Monday, March 14, 2016

And Yet Another Cheshire Cat Makes Its Appearance ... watercolor study of cat portrait

The model

This was my second attempt. I just flipped the paper over, and re-traced the outline, hence the reversed image. For some reason, I had to start with the striping.

First washes for the eyes [aureolin, quin. burnt orange and cobalt blue] and the nose [quin. burnt orange and quin. rose].

A wet-in-wet wash over  the face - orange and pink for the eye areas and lower portion of the face, and  a grey made with aureolin, pink and cobalt blue for the rest.

Some dry brush on the stripes

Another few glazes on the eyes - quin. gold, burnt orange and cobalt and indanthrone blue.

Yay ... ears!

Some final fussy details with dry brush, and this is done as a color study. Overall, I like the colors, and the nose and eyes. I think, for the final version, I will do the striping differently [but NOT hair by hair!]

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. Hi Kathryn,
    This is, without a doubt, the sweet cat! And your color study is great! I love the eyes. Beautiful work as always.

  2. Awesome work Kathryn!! Love his eyes!!!

  3. I love the emergence of cuddly cat from a few black 'smudges'. Great eyes btw!

  4. I'm loving your cats Kathryn... although I'm not so keen in real life! I'm a doggie person - but your paintings are gorgeous!! :0)

  5. Now that is such a sweet face. The tilt of the head makes my heart melt. Your cat faces are just the best. Hugs!

  6. So very beautiful watching the magic paintbrush bring the kitty to life!

  7. Love your progress! I am going to buy this gold colour for myself. It is lovely. Seen some others using this gold colour too.
    Love your cats! I have a friend who has 4 cats. She use to share photos of them now and then. Maybe I should give it a try too. (Without telling her! haha. I will give them to her IF I succed!) But I know for sure I woun´t do it half as good as you! Hugs Cattis

  8. Just LOVE the irresistible expression of this cat , you totally nailed him :-)) xx

  9. You nailed him perfectly! Love the eyes! Have fun with the cats!