Wide-Eyed Wonder Kitty © 2011 Karen Mathison Schmidt
5 x 7 inches • oil on Gessobord
SOLD • private collection • Stamford, Connecticut
This painting was my response to this week’s Daily Paintworks Cat and Caboodle Challenge submitted by Dreama Tolle Perry. Thanks to Dreama for providing a subject with such a sweet face!
Here are some of my work-in-progress photos:
First, the initial sketch in purple acrylic -- I think she has too much of a smile, but I’ll fix that later.
A glaze of turquoise in the background area ...
... then, a yellow glaze over the cat ...
...and a red glaze over the cat, except for the eyes!
After the acrylic underpainting is completely dry, I start adding the oils,
starting with the eyes and working my way outward.
Here I’ve started toning down her smile a bit:
Here I’ve started adding in the background, loosely,
so the green underpainting shows through in places:
In the final painting you can see I did away with the yellow-gold circles
in the sofa fabric. I thought they were too busy;
they took too much attention away from this sweet kitty face.
And you can see also how I toned down her smile,
giving her more of an air of concentration.