Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nala



For my first cat portrait ...ever, I chose a photograph which I took of Nala when I visited the Humane Society on Tuesday. She is a young female domestic cat looking to be adopted. Without a Karin challenge this week, I may do a couple more shelter animal portraits or start a new larger piece. Haven't decided yet, but I'm feelin' itchy to paint something. We got snow again yesterday, ( happy April Fools Day, only problem is...I'm NOT kidding), so I've been putting off trying my first plein air painting. Apparently this is something one can do in the snow, but that seems a little hard core for me right now. Hope everyone is staying motivated and getting some great work done.
oil on masonite 5 3/4" x 7"

19 comments:

  1. Oh, I love Nala! She is so cute. You have captured all her loveliness in this painting. Also love the background color.

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  2. she's beautiful, I love her eyes. Yes I'm thinking of going to my Humane Society and asking which one of these creature is going to be the most difficult to find a home for and paint that one. I love this idea. Bravo

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  3. You are really hitting your stride, Vern! This is a sweet painting - I can tell this is a lovely creature just from the expression you have been able to give her. :-)

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  4. Vern, your colors are phenomenal!!! I love this. You've captured her sweet, hopeful expression. It's a wonderful painting. You paint cats with as much heart as you paint dogs. (more snow. ack!)

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  5. Beautiful painting, Vern. Wonderful job with the eyes and expression. Very well done.

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  6. EEee! I'm jumping up and down with glee!

    Beautiful. My first cat painting ended up looking like something that ends up on the side of the road. :o(

    I love your unique choices of color. You're so talented.

    Scratch that itch and go paint! I can't believe you haven't plein aired yet. [though I haven't either...heh heh]

    Get one of those attachable umbrellas and go paint. I bet it's going to be great.

    HUGS!

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  7. wonderful kitty, I admire anybody that can paint so loosely. Love the background color.

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  8. Thanks everyone, you guys are such a great support group and cheering section. I feel very fortunate.

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  9. Oh, Vern. Your first cat portrait ever? You may have found your new calling. This is just purrrrrrfect.

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  10. Vern, you captured a very sweet Nala, great job!

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  11. Wow, what a cutie! Color and brushwork is fabulous!I second the PUUURRRfect!

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  12. Vern, I apologize for being away so long. The pollock season finished yesterday April 1st and today I am off with the time to paint, breathe and re-connect with civilization. I am having a feast with all that I've missed by my favorite artist bloggers. You've really got something going here with these animal portraits!

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  13. R., Dana and Cathyann, thanks a bunch and for all that purring. The kitties would love that.

    Alice, just great to have you back, sounds like it's been a long winter for you too.

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  14. Very nice Vern, the colors the brushwork an A for you.

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  15. Thank you for the comments Vern, your work is very impressive as well.

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  16. I very much enjoy that your animals are so expressive. I scrolled down your page and enjoyed them all. I also love how the Koi at the header of your blog shows lovely movement. The two on the right especially catch my eye. One has bumped into the other, as they naturally would, and that is a really nice touch.

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  17. David Nick and Tina, thanks for stopping and the great comments. I really appreciate them.

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  18. Your shelter portraits are so wonderful, Vern. I think this one is "the cat's meow!" Great cat face! Love that red tinting on animal portraits, it really helps them sing out.

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  19. Thanks Pattie, I used my new paint eraser in places to bring back some of the ground.

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