This painting is just finished today. It is of Sophie and Ted, two lovely cats. I worked from two reference photos to create one composition. I worked with acrylics on stretched canvas 20 x 30 cm in size. I decided to use a red ground underneath. This brought a lovely warmth into the painting. I left the red poking out in spots to create some interest. The background was a shaded one.
I completed this portrait a few weeks ago. The two cats are just lovely sitting on the stairs looking through the banisters. The client wanted to include a setting in the painting and this photo was just perfect for that. I kept it quite neutral for the black to pop off the image. The painting was small in size, 20 x 20 cm square. It was painted with acrylics on thin edge stretched canvas.
This is a portrait of a lovely black cat called Phoenix. It was painted with acrylics on canvas 25 x 35 cm in size. It was given as a Christmas present to Phoenix’s owner. It was painted from her favourite photo of him.
This portrait was finished back in December. It was a Christmas present for the client’s wife of their two bengal cats called Ben and Jerry. The painting was quite large at 40 x 60 cm. I received a pretty good reference photo, however the client felt the shadows and colouring was too strong. I used this photo for pose only and other photos for colouring. It was quite challenging, but it worked out pretty well at the end. The painting was too large to scan, I used my digital camera instead. I am also including scans of each of the cats head, which is more true to the colour of the actual painting.
The client had the painting framed and he was very happy with the outcome. I used a lot of detail to paint the cats faces, especially eyes, and kept the rest of the painting quite loose. It gave the portrait more perspective and brought some interest into the pose. I just love the way the cats are intertwined together, you can hardly tell where one ends and the other starts 🙂
I am now working away on my new year commissions. I still have a few paintings from December that I haven’t put up on the blog, so I will do that over the next few days. If you are thinking of commissioning your own portrait, please contact me anytime. My lead time is currently 12 weeks.
This portrait was finished in December and it was a Christmas present for Lucky’s owner. Lucky was a lovely black and white cat that sadly passed away. The portrait was commissioned by her owner’s boyfriend and he provided me with lots of photographs. He wasn’t happy with any of the poses, so I had to come up with that based on some photos I had in my own library. For the background I added a flower garden.
This is Snowey’s finished portrait which I have scanned today. Snowey was a beautiful long haired white cat and she looks so soft in the photo. I wanted to translate this into the portrait. I have blended the pencil well to create a softness to the portrait. The client wanted to show the whiteness of Snowey’s fur in the portrait, so I tried not to make it too dark. There were shadows on Snowey’s face in the photo and I have softened them a little. The portrait is going to be a gift for Snowey’s owner. The portrait will be mounted before sent to the client.
I have finished the portrait of a white cat Kodi I have been working on for the past few days. I think it turned out quite well, hopefully the client will agree. The painting is a lovely square 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inches) and it suits the image really well. I painted the sides off white to harmonize with the painting and the client is going to have it framed in her local framers. The cat portrait will then be a birthday gift to his owner.