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02-13-2001, 04:44 PM
I posted this lil guy ages ago in the critiques forum and I also submitted him for the cat project. It's a pastel, approx 10" by 15".
I mostly paint landscapes but I saw a picture of this cat in a magazine and had the urge to paint it. The background is made up. I would really be interested to hear what you guys in the animal forum think about this painting.
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02-13-2001, 05:02 PM
Sandra, this is beautiful, I like the way you handled the blue light reflecting on his/her coat.
But I have to admit I'm a bit prejudiced against fat cats. Probably because I have one! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
02-13-2001, 07:33 PM
I love the light in this! As for the cat, looks great except that the legs look a little short for the cat. Maybe it is that way though.
02-13-2001, 08:23 PM
Thank you Colleen and Barbara.
Barb - maybe the legs are longer - it is difficult to know where the fur stops and the cat starts! LOL http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I probably over exaggerated that bit.
02-14-2001, 07:56 AM
Sandra this is beautiful! I have a question...when you say the background is made up...do you mean you didn't use anything to help you with the shapes and colors? I always struggle with backgrounds myself and usually avoid them althogether and end up frustrated! I do want to overcome that;it is one of my goals for this year...
02-14-2001, 09:46 AM
What I like about this is that the cat itself is an integral part of the art design. What I mean is, it doesn't matter its a cat, bottle, stuffed toy....
...the colors, the shape and form all work to make a fine piece. I like very much the vertical dimension of the piece, or panoramic view. Kudos...
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas
02-14-2001, 08:48 PM
Hi Gisele, thanks for your comments. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Yes, the background is imagined. I think my starting point was to make the background darkish to show off the light side of the cat. Emphasise contrasts. The cushion was put in because I had been thinking about Fragonard's "Girl Reading" and how wonderful the cushion is in that. (Coincidentally, that's painting is being talked about in Portraits, so if you want to see a great cushion go here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000051.html ).
Then I do some sketching to try to work out the main shapes and tonal value contrasts. Here are some example sketches where I am trying to work out a composition to take further. I don't get too bothered about the detail of what I will put in - just try to make the whole painting work.
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I find it really helps if I do lots of sketching and colour notes and really try to work out what I'm aiming to do in the painting before I start. If you do a lot of preparation, you can approach the eventual painting with much more confidence and funnily enough it gives you much more freedom to push things further and take risks with your painting.
02-14-2001, 08:52 PM
Larry, thanks for your thoughts. I'm so glad you think the overall design works - it was important to me that this piece should work as a whole painting. I think I approached it like a landscape. LOL http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
02-23-2001, 07:08 AM
I like your sketches Sandra.....always good to see how an artis works.
BTW good catscape! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
02-23-2001, 01:31 PM
Sandra..i remember your crt from crit. forum...i loved it and still do...basia
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