Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tabby cat

Tabby cat oil painting with a palette knife. Pet portrait by Karen in Devon
A palette knife painting of a beautiful tabby cat called Miss Libby. The original reference photo was by Sandy Scott. I worked the eyes with a brush and a few bits of white fur but the rest with a knife. I had read somewhere that a knife/brush combo was unworkable so am testing this out. I don't think it is true but what I have learnt so far is that the strokes need to be completely separate. Do not allow the brush anywhere near the paint applied with a knife. Why? Surefire way of achieving mud. But perhaps that is just me.

For readers of this blog who do not use Facebook (and apologies to those who do, for repeating myself) I have just won first place in the painting category of the 4th Annual Open Art Competition held by Light, Space, Time Gallery. The painting came 2nd overall. I am so thrilled.