In choosing a playful subject like a watercolour kitten I am hoping to remind myself to keep an attitude of play in the painting process. I think this is really important for many reasons, and feel strongly enough about that to have written about it before!
I have been enjoying painting cats more than I actually thought I would. I think that has made me want to paint them more skillfully. Consequently I am finding it harder and harder not to be disappointed with the outcome. So playful kittens as subjects are my current solution.
I think it works quite well. How can you not feel happy after staring at cute kittens for an hour or so?