Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 5 (developing fur)

3 Aug
(Note: Did you miss Steps 1-4? Search for “Sleepyhead!”) Step 5 Tackling the chin, shadows. I need to work on the shadow between the paws a bit more, but I am starting to see a nice contrast forming to the...
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Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 4 (enhancing fur)

24 Jun
(Note: Did you miss Steps 1-3? Search for “Sleepyhead!”) Step 4 I’ve let the painting dry a bit, so that I can utilize the “fat over lean” method of applying paint. Moving away from ultramarine blue for a short time,...
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Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 3 (fur beginnings)

31 May
(Note: Did you miss Steps 1-2? Search for “Sleepyhead!”) Step 3 Keeping the warm color scheme, I’ve moved on to the fur. Again, using a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange (I combine cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red...
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Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 2 (background)

31 May
(Note: If you missed Step 1, you can check it out here.) Step 2 Using the suggestion of Mikki Senkarik, I work from background to foreground, opting for a warm color scheme throughout the entire piece. Using a mix of...
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Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 1

24 May
Step 1 A new kitty. I liked the reflection of the orange and white cat on the smooth surface, plus the contrast between the warm bright colors and the darker background. I probably put more details in than I needed,...
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“Blackie,” step 4 (finis)

13 May
(Note: Updated with high-resolution scan of the painting. -MB) Step 4 (Once again, apologies for the slightly out-of-focus photo.) All done. I will upload a much better image of this painting once it has dried a bit more. I will...
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“Blackie,” step 3 (fur)

13 May
Step 3 Sorry for the slightly out-of-focus photo. (Note to self: buy a decent SLR ASAP!) Fur is coming along, but I am thinking that the bottom portion of the painting needs a little something. Drama, darkening? Tune in to...
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“Blackie,” step 2 (background)

13 May
Step 2 I got so caught up in mixing and painting that I finished the background before I remembered to take in-progress photos! Oh well, I am glad I snapped this pic, before I started on the fur. 🙂  ...
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“Blackie,” step 1

13 May
Step 1 I chose this reference photo because it reminded me of our sweet cat Blackie. The contrast between the background and the fur intrigued me, as well. I decided to simplify the background by removing the railing in my...
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“Shimmering Solitude,” 6×6, oil

3 Dec
Final All finished. “Shimmering Solitude.” Here is a better picture since the paint is dry to the touch. It’s also available. Just drop me a note if you are interested in buying it. If you would rather buy a print,...
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