Turkish Angora Kitten, 5" x 7" oil


This is one of those pure joy paintings. It's the eighth in a series of kitty faces I've painted for a fellow who's become a friend in the process. Saturday I was mentioning to a Turkish friend that I needed to look for an image of a new cat's face to paint for Bill, and she suggested a Turkish Angora cat. They were new to me, but I've discovered they are always white with one green eye and one blue eye. I painted it on a slick gesso-coated, not canvas, panel, which left lots of brush marks visible down to the white surface. At first that worried me, but later I decided I liked the look a lot. What do you think?
We're having a clear, beautiful day here in San Antonio. Spring is in full swing around here- the bluebonnets are rioting along the roads and the trees are that intense yellow green of early spring. Red bud trees are thrilling in their various shades of pink to neon fuscia, and the mountain laurel trees are heavy with their clusters of grape-bubble-gum-scented flowers... heady stuff. Hope you look for and enjoy all the beauty around you today!

19 comments:

Diana Marshall said...

Superb painting, what a cute kitty! You haven't posted all the other cat paintings from your series, would love to see them.

Lokelani Forrest said...

Oh Wow...I thought this was a photo. You've done a great job on her/him. Love those eyes.

Linda said...

I like the brush strokes that are apparent due to your support. They add some nice texture to this cute cat. It's a beautiful painting and you've captured such a wonderful look on her face!

Ann Rogers said...

Puuuuurrrrrrfect!

Professor J said...

Unbearably sweet.

Jo Castillo said...

Awww, how cute. Nice day today. Saturday was downright cold! Spring seems to have sprung!

Debra Bryant said...

Susan, The kitten is adorable. You handled the whites superbly and the eyes are remarkable! I like the brushstrokes in the fur. It gives a texture while all the rest is softness and fluff!

Barbara Pask said...

Beautiful work Susan. What a gorgeous and interesting kitty. I love the eyes too and everything else. :)

Rishi Kapil said...

Wow , great painting . The cats too cute.

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful brushwork Susan, captures the essence of 'kitten'.

jyothisethu said...

susan,
great painting...
beautiful detailing...
the eye make them lifelike...
the way in which it is made into almost a diagonal composition is wonderful...
congratulations...

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

What a beautiful kitten's face. As a big fan of cats, I really love this.

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Trudy R. Gomez said...

Susan, superb job on this kitten painting. Are you sure you're not a great writer too? Your descriptions of SA in spring make me want to be there!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Jealous of the Rd Bug foliage! And this is a wonderful piece! Love the cat, love the brushwork - Gessobord is MY favorite surface to work on. Trying to figure out how to get that feeling from my larger canvases - and I think I've got it figured out...

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

This is just lovely. Makes me want to trade the dog in for a cat. (don't tell my daughter; it is her dog).

Horst said...

Very well done, so cute,
Horst

Rosemary said...

Oh Susan, I love it! The eyes, the brush strokes, everything about it! Precious kitty - great painting!

r garriott said...

Marvelous! So striking.

Jala Pfaff said...

Works perfectly for the subject. What a cutie.
Boy do I wish I had someone magical come rearrange my studio like yours!