I’ve been working on a little mouse for souricette 1.  It has a pocket on the belly for her tooth.  The pocket is big enough for a toonie because you can take the girl out of Canada but you can’t take Canada out of the girl.  Anyway, I was going to write about this mouse, wondering whether it’s something I could sell.  Or rather, if the price I could fetch would be worth my time. I suspect I need to cut down on the time it takes me to make her.

But then, as I was looking at this mouse and the other ones I’ve drawn or made, it occurred to me that I created all of them with big bodies and teeny or absent paws.  It isn’t a mistake or laziness.  I love them like that.  And it dawned on me that my cat, Lili, has the same shape.  Poor thing is terribly fat and has these skinny minny paws.  Bony even.  A little head on a huge body.  I always thought Lili looked a little ridiculous with that body.  Sometimes, she looks like a beached whale.  Sometimes, she looks very stately.  And sometimes, she kind of looks like she belongs in a Botero painting.  As comically disproportionate as she is, I think she’s beautiful.  She has such a gorgeous face, with bright green eyes and markings that make her look like she’s wearing a mask.  And she seems to have inspired me without my realizing it…


It took me all day to get this shot, where you can’t really see how brilliantly green her eyes are and how huge her belly is.  Her brother is always lying out in the open where he can ask to be pet.  She hides.  Her brother gets so much more attention but it seems she sticks around in my mind more.  Those eyes!  I’ve always wanted to paint them.  Try to get their color just right.  Someday.  In the meantime, I’ll keep using her body (dis)proportions as an inspiration for cute, fat mice.

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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  1. […] her teeny tiny paws?  Just like my Lili.  I’ve left the edges raw on the paws but I used fusible interfacing on them to give them […]


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