Smudge had been eating less, sleeping more and resisted being held or petted. Since May she had lost half her body weight. It hurt to look at her, poor little girl. So I decided it was time.
In the meantime, I've been working on a local commission and discovering that once again, perspective is a bear. There are some useful, free lessons online (isn't internet a wonderful thing?), though I think a lot of practice and experimentation will be involved in developing some mastery. If at all. And I've signed up for Susan Shie's online drawing course beginning in August. I think that will help a lot. Susan is a kind and skilled teacher who draws every day, a good example for people like me who are intimidated by the thought. Adventures ahead!