I am pretty far down the road with my painting.
I like the reflective nature of the title and wanted to do some research on different cultures archetype for the cat. There is an abundance of history on the significance humans place on the cat going back to cave paintings.
What resonated with me is the cat as an archetype or model for freedom or independence.
When I was young I associated the falcon with wild independence and painted a rather stark self portrait of myself as a falcon in a cage. I have mellowed somewhat and decided to use the cat as a stand in for a self portrait of myself in my new and softer cage.
Freedom is a relative concept; the cat will be the focal point of the story in my new painting.
The need for freedom is a universal theme with which humans can relate.
Nice idea already Larry !!
Painted preliminary colors this week end. The advantage of acrylics is I can change anything in an hour. I find this can also be a big disadvantage.
Super super cool!! I love it so far....
Sketched the story and moving on to colors. One idea builds on the next. I keep asking myself how I feel about the story and the colors that feel right. Attached is part of the sketch.
Today I was thinking about Kandinsky as I worked on my colors for the painting. Focused on development of a painting within a painting, a corridor with two different moods.
ITS A GREAT DRAWING... the CAT LOOKS ALIVE!!!
Charcoal pencil on paper for these, keep it sharp. I used the same for the initial sketch on my canvas and then used black ink for parts of the canvas sketch elements to through portions of the painting that are more transparent (with glazes).
These are good sketches, What are you using?
fast sketching body language of cats to get a feel for the painting's story