45 Lives, commission, 10x28, oil on board
My client wanted a painting of all the cats she had shared her life with. She supplied a multitude of photos, all different stages, perspectives and quality ... very daunting! After pondering all the photos, I came up with the concept; "if she was crazy enough to have them all at once, this is what their relative ages would be"!
I then went about piecing together a composition that would work with the photos I had. To create interest I wanted movement and variation so I had them each doing something different; preening, sleeping, watching, playing, caught red handed and looking innocently at the viewer. Two photos were perfect reference, one I had to flip, one make up a bit that was covered in the photo and one I had to create a position to suit the layout then apply his coat and characteristics.
To infuse the owners name into the concept, I painted a "Rose" damask wallpaper in the background. The tablecloth (painted from life) illustrated that they were audacious kitties given they considered the dining room table "fair play"
The Painted Diary
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