketches from the October vacation, but I'm sort of busy in real life - so look for them in parts.