Groupon sent me an email with the subject line “Our Cat’s Recommendations” as I was painting this. Do you feel like Big Brother is watching you? I also saw an ad pop up on a pet portrait class. Coincidence? I don’t have a cat. In fact, I’m allergic. And maybe to painting them too. This “Snuggle” was a struggle! The mottled coat and dappled light really made keeping the form of the cat intact quite the challenge! This was inspired by the theme “hibernate”–which at first, as with many of the themes, I was like, “you’re kidding me, right?” but then I hung in there…because being forced out of my usual subject matter was good for me. And as long as Big Brother realizes that I do not in fact own a cat and never have and never will….all is well.