Cat on a Mission
Oil on Gessoboard
It's been a while since I've painted a 6x6 and I had a great time working small and on gessoboard again today. I've had this photo reference since I visited the Mission of San Antonio de Padua 2 years ago. My friend Daggi Wallace and I took part of a paint out weekend with CAC and got to meet some great artists and paint plein air. This was the room we stayed in (no frills:) and there was just something about the light coming in through the window, the beautiful curtains and the angles of those bed that made for a really nice composition that I snapped a picture of.
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I kept the image in my files and tested it out as a value study a while back. This is a great tool we practiced in William Wray's workshop, really pairing it down to see what parts of your image can be pulled together into one shape. It needed a focal point and the cat seemed a perfect choice.
There actually was a cat that lived at the mission so it even made sense to put one in.
A fun day of painting! And it didn't hurt that I got to spend the morning with 5 other fabulous painters in our Monday Morning Painters Group.