Friday, February 11, 2011

The Lazy Life of the Well Kept

Sassy
9x6
This is my aunt's cat, Sassy. My aunt is a photographer and is always sending me zillions of amazing photos for me to paint from.
First, I wish I could promote her blog or website, but, Aunt, you don't have one, yet! (hint, hint).
Secondly, this takes me back to: some photos are best a photo and would not make a good painting. Some of the great photos my aunt has sent are gorgeous sunsets over the Corpus Christi bay with the sailboats and bridge in silhouette with perfect reflections on the water. Now I am starting to think, maybe I should try painting that. I guess I am fine with leaving a great photo as a great photo. In any event, when I saw Sassy's fluffy tail and her fur "halo", I thought I want to try to capture that fluffiness.

I painted wet into wet on the backside of watercolor paper for added texture. I am proud to say that I did this painting a lot faster than my usual time. To me, that means I captured the esence (hopefully) instead of getting caught up in a bunch of tiny details. Next time when I do a people scene, I will try to remember this so I can just give the idea of a group of people rather than painting every detail.

12 comments:

  1. Love the softness. I am sure you have got the essence bang on with this approach..

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  2. How wonderful this cat! A great job!
    Have i nice weekend!

    Ciao!

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  3. Very good painting, wet- into- wet and on dry. You have done a great work.

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  4. Beautiful painting, very soft feel . Purrfect :) xx

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  5. This is a real eye-catcher! I love the soft focus wet in wet which blends with the background. This is just fantastic! Really love it :0)

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  6. What a beautiful painting of an indeed well kept cat. Very well done, I love the title ,too.

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  7. Exceptional painting, Liana. Bright and stately animal.

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  8. Love this painting! Really gives the kitty life!
    Vicki

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  9. This is a great painting with all the essence of watercolor. To be treasured.

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  10. Thank you all! This was I believe beginner's luck. As they say, "Ignorance is Bliss".

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  11. I always love cat paintings, and this is one of my favorites. He/she is so fluffy looking and regal and cat-like. Great effort and great effect.

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