There are films that I watched as a child which obviously nestled their way into my heart and made a home there. Or … perhaps it was some of the characters from the film(s) which had nestled into my heart….
I sat at my desk, paintbrush in hand and waited for inspiration. I’d been singing inside my head for a couple of hours the song from Aritistocats – the one where they sing over and over “Every body, every body, every body wants to be a cat” – as Thomas O’Malley’s friends (all cats) all play the instruments and sing the Jazz song.
Ok… you’re singing it now. sorry about that.
Well … there are two characters in The Aristocats which are my most favourite – Amelia and Abigail Gabble. The two faaaabulous Geese, who have a particular walk, and a particular piece of music which accompanies that walk.
I knew what I needed to paint … but I had a choice. Paint the Goose which I had pictured in my mind … or go and look for a photo of Amelia and Abigail so that I could be reminded of how they actually looked.
Somehow looking for a photo felt like cheating, so I was going to have to remember what they looked like from memory.
I knew there was something fancy about them, and I guessed at a big ol’ ribbon tied around their necks…. like this . . .
But I found out that they didn’t have ribbons tied around their necks …. they had their bonnets tied around their heads! Aw bummer. I’d already painted the goose with a ribbon by this time… ahh, I decided that I’d keep it exactly as it was. So I did.
For those of you who’ve forgotten the Miss Abigails and Miss Amelia’s walk … I’ve been to YouTube and collected a video … You don’t have to watch this all the way through … you’ll get the ‘walk’ within seconds.
… I apologise if you’re now going to humming that tune for the rest of the day. But hey .. if I’ve got to suffer, then you can come and join me! lol 😀
If you want to see that walk from the back I have another offering… but I have a tale to tell before you watch it:-
Mr. Cobs recently painted our decking – which looks fabulous and I’m thrilled with it. The cats were kept off it while it was drying. However – Miss Maisie (neurotic at the best of times) took a dislike to the decking paint and to show her utter contempt, she developed a special walk, which I christened ‘The Decking Walk‘ – – a walk which is a seriously odd thing to watch and funny in the extreme! She pulls this wild face look – ears back, eyes the size of saucers and she crosses the decking to get into the house as if she’s trying to lift up her back paws and only walk on her two front paws.
Sadly … she cannot do the required two feet walk. So the resulting walk is bally hysterical!!! Seriously so.
I knew that I knew this walk from somewhere but just couldn’t place it … however in trying to find the video of the ‘Goose Walk’ by Amelia and Abigail, I suddenly had this LIGHTBULB moment inside my brain as I watched the beginning of this video…. – Watch the little white female kitten doing the walk … THAT’S how Miss Maisie walks over the decking …. even though the decking has been dry for SEVERAL weeks. She still feels the need to do ‘The Decking Walk‘ … so please watch and enjoy. (again … you don’t have to watch the whole video … just a bit of it.)…
I ask myself alllll the time, “why me?“. Why do I get all these funny animals? All of them are ‘broken’, like plants on the ‘hospital table’ at the garden centre. No one else wants them so muggins here takes them home and loves them.
Anyhoo ... back to Goosey Gander. She’s a little ATC in size – so 2.5inches by 3.5inches and painted all in watercolours.
You can see the difference it makes to the colours, and to the way the light plays on the the painting, kind of picking out details that you could ignore in other photos.
Ack … let’s not get into a photography lesson eh? LOL.
Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee with me.
Wishing you a very happy
Tuesday edit to change it to : Wednesday. (It’s a good job that the fabulous Tom Merriman is awake, commenting on blogs, and wished me a Happy Wednesday. I was convinced that it was Tuesday today!) . May the hours pass peacefully and may you find some smiles hidden within the moments during your day.
Have a truly blessed day my friends. ~