Bathing Beauty

Little Mouse and I have been having a really wonderful time up here in Wisconsin, visiting with my sister’s dogs. But I have to admit, after several days away from Blackie, Max, and Charlotte, we are both feeling a little “cat deprived.”
Cat Taking a Bath

So imagine our delight when we came across this friendly orange cat, bathing in a window, on one of our walks around the neighborhood. This is the very first kitty either one of us has seen in days!

Hopefully, we’ll see some more cats in our dreams tonight.

Pleasant dreams to all of you on a Monday night, and see you all on here again tomorrow!

About Jean Tuttle

Jean Tuttle is a Chicago-area illustrator, designer, and doodler.
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6 Responses to Bathing Beauty

  1. Lovely, Jean. I like how the colors look in this one.

    • Jean says:

      Thanks so much, Dorothy. Always so nice to see your comments on here.

      Speaking of colors, in real life the cat we saw bathing in the neighbor’s front window was actually more of a pumpkin color, from head to toe. Very unusual!

      I also fudged the daffodils a bit—“transplanting” those from my brother-in-law’s garden. He must have hundreds. I really love dog-sitting up here in the spring.

  2. Dear Jean:
    As always I look forward to my cat doodle in the morning. It’s good to know that someone is up late at night being very creative while I’m sleeping. Not that I don’t like the computer style, but there was something more whimsical for me when you did the hand drawn ones. Either way you make cat doodles I will love every moment of them.
    Love Jill

    • Jean says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Jill! I know what you mean—I sometimes like the hand-drawn ones better also, while others, if you saw them side by side, look pretty much the same.

      As far as rendering styles go, both have definite pluses: the hand-drawn doodles can sometimes (not always) be more spontaneous/quick to do, whereas the digitally drawn ones are easier to clean-up, and don’t require me to have a scanner handy to share them—I can take a quick, low-quality snapshot of the original doodle with my phone, and then just redraw it on the computer. (Plus with the hand-drawn ones, it seems like only about 8 colors of colored pencils scan well, so the palette is a lot more limited, and that’s frustrating. On the other hand, the act of adding color with colored pencils is a lot more therapeutic and fun!)

      So anyway I’ll probably keep doing both kinds, as the spirit moves me. Please stay tuned and meanwhile, greetings to the lovely Lulu! :-)

  3. carol says:

    Hi, Jeanie–
    We are having a great time in DC but have noticed that there don’t seem to be very many cats in this neighborhood. I saw my first one today–a beautiful calico with lots of orange in its fur and very friendly. I had wandered into its shop because of a life-size statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the window, only to find lots of voodoo supplies. While I was looking around, the cat purred loudly and did about a dozen figure eights around my ankles. I was enchanted until a very tiny dog–maybe 10″ long and six inches high–came out barking to protect a monkey toy lying on the floor. The toy was at least quadruple the dog’s size so I got out of there.

    • Jean says:

      What a picture—love it, Carol!

      Btw, for anyone who doesn’t know, my sister Carol is the writer in the family (she and Dad both, actually), and you can see why: Whereas I draw a picture with line and color, she can fashion one out of words.

      (Sigh. —In my next life, Sis!) :-)

      So glad you guys are having a good time and can’t wait for the full report when I see you. Meanwhile, You-Know-Who and You-Know-Who miss you terribly, but Miss Mouse and I are doing our best to distract them—and having a great time doing it!

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