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Alan Dixon

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on: April 29, 2012, 07:51:17 PM
My first try with a living object. This is my Son's cat "Tigger". It was based on a photo I took of him looking out the window. I modified the scene to him on a roost because the wall and window scene were beyond my abilities to paint. The finished painting was just too much wall and left the cat in the middle with terrible composition value. I then decided to paint most of the wall out, framing the cat with an oval.
Aside from some very sloppy painting at the top of the oval it improved the composition I think.
Something is still wrong with the cat, but because I am too close to it, I can't figure out what. That's where you folks come in.
BTW it is acrylic on a canvas board (5" x 7")
Thanks
Alan


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Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 11:46:45 PM
Alan, I love cats!  I love your painting!  It makes me think that I should take out some photos of the cats I had and draw or paint them.  You've inspired me.!

I think I would add some more shadow areas on the cat and a shadow under the cat,  I see you have painted some cast shadow on the blue oval, maybe make it even darker.

Don't take my word for it though, please wait for some more input, ok?
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Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 12:06:12 AM
Yes, I think a bit more shading on the cat and around the base where he is sitting would give more of a sense of dimension. Fill him out a bit more. The section behind at the base of his tail seems a bit off, its throwing out the perspective. Love his face. With a little revamping I think you'll have a lovely painting.   O0
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Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 01:45:22 AM
My sister could not paint feet so she put her 'cow' in front of a trough...lol I feel that your cat needs some hint of a back foot and like the others said some shadow to ground him.  Other than that you are well on the way :clap:
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Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 08:08:59 AM
Alan, I like the way you have used an oval to centralise your subject ;)  You've captured the Cats concentration well.
I've enjoyed reading peoples suggestions and I look forward to seeing if you able to implement any.
Well done  :clap:
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Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 03:25:40 PM
Alan,
 Always look into a hand mirror to view your painting as you do them you can move away from it or look in closer, just try it and see, IF there is an issue arising or you get that feeling something is off this WILL show you exaclty where and you then can work it out.

I think your doing good with it.  Only you will know when it is finished.

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Alan Dixon

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Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 09:43:38 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions. I agree that a bit more detail in the bottom (leg) and some subtle shading would improve the painting. My Son came over and liked it the way it was, so I gave it to him. I had already made up my mind to redo the entire painting from a different perspective so I am currently doing a "head and shoulders" of the same cat.
I will post it when it is done but I already like it better.
Alan


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Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 10:09:54 PM
I wasn't convinced that I did my Sons' cat justice with my first effort. I have now redone the entire painting with a new view and composition.
I have to say that this is much closer to what I was attempting and I am pretty happy with this one.
Your observations and comments are, as always, welcomed.
Alan


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Reply #8 on: May 06, 2012, 03:45:43 PM
Excellent Alan, look forward to seeing it. I'm still not brave enough to attempt painting an animal.....hang about! I did paint an animal....the Kudu! Perhaps I'll have a go after the seascape.   :sweat:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 03:51:00 PM
Just responded on the 'other' Tigger thread  :2funny:  Whew, that was quick!   :heeha:
Good job Alan, I guess I tend to worry too much about detail. I've promised my sister to paint one of her cats but she has soo much fur. Perhaps I'll try one of her tabby's instead.
I love the way you've caught that 'what do you think you're doing' look on his face. Nice.   O0
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Reply #10 on: May 06, 2012, 06:56:35 PM
Alan, I love the  expression on your cat's face.  It's so typical!   :)
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