|10x8" Oil on cradled wood panel (Click to enlarge.)|
The subject: Mervin is a special kitty that we saw on our vacation to the Keys. He is a feral cat who often sat in front of an open shop door. The owner tried to entice him inside with treats and he would only get to the opening before backing off. We found out that he finally made the trip across the threshold shortly after we left. Luckily for me, he was happy to pose for photos.
The process: Getting the softness of the fur and the color are difficult. But, painting a cat is really fun and I hope to improve my technique each time I do a new one.
Surface: A cradled wood panel is just a wood panel that has a solid wood frame. I used a 3/4 inch cradled panel and this makes it possible to simply hang as is, no frame necessary. I have also stained and varnished the sides of the cradle which give it a very finished look! You can see the cradle from the side photo I took below.