Wow! It’s been almost a week since I’ve posted! I feel super guilty about taking such a long break from the blog, but I have been painting, so that makes me feel a little bit better.
My good friend Franny sent me the reference photos for these two paintings. They are her older and younger sister, who recently each lost a pet. I really enjoyed painting these two, and it was nice to switch up the size as well.
This painting was a special request from the author of the blog Hamster Patrol! . He, like I, is a big fan of orange tabbies, so I told him I would do a painting of one of his orange cats, Baters. You can go to his blog to see the reference photo that I used for this painting as well as many other adorable photos of his pumpkin colored kitties.
Hello, everyone! I haven’t posted in a few days, but I HAVE been painting! I had a group that just all happened to be surprises, so I have to post them all later.
Today’s painting completes a matching pair with a previous painting. The two cats look very fluffy, very pretty, and super serious. I love this in contrast with their very happy and friendly looking parents.
Here are the two together.
Here are the first 50 paintings all together. (I’ve actually done 52, but 2 of them are surprises for the people receiving them, so I’ll post them later.)
I just want to thank everyone who has supported me so far in this painting challenge. It is a joy to paint all of these wonderful people and pets. The background stories really do help me bring out their personalities, so keep ’em coming!
I’m so lucky to be part of such a large and supportive family, and it’s been great getting to know all of the people I’ve met through this project.
My Etsy shop will be up soon with detailed pricing info and tips on how to choose a good reference photo!
Stay tuned for more!
I never do self portraits, so I decided to do one tonight.
My 8 year old son took a reference photo for me, and this was the end result. The cat I’m holding is Freddie Mercury. We found him as a stray kitten in a parking lot near my work. We had an eye infection, so we took him home and nursed him back to health. He always tries to get outside, and, if he succeeds, he will usually get stuck in a tree. We always joke that he is the worst feral cat ever. We have found that if you have a cat that likes to climb trees, but doesn’t know how to come down, it is definitely worth it to have a local tree trimming service that likes animals and a sheet to catch the falling kitty in when the tree trimmer tosses him down.
I’ve been painting a lot of dogs lately, so I thought I’d switch it up and do a cat instead tonight. I love painting cat eyes. If I had time, I’d do an entire painting series just of close ups of cat eyes.
Oh man, oh man. The suspense is killing me!
I’m super happy with how my latest painting turned out, and can’t wait to share it, but I have to wait until the giftees are happy married on the 19th so I don’t ruin the surprise. It’s another quadruple portrait of the soon-to-be newlyweds and their very cool looking cats.
Since I can’t share new work, I’ll share this oldy that I have on my fake mantle in my living room. Don’t worry, though. I’ll have another new piece tomorrow!
Tonight I did a quick, small study of a Siamese cat, just to get a little more practice with these new paints and to practice some cat features a bit.