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.
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.
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.
Trevor is one of Miss Pretty’s last litter and is delightful. So fluffy, so gentle, so… simple. He’s my only pet afraid of thunderstorms. Some people go by barometers. I have a Trevorometer to predict the weather.
Trevor’s reference photo.
This was painted as a matched pair with his sister River. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
He’s helping me decide where to hang them.
“Just make sure mine is hung higher than hers.”
I lost my girl Gracie at the end of June of this year, and I realized that I didn’t like any of the paintings I had of her. So it was time to do a new one. When I finished up her eyes, my own teared up. Gracie was gone, but she was staring right back at me. And that’s what renewed my love of painting. That snowballed into painting my other cats who hadn’t yet been immortalized, and revamping this site, which had gone stagnant the past few years.
So thank you, Baby Grace, for nine years of love and laughter, and reminding me that painting is something I should be doing.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 8×10.
Gracie’s reference photo, and the work in progress.