Two inseparable cats.
When I was told the story of Gary and Stella, I just had to see photos. They are so cute together that I wanted to paint them for my portfolio.
Now that the portrait is completed, the cats’ owners want to buy the portrait.
We agreed that I will paint another portrait using a second similar photo as reference, and then Gary and Stella's owners will choose one portrait, and I will keep the other.
Gary was painted once before on a wood slice as a Christmas gift from the client to her adult son and his partner.
Stella, on the other hand, was reunited with Gary when the breeder decided she no longer wanted to keep her. They often cuddle together so the photos show their typical behaviour. This is Stella's first portrait.
Doesn’t she look absolutely happy to be with Gary once more?
Details of the portrait.
Gary and Stella are painted on 9 x 12 watercolour paper in acrylics. I used a combination of fluid and heavy body acrylics.
Once again, as in my most recent pet portraits, I limit my palette to the following colours: Alizarin Crimson Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade).
The Cornish Rex.
Many people might be unfamiliar with this very unique cat breed. I know I was!
With a bit of research, I found that the Cornish Rex are about as close as you can get to having a dog within a cat’s body.
Characteristics of the breed.
Displaying lots of confidence and highly intelligent, the Cornish Rex loves people and follows them everywhere around the house, just waiting for a lap to sit on, much like our canine friends.
This breed loves to perform tricks for an audience. Unlike many felines, the Cornish Rex is happy to receive lots of attention and is willing to show his agility or any other tricks his owner might want to train him to do. For example, this cat will happily retrieve objects much like any dog.
"Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos." Saul Bellow
May you find moments of stillness this week,