Friday, January 27, 2006

Watercolor Painting - Shady Cat

Sometimes when an artist comes up with a new idea it can be a disaster! I have been thinking about a painting that indicates an abstract pattern while reflecting reality. It requires looking at it in terms of light and dark values which from a distance will reflect the reality of the scene. Early sketches failed to give me what I was looking for in this new concept, at least new for me! A restless night, milk and cookies, and old photo references, can do wonders! I found a picture of cat resting in the sun at my Mothers house. With several modifications it was exactly what I was looking for in this Painting.

My early sketch looked very good, and I was getting excited about the painting. There are times when you just know a painting will work. It was sketched on 300lb Arches CP paper. Next, to save the whites, I laid down large flows of mask. In retrospect, I should have used masking tape and mask. The abstract pattern was completed.

After all that work, it was time to drop in the darks. I mixed several test patches of color to get the luminous grays and browns I wanted. I ended up using only three colors, Ultramarine Blue, Aureolin Yellow and Red Rose Deep for my palette. As I began to place the darks in the painting, out of nowhere I decided to drop in some mid-values. Sometimes a painting will lead you where it wants to go, or is it the right side of your brain? At any rate, the painting lived up to my expectations. I hope you like it. An artist friend from Australia said it was purrrfect (if you will pardon the pun)!


Blogger Vera Dennen said...

Hey, thanks for pointing me in this direction. No, I had not been here before. Took me a minute to focus and see the painting indeed was a cat. Think you achieved your goal of an abatract/reality.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Bob,I have just found my way to your blog.and discovered this beautiful image of your mother's cat! I love the whole idea of this and enjoyed reading about your methods.
I am an Australian artist too,and just like the other Australian, I too think this is "puuurfect"

2:22 PM  
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2:28 PM  
Blogger emcrorie said...

This is gorgeous.. I love the tone and atmosphere!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Deb Townsend said...

I absolutely love it Bob! I'd love to see a larger pic so I could see the details a little more clearly. Really cool to read about your process.

4:09 AM  

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