Sunday, March 6, 2016

CATS ... Continued ...

At the owner's request, I really darkened the entire face and eyes. So this one is done.

Started one of the Persians - an all-over wet-in-wet wash of quin. burnt orange with a touch of pink. While still wet, I dropped in some thicker paint of the same color.

Masked some highlights in the eyes, then wet the area and dropped in some aureolin, with dabs of quin. gold and cobalt blue.

I did the iris, and added some roundness to it by lining the outer edge and then softening with a damp brush. Then I lined the eye with a dark reddish brown, and did some dry brushwork in the darker areas of the face. This one still needs work, and I think adding pink to the orange wasn't a great idea - I'll do the rest of the fur with a more neutral orange.

This stage was one of those times when you look at a painting and wonder what you are doing, and even why you paint. I had wet the entire grey area of the face, dropped in some thin color [mix of aureolin, pink and cobalt blue] and then added some dashes of thicker paint where she has spots and streaks. 

Once I started the eyes, she came alive. I did a thin w/w application of cobalt blue, then dropped in some blue-grey [the cobalt plus aureolin and pink]. I let that dry then wet the eye again, and added the pupil. In the photo, she was in shadow, and the pupil was softer, not as hard-edged.

I repeated the same procedure on the eyes, then removed the bits of masking. For her markings, I mixed orange, violet and indanthrone to make a very dark brown, and then applied the color with a dry brush technique. I really like how she looks so far!

Here are the three models.

Thank you for dropping by!!!


  1. /\__/\
    (=•,•=) meow !

    Superbe, chère Kathryn.
    Félicitations !
    Bisous :)

  2. I really like the cat with the blue eyes, coming alive beautifully! The dark cat is great too, makes me think of the dark cats they use is horror movies :-)) Super beautiful work as always . xx

  3. Love them! Are they going to be in one painting?

  4. great work :)

    and no wonder the cats look very angry, poor shaved felines (at least in the photos they look shaved)

  5. Really like the paintings and the grumpy look of all the models had me laughing out loud! ha ha They are saying, "That does NOT look like me at all!" ha ha But they are wrong - it does look like them :)

  6. These paintings of cats are coming along so good Kathryn! One of them looks just like the mean Garfield..lol. Their expression is priceless!! The weather this winter has been crazy....warm one day, cold another!!! Unfortunately we lost 3 beautiful koi's this week. They were about 1 1/2 feet long...very upsetting...in fact yesterday one died before my husband came home and I tried getting him out of the pond but my darn arm didn't let me....still not strong enough! Anyway just wanted to share with you!

  7. What cute cats! Must be a pleasure to paint them :) Looking lovely!

  8. Amazing job friend. I have to say working from these photos has to be a challenge. All three of these faces look like they are far from happy. They make me smile. Your sense of colors are superb. Especially the final one. You really know how to work through the process of getting the right tones. Hope you are having a happy day. Hugs!

  9. KITTYS,, you are soo pretty

  10. The expressions on those cats faces really make me chuckle! Such attitude and you have captured it perfectly!

  11. so many cats ... beautiful softness katharyn