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July 18th, 2010

I’ve started a large canvas which is coming along pretty nicely, but is moving a lot slower than I like. So, to make myself feel like I’m getting something done around here, I got out a little canvas and started slapping paint all over it with my palette knife. After a couple of fruitful hours I was able to go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment…


Sentinel – 5″x4″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 7-18-10

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

…however, I still wasn’t able to sleep as soundly as I would have liked. But, that’s my own fault. After our son’s cat had kittens several weeks ago I told him that I would love to have one of them, much to the delight of my daughter. My logic was that everyone else in the family has a pet, so why can’t I? What was I thinking!?! I think I must have been bewitched by that sweet little face.

Franz Marc 071210

This past Monday my new little buddy, Franz Marc, joined the family. (Franz is named after my favorite painter of all time.) As much fun as it is to have a baby in the house again, it sure does cut into one’s sleep time. Right now he thinks I’m mama and sleeps curled up next to my head – until he wakes up hungry, that is. Then he’s looking right into my face while he tells me how empty his poor little tummy is. He also makes studio time a fun challenge. He loves to sit right behind me in my “painting chair” while wrestling anything that dares to move…

Franz in studio chair

…until he suddenly decides I need help with my palette knife, a brush, a pencil or any paper that may happen to have rustled.

Franz trying to help

Here I am removing him from the table for the b-jillionth time the night I painted Day 85. So far, we’ve avoided the inevitable kitten-walk across the palette. But I know it’s coming, and have tried to keep everything put away that I don’t want paw prints painted upon (say that 3 times fast). Anyway, we’ll see how long that lasts…

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep enjoying this little guy and the laughter he brings to our lives.

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11 Comments for 'Sentinel'

  1. Douglas Said:

    Hey Don, Sentinel is a classic DMJ painting for sure. and yes, you drew me in using the “cute” factor. Congrats on your new studio buddy. I love ‘im! nice addition, man. Ya know, paw prints on a canvas… could add to your schmeering techniques.

    my 3 year old studio cat “clawed monet” is in the studio with me every day. thank goodness he doesn’t try to get his 17lb but on the drawing table.

  2. Technobabe Said:

    Such a darling kitten. No wonder you were captivated, what a sweet face.

  3. Dan Kent Said:

    Small canvas, but powerful, powerful work. Cute kitten too. If Franz ever walks across any canvas, you need to give him part credit.

  4. hallie Said:

    Two sentinels–one on canvas and one by your head. You’re safe.

  5. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Douglas… Thank you! I’m glad my shameless use of cuteness pulled you in from the facebook world. I may have to explore that under-schmeering paw print idea. As for Clawed Monet, what a great name. And 17 pounds?!?! You sure he’s not a bobcat? Be careful, there…

    Technobabe… I know what you mean. Sweet, indeed!

    Dan… Thank you, sir! I will definitely credit Franz with any work he takes part in. It’s only fair…

    Hallie… And, safe I feel. We now have a critter in every room. Any prowler wouldn’t have a chance to make it through the house without tripping over at least one of them.

    For those keeping score, we now have 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, 1 bearded dragon, and 1 kitten. Their names are Lucy, Rascal, Spaz, Norbert and Franz…


  6. elizabeth seaver Said:

    What a cutie! And a nice addition to the menagerie.

  7. PAMO Said:

    Gorgeous painting! And your new buddy is an absolute doll! Kittens are quite active and it’s often easier to have two. But then you’ve seen how my strength in numbers philosophy has worked out.
    A fantastic buddy for a fantastic painter!

  8. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    Another great painting Don and Franz is just adorable. Love the new studio mascot and buddy you have!!! I bet you can do something really creative with the inevitable paw prints. 😀

    At least my bassets can jump onto my work areas….they just sleep underneath my tables or next to my chair. Aren’t animals wonderful?

  9. Heather Moore Said:

    OMG KITTEN!!!!!!!!!!

    You know I LOVE cats, and Franz Marc is no exception! He’s absolutely adorable. He looks like a cheeky little monkey. with mischief written all over his face. Oh dear, I feel the need to go out and get another kitten. Whenever I get broody, I ask for a cat instead. Let’s face it with cats you don’t have to worry about their teenage years!

    Lovely painting btw!

  10. Celeste Said:

    the painting is looking first rate as always–cutie-cat Franz is just doing his job while you do yours. haha (not my original thought read a poem entitled Pangur ban)

  11. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Elizabeth… Franz says “thanks”.

    Pamo… Thank you! I thought about your menagerie as I was adding Franz to mine. I’m glad we only added one. I’d have even less hair on top of my head if I were dealing with two!

    Kathleen… Thanks! I hope to put off the pawprints collaboration as long as possible. We’ll see how that goes. I’m sure you meant your bassets “cannot” jump on your work area, but if they can YIKES! 🙂 And, yes, animals are indeed wonderful… well, most of ’em…

    Heather… …and a cheeky little monkey he is! Thankfully he’s napping right now instead of trying to attack my fingers while I type. I know what you mean about those teen years. I’ve got one right in the middle of ’em right now with a tween-ager coming up right behind. Oh yeah, thanks.

    Celeste… Thank you! Franzie and I enjoy our late-night working sessions. Thankfully he has no mice to catch, but he sure does a lot of paper ball chasing. Pangur ban is a great poem. Thanks for the link to it. I loved it!




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