View Full Version : Pogo's Place, a WIP...Finished

water girl
07-03-2017, 03:34 PM
I have never used Ampersand Pastel Board, but decided to give it a try. I have also never painted a cat, so here we go. This is Pogo, a friend's kitty, loving the warmth of the sun on a December Day. The board is 11 X 14 in a wonderful green. The sanded texture is pretty fine and seems to like my Nupastels. So I blocked in some color....

and a little more....

Then I began putting in a little detail in the background, using the Nupastels, some pencils, and just starting with the Rembradnts.

I will be looking for a title suggestion as time goes on. So any help with that would be appreciated. I was thinking "Pogo's Place in the Sun" "A Window with a View" "Pogo's Sunny Place"???

Moises Menendez
07-03-2017, 04:55 PM
So far so good Karen. I would focus on the cat for now.

Donna T
07-03-2017, 05:19 PM
That's a very nice start, Karen. Thanks for sharing this as a WIP. How about "Pogo's Place"?

Frances Obie
07-06-2017, 12:19 PM
I love where you are going with this Karen. Great composition. I am looking forward to seeing the expression on the cat's face develop. I like Donna's suggestion, "Pogo's Place".

07-06-2017, 02:52 PM
that *is* a wonderful green!
Your kitty has the perfect cat expression. :cat:

water girl
07-06-2017, 03:18 PM
Thank you for stopping and taking a look. Stapeliad, this is such a pretty cat. I'm very allergic, and just like all of my friends' cats, Pogo knows it and rubs up against me and takes his paw and taps me on the arm. Hilarious! :lol: I feel like such a meany. I'm OK as long as my hands don't make contact. I stalked Pogo a long time to get just the right photo.

07-06-2017, 03:42 PM
Cats especially love people who are allergic to them.

water girl
07-11-2017, 09:52 PM
I am now adjusting for value.


07-12-2017, 09:19 AM
Karen I just love this painting, that beautiful kitty looks so perfectly cat-snotty. It is extremely excellent! :D

Donna T
07-12-2017, 11:27 AM
Pogo's looking real good, Karen, and I agree about the expression on his face. How dare we interrupt his sunbathing! You're keeping the values well defined so there is still a wonderful feeling of bright sunlight.

07-12-2017, 07:10 PM
That's lovely - that personality comes through nicely. One of my cats has a similar expression when you wake her - grumpy gremlin look :-)

07-12-2017, 09:10 PM
Karen, I love this. It grabs me and makes me smile (I can feel the lift of my cheeks as I type this!). Your high contrast on Pogo's back and the periwinkle-ly blue to off set his/her gorgeous money cat look, brilliant. I do have one question:

What did you do to p--- that poor cat off? Some cat's just don't like to have their portraits painted, especially when lazing in the sun.

P.S. I love how you captured the lashing tail!

07-13-2017, 07:43 AM
Karen, my title would have been "Don't mess with me I'm busy" but then again I'm a dog person!
Gorgeous colours and textures!
I particularly like the transition/ balancing of rich warms against the greens, blues and darks.

Frances Obie
07-17-2017, 11:46 AM
Beautifully defined values...love the negative shapes they are creating in the composition.

water girl
07-17-2017, 12:16 PM
Thank you! I have been playing with my least favorite subject....wood. Ugh, it drives me crazy. So here it is. I also adjusted and toned down the blue color of the back wall. In it's previous value and hue , it was actually coming forward. A swipe of burnt umber put it in its place. It's a constant back and forth as I paint. Now I'm ready to finish the small objects on the desk, then I will finish Pogo. I'm working with an unfamiliar surface, the Ampersand Pastel Board. I really like surface, it's just different from the La Carte I usually use.


07-17-2017, 01:25 PM
I think you've done a great job on the wood, Karen! You've got good grain. Toning down the far wall does help the painting overall and draws more attention back to Pogo in the sun. I love your use of blues and greens in his coat!

I can't wait to see your finished piece.

