I started this painting at the beginning of this year at Dee Donaldson's teaching studio - Studio 3. Selecting the image below of my Sphynx cat Sam as reference.
Below is a pic of my workspace at Studio 3
I started this piece using a flourescent Lemon yellow acrylic for the background and did the initial drawing of the cat using water soluble wax pastels. After drawing with the pastels the surface was moistened with water using a spray bottle - creating drips and 'fuzzy' lines.
At this stage I shifted to oils and started to work up the painting.
Layering different colours, marks and thickness of paint.
I took this painting to Maggie Strachan's studio (an artist friend) & did some work on it there. Maggie & I spent more time chatting than working... (the intention was for us both to spend the day together painting) I use a red shopping cart to transport all of my oil equipment around when I work in other artist's studios. (See behind the easel)
This painting got abandoned for many months & I worked on other art pieces & I recently returned to it. I wanted to layer various images of Sam over the initial one.
After layering this pic (above) over a photograph of my painting in an app called 'Superimpose'on my iPad I liked the composition so much I decided to include only one cat over the previous one.
The initial drawing of the second cat was done in indigo & I glazed some of the values in using the same colour paint.
More glazing using indigo coloured oil paint. The dots were created using a crafter's stencil. I wiped away the paint through the stencil using a soft cloth.
Adding warmer colours and more detail
The range of colours used in the top layer of this painting
I photographed the piece at this stage & resolved the rest of the composition on the iPad using the app Procreate.
Below the iPad painting over the photograph of my painting:
Below the video of my iPad painting (no sound)
The final piece:
The muse standing in front of his portrait: