Tishy took a minute out of her busy day of cat napping to wander through the studio and take a look at my latest black cat drawing. Black kitty Coco's drawing is in the works, still have a ways to go with it. It's funny because I can do a black cat painting much faster than any other color of cat, but black cat drawings take much longer than other cats - days and days longer! And that's because I build these pencil drawings up layer by layer and the darker the subject, the more layers and more time. There's no rushing the process - it takes as long as it takes and really it is quite a zen experience :-)
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
A little sketch I did of a big eye, pop surrealism style black cat wearing a catnip crown. I love pop surrealist and lowbrow art and especially big eyes art! Done in a very soft sketchy style, this drawing is available as a print in the Black Cat Art section of my etsy shop.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
I have added a lot of new black cat art prints to my etsy shop! Perfect for crazy cat lady gifts or great art for your wall if you are a cat lover. Click on the link in the right sidebar to check them out!
Monday, November 16, 2015
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Friday, November 13, 2015
I have been enjoying paintings some really lovely fluffy cats lately! Lots of different colors to paint, very detailed work.
The first painting is of Angela's Scully, 8 x 10 inches.
The second painting is of Steve's Darla, 24 x 18 inches.
Here are a few progress shots of the paintings.
I started with a burnt umber toned board. I find it to be a wonderful surface to paint on.
I like to let a little of the warm undertone show through in the finished painting.
Same thing with Darla's painting. I toned the white gesso'd board with burnt umber and then did a precise drawing over that. I find with commissioned portraits that drawing with a grid system allows me to get the features in exactly the right place which is the key to getting a likeness.
Then it is just a matter of painting in the right values and color changes in all the little areas. Lots of little patches of color on these tabby cats!
I keep working the painting over several days, pushing and pulling the lights and darks until I get to the finished painting.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Here are two of three portrait commissions that I have done for Roxane. Both paintings are very large - 18 x 36 inches! One is of her black cat Gin and the other of her white cat Sel (which means Salt in French). I painted these paintings in several stages. First with an underpainting where I put in a nice reddish brown in the background area so it could peek through in the finished painting. These paintings were a real pleasure to paint!
This is the second portrait I have painted of the Chocolate Cat Gaia. Such a fun face to paint! This tuxedo cat oozes personality :-) This painting is 11 x 14 inches.