Sunday, December 18, 2011
This is a last minute Christmas gift portrait of my mother's cat. When you're 87, it becomes a challenge to find gifts that are needed or wanted. Her cats play a role in her life, so I thought a portrait may make a good gift idea.
This cat, like many others she has adopted over the years arrived as one of the kittens from a pregnant cat that seemed to think my mother's house was the maternity ward. It was hand raised as the owner of the mother cat claimed it back, and left one of the kittens as thanks, but really too soon to be taken from its mother. The cat is probably 13 or 14 years old now, a huge, long haired beast, with enough fur to withstand a Siberian winter.
This painting was done from a blurry cell phone image of the cat, so there's a bit of guesswork and reference to other similarly coloured cats that had to be done. There is another cat, mostly black, at my mother's house, but it never stays still long enough to get an image of it. So the companion piece for this may have to wait.
The painting is 8" x 8" in acrylic on a canvas panel.