Saturday, October 31, 2015

Black Cats and White Cats - Original Oil Paintings by Diane Irvine Armitage

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!
 Finished paintings on my drying shelf in the studio.
 The painting of Gin in progress ...
 And the final painting of Gin ...
 The painting of Sel in progress ...
 Underpainting, then second session ...
 And then the final painting of Sel.

The Chocolate Cat Gaia - A Speed Painting Video by Diane Irvine Armitage

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.
I put together a speed painting video of the painting session and you can see it HERE.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lisa's Black Cats Lucy and Leo - Custom Cat Oil Paintings by Diane Irvine Armitage

My latest custom black cat portraits are Lisa's lovely cats Leo and Lucy.  Lisa says that Leo is not a small cat and looks like a mini black panther and that Lisa is part Siamese and has a gorgeous Siamese face with lovely pale green eyes.  I painted two sets of paintings for Lisa.  The first is a classic portrait style.
The next pair of paintings are of Leo and Lucy laying down, with Leo playing with his favorite feather toy and Lucy looking adorable on Lisa's lap.
Such a pleasure to paint such beautiful black cats!