Not-so-cute cats (mostly).
Do not fear, there are no dead cats in this post, but perhaps rat-owners might be advised to look away and to skip this one. Continuing with my little series of cat mezzotint prints, I felt it was important that I didn’t end up with a series entirely comprising nice cute cat pictures. Cats are lovely, but lets have the Compleat Cat. Therefore, I thought at the very least there should be the classic cat-washing-bum pose, and at lease one dead rat.
We have chickens and where they live has become so badly undermined with rats we need to move them next year, so, much as I like rats as animals principle, in practice I am pleased that at least one of our cats occasionally does his job. These sketches are not from life however: I thought I would spare you the sight of Arthur’s occasional anatomy demonstrations. What I am looking for is a cat-and-dead-rat ensemble that will not send people screaming; I am still in the business of making attractive art.
So, here are some sketches so far. The Cat Washing Bottom picture is further advanced and I shall show you that one once I have printed it tomorrow. I have to admit there is still some cuteness going on in these sketches, but the final picture will be a mezzotint, which is a technique that can be relied upon to give everything that sinister edge. I will settle for cute and sinister.