Saturday, May 05, 2012

Eyes On The Prize-Cat


Step 1
The canvas panel is toned with red acrylic. This provides a mid value in which to work up or down. I also allow some of the toning to peek through the final painting for harmony throughout.

Step 2
I lay in patches of exaggerated color to get a feeling of what may work.

Step 3
I continue applying thicker paint while adjusting colors. I leave it open enough to let the toning show through.

Close ups

Oil on 6x6 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Annie was the gracious hostess. Thanks for the great reference photos. This is a photo of Annie's cat, Ember!
This one was a lot of fun! I hope you like it! :cat:

Available ... If interested, contact me at kkayangel2(at)

My Etsy

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."


  1. Ember is beautiful! I love the WIP..its nice to see how you painted the canvas red and worked the layers on it..Wonderful work, Dean.

  2. So wonderful to walk through your process with you. It resulted in a terrific painting!

  3. It looks wonderful!Thanks for sharing the process,Dean.

  4. What a beautiful piece, Dean. So perfect for kitty lovers out there. I have three myself!

  5. Beautifully done, dean. Ember really has her eyes on the prize, and it indeed looks like you had fun painting her. Loved seeing your process.

  6. Thanks, Hilda! I really like painting over a colored support. Makes it easier to judge values, also.

  7. thank you, Lauren...Glad you enjoyed the demo.

  8. Hi Arti...This time I remembered to take photos along the way..Lol!

  9. Thank you, Sherry! Bet those are happy cats! :)

  10. Thanks, Kathryn...Guess you could say I was mesmerized by those eyes! :)

  11. I LOVE that you showed your process here, Dean. It's always such a treat to look into such a creative mind! Beautifully done.

  12. Thank you for sharing a bit of your process. I really enjoyed seeing this painting develop. Each stage was so sweet to behold that it would have been easy to have stopped anywhere along the way. She's a BEAUTY!


  13. Thank you for the step by step! The result is terrific - love the grey you've achieved.

    But also just have to say that your lioness is stunning!


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