Last summer, I shared my success of a watercolour attempt of Buster my cat on Facebook. A coworker spotted it and immediately commissioned me to do one in acrylic of his cats as a Christmas gift. I was thrilled!
Two Siamese sibling cats cuddled together on the bed, was my reference photo. They both had big, almost turquoise eyes staring up at the photographer as if they'd been caught misbehaving. Simply adorable!
I cropped the image to show more cat than bedding.
After transferring the basic proportions onto the canvas, I quickly filled in some colour just to get a feel for it. Probably not my best idea, since I'llneed to go over it again. The gallery canvas measures 18” x 24” which translates into a lot of paint! No #0 brushes allowed else I'd be painting until next Christmas LOL!
Speaking of paint, I had just discovered the importance of colour checking in Christine’s portrait (Spending Time WIth Christine) when I had to stop midway to focus on this new commission. Since I can’t trust anything to memory, I decided it was time to keep some sort of record of my artwork with some information that could help me down the road.
Using my iPad, I painted sample mixes directly onto the screen but it’s still hard to see due to the back lighting. Half way through I had to print out a good sized photo because I saw in my notes that I wasted several hours correcting colours. A nasty habit I have you see is using up leftover palette paint as underpainting in other areas which then need to also be corrected. (Don’t get me started on Stay Wet Palettes either! There will be a blog on that product in the near future!) Hopefully this lesson is starting to sink in!