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07-15-2005, 02:43 PM
My cat, Cali Kitty, loves to get in boxes. I thought that this pose in an orange box was especially cute so I took a photo and then sketched it on stonehenge paper. Using watercolor as an underpainting I then used Prisma colored pencils to finish it. I would love any comments or suggestions that you might have about it.
Thanks, Lorraine :wave:

07-15-2005, 03:00 PM
What a wonderful painting. I don't think I have ever seen a cat with eye's that colour before.

07-15-2005, 03:51 PM

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Maginficent painting you did a beautiful job on the eyes and all the rest! :D

Jody :D

07-15-2005, 05:07 PM
This is truly a charming piece. I had a cat years ago who loved to get into boxes and this brings back some fond memories of him. I currently have a tortoise-shell cat who has those same amber colored eyes. You have done a great job in capturing this cat and her unique kitty bed.



07-15-2005, 09:20 PM
Thank you, Splatt, Jody and Linda for commenting on my kitty in a box painting. I am glad to hear from other animal lovers. I once had a yellow cat with amber eyes also, named Mango. Cali, as you can see is a calico cat that has the sweetest disposition.
Thanks so much for your comments,
Lorraine :) :cat: :cat: :cat:

07-15-2005, 09:48 PM
This brings back memories for me too. My cats liked to to get in strawberry boxes (the half flat ones). They also liked to curl up in the bathroom sinks and I even caught one in a basket that I used to put fruit in from time to time. I couldn't believe she fit. It's so nice when a painting evokes such nice memories. Great job!


Rose Queen
07-15-2005, 09:54 PM
It's purrrrrrrrrrrfect!

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07-15-2005, 11:30 PM
I love everything about it! Great subject, you have captured this moment very well!

07-16-2005, 05:21 AM
Lorraine you have done a beautiful job on this kitty! I've been considering using wc pencil for the underpainting - did you use them for the whole painting or just specific places, and did you find it reduced the number of layers you needed in cp? How long did it take you to finish? Sorry for all the questions, but I am still struggling with cp's and trying to gather all the tips I can get:)


07-16-2005, 07:45 AM
This is a great painting very personal for you but easy for others to relate to as well that always make for a great painting. I do have one suggestion and that is to tone doen the fur behind the kitty's head. i think it is competing for his face for attention. I would suggest just a light coat of blue to push it back a little.
Great job though.

07-16-2005, 01:06 PM
Thanks, Michelle and Sam. I will try to fix the fur in the back by toning it down a little. I always love to hear constructive criticism. That is how I learn.
Michelle, the reason I use watercolor underneath my colored pencil is because I like to work on large pieces, either 16" X 20" or 18" X 22" and on white stonehenge paper. In order to cover the paper quickly and not let any white show through, unless I want it to, I use transparent water colors. I have tried the wc pencils but haven't yet mastered them. It should work though. Anyway, there is another way to get the colored pencil "painting" done more quickly is to use toned paper. That is, if you are going to do a picture of a cat or animal that has tan or golden colors in it, you can use the toned paper to make up for the middle tones of the piece. I do that when I am working on portraits of people. It really saves a lot of time and you won't see the specks of white underneath. I learned how to do my colored pencil work by watching the video tapes by Sandra McFall Angelo. That has helped me a lot.
I hope this helps you in your use of colored pencil work. I would like to see the result after you do one. Lorraine

07-17-2005, 12:24 PM
Beautiful! I love that look on her face. Excellent job of catching the moment.

07-17-2005, 06:03 PM
I had to go back as I thought you posted a photo. Great!!

07-17-2005, 10:27 PM
Thanks, Kayek and Artaholic, I appreciate your comments about my kitty picture. I am a slave to detail, I have to admit. One time I had a painting that I put into a state fair here and they put it in the photography category because they thought it was a photo. Too bad realism isn't all that much appreciated in the galleries here though. They all want abstact stuff. Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement though. Lorraine

07-18-2005, 10:50 AM
Beautiful work!