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.
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.
River looks sweet and dainty, but she’s got the biggest, most powerful paws of any cat, ever. At least it feels that way when she’s “making biscuits” on my bladder at 6am. We call it the Riverdance.
River’s reference photo.
Painted in 2013 as part of a matched pair with her brother Trevor. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
If I’d known she was going to be mine, I never would have nicknamed her Booger. But she had these two black dots, one over each nostril, and I really didn’t want any more cats. Really.
Boogie (which sounds better than Booger, or even Fritz’s name for her “Princess Booger Face”) was one of Miss Pretty’s feral kittens, and was about five months old when she was captured. She’s still skittish, but is an attention hog as long as I’m laying down in bed. If I’m standing, I’m terrifying, apparently.
I did a good job of capturing her “I don’t trust you” expression in her portait. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
Boog’s reference photo.