Black cat brotherhood

My fingers are a bit sore today. I have spent the last several days doing morning weeding in the flower beds, The weeds and crabgrass took over the hillside when I was too busy to attend to them and I am paying the price now. I try to fill up the wheelbarrow daily and have made quite a bit of progress. Maybe I will actually meet my September 1st goal of having it presentable. Not weed free, mind you, but presentable.  We haven’t had rain in quite a while so the ground is very hard.  I have to dig up the dandelions with the trowel, but the shallow rooted grasses seem to pull up somewhat easily.  Alas, my hands can only take so much and I don’t want blisters.

Black cat brotherhood

Black cat brotherhood

I worked inside on the two cat portrait during the heat of the afternoon.  They are rescue cats who found a wonderful new home and once the first one got over the shock of having to share his good fortune, they became good friends.  The bigger one does like to take advantage of his size and sits on his “brother” when he can, but all in all, they seem to enjoy playing together.  They can be a regular thundering herd as they chase each other around the house.

I think that, all in all, I prefer to do the dog portraits, but these haven’t turned out too bad.  I think I will try one more cat portrait of just the head and see where to go from there.

Black cats

Black cat

Black cat

I have been thinking about adding pet portraits to my etsy store in time for the Christmas season. I am a bit hesitant to do this as capturing living portraiture is a lot different than working on brick and mortar construction.  I was pleased with the portraits I did of Ding Dong Dog and The World’s Best dog, so I thought if I was able to do a black cat acceptably, I would consider it.  This is not quite done as I think I want to do more on the background, but it is basically finished as far as the cat goes.  Black cats are very hard to photograph well enough to get the details I need to be able to see and this was no exception.  I tried to delineate his body with the pen and ink  and add texture with the watercolors without getting overly bogged down in the details.

I am now working on a pair of black cats and after they are done, I will make my decision.  What do you think of this little guy.

Here are links to some of the other animal portraits.

(https://ruthsartwork.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/ding-dong-dog/

https://ruthsartwork.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/dogs-and-daisies/

https://ruthsartwork.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/a-boy-and-his-dog-and-a-lollipop/