Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ginger Charlie

Ginger Charlie and Pumpkin

Pumpkin looks cross. I imagine she's thinking 'why are you painting him?' Pumpkin, my tortoiseshell cat at the back of the table, wishes she was still the only pet in the house. She is the oldest and wisest at almost eleven years old. Charlie is very pretty (can you call a boy pretty?) and very very friendly to all.

I painted this as a demo piece for a forthcoming magazine article about painting cats in acrylics. I've decided to have it printed as a greetings card too. I love the square format for cards!

Here are some sketches of my cats I've been working on lately in pen and ink. With the addition of a brush and water it's a really speedy technique that's great for moving subjects. 


I now have to write a feature for another magazine called 'My favourite colour'. That's a tricky one! I would have a huge list of colours for this but I have to choose one. Not only that but I have to choose one that's not already been used by another contributor. At least that narrows it down a bit!
So on my current shortlist there's buff titanium, cerulean blue, magenta, transparent red oxide, pale umber, cadmium red, lemon yellow and blue black.
What colour would be your favourite if you had to choose just one?


15 comments:

  1. In my textile work I love to work with turquoise and gold and the colours of the sea. My own shortlist when painting was indigo,lemon yellow, magenta, (avignon) orange. In fact, it's so long since I painted I probably need to go and get my paints out to remind me ;-)

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  2. I also love turquoise Julie! It's an all time favourite for me, but it's a colour that's already been 'taken'! :-)

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  3. Love the cats, Haidee. Very nice composition and so cheerful. I had a cat like Pumpkin, who never forgave me for getting the dog! If the dog was at the kennel, the cat was charming, but not so when the pooch was at home. The sketchbooks are great, too, love the watercolor.

    My favorite color is blue, any of them! Of those you have to choose from though, I think I would go for the transparent red oxide. Transparency in oil painting is just wonderful. Can't wait to see the article.

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    1. Thank you Bobbi. The funny thing is Pumpkin is the easiest pet of all! Each one that's joined the household since has had a troublesome characteristic or two, whereas Pumpkin never asks for anything and manages to keep out of trouble! She's an absolute angel :-)

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  4. This is a very nice painting Haidee! Did you use a blue undertone?...it works really well. Pumpkin is a great cat name :)

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    1. Thanks David! I used a warm undercoat but then a blue & violet wash to mass in the mid and dark tonal values. I had the name Pumpkin before I had the cat - I was looking for a ginger kitten but found a tortoiseshell! Four years later I gained a ginger kitten who became Charlie, and his black and white sister Lola. They were named after the Lauren Child books ;-)
      Incidentally we used to have a dozen chickens and they had to be of all different colours too, for painting purposes!

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  5. I've been wanting to paint my cat for ages, but can't quite get my head round the dynamics of his movement. There's a very particular 'cat-ness' that is sometimes hard to capture well. You've done so very beautifully in these paintings.

    Favourite colour: I'm a bit of sucker for the blues. Love them all, but dramatic indigo keeps finding its way onto my palette at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Vandy. Try lots of quick sketches of your cat to start with, and don't expect too much just go with it and have fun! Dramatic indigo... hmm, so many gorgeous blues!

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  6. Made me think I should have a go at painting my two cats, love all the colours. Indigo definitely my favourite plus cerulean blue and turquoise! X

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    1. I think I may go for cerulean for the article - I use it most for mixing greens! :-)

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  7. How did you keep your cats still?
    Fave colour is the interesting grey you scrape up off your palette at the end of a session. If you had that colour at the start the painting would have taken half the time! I think people worry too much about specific colours.

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    1. No they don't stay still! I start with a very quick sketch and a couple of photos so that I can continue painting whenever they decide they've had enough posing, whether that's ten minutes in or an hour and a half later!

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  8. Hi Haidee, this painting of Charlie is brilliant but I love the one I have of him on my wall best of all!

    I like Indigo and also Naples Yellow in most media, but in watercolour my present favourite is Quinacridone Gold, its fab.

    Joy Londonuk x

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    1. I was thinking about your Charlie painting the other day! He's a handsome boy to paint, that's for sure!
      Everyone seems to love indigo - think I'd better get some and see what I'm missing! xx

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  9. Charlie is in THE prime position the kitchen where presides over every meal ! I have deep terracotta walls so he stands out beautifully in his pale blueygrey frame, perfect for his colouring! I'm so chuffed!!
    Joy x

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