View Full Version : Portrait of Diva xpost A&W

07-03-2007, 04:08 PM
A friend of mine who just moved to Boston, helped save my cat in renal failure a few months ago. She has been the general manager at Brighthaven a sanctuary for old and disabled animals where I volunteer www.brighthaven.org (http://www.brighthaven.org/) if you want a great site for natural care.
I wanted to thank her and send her on her way to a new life so this is a portrait of her cat Diva, who is a feral cat rescue I had to be clear across the yard to get a photo, tho she loves my friend and is very tame with her, to prove that her whiskers are really that wild I've included the ref shot...
Holding this for a few days...so if you see anything...C and C welcome


07-03-2007, 06:33 PM
The likeness is terrific and your friend will be so pleased. I'm glad she was able to save your kitty. I would like to see more value contrast in this piece which would involve darkening all the darks, particularly on the cat. In greyscale there is little value difference between the cat and the leaves.

bruce johnson
07-03-2007, 06:40 PM
Very nice Colleen,, I love the eyes ... and the intensive stare.

07-03-2007, 07:54 PM
fabulous cat !! ... wild whiskers for sure ... what distracts me is the circular action caused by the whiskers and one dandelion and a couple blades of grass ... i played with a copy of your painting and think it works better without the dandelion and blades of grass that contribute to forming the circular pattern on the right ...

07-03-2007, 08:08 PM
thanks Bruce,
TJ, Violet, have taken a look and decided to rework the grass a bit, in that corner and try to darken values in the ground, as the cat is already darker than she in in RL. thanks so much for looking in!
think I will have to do some grass studies to really get that...so going for just get by somehow on this one. it is kind of a mess....;-)


07-03-2007, 09:07 PM
oh gosh I dont see a mess at all Collen just a few adjustments wil help if you want to. Its a great piece with or witout them. I do agree with the circular pattern. As I am not into pastels , if this is the medium, a easy fix by rearranging or adding a few of them. I love the stare its showing and you really show life it them. Makes you wonder just what its lookign at. :) I took the liberty of playing with it in PSP and hope u dont mind.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2007/5126-pastel_Diva_sn.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2007/5126-pastel_Diva_sn_1.jpg

just a suggestion


BTW I have looked at your giraffe and LOVE those eye studies what life in them and the cheetahs are great too. Love your work.

07-03-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, they are always welcome...I made changes and now am calling it done. simplifed the grass put in darker ground, and took out two of the yellow flowers...still not the best composition, but better, don't think I could solve it without redoing it...but this sure helped
Thanks for looking! added a detail shot:)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2007/103030-diva_pastel_sm_.jpg
detail shot


07-03-2007, 11:24 PM
Beautiful kitty, and beautiful portrait Colleen! I know your friend will be thrilled with it.

07-04-2007, 01:37 AM
What more can I say than..... I love your work Colleen!

07-04-2007, 03:23 AM
The huntress. You have captured her nature perfectly. Beautiful soft hair and those penetrating eyes. Your friend is going to love this.


07-04-2007, 11:34 AM
what a grand finish Coleen your friend has got to love this one. I want to take my hand down its back and feel the fur in my fingers. Its so soft looking.


Mikki Petersen
07-04-2007, 01:46 PM
I thought it was goo dbefore and think it is good now. It is a solid painting and will surely be appreciated by your friend.


07-04-2007, 05:38 PM
thanks everyone! I sent an email to her for approval...she loves it, which is always a relief, since my vision of her matches my "client" sometimes that is not the case:-) I do tend to like the more extreme times, and I like this one too, tho I'll never be quite content with the grass...oh well, there are other chances ahead! thank you for all the sweet comments....

Paula Ford
07-04-2007, 05:45 PM
That's a beautiful kitty!!