My latest pet portrait painting was completed on May 15, 2020. The subject was a young long haired brown tabby kitten named Finnegan. His owner really loves the color red, and wanted me to incorporate a sunset color palette in his portrait. His portrait was painted using acrylic paints on a 9″ x 12″ stretched canvas. You can see his portrait compared to the reference photo of him below. A larger view of the painting can be seen in my portfolio here – Colorful Pet Portrait – Finnegan.
He is laying on a fleece blanket, and I wanted to mimic that texture in my background, yet also use vibrant colors. Originally, it was all red and yellow, but I felt that it was too harsh like that, so I toned down the yellow behind his head with light blue. This also helps to divide the background into foreground and background, and the blue recedes a bit into the background providing some depth.
Even though I used an entire spectrum of colors to paint his fur, you can still tell he is a brown tabby kitten. The brownish areas of his fur have a magenta, red, and orange undertone, with yellow, blue and green layered on top. His stripes are created with dark purple and blue for contrast. I used light blue along the lower edge of his arms and tail to separate him from the reds in the blanket. No black was use in the creation of this portrait. Areas that appear black in the painting are actually created using layers of dark purple.
Red paint has a tendency to look very dark and dull on the canvas. Instead of red, I used fluorescent pink in many layers, along with orange, to create a bright vibrant red that seems to glow on the canvas. This is much more apparent in person than it is on the photo, as fluorescent colors do not scan accurately. The result is a red that really stands out, instead of looking dull, washed out, and dark. I recently started using a lot of fluorescent pink acrylic painting in my paintings and it really makes a huge difference in the vibrancy of the colors.
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