A Kitty Portrait

 

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Monica and Myron contacted me to do a trio of three paintings. The first is a portrait of their precious Albert who is now in kitty heaven. They sent several images, I particularly liked this closeup of his face.

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I begin by sketching him with a 2B pencil on my canvas that has been primed with 2 coats of white acrylic. I prefer to work on a surface that is slicker than what you get with gesso. If you would like to see this or any of the other images enlarged just click on the picture.

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Now I block the drawing in with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + LIQUIN.

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Bracing my wrist on a mahl stick helps to steady my hand as I delineate the details on his face. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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Adding the dark points on his face make the sketch begin to come alive.

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The basic values and planes are now established. This is not a perfect likeness, it’s not meant to be. We’re just blocked in and ready to paint. Come back soon, I’ll be applying color in the next session. Hugs,

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