“Endangered One” 6x6in. Acrylic on MDF.
I met this fellow some years ago at a Big Cat Rescue, only to learn much later that the animals (about 300 of them) were being abused and neglected. Today, the previous owner is gone, a new organization has taken over the care of the cats, and many of them have now been moved to more suitable forever homes. Fortunately for me, I have photos of him, so wherever he is today, this painting is in honor of him. As one of my collectors said when he saw this, “The Bengal Tiger is one of God’s most beautiful creatures.” Agreed.
Kitty with Mouse Toy – Acrylic, 7 x 5 in.
The companion piece to “Kitty with Two Toys.” I do love painting cats, but painting my little pal of 16 years is a bit painful. He’s gone, but remains a most enduring subject for paintings.
“Kitty with Two Toys”
A little pal of mine from long ago. Grandma gave him the toys, and he brought them to me each night around 3 a.m.
“Tish” Acrylic on MDF, 6″ x 6″
“Sunshine Came Softly Through My Window Today”
A memorial painting of kitty Tish, who was a companion to a gentle soul for 20 years. Cats are often close and affectionate friends over the years. And with the passing of a kitty, there is not only the loss of that warm companionship, but also the ending of an era that you sometimes thought would last forever.
“The Hunt” Acrylic on MDF, 7″ x 5″
“The Hunt” is the 5th in my Gatti Liberi paintings (see link at top of page). This nameless boy is beginning his nightly hunt, and is just as likely being hunted, since that’s the reality of a free cat’s world. And because he’s hunting in the King’s Woods (my yard), I will call him Robin Hood.
This painting uses a “limited palette” called the Zorn Palette, named for Anders Leonard Zorn (February 18, 1860 – August 22, 1920), who was a successful artist from Sweden. It consists of just two colors: Cadmium Red Medium and Yellow Ocher, plus Ivory Black and Titanium White (both are non-colors). Zorn is known to have used other colors at times, and there are arguments as to whether or not this color palette should be attributed to him. But it is.
This is my first effort using it, and it has some wonderfully interesting features that I have yet to explore. The excessively dark nighttime walls and steps, surrounding the bright splash of light, is what tempted me into this palette.