corgi for last year's St. Valentine's Day, and it seemed to be a hit, so I felt like the cats needed to be commemorated in an oil painting of their own.
I found an oil paints starter kit at JoAnns (best save those Sunday coupons) and used a rather small, square canvas. I think this was one 6x6 or so.
I painted a background color first. The most important thing to remember about oil paints is that they take forever to dry. You need a good 3-day drying time before you can do more layering. I waited the 3 days and then sketched out Genevieve, starting with a pencil drawing of her basic shape. I used a photo I took last year as inspiration.
This is what I had after maybe 30 minutes of painting.
After I finished Genevieve, I text messaged it to Nicholas and my sister to see if it actually resembled my cat. They both enthusiastically said, "YES!" So, I let this portion of Genevieve dry for a few days and went back to add in the extra white portions.
Next up was adding in the worst tuxedo cat in the Pacific Northwest--Peanut (Penelope).
I used the same method as before and sketched out her shape first.
I used a couple of photos as guides to her look.
|Nice face shot.|
|The perfect body pose.|
After about 20 minutes, this is what I had come up with.
The most challenging part was getting definition in the white parts of their fur. I still think this could have been done better because they aren't that gray in spots. They're brillant white all over. I was uninspired to do the blanket and the background, but I tried something and it seemed to work ok.
Also, take note that oil paints stain. I accidentally ruined one of Nicholas' hoodies while painting.Whoops.
Stay tuned for more oil paintings!