Friday, December 30, 2016

Mervin

10x8" Oil on cradled wood panel (Click to enlarge.)
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The subject: Mervin is a special kitty that we saw on our vacation to the Keys. He is a feral cat who often sat in front of an open shop door. The owner tried to entice him inside with treats and he would only get to the opening before backing off. We found out that he finally made the trip across the threshold shortly after we left. Luckily for me, he was happy to pose for photos.

The process: Getting the softness of the fur and the color are difficult. But, painting a cat is really fun and I hope to improve my technique each time I do a new one.

Surface:  A cradled wood panel is just a wood panel that has a solid wood frame. I used a 3/4 inch cradled panel and this makes it possible to simply hang as is, no frame necessary. I have also stained and varnished the sides of the cradle which give it a very finished look! You can see the cradle from the side photo I took below.


 

2 comments:

  1. Every cat is unique and because you have owned and loved many cats I believe you "get cats" and are able to express their special characteristics in your oil paintings. Mervin's mixed gray fur looks handsome and touchable despite being labeled a feral cat. More cats please! LLynn

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  2. Thank you, Lynn. I do plan on doing more cat paintings.

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