Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Looking absolutely nothing like a cat!!! ... just thin washes of alizarin crimson and burnt orange

Wet-in-wet applications of aureolin and burnt orange for the eyes, and thin direct applications of a black started on her face.

STILL not looking much like a cat. Continuing with direct applications of the black ... 

Another w/w of burnt orange for the eyes. Then I wet the entire area on which I want some black. I start with a very dilute mixture to get the paint flowing over a large area, then stroke on some thicker pigment. I continue till the paper is too dry to accept paint.

A pair of pupils - always a good idea. Also another w/w application of a dark brown from the top of the eyes to simulate shadow. NOW she's starting to look like a cat! 

A bit of touching up with thin glazes of black, and she is done. Just a hint of background needed. 

Another strange-looking beastie! I have wet the entire head and neck and stroked in some phthalo blue and a mix of that blue with a bright pink.

These eyes are also done with w/w applications of aureolin and burnt  orange; the ears with pink and a touch of burnt orange. Lots of teeny, fine brush strokes in the direction of hair growth ...

... and still more brush strokes ... 

I like how the process of wetting and softly brushing in black softens the appearance of the coat. So once again, I mix up three dilutions of color, wet the entire area to be black, and start dropping in paint.

And here is Black Cat #2. I wasn't sure if I really loved the look, but after leaving the two portraits for a day or two, and putting them side by side, I quite like them. YAY!!!!

I worked on these two together - just mixed up a vat of black paint and got going. They were both done inside of a week [that must be a record for me!] The next one is going to be more of a challenge - he has a very flat face ... almost no facial "structure" to work with, as well as having some fussy coat coloration. But that's five portraits done so far!!!

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. It's amazing to see the colors that you begin with and to watch the process! You do such beautiful work, Miss Kathryn!

  2. your cat portraits are wonderful! I especially love the eyes :) And thank you for the w-i-p photos you have so generously shared - I am always in awe of the layered process.

  3. Kathryn - your patience is amazing...watching both of these kitties just come alive is a real treat. Meow! Hope you have a blessed Easter. Give Bruno and Maggie a hug for me.

  4. Amazing! Loved seeing them come to life.

  5. almost done them all :D
    black can be so hard to paint, you have done a great job with them :D

  6. Fabulous! I so admire your technique of layer upon layer!

  7. Oh, these are purrr-fect!!! Love the colors you painted under the blacks and browns that give it depth and that little pop (one wouldn't notice but then you see reds and blues peeping out here and there = great!) Keep working, don't need to time yourself, just do well and soon you'll have a whole corral of kitties!

  8. Love to see your cats and your tecniques!

  9. These are my favorites of all your wonderful recent cat portraits