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!