Saturday, April 12, 2008
Dreaming in Color © 2008 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6x6 • acrylic on Gessobord
SOLD • private collection, Poway, California
I love painting Bailey. Her colors and markings are really beautiful. Here she is in all her napping glory, on a pile of books and paint tube boxes next to the little square ceramic planter where I keep my colored pencils, while the early morning light comes streaming through the window.
I love this cat, although some people, my husband among them, don’t get her. They think she’s grouchy and stand-offish.
I understand her.
Her needs and wants are simple, really; Bailey thinks of herself as the Queen of the House (nay, Universe) and all she asks is to be treated as such. That’s all. Totally understandable.
Here are my work-in-progress photos.
These first 2 show blocking in shapes and colors.
And here’s where I paint a burnt sienna glaze over the whole thing, to warm things up a bit:
And then add more detailed layers of color ...
Here are some details of the finished painting:
... and now, for an unnecessarily EXTREME close-up: