Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Special Delivery

It’s getting to be that time of year - kids are back in school, Halloween decorations are out in the stores and I am working on my Corgi Christmas card for this year. Here is the sketch which has already been transferred to a board and the background painted. And here is a little tidbit from life.

I stopped over my parents last night, just as it was getting dark. The porch light was on and there by the kitchen door was a box with a towel placed inside and two dishes neatly arranged in front of it with a very contented looking cat nestled in. My parents have said "no more pets" and held fast to this for several years now. After raising four kids and their assorted cats, dogs and horses they wanted freedom from all the stress and headaches and a chance to travel.

But there he was watching the world from his nest. I went inside and dropped off what I had to leave, than came out to sit on the porch with him. We sat together in the dark, listening to the crickets, the air cool and dry, sounds of a back door slamming and someone calling the dog. The air has a nutty smell this time of year and life gets back to routine after the summer, everyone has their meetings or school. I looked over at him and we both knew that by the time the snow comes he will have moved in with his box by the fireplace.

I had to get going. Backing the truck down the driveway I glanced back for a minute. So Norman Rockwell - a doorway decorated with a Fall wreath, porch light on, and a cat working his plan and soon a new home.

11 comments:

magicmyst said...

Lovely sketch, I just know the final product will be amazing. That was a lovely story about the cat. I hope your parents like the new edition. Kay

HéJa said...

Nice snowman and sketch !
....Halloween decorations already out in the stores?

I guess it will soon be in ours in France even it is not that traditionnal here !

Karen Hargett said...

YOU HAVE AN AWARD

You've been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can visit my blog to accept and pass it on to other deserving artists and bloggers.

Congratulations!

Holly Zemak said...

Thank you Kay - Cannot believe that the holidays are just around the corner. It will be interesting to see if the cat wins - I am sure he will.

Holly Zemak said...

Thank you HeJa for stopping by my blog. Halloween is a big commercial holiday now - but lots of fun too.

Holly Zemak said...

Thank you Karen - I am off to your blog to see it.

Karen Hargett said...

You are very welcome. Well deserved!

Cathy said...

This is shaping up very nicely Holly. I know the finished painting will look amazing like all your others. I have been thinking about my Christmas card design that I do for my brothers business clients. I am thinking about a blackbird this year...hmmm.

I loved your kitty tail. If it was me I would have whisked him in the moment I saw him. Cannot resist cats. I think a house is empty without animals even though they bring us all sorts of problems.

Holly Zemak said...

I am with you Cathy - a house is not a home without a cat or two. And as I am sure you can tell, I am a collector. They find me. And don't worry, that cat has a home, my parents are as bad as I am.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Love the sketch and really loved tehe story. The way you described the nutty smell to the autumn night air was wonderful. Sounds like a painting to me!

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Jennifer - Does sound like a good painting doesn't it.