A-Z Challenge

#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “H” + #4M


Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  In 1979, I turned 18. That year, The Doobie Brothers earned a Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year with “What a Fool Believes”.

I invite y’all to hit the dance floor with me for Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me with today’s theme, Grammy Hits the year you turned 18“!

Please note…I do not manage the below linky. I am only a co-host. This is XmasDolly’s little baby and meant for mewsic participation only. Non-mewsic entries may be deleted or labeled. You may want to consider labeling your own entry as NO Mewsic. Thanks! ?


I’m switching gears on mewsic because I’m doing the A2Z thingy as you  know and I gonna play some tunes that fit my sketch theme for today.





Now that you’re off the dance floor, catching your breath with wildcat Cathy’s turntable selection of some popular 70s mewsic and if you haven’t guess what my subject was for today’s drawing exercise, then  I invite you to take a look at Art Sketching Through the Alphabet with the letter “H”.

Horses are beautiful animals. I’ve only been on the back of a horse once when I was a little girl maybe 3 or 4.  It seemed enormous to met and it felt like I was sitting on top of a mountain.  I was scared and nervous, not to mention there were flies as big as Cadillacs flying around it and the smell…pee-uu-uu! I prefer to admire these critters from afar and I have on occasion photographed them in the Smoky Mountains Cades Cove community here and here.

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂

I appreciate y’all hip-hopping with me today. If you’d like to help, drop some “H” hints in comments for me to sketch!

Alright, it’s time to stop horsing around and head off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!






A2Z Art Sketching Through the  Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. “G” is for Girls










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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Kaye Draper

    Love the horses. But I agree that you really need to re-experience horses if you don’t love them! I got my first when I was 5 years old and had them through my teens. I miss the critters as an adult (moving around and responsibilities preclude horsies). I laughed when you said they stink. I’ve always loved that warm, animal smell that says “horse” — kind of like big beast, hay, and sunshine. My “H” post: H is for Healingt

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Kaye, thank you for the encouraging words to mount a horsie again. I really do not have a great desire to ride one for all the reasons given and I know it probably isn’t as bad as I remembered it being. Also, I know my own apprehensions are easily translated to this magnificent beast and will make him/her uneasy with me. So, instead of having one bad experience I might wind up with two. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Lori, I reckon if I were a lot younger then I’d have fewer apprehensions and more adventurous but knowing the frailty that comes with aging, I’m not over-the-hill just yet even though my birth certificate says otherwise, and how slow it is to recoup from any injury then I don’t do anything on purpose to put myself at risk. Murphy’s Law whatever can go wrong, will go wrong sorta has a way of following me, so no horseback riding for me. Thanks for the encouragement and kind comments!

  • XmasDolly

    Love the horse in the middle. How gorgeous that one is!!! And I have to say THAT’S THE OSMONDS??? BWAHAHAHAHAHA Never heard that song ever!!! I’m sure their parents didn’t either. hahaha Thanks for sharing… great year!!!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Marie, What’s this, you haven’t heard The Osmond’s “Crazy Horses” before now? Well, you aren’t the first. It’s really different from most of their stuff and it sorta grew on me back in the day but I still preferred their more mellowed mewsic. :),

  • Colette S

    Fascinating music line up Cathy! And it works just nicely with your horse sketches! Very good sketches I might add. I hope you are keeping a sort of portfolio!!

    Thanks for sharing with us today love.

    Still praying for you/DS. *HUGS*

    Have a blessed week.

  • Stacy Uncorked

    Excellent song choices to accompany your awesome horse sketches, Cathy! I’ve always loved horses – the hubby’s scared of them, no matter how much everyone tells him they’re like overgrown doggies! 😉 Thanks for the dance – have a great week! 🙂

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Horses can be scary, especially those that like to nip at you and they are big beasts so I can understand the apprehension he feels. Thanks for popping by for a visit and dance, my friend!

  • Mary B

    Wonderful selection today! I think you captured some personality in those horse sketches. You should consider giving the horses a second chance. Although, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been on a horse, if you get one that is properly trained and taken care of.. it’s not nearly as terrifying and there are considerably fewer flies and stink. Guesses for I: Igloo, Ink Well, Indian, iceberg. Keep up the great work!

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    • Cathy Kennedy

      Mary, I am planning on sketching more horses. I’d love to get this down pat. I’ve always been a bit mesmerized by drawings of horses and secretly envied those with the talent to capture these beautiful creatures in various mediums. Ooo, I like some of your “I” suggestions, especially an Indian…maybe a beautiful Indian woman but not tomorrow. I’m jotting this idea down, though. Thanks!

