My friend Joanne has the fattest cat I have thus far had the pleasure of meeting. His name is Ben. After modeling for a number of paintings, Joanne mentioned that Jamie and me might visit so I could sketch her cats. Here is a sketch of Ben from that session.
Afterwards, I used the sketch to create this painting.
I often use sketching as a way to gather information which I may be able to use in paintings later.
On the spiritual path, various forms of sAdhanA are similar to sketching. It does not make us what we already are. Yet it opens a way for us to realize Atma-brahman and, on that basis, live a vibrant and beautiful life.