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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Abby the Cat, Pastel Painting

I have been working on a painting to send to the lovely landlady we had in Silver City. She had three dogs and a cat. I rarely paint animals, even though I love them, especially horses. I was not ambitious enough to take on three dogs, therefore I chose the cat, Abby. I am not fond of cats, I have an allergy and I am especially bothered by Siamese (which Abby obviously isn't). I have never painted or even sketched a cat that I remember so here goes!!

Soft pastel, 5 x 7 inches

Abby is quite stately and posed for some lovely photos. She just sat there in the dappled shade and looked one way and then the other. I never received even a glance from her. I chose this over the shoulder look. I'm not quite sure I captured her attempt to pretend she was ignoring me, but I tried.


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jo: Very neat, I'm sure the Landlady will be happy.

Bag Blog said...

My first pastel after years of not picking up a stick, was of a cat. You did an excellent job.

Joanna said...

Heh. Studied indifference. :)

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, thank you so much.

bag blog, I haven't seen any pastels on your blog or page, have I? Thank you.

Joanna, I'm pretty sure we feel the same about cats as they do about us, huh? By the way my word verification letters for this: cuarto

Joan said...

Jo - I love the textured look in her fur!! Cats are so good at pretending we're not there!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, hi there. Thanks. She is really fluffy, don't know what kind of cat she is.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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