Kitten on a Blanket
A slight deviation away from the cat heads, that I am so fond of painting. A full-length cat for a change!
This little kitten was so adorable, I couldn’t resist painting it! Such distinct markings, and beautiful coloring. And the sweetest face!
I’m continuing to work on loosening up my brush strokes. Not that I’m where I want to be, but am always trying.
I used a commercially gessoed wood panel with a coat of Holbein’s “Foundation” paint on top. (I used “Foundation Umber,” but Holbein sells white, grey, and green as well.) This paint has some lead in it, which makes for a wonderful, wonderful painting surface! There’s nothing quite like painting on lead-based oil-primed support. The paint glides on, but doesn’t slide around. It will wipe off nicely with a thinner-soaked rag, but the paint sticks when you need it to. It’s just fabulous.
I first got the idea for painting on lead-based primer from the great Richard Schmid. He touts it in his book “Alla Prima.”