|10x8" oil on linen panel|
Subject: Noel is a commissioned painting for a friend. The reference photo provided to me was backlit and originally I didn't want to use this. However, because I don't live near enough to take my own photo I decided to try it. In the end I used this photo and a second one to get a better idea of Noel's color. Since I have a long-hair tabby very similar to this one, I tried to get my own cat to pose--but he laughed and trotted away with his tail in the air. Cats!
The Furry Truth: Painting fur is a challenge. With each animal portrait I think I've got it down and then the next one comes along and it's a new challenge. But one thing has become clearer: the secret is the blending brush.