A Portrait of a Ginger is painted after my Puddy cat. He’s so old these days, maybe 15-18. We never knew his age for certain. We found him one snowy day in Klamath Falls, Oregon. There was an abandoned house on the property next to a house we just rented. Lots of cats lived there, they came and went, and we’d leave food out for them. One day, with a plate of food in hand, my Mom called out, “kitties! puddy!” and this super fluffy ginger cat came running. He was the only one who came to us. We soon found out someone had declawed him and dumped him.
We asked the neighbors around the area if they knew who he belonged to, but no one knew. We asked how long he’d been out there, and most people said they’d seen him for at least a few years. We took him in. That was 14 years ago. Puddy has since lost the majority of his fluff, and is so thin these days, eating about 5-6 plates of food throughout the day (small amounts really.) But he’s still as playful as a kitten! I thought it was definitely time to paint Puddy’s portrait. =)
I want to paint more watercolors, so I decided I’m going to start doing more portraits of my kitties. First up, Willow the Spaz! She’s basically my desk cat, so it was only apropos for her to be the first.
Painting in process, with Puddy cat just waiting for a chance to put his paw mark on it. He was literally lunging at the pooling water. >.<
An original illustration and watercolor painting. My cat Willow, ever the art critic, decided that she didn’t like the top left side of the painting, so she decided to “help” with the ear, and also leave her paw print. That possibly signified she was happy with the painting.
Painted on Stratmore 400 series, cold pressed watercolor paper. Acid free, heavy weight.
-Painted with Golden acrylics
-7″ x 5″ Studio Wrapped Canvas
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!
Sweet Basil knew that Colleen didn’t like the rain, but he knew that she would love this created “rain” of love!
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