This watercolor painting was inspired by the three jalapeños that were sitting on my kitchen counter. I never got around to actually cooking with them, so they just sat there and got old. As time passed, one turned orange and one turned red. So, I arranged them, vertically, like a stop light and painted them. The cat ants were added later, just for kicks.
Here’s an illustration I did this week.
I find it interesting that the thing that inspired this was not the cuteness of cats, nor the pleasure of drawing mushrooms, but rather, how lovely I think my cutting board is. Every time I chop veggies on it, I think about how I want to do a watercolor painting that captures its beautiful woodgrain and it’s maple-y color. Unfortunately, as I worked through this illustration, I realized that visually, this was not going to be about the cutting board at all (those pesky cats stole the limelight!).
So in the end, I didn’t get to do the obsessive detailing I long to do in order to sing praise to the under appreciated cutting board. I guess I aught to do a painting that solely focuses on the cutting board, without attaching it to any visual story about curious cats…
…because cats are awfully distracting, are they not?