Big White Cat

"Big White Cat" 6x8" oil on canvas panel. Thanks to Farbenhexe of PaintMyPhoto.com for the reference photo!

“Big White Cat” 6×8″ oil on canvas panel. Thanks to Farbenhexe of PaintMyPhoto.com for the reference photo!

Words cannot express how much I loved painting this kitty! Big, proud, bodacious, this is some cat. A Mighty Fine cat. His whisker pads are something to behold. And look at the tufts of fur coming out from the tips of his ears! What a magnificent animal!

I enjoy painting white cats, or at least cats with significant acreage of white fur, because there’s so many colors to be found within. The white fur reflects the colors around the cat, and looking for the subtle shifts of color, changes from warm to cool, and attempting to capture that—it’s a lot of fun!

I used a Pintura Painting Panel for this painting. It’s touted as an archival panel, and has a very finely woven canvas. I enjoy the smoother texture for painting in this size.

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Seated Kitten

“Seated Kitten” oil on panel 8×10″ thanks to Cherry Aron of PaintMyPhoto.com for the photo ref I used as inspiration!

“Seated Kitten” oil on panel 8×10″ thanks to Cherry Aron of PaintMyPhoto.com for the photo ref I used as inspiration!

My latest effort, this time a full body cat painting (not just the cat head! 😉 ).

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Pretty Kitty

"Pretty Kitty" oil on 5x5" panel. Thanks to Lisa Martin of PaintMyPhoto.com for the reference photo!

“Pretty Kitty” oil on 5×5″ panel. Thanks to Lisa Martin of PaintMyPhoto.com for the reference photo!

This is such a remarkably beautiful kitty! I found the reference photo over on PaintMyPhoto and couldn’t resist painting this cat. It’s just a little painting, 5×5″ on an Ampersand Artist panel (with a slight “canvasy” texture).

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Proud Orange Cat

“Proud Orange Cat” 6×8″ oil on panel. Thanks to Inge Dagmar Manders of PaintMyPhoto.com for the reference photo used as inspiration for this painting.

This is my first painting using a photo ref from PaintmyPhoto.com. They’ve got some lovely photos over there of kitties! This is “Tigga,” the Grand Old Gentleman. And a mighty find old orange kitty he is indeed!

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Mini-Tutorial: Experiments in Water Mixable Oils

WORK IN PROGRESS, 6×6″ water-mixable oil on stretched canvas.

Oy. My current schedule has not been conducive to painting and it’s very frustrating. But hopefully it will be back to “normal” (what qualifies as that for me!) soon.

I haven’t been able to spend much time at my studio, so I set up a very humble corner at home where I could paint. But painting with solvents (like paint thinner) was a no-go, so I thought I’d break out some water mixable oils I had, and see what I could do. I’ve done two paintings so far, neither finished, and I post the more “finished” looking of the two. It’s just a simple oil sketch of one of my made-up people (no model or photo reference). It needs more tweaking, which I’ll do as soon as it dries.

MY IMPRESSION OF WATER MIXABLE OILS:

Right now the main advantage I see with water-mixables (also known as “WMOs”)

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