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.
Kinsley is a two year old Blue Merle Pomeranian. Her mom says that she is her little shadow, following her everywhere.
I wasn’t sure what “merle” meant,
so I looked it up and found a good explanation here. If you were wondering, merle is a coat pattern that occurs in dogs with a certain genetic code, and it causes more white hairs in certain spots, making the dog look mottled. Blue Merle is basically when this happens to a dog with a lot of black fur, and Red Merle is when this happens with a mostly brown dog.
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.
Here he is, completed as promised!
Oscar is a Beagle, a very popular breed that has traditionally been used for fox hunting. Famous Beagles include the well known characters Snoopy, Shiloh, and Gromit. The seem like a very run-of-the-mill type of dog, but when I Googled their history, I found out all sorts of interesting things about them.
First off, did you know there was once a mini beagle?! We all know a sure-fire way to make something cuter is to make it smaller. Here is what http://www.cesarsway.com has to say about the pocket version:
“The earliest dogs that were referred to as “Beagles” were small hound dogs that stood at 8 to 9 inches tall. These tiny dogs were called “Pocket Beagles” since they were literally small enough to fit into the pockets of hunters. In the mid-18th century, hunting increased in popularity and larger dogs became the preferred trail companions, leading to this line of miniature Beagles being overlooked, and eventually becoming extinct in 1901.
Also, their name is pretty. . . straightforward. It literally means loudmouth.
Origin of beagle
Middle English begle ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle French bee gueule, literally , wide throat ; from Old French béer, baer, baier (see bay), to gape + gueule, throat ; from Classical Latin gula: see gullet
WIP it!! WIP it good!!
Remember how I promised that I would have another painting for you today? Well, I did’t say it would be finished, did I?! This became a Work In Progress (WIP) after I stopped painting to take a step back—- and then fell asleep. What can I say? It’s been a crazy week at my day job, and it finally caught up with me. I’ll have this one done tonight, though, and post it with it’s actual name.
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!
That’s how long it felt like this painting was going to take. For some reason, maybe I had a long day, maybe the painting I did yesterday kicked my butt, too, or maybe I was in a crummy mood, but this painting just wasn’t coming together. After hearing some heavy sighs and some muttered curse words, my husband asked me what was wrong.
“Look at this painting!”
“What’s wrong? It looks fine to me.”
“It’s a complete disaster. I’m a total failure, and I didn’t even finish the painting I started yesterday. I should just call the blog Maybe A Pet Painting a Day If I Feel Like It.”
“Well, maybe you’re over thinking it.”
“Whatever. You don’t understand.”
Then I picked up my largest brush and stopped overthinking the whole thing and it came together quite well. I’m glad I thought of that.
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.
Here is what Jake’s mom has to say about him-
“We lost Jake last month, and I would love for you to paint him. He was the most love able dog I have ever met! He wasn’t very old, but he had an old soul. He LOVED the coat he is wearing; I actually had a back up coat he could wear when I was washing one. . .I would look out the window and he would be chasing squirrels, running from tree to tree, with his coat on, of course.”
While painting this, I was thinking of Jake chasing squirrels in the afterlife, still wearing his stylish fur trimmed coat.
This week, I visited my local art supply store, Hartung Gallery in Portsmouth VA. It’s a small family owned business, and they have a great selection and really good prices for such a small establishment.
Sometimes, Mr. Hartung will get his hands on items from bigger stores that are closing down or getting rid of extra inventory, and he always sells them for a much lower price. I found a set of Golden brand Open slow drying acrylics, and decided to give them a try.
I LOVE THEM!
If you happen to paint with acrylics, but like the work-ability of oils, these are the perfect middle ground. I also purchased a Masterson sta-wet palette, and it’s another thing that I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get. The combination of the two makes using acrylics a lot easier and less wasteful.