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Painting a tabby cat

I have been studying a book on watercolors written by Tom Hoffmann. His book touches on a lot of the issues I have as a watercolor painter. For me, one of the hardest things to paint is a tabby cat. Their fur is marked in specific patterns, composed of individual hairs. I am not the sort of painter to attempt to paint all of those hairs, so instead, I have to make you think you are seeing them. I am pleased with how this one came out.
It measures 6″ x 9″.


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  1. February 1st, 2013 at 14:49 | #1

    Oh this is so nicely done. Even if you find it hard, you did so well. I love cats and I started to try learning how to watercolour but have given up for now. I may try again, since I bought all kinds of start up ‘tools’, though now I’ll wait again until fall. Spring and summer I won’t get much time anyway. It’s a pleasure to see such a beautiful watercolour of this cat.

  2. January 31st, 2013 at 08:34 | #2

    Dear Mimi, you captured the tabby cat wonderfully well and the cat’s expression is one I’ve often seen
    on the three cats with whom I live: Ellie, Maggie, and Matthew. Peace.

  3. Margy Leonard
    January 13th, 2013 at 08:38 | #3

    oh Mimi, I love this cat and the eyes just draw me in. And the one of Enza in that rare occurrence winter sun, is so delightful. I love it too.

  4. January 9th, 2013 at 15:59 | #4

    Not only is the technique nice considering the difficult tabby stripes issue, but the expression is particularly dear.

  5. Frances Vettergreen
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:26 | #5

    Thanks for your comment on my website…I’m just resurrecting my blog and it was so nice to see that someone actually does see it!

    This little cat is lovely.

  6. January 8th, 2013 at 14:29 | #6

    Brava! You really capture the beauty of tabbies! They are my favorites among cats.


  7. January 8th, 2013 at 09:13 | #7

    I think it is very successful.

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