View Full Version : Jump... again... please

02-02-2008, 03:52 AM
Painting has been my way out during a rough time. Humour helps so much too. But all in all it has been a challenge to do anything. This is my second attempt in a while. I have used pastels a long time but cats are a new thing.
Art spectrum paper, mainly Rembrandt, with a touch of Sennelier and the white pastel pencil. 15 x 18" (38 x 46cm).


02-02-2008, 08:27 AM
I love everything about this painting - the composition, the colours, the subject matter - all beautifully rendered. The reflections in the water are excellent!!

02-02-2008, 08:37 AM
This is beautiful. Water is perfect. Cat is so realistic. Good job.

Terry Wynn
02-02-2008, 09:09 AM
Wow, this is gorgeous. The tension of the cat looking out compels the viewer. LOVE IT!


02-02-2008, 10:33 AM
Love it!! Beautifully done!

Gail V
02-02-2008, 10:44 AM
WOW!! This is fabulous!! The sun hitting the cat, the bubbles in the water - this is amazing!!!!!! Can I ask if you would show us the reference photo? I really love this!!

Paula Ford
02-02-2008, 11:41 AM
I love everything about this painting - the composition, the colours, the subject matter - all beautifully rendered. The reflections in the water are excellent!!

I totally agree!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


02-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Love this especially the composition.


02-02-2008, 01:03 PM
All I can say is Wow! Wow! Wow!

02-02-2008, 01:37 PM
Viuhti this is really well painted. Anyone who knows cats has seen this expression of anticipation on their faces, and you've done a very good job of creating the tension of the cat's body resisting the temptation to jump into the water. I also like how you've painted the water too. Your composition leads my eyes all through it, but always right back to the cat - Well done indeed... :clap:


02-02-2008, 01:44 PM
Great painting.:clap: :clap: I think cats are wonderful subjects as they have so many different expressions to capture. Good job.

02-02-2008, 02:57 PM
Thank you everyone for your appreciation. Here is the ref. The cat is a most amazing finnish cat called Vladimir. I changed the backgroud because I wanted the cat to be the focal point.


02-02-2008, 03:04 PM
Great painting.

02-02-2008, 06:18 PM
Well, I am very sorry about the rough time, but it sure has led to a beautiful piece of work. Beautiful colors.


02-02-2008, 06:32 PM
Fabulous! You have really caught the anticipation of movement.

02-02-2008, 09:30 PM
Wow fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap:

02-02-2008, 10:10 PM
Beautifully done! The colors are luscious and pop the cat off the page.


water girl
02-02-2008, 10:17 PM
This is great! It's hard to believe that you don't paint cats very often. Your composition is great; my eyes focus on kitty's eyes.

02-02-2008, 10:21 PM
I saw this over in A&W, its just great! Looks like the cat is trying to decide if it's worth getting wet for. :)

Love the composition!


Mikki Petersen
02-03-2008, 02:10 AM
Extraordinarily perfect! Wow! What an eye catcher.


02-03-2008, 04:46 AM
This is actually my first cat picture ever. (counting out things I did before the age of 12) IŽve only had a cat for a year now. Allways had dogs before. My usual subjects are boats and boat details, people and landscapes. This kitty just so caught my eye in the fantastic photo. I believe there was something jumping in the water that caught the cats attention.

DonŽt know how much youŽre supposed to open up about your personal life here. But IŽve been told opening up helps. My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in may 2005. After two operations, kemo, radiation and loads of homeopathics etc. he passed away in december. Fortunately I could keep him at home till the very end and I could hold him the final minutes. He was 49, a brilliant architect and a great man.
Sorry to get off topic...

02-03-2008, 07:54 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though I've been in the same kind of situation, I will not offer you any advice, as mourning is a process that takes its own time and form. It is what it is. And it is good you could be by his side all the way through to the very end, it is a blessing, though a hard one. Thank you for sharing.

Your painting of the cat is extremely well done, with humour too! You're a master with pastels, and I hope we see much much more of your work! this painting is very beautiful!

Selahs art
02-03-2008, 07:57 AM


Merethe T
02-03-2008, 08:44 AM
Stunning painting, everything is so good! The expression on the cat is priceless, and the comp is great...

I'm sorry about your loss, must be so hard for you.


Donna T
02-03-2008, 09:42 AM
When I saw your painting and then the photo of the cat I thought you had painted my cat! He was a stray and we took him in. Unfortunately, when he gets this intense look we are usually presented with a beautiful dead cardinal on our doorstep. Wonderful painting! I'm really sorry for your loss and I hope that somehow your artwork can be a source of strength and hope.


Terry Wynn
02-03-2008, 11:06 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful painting and your thoughts.

We only know what one chooses to share - so many thoughts/ feelings go unspoken. I am sorry for the loss of your loved one.

Your painting is beautiful. Life is not always the same.

Take care and good luck as each day comes forward. As Charlie said, mourning is a process and we each go through at our own speed. Be good to yourself and my best to you.


I will look forward to seeing more of your paintings.

02-03-2008, 12:22 PM
This is so good! Sorry to hear you have been having a rough time :( Hope things get better soon & can't wait to see more of your work...

02-03-2008, 12:44 PM
Just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.


02-03-2008, 05:33 PM

I love this moment that you've captured! The glow is incredible!

I'm really digging the blues in the water too. :thumbsup:

Mikki Petersen
02-03-2008, 08:58 PM
You can open up as much or as little as you are comfortable doing. I'm sad for your loss but glad to hear you can recognize the value of those last days. I'm also happy you are able to remain in touch with your artistic self. It can be a great friend when all else is feeling lost. My best to you and I can't wait to see what else you paint.