Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Stalker

 The Stalker
8 x 10 acrylics

 Tripod's attention span is pretty limited, especially when in the house.  Outside however, he can focus something in his sight and stand perfectly still for the longest time.  Especially if the object of his 'affection' is a mouse or a rabbit.

In that frozen window of time all his energy is focused, he barely blinks.  The only movement is the very tip of his tail twitching and sometimes a  slow motion movement as he inches forward.  He, like most animals, believes that if you move in slow motion, nothing can see you.  You become invisible.

Tripod also believes that he can become invisible if he takes something that doesn't belong to him, destroys something or pees on something.  He doesn't seem to understand how very visible that makes him to humans.  However, that's another story.

I captured the stalker's gaze in acrylics on an 8" x 10" stretched canvas.  I use acrylic paints very seldomly.  I usually end up at some level of frustration with them and always forget how quickly they dry.  But I had cleaned off my oil palette and thought I'd try the acrylics once more.  And a more appropriate viewing distance.  I so dislike the constant 'in your face' views that are online.

There may be a few final adjustments, then it will be presented to 'Sir' for approval.


Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

This is such a beautiful cat and you captured such a precious expression on his face...I could stare at this all day....

Yelena Shabrova said...

Love the intense gaze and ears standing at full attention. What a beautiful cat.

Jeanette said...

Cynthia, Tripod is a very unique cat, more dog than cat and is solidly built - the typical male cat. He's great to draw and paint.

Yelena, one wouldn't want to be the object of his attention if you were a small animal. Even with only 3 legs he's a very fierce hunter.

RHCarpenter said...

You've definitely captured that gaze and stalking mode - so still and silent until they amaze you with a pounce or swipe of the paw into the air. Does he do that chattering thing when he watches birds?

Jeanette said...

Rhonda, for a three legged cat, he can move quickly and hunts everything but isn't too interested in birds. I think they are a bit too quick for him.

And no, he doesn't 'chatter' at them. He never watches anything out of a window, ever. I think its still something strange to him, from his feral days.

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Pat said...

I haven't had the opportunity to visit lately but this morning I spent a wonderful coffee break enjoying your paintings. Thanks for my morning Jeanette!
I fed the fish.

sue said...

Love Tripod.

Jeanette, for the first time today I was blocked from visiting your site - got a message saying you are using RPC which appears to host malware ??

I overwrote the warning, but wonder if you've changed anything recently, or if anyone else gets this message?

Jeanette said...

Sue, thanks, someone just told me something similar. I changed the format and added a new logo recently, that's all.

My virus scanner doesn't pick up anything. I'll have to look into it. I don't know anything about RPC

Sorry if this was a problem for anyone. I'll see if I can sort it out as soon as possible!

Casey Klahn said...

No malware alert, Jeanette, but that kitty looks serious. And, a fine painting, too!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Casey, I guess I've got it under control for the moment.

Oh yes, Tripod is a very serious cat.