Up until last weekend, I hadn't read so much as a bus ticket this month and thought that I would have to call it a day on this year's challenge. I find reading a huge effort these days, unless it is a subject that really takes my interest.
John and I went on a pre-anniversary mini-break to Ballater in the Scottish Highlands for two nights. It is about 90 minutes drive from where we live and is right on the doorstep of the Cairngorm mountains. As usual, I had a poke around the second-hand shops that abound in these touristy places and found Shakespeare Cats by Susan Herbert.
It is a beautifully illustrated book, of 32 colour plates of feline paintings depicting famous scenes from a variety of Shakespeare's plays. I love this type of illustration and was highly delighted that she had also included a pen and ink drawing of some of the minor characters on each double page spread. As we were in Scotland, I felt it only right and proper that I should attempt a character from "that Scottish play", Macbeth.
Here is my depiction of Macduff. He, of course, had to be a ginger tom. Macduff is the archetype of the avenging hero, not simply out for revenge but with a good and holy purpose. "I have no words, my voice is my sword".
I sketched him in pencil and then watercoloured him with Caran d'Ache Neocolours. I thoroughly enjoyed making this month's painting and know I will re-visit the literary cats for more drawing practice. The lovely Darcy's Artful Readers Club has certainly got a lot to answer for!
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