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Cami the Calico

Cami

Named because her markings look like camoflage, Cami’s an adorable calico kitten. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 8×10.

Cami's reference photo.

Cami’s reference photo.

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Kaylee the Kitten

Kaylee

Kaylee the calico kitten. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 8×10.

Kaylee's reference photo.

Kaylee’s reference photo.

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Trevor and River

Trevor and River

Or as I like to call it, “I’m Ribber, an’ dis is my brudder, Trebber.”

This one is a good example of combining photos to make a better painting. The original picture of the two kittens was adorable, with River’s paw around her littermate’s shoulder, but Trevor wasn’t looking at the camera. A little photoshop with a photo taken the same day, and Trev’s face is facing the right way. A little more photoshop to add Riv’s ear that was cropped from the first photo, and Trevor’s missing toes.

Painted in 2013. Acrylics on canvas board, 11×14.

Original reference photo, expanded a little to for better composition and the right proportions for the canvas.

Original reference photo, expanded a little to for better composition and the right proportions for the canvas.

A little photoshop to change Trevor’s face, add his toes, and add the rest of River’s ear that was cropped in the original photo.

 

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Self Portrait with Trevor

Self-portrait with Trevor

I’m not crazy about this one, but I’m ready to call it done. It was mostly painted for practice, since I haven’t painted many people recently. And it’s a reminder why I love painting animals. There’s no egos involved. I don’t want to paint the skin folds on my chin and neck. But skin folds are adorable on a pug or boxer or bloodhound or bulldog. Lucky little furballs. ;)

The reference photo wasn’t a good choice. ¬†Trevor’s face, and mine, were at odd angles, and I had to amp up the shadows a bit, since the original pic was taken with a flash. Flash tends to wash out shadows. Natural lighting is best, since it has more depth.

Painted in 2013, acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Reference photo.

Reference photo.

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Gus Lounging on his Bed

Gus

I’d painted Debby’s trio a few years ago, and now it’s time to add the latest addition to the family. I loved painting Gus. He’s so cute, and his bed is pretty groovy. At Debby’s request, I added a second front leg, since the way he was laying made it look like he was a tripod-kitty. ;)

Acrylic on canvas board, 16×20.

Gus' reference photo.

Gus’ reference photo.

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