|6x6" oil on gesso board panel (click to enlarge)|
The most difficult thing in painting this was deciding what to paint. I encountered what's known as a "block" and simply couldn't paint. Fortunately, once I start I usually get over the block and that's what happened.
Underpainting: Picture 3 is my partial underpainting. At this stage I really felt I might have to throw this one away. However, after getting some of the vase painted, I began to feel better about it.
|Picture 4: Jimbo in shadow box setup|
Feline Assistance: Of course, cats have to get in on the act as Picture 4 shows. The rather large cat is Jimbo, a very good natured cat who has recently lost weight (after being put on a diet by his vet). He is feeling very frisky these days and jumps around a great deal more. I was a little surprised to see him in the shadow box because it's quite a leap from a nearby stool to the inside of the box.