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Search Me and Hendrickje

Posted in cats, drawing on October 19, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Hendrickje

Hendrickje

I’m happy to announce that my listing now shows up when my name or blog site is searched on Google!

Above are some sketches I did of a cat I had that I named after Rembrandt’s common-law wife, Hendrickje Stoffels.  Nobody could pronounce the cat’s name, and after a while even I started to just call her “Scootie”.  The sketches are done in sepia ink with brush and pen.

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Saffie

Posted in cats, watercolor on October 7, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Saffie

Saffie

This is a watercolor of my beautiful Saffron.  She is a shelter cat.  I think I’ve written about her before, but I’ll mention again that she has one blue eye and one green eye, and she is quite the “diva”.  When I went to the shelter to pick out a cat to adopt, I didn’t hesitate a minute after seeing her.  The guy at the shelter didn’t even require a waiting period…they had picked her up off of  the street and she was filthy and covered with fleas, and starving.  Such a beauty, and nobody wanted her.  Well, she is well fed and cared for now.

You might notice she posed for my painting of  “Vermeer’s Cat (Cat With a Pearl Earring) that I used in my blog banner.  I didn’t portray her multiple color eyes in that painting, though.

Amor Feles

Posted in cats on September 11, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Junior, Fanny Belle, Saffron

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.

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