Junior, Fanny Belle, Saffron
Anybody who knows me knows I love my cats. The picture above is one I painted a couple of years ago and made my own matching frame for it. The painting is done in acrylic on a panel. (I wish the photo quality was better. The colors are a bit off) I was really into reading about the Northern Renaissance at the time, so I took a quasi Flemish approach to how I painted the picture. I started out with a detailed drawing on a smooth gesso covered panel, which I covered with a light gray wash of thinned color, almost like watercolor. After that I painted the entire picture in “grisaille”. After the underpainting had dried, I proceeded with building up my color paint layers with thin glazes of paint. My highlights and solid color areas I painted more thickly. After letting the painting dry I gave it a gloss varnish and framed it myself. The effect of this painting method is like clear, translucent jewel tones and fine textures. It was a fun experiment. The painting was meant to be lighthearted and fun.
In future posts I hope to share many paintings of cats that I have done, along with some cat stories.