Well, I can’t say this painting hasn’t been a challenge, in fact at times I’ve felt like throwing down the paintbrush and giving up.
I was given a slightly blurry photograph of these two cats, sitting on a towel with the rest of the background cut out apart from the arm of the sofa. Since finishing the cats I have painted in several backgrounds; sitting on a towel, a cushion behind, plain sofa, etc., but wasn’t happy with any of them. There was just too much of one background colour to leave it, so I settle on them sitting on a cushion. Shading was the next challenge, but I’ve pretty much done the best I can for now.
The thing that kept me going was knowing that it means so very much to the cats’ owners to have this painting in their home
“Her name was Lola ……….. ”
I’ve never met this cat and have only just found out her name. It’s quite hard to see the detail of a black cat in a photo, so I found this quite hard to paint. Still, I hope I’ve managed to capture her personality ……… she doesn’t look as ‘lively’ as my black cat!
The other day I was scrolling through the address book on my phone and I noticed that the majority of my friends and family are represented on there by a photo of their pets! They play such a huge part in all our lives.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a canvas of Blue, a very handsome Lurcher, as a gift for a very good friend of mine who celebrated a special birthday last week.
I’ve been commissioned to paint a black cat next and then I hope to get on with a mosaic I started a while ago, oh and I have a couple of wooden garden chairs I bought off ebay that need sanding and repainting and I quite fancy starting a patchwork quilt ………! I wish there were more hours in the day.
Here is it, finished. I was right, some of the buildings were very tricky, especially the bottom left-hand corner as there were so many angles to paint in. But I’m pleased with the overall look. Quite sad to see it go now ……!
My lovely daughter, Nicole.
My son, Corey – never far from his guitar.
This was a surprise birthday gift for my son’s girlfriend Hollie. I painted her wearing the bright red lipstick she loves, contrasting with the neutral black and greys.
This is Corey, my music-loving son, given a psychedelic paint effect.
This is Sonyia, my son’s friend. I copied this painting from a photograph and like the simple use of black and grey acrylics.