Still experimenting here with how to render an animal accurately whilst also avoiding anything too cutsie.
This is a particular problem with cats, I find.
Here I have experimented with the background, using lemon yellow, transparent oxide red and dioxazine purple. There is something about yellow which can create an edgy feel in a painting, I think.
Superficially we think of yellow as all sunshine and sun flowers, but there are other associations too which are not so positive (associations with sickness, cowardice or betrayal) so I think it is a challenge to use this colour to just knock the edge off any potential sugariness without tipping the whole thing into nausea!