As I’m working on this cat series, I’ve been viewing cat photos from the local animal shelters, which is a dangerous pastime. There are so many beautiful cats out there, needing good homes. But I am resisting visiting them and adopting them Painting only!
It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series. Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor.
The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith. Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the pigments or the metallic dry powder. I will have to use the remaining 18 grams wisely – of find a new source.
It’s a cat’s life. Sleep, eat, sleep, chase the dogs. If only there weren’t these little hats. And posing for paintings…
Taking a break from my ongoing circus theme, just to ponder the last few days and what happened in this election. Days like this definitely make you think.
The cat is watercolor. I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes. Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat background is done with gouache.
Nope, Spike is not happy at all about being forced into a clown hat and then forced to pose. What a cat has to do for his dinner…
This foray into circus cat painting began with watercolor, with acrylic paint used for the opaque background and highlights.
Working on more circus animals, this time: cats! Background color determined by the week’s color for the challenge. They named it # .
Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic. I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.
Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind. The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see photo
below). Hence I decided to commit some of the animals that I am thinking of to the painted page. #5 is my first shot. The painting is a mixture of watercolor paint and pencils, then covered with ink and acrylic paints.
Barely Balanced – acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs. Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.