Monday, May 16, 2011

Cat Weekly Challenge

Cat That Ate the Canary, 6x6" oil
Couldn't resist painting this hairy thing for this week's Weekly Challenge: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Challenges .  I don't like working from a photo taken by someone else, but this is for the Challenge and Dreama Tolle Perry (this week's challenge artist) is right, it's interesting to see how one photo can be interpreted through a few hundred different eyeballs.  And it's exciting to reach the point, when working from a photo, that the painting takes on a life of its own. 
Reference photos can be a useful tool, especially when painting animals or the way light hits a flower.  I think it takes a lot of painting from life to really understand light and color, eyes see more than a camera can.  Direct painting can increase the ability to see through the photo and paint more life into it. 

6 comments:

carol morgan carmichael said...

I LOVE your cat! Great light hitting him and I like the way you cropped him.

SYLVIANE said...

Wonderful!he's staring at us!

Linda Popple said...

This is really a great painting and I love the red background. You did a great job in getting the light, too. Very nice!

Kathleen E Kelly said...

Love it. I have just got to get into that weekly challenge, it's just I have so many projects going on at the moment...and I mean a lot, isn't that wonderful? Anyway, I love Dreama's work also this one is special to me, one of my favorite online painters and one of my favorite local artists...wow!!!

Carol Flatt said...

This is great, Diane. He looks ready to come off the background. Wonderful textures!

Karen Werner said...

Wow! You breathed life into this painting...in spite of the reference photo! Fantastic sense of light.