My Favorite Toy
oil on 1/4" board
As a devoted cat lover, I couldn't resist painting this week's Daily Paintworks challenge subject of this adorable tabby kitten, posted and hosted by Dreama Tolle Perry. Dreama says this could qualify as a still life as cats spend so much time sleeping! I would be inclined to agree. And, the legless "bread loaf" position is always a favorite resting position for felines. Cats are simpler to paint when they look like a bedroom slipper.
Nelson has his favorite toy, which he carries around and brings up on the bed with him. So, I decided to use one of the toys in the other image she included for the challenge and add it to my version.
On a semi-related note, I went to our local art store yesterday and purchased some Grumbacher refined linseed oil. This, as per my previous post/rant about the paint problems I was having. I used it for this painting, and I believe I may have solved my problems with the tacky, sticky paint; a small amount worked very well to soften the stiff W&N Artisan oils, and never tacked up. I was even able to do some minor adjustments to the painting this morning as the paint was still wet. So, I will conclude that the walnut oil I was using was probably the culprit in my troubles.
I also purchased a small jar of Gamblin Neo Meglip, as it sounds like something I'd like. It is a synthetic, modern replacement for the original meglip medium, a soft gel produced from boiling lead in linseed oil combined with mastic varnish and used by painters like Turner to achieve the luminous quality of his work. Unlike other glazing mediums, such as Liquin, this maintains the body of the paint. I'm excited to try it, and will report my impressions here when I use it.
And, since we are on the theme of animals, here are some photos of Canyonlands creatures, from our trip. No mammals or birds, unfortunately, but the warm weather brings out the little reptiles of the desert out for basking and feeding
|Unidentified species, posing for a photo|
Lizards always delight me when I see them on hikes. Some dash off immediately, and others, like this one, maintain a cautious eye while maintaining their position.
|Common Sideblotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)|
|Unidentified species of lizard|
|Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Undulatus)|