I mentioned in a previous post that Night Cats is a project for a friend. A couple of years ago, my husband & I spent a weekend with this same friend, and her extraordinarily pleasant and friendly cats (one black, one mostly black with white chest, tummy & paws).
On occasion, a medical condition I have flares up, and asserts itself in different ways at varying times, and so it was on that particular weekend; I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain.
I got up to sit on my friend’s living room couch to collect myself, and to give analgesics time to kick in. It was pitch dark, and I was in a strange house, and feeling a little sad. Suddenly, these little detachable, ambulatory warm pieces of night came out of nowhere and swarmed me, purring, and cuddling and head-boomping me, and just generally making me feel a little better and less alone.
My husband, concerned, got up to see if I was okay, and I said something like, “I’m okay, the Night Cats are here,” so I have called them the Night Cats ever since, & have often thought that they must perform a similar function for my friend.
And I wanted to tell a story about that, for her, since she could currently use some comforting and friendship. Somehow the story started getting more metaphorical, and that’s okay, too.
Materials: Canson Mi-Teintes paper (black); Posca paint markers (ultra-fine white, fine black, medium apple green); vintage Berol Verithin colored pencil/Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil (white); Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencil (gold)
(I describe what materials I use in such detail because I figure if The 100 Day Project is meant to inspire people creatively, providing ideas for useful tools to achieve that goal can only be a good thing.)