Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sparkling Susan and Simone

I've finally finished the painting of Susan and Simone. I like
the humour in the painting, which has been bumped up
with more detail. I can't completely understand why cats
love to climb on people who aren't fond of animals.
I think maybe sometimes they know better. Simone
was certainly determined. Simone was
a lovely cat, and Susan a beautiful woman, so perhaps
the cat just believed they belonged together.



Susan and Simone
Not Done
12" x 12"
acrylic on canvas
(the colour on this photo is more accurate than the final)

And Susan did circulate the improbable photo
of the cat resting on her shoulders to all her friends.
I've sharpened up the cat, and added some detail to
the background which is loosely based on Cape Smokey
in Cape Breton, one of Susan's favorite places.



Susan and Simone finished
12" x 12"
acrylic on canvas
I'll take a day time photo and get better colour

The final touch was real gold leaf on Susan's earring. But
it sparkles so much in the light, that I had to take a
detail shot for you with the flash off so you could see
the gold, which I applied over yellow paint this time.



Detail earring Susan and Simone

Have a sparkling and joyous day!

2 comments:

eldon said...

It's always fun to see a progression of a painting. It's like watching them grow.
EW

Barbara M. said...

Thanks Eldon,

I have a friend who teaches art
and says she doesn't do demos.

I get it, but I started photographing
the process sometimes for my blog,
and I find it interesting to look
back, and see what was fixed, and what changed from session to session. Barbara

Portrait Artist

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