The Superb Cat. His beloved cat was very ill. It was clear he was going to die. He would lie motionless, for hours, on the studio floor, his eyes lusterless and full of sadness. The painter attempted to go on working, but all he could make was image after image of his dying animal.
TABLETOP STUDIO #18: "Beware of the person of one book"–Thomas Aquinas. He decided he had to read more books
TABLETOP STUDIO No. 17: Buddha Agonistes. In need of comfort and encouragement, he decides to consult the Buddha. The Buddha, mightily displeased, interprets his needs as merely trivial.
TABLETOP STUDIO No. 16: Broad Strokes. He felt he was getting too fussy and decided, therefore, to buy himself an enormous paintbrush.
TABLETOP STUDIO No. 14: DOWN TO THE SEA. He was making a sculpture, but it turned into a sailboat. So he deferred to fate and went to sea.
TABLETOP STUDIO No.12: IN PURSUIT OF PAINTERLY HEROISM. To counter his feelings of insufficiency, he undertook a study of the Heroic in Art.
TABLETOP STUDIO No.11: NARCISSISM. The artist-as-Narcissus takes a long look into a pool of his own pigment and falls in love with all of his future paintings.
TABLETOP STUDIO NO. 10: Problem after Problem. It got so that, day after day, he was simply leaping from one problem to another.