I received a request for a commissioned cat painting, so the beach scenes will just have to wait. Besides, I enjoy shifting back and forth from one subject to another. There’s never a dull moment!
The canvas is an 11x14 fine woven linen, which is my favorite to use for portraits. The surface is smooth and it dries much quicker than cotton. The base coat is (oil) burnt sienna and the outline is burnt umber. A red background was selected.
She chose a close-up of the cat’s face - a nice choice for highlighting those beautiful blue eyes.
My process for building the fur along the neckline is painting streaks of lighter colors over the darker layers. The facial colors are mostly gray, black, and dark brown.