|yellow tabby cat in watercolor 8 by 10 inches on the hood of a car|
Reference photo for this painting was from a day at the barn and returning to my car to find this big tabby sitting there, completely annoyed that he should have to move so I could go home!
It was a sunny winter day, and I know he liked the warmth from the engine and sun reflected on the hood of the car.
Reminds me of days of work as a veterinarian of what we called "fan belt kitties". Often, in the winter, cats and especially kittens will get in under the hood of the car to be warm by the engine. When someone turned on the car, the fan belt would do some pretty serious damage, and they required tons of stitches to piece them back together, if they survived at all.
So remember in those winter months to bang on the hood of the car before starting if you have wandering kittens!