  • Debbie D.

    Loving the music today, Cathy. Even the Osmonds are rocking out! 😀 Horses are so majestic and graceful. I only ever tried riding once, as a teenager. The horse wasn’t trained properly, so it was a bit terrifying. Your sketches are lovely, especially the third one. My mother left me some paintings and my favourite one is of wild horses in a storm. Other H objects that come to mind: helicopter, hammock, but more horses would be delightful. Happy Week Two!

    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY’S DEN
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    • Cathy Kennedy

      Debbie, I certainly want to draw more horses! I’ve always wanted to do this and honestly, it surprised me that these turned out as good as they did for my first time. The whole process of experimenting with different images to sketch has been more rewarding than I imagined. Thanks for your loyal support, my friend!

  • Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    I’m happy to see your post a little early, dear friend.

    The Doobies’ single “What a Fool Believes” is a great recording, one of my favorites, and I’ll bet most people can “Name That Tune” in two seconds flat because of it’s distinctive opening notes which jump right out at you. You were 18 in 1979 and I was 18 in 1968. Think how different the musical landscape was when I was graduating from high school.

    It has been ages since I heard the stirring country-pop song “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey, a farmer’s tale about of a legendary native American woman and her horse. Both the woman and the horse perished during a cold winter, and they are now coming for the farmer to take him away from his hard life of sodbustin’. I really appreciate you posting “Wildfire” in conjunction with your horse themed post.

    Of course I also remember the Stones’ “Wild Horses.” It’s a strange thing about the Osmonds’ single “Crazy Horses” which peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1972. I don’t know what happened, but I have absolutely no memory of that record. Perhaps it was more of a West Coast hit and wasn’t played much on my local radio stations in the East. Or maybe I was so immersed in soul music and the old R&B/doo-wop from the 50s that I am currently posting, that I didn’t pay attention to it. Ironically, I first came to know the song “Crazy Horses” through a cover version performed by the heavy metal act Butcher Babies on an EP of theirs that I own. Just a few weeks ago I read that the Butcher Babies were influenced by that Osmonds song when they were young and that is why they decided to cover it a few years ago.

    Horses are indeed beautiful animals and your renderings are also beautiful, Cathy. The shape and form are natural looking, a sense of movement is conveyed in sketch #1, and you managed once again to give your subjects kind and gentle eyes. I don’t know how you do it, but your animals and children always look friendly because of the way you draw their eyes.

    Thank you very much for the bedtime entertainment, dear friend Cathy, and have a wonderful week!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Today is going to be another hectic day with DH’s follow-up appointment and with me playing catch up that I felt it necessary to set this post to go live on Sunday evening. My mother’s youngest sister is 10 years older than me and she was more like a big sister than an aunt to me. We try to stay connected even though she now lives in Kansas. I remember watching Mary Lou and her first cousin (my second cousin) dancing in my grandparents living room, which I loved. It seems she listened to a lot of Diana Ross & the Supremes. I’m glad you liked today’s mewsic theme. Crazy Horses is just a crazy song for The Osmonds. It’s something you totally wouldn’t expect and when it first came out I didn’t know what to make of their new crazy sound. 🙂

      WOW, what an honor you gave me in saying my subjects have kind and gentle eyes. I’m so delighted to read this is how my sketches make you feel. Thank you, thank you so much for telling me. You really made my morning! And, thanks for visiting this morning, my friend! 🙂

    • Cathy Kennedy

      The Doobie Brothers are an excellent classic rock band and I’m not a concert goer but if I had a chance to see them then I’d make the except to go. 🙂 Thank you for stopping in for a visit!

  • Birgit

    The music is great and never thought I would see The Osmonds in this group:) Glad you chose the horse and, if you can, you should try riding one again. I rode horses a few times especially after sepsrating from my ex. I felt a true sense of peace and freedom. Love the study of your horse especially the third one

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Birgit, Crazy Horses seemed so out of character for The Osmonds and it took me awhile to warm up to it when it came out. 🙂 Maybe…one day I’ll try riding a horse again. I don’t think I’d feel at home on a back of one and with my fear of heights then that may only compound the problem. I do admire them and love to see them in the fields at Cades Cove in the Smoky’s. I’m purrfectly content just to watch them from afar. 🙂

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