Donna T
07-17-2017, 01:57 PM
Yeah, the wood looks great, Karen! Just out of curiosity, what is the object behind Pogo - a figure with legs?

water girl
07-17-2017, 03:45 PM
Thank you artelahe. Donna, yes that is a figurine. I was going to omit it, but that area would be a bit too light and boring. In the photo the "legs" look a bit prominent, but IRL, it is a vague figure that puts a spot of darkness in that area. It sort of triangulates with the dark in the base of lamp and the dark, shaded area on Pogo. I hope that makes sense. At my age, I sometimes do strange things . :confused: :lol: :lol: :lol:

water girl
07-22-2017, 01:16 AM
Finished. I made a few minor changes, just before I framed it. This goes into a show tomorrow. Why do I always wait until the last minute to finish, mat and frame a painting??? Good question. :lol: Wish I had the answer.


07-22-2017, 08:55 AM
Karen, this is such a lovely painting! The table or shelf Pogo is lying on is shiny and slick (nice job!) and his fur is soft and looks like the sun's heat sink it is meant to be. You've toned down some of the colors, something I usually fail to do :), leaving the overall effect sleepy, contented sunbathing that he's just about to return to. I've learned so much from watching your progress.

Charles Perera
07-22-2017, 09:48 AM
Karen as always you stun us with your beautiful well managed paintings of so simple everyday subjects treated with care depicting the gentleness of your heart.


Donna T
07-22-2017, 04:14 PM
Wow, Pogo has come a long way, Karen! Your finishing touches really added so much to the sense of sunlight and the glow of the wood tones - and the oh-so-catlike expression on Pogo's face. If there are awards in this show please keep us posted if Pogo treats you well!

water girl
07-22-2017, 06:35 PM
Thank you Aly, I'm happy my ramblings are helpful. Charles, thank you for your very kind words. I'm always happy to see you pop in from time to time. Donna, as you can see, I chose your choice for a title. Thank you! I'm horrible at coming up with a title, so I just may lean on you again. The show is an hour's drive from here, and the subject is companion animals.

07-22-2017, 07:02 PM
This is a fabulous painting and I loved seeing your progress.:clap:

water girl
07-22-2017, 07:22 PM
Why, thank you, welpaint. It's fun to share!

Frances Obie
07-22-2017, 09:42 PM
Out of curiosity, what color mat did you use?

water girl
07-23-2017, 01:34 AM
Thank you, Frances. I used a light cream colored mat and the frame was simple in a reddish brown frame. I'll try to remember to photograph it on the wall. Choosing matting and framing can enhance, or kill a piece.

07-24-2017, 01:52 PM
Thanks for sharing the progress. I love the finished piece! Pogo has this attitude in his look and you captured it well and made him alive. The wood bathed in sunlight looks so real too!

water girl
07-26-2017, 11:31 AM
Thank you, stillwater!

03-13-2018, 04:01 PM
The colour scheme is great . It looks very painterly rather than like a photo. That I like.

water girl
03-13-2018, 08:46 PM
Thank you! I'm happy you like it. I have a new cat drawing on the easel, but not making much headway at the moment.

Charles Perera
03-14-2018, 08:15 PM
Karen I have read somewhere that a sculptor had once sculpted a beatiful statue of a woman and at the end the starue came to life....you seem to have done more or less the same with Pogo. you have given life to this portrait of Pogo the cat.


water girl
03-14-2018, 10:31 PM
Thank you, Charles! In real life this cat is quite a character.

03-15-2018, 07:14 PM
Wonderful painting. I'm sure you are happy to have it done so take a bow. Pam:wave:

03-17-2018, 12:04 PM
I love this. Pogo looks such a character - that expression speaks volumes. I love the way you've handled the light too. I'm new to pastels so have never tried sanded surfaces. Thanks for sharing the progress!

03-18-2018, 02:16 AM
Aloha Water Girl
Arriving late to the showed but loved the result!
Such light and such personality!
Great painting

water girl
03-19-2018, 02:47 PM
Thank you, Pam, Alison and Chapa. It's always nice to have to take the time to comment.