My Inner Critic is a Pain in the Neck

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She gets my attention by pinching my neck.
“See, you are hurting yourself, and for what, no one cares. Why draw and paint faces or dogs and cats with funny ears and imperfect eyes? Why write these words and post to a blog that no one sees? Why do you do it? ”
I look at my funny cat drawing, and I tell her.
“Because it makes me happy.”

Copyright 2018 Susan Stone

Mixing it Up

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My years as a portrait and pet photographer, digital photo artist, mixed media artist, and abstract painter is influencing my drawing, and maybe this is why I draw faces and animals. Realistic views are for my camera. I like to draw exaggerated features that bring out personality.

copyright Susan Stone 2018

Prompt: cat nose

My son and I resumed our prompt project–open for interpretation.  

His prompt:  cat nose

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What a Cat Knows

A cat knows that if he alternates his stare to under the sofa— where his favorite ball of catnip rolled, and to his human’s face, his human will crawl under the sofa to retrieve the ball.

A cat knows that if he wraps his smooth, sleek body around his human’s legs and he forms a cute question mark with his tail, his human will jump through hoops for him till he figures out what he wants.

A cat knows his claws are sharper than the biggest, badass noisy dog and if he aims his weapons at the dogs’ eyes he has the upper paw.

A cat knows if he is aloof with his human, the human will love him more, just like he has observed in the human mating ritual.

A cat knows he is the alpha dog.

 

copyright Susan Stone 2018

Model Dog

Norwich Terrier Teacher

She asked

if I’m WILD from

props and poses

and suit and specs,

arf-arf

SPOT me a TREAT,

woof-woof

I’ll STAY and PLAY,

fwip -fwip, wag, wag,

bow-wow, woof- woof,

you do DIG dogs

don’t SPEAK?

Copyright Susan Stone 2018