Happy New Year!
My resolution is to not only create more art but to share it with you more frequently, starting today.
I have been studying animal eyes and recently I have been working on cat eyes. I start with a good photo so I can see the eye shape clearly. This is Mickey, one of the stray cats I have been taking care of for years. He’s not a friendly guy but he sure is handsome.
I always start my painting with the eyes. I have said this before, if I can capture life like eyes the rest is easier because I feel the eyes are what create the animal’s soul.
This is my first attempt at these eyes. although the shapes need adjusting I like the fur like quality I have achieved. Recently in a Jean Haines workshop she said, when doing the fur first touch the photo and imagine stroking the fur and feeling the directional patterns it makes. Very helpful advice.
In these studies I can see the eye shape is better and I have added the suggestion of a nose.
I am pleased with these and will continue practicing until I get the results I’m looking for. Get out some scrap paper and get to work doing studies of your own. Find a subject that interests you and pick a small starting point. I choose the eyes because they intrigue me and they are challenging. Be fearless. Remember no one has to see them so take risks with color & shapes. Most of all breath & have fun!
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