Thursday, October 8, 2009
Bailey, international cat of mystery
Birdwatching by Karen Mathison Schmidt
18 x 24 • acrylic on cradled Gessobord
I finished this one in February for Acrylic Secrets. You can see my step by step process in the book; the editors gave me a six-page spread for this one!
I had a lot of fun painting Bailey in this large format. I’m pretty sure she likes the finished piece, too, because while I had it sitting in my office she kept posing in front of it.
Here’s a snippet from a conversation we had while I was working on the painting:
Me: I wonder if I should have gone with the 9 x 12 board. This one is pretty big.
Bailey: Darling, when it comes to a picture of me, bigger is always better.
Me: You know, you should be honored that I chose you for the subject of this one -- this picture is going in a book that’s supposed to be distributed in four countries.
Bailey: Excellent. It’s about time the world knew of my beauty.
Ah, Bailey. So beautiful. So modest. Gotta love her!