Friday, 26 December 2014

Painting of Plussette

Hello friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I want to share with you a painting I did for my husband of his favourite feline, Plussette. I honestly did not know if I would get this completed in time for Christmas. It took 3-4 hours just to get the eyes right and almost that long for the nose.

This is the photograph I used for my painting in acrylics. I struggled to get the tabby fur right on the body and finally decided to cut the painting down to a head and shoulders portrait.
I bought this 8x10 frame, so I had to use an additional mat to make the cut-down painting fit. It was down to the 23rd of December so I either had to make this work or scrap the whole project. This is the final result.
And here are a couple of close-ups. I was getting a lot of glare from the window. Sorry about that. I started with a blue background. I painted some burnt umber over that and then scraped through it to allow some of the blue to show through; also to give it some interest and texture.
And this is our baby. She is 11 years old, but I still call her a kitten. Plussette is gentle, affectionate and absolutely knows how to get her humans to do her bidding, and to love doing it too.

The big pay-off was seeing how pleased my husband was with his surprise Christmas gift.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. May you be blessed.

Hugs & smiles,

Paint Party Friday - Art


Desire Fourie said...

Wow an amazing sketch of her. The facial expression is just wonderful.
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Valerie-Jael said...

The painting is beautiful. Cats do have a way to get their humans to do what they want, that is so true! Hugs, Valerie

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! You really did a fabulous job with Plussette. I bet your husband loved it so much.

Brian painted my beloved kitty Muffin, who passed in 2004, and surprised me a number of years ago - not for Christmas, just out of the blue - it was one of the most loving and thoughtful gifts I ever received.

Marianne said...

I love this painting.
Wish I could paint from a photo - but I can't...
Thanks for sharing.

Saskia said...

Beautiful work!

Smiles & Best Wishes, Saskia :)

Anonymous said...

lovely expression happy christmas

Penny said...

OMGosh, your hubby must have loved this! What a fabulous feline portrait! You did an outstanding job on this, Teresa! :^)
Hugs, Penny

minnemie said...

Beautiful! Here eyes are so alive!

ursula Uphof said...

Teresa, this is a gorgeous painting. You are so talented and I am not surprised your hubby loved it.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, I hope to do more visiting of blogs from now on.
I do hope you have a wonderful years with much peace and love. Hugs,

Karon said...

WOW - you did a gorgeous painting! What a fabulous gift! Merry Christmas and hope you had a wonderful time. Hugs, Karon.

Giggles said...

Beautiful! So rewarding that he loved it!! Sounds like a very nice Christmas!! May your New Year be abundant in good health, wealth and joy!

Hugs Giggles

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

What a sweet and lovely painting, Teresa! And gift. So special!

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW such amazing likeness you h ave achieved!! I thought it was a photo trick!!
Dr Sonia
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Telva Chase said...

Wow I'm impressed with your painting - so like the photo - amazing! The eyes and nose turned out perfectly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful gift for your husband, with us! Happy Happy 2015 - may all your dreams come true. xx visiting from PPF-TruffleArt.

Sirkka said...

So gorgeous painting of your cat! So natural.