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Old 12-02-2017, 04:12 PM
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WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

This is my Carey (AKA Caramel), a champagne mink Tonkinese.

I'm still struggling to capture the subtle differences in value & texture in her body, but I am really pleased with her face & head. I've started this and similar cat portraits many times and hit brick walls much earlier in the process. I've always given up, but I am obsessed with finishing this. Can't tell you how many layers of paint are in some parts of her, I've started over so many times. But in general, I am very pleased.

Opaque watercolor (casein maybe more than gouache) is definitely for me. I struggled the past 4-5 years to use transparent watercolor, but this "dark to light" just makes more sense to me.

Comments & critique are encouraged. I know myself well enough to not be ruffled by anything and I'm too honest with myself to get a swelled head too.

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Doug (the NC one)

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Old 12-03-2017, 06:29 AM
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Re: WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

She looks cross-eyed?

Doug
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:58 AM
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Re: WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

Doug, this is coming along nicely. If this is gouache,
be careful about getting the paint too thick on that sketchbook page. I look forward to seeing this completed.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:08 AM
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Re: WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

Yep. She actually is. Tonkinese are a mix of Siamese and Burmese and some Siamese are noticeably cross-eyed.

It's great you noticed! One of the reasons I am compelled to finish this is because I feel strongly that I have actually captured her personality in her face--for the first time in all of my attempts.

Doug
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:54 PM
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Re: WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

This is coming along very well. I was a pet portrait artist for many years (quit because it was so stressful!) and yet I could never paint my own pets!!!!

Finally a client suggested the reason was because I knew them so well that it was hard to paint just one expression or facet of their personality.

Since you feel you've captured her facial personality, the rest should go smoothly - consider yourself blessed! Can't wait to see it finished!
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:55 PM
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Re: WIP The first gouache painting I haven't given up on

I think it looks great. I found gouache tough and you are handling it well here. Gary
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