Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Futuristic Cats




I woke up this morning feeling like I wanted to paint a watercolor. But I was not in the mood for soft washes or dreamy pale colors. Today I felt like layering stark creamy pigments onto my paper. Somehow my brush craved to be dipped in orangey, firey red. So often painting with watercolor the pigment does not stay strong enough for my liking. Or when it dries the hotness of the red fades the way a leaf's color fades when you press it between the pages of a book.

I was inspired by the cats in the photo above who are called Taffy and Sully. The photo has an otherworldy, unearthly quality - maybe a green filter was used or maybe the sunlight hit these cats in such a way as to create this lovely ethereal effect.

I have always loved the German Expressionists and Der Blaue Reiter. So maybe I got some inspiration from them ...

Three Cats by Franz Marc, 1913


In the end my cats turned out pretty interesting. I didn't want to overwork it so I left them in their futuristic world. Maybe they are peering out from beneath a glass dome on Mars ......

Taffy and Sully, 22 x 30", Watercolor


20 comments:

  1. gorgeous picture you are very talented

    kate urban hounds

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  2. Wow -- gorgeous work! Your colors are rich and wonderful.

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  3. Sublime..very dreamy, ethereal...love the glowing sense of light fashioned into the colorful blending of brushstrokes..exquisite! Such beauties and very atmospheric effects..totally fantastic! Happy PPF!
    Victoria

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  4. Very nice painting. I admire someone who can create a good work of art in one sitting.

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  5. I love these. Even though I love animals, and am a cat person, I am not usually attracted to paintings or pictures or sculptures of domestic pets. But I love this style. very cool. Thank you for your comment and opinions on my post today.

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  6. Love your futuristic cats, really fantastic! Valerie

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  7. loving this wonderful style of painting, superb. Happy PPF, Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. great paintings on here..love the demos too

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  9. Beautiful and interesting....love this style!
    Wonderful work! Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Wonderful! I think your result is fantastic. Soft and colourful and I love the reds and greens together :)

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  11. i love how you painted the 2 cats, very soft and sureal.

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  12. I love your loose brush work on the two cats! So wonderful :)

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  13. Beautiful, interesting piece! Love the looseness and colors!

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  14. Oh, they're beautiful! I love the addition of blue in the corners of the eyes - and loved that you went with the colors your brush dictated ;) xo

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  15. Omigoodness! I love it! Like looking through a skylight ...
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  16. Excellent! I love the way this turned out:-)

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  17. Beautiful I am impressed :-)

    Have an artastic week ;-)

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  18. So cool. That is very impressive. I liked how you showed the photo first and then your painting.

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  19. You are so talented! Love it :)
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  20. A beautiful cat painting that expresses the softness of their fur and the warmth of their bodies, and has such a dreamy effect. Your artistry is wonderful.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog post - much appreciated.

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