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Longhaired Tabby Cat with Sunset Background

This painting is a portrait of a longhaired gray tabby cat named “Averie”. It was completed on February 12, 2021. It is an acrylic painting on a 8″ x 10″ stretched canvas. The cat is painted with soft pastel rainbow colors on a vibrant sunset background. The background is a gradient blend of warm violet, magenta, red, and orange. The colors in the cat are primarily light and dark purples and blues, with touches of magenta, teal, yellow, and hot pink. The mostly cool colors of the cat contrast with the warm colors of the background, and are complementary. The eye color was left natural, which was a pale yellow with some light brown around the pupils and pale green around the outside edge. You can see a larger version of this painting in my Portfolio Gallery.

I typically use a lot of greens and blues in my background, and I wanted to try something different. I rarely use warm colors (red, orange, yellow) in my backgrounds, and I thought that this would provide a nice contrast to the subject. I really like this color scheme and would like to use it more often in my future portraits. The photos of this longhaired tabby cat had a lot of detail in the fur texture, which was fun to re-create on the canvas. I used a size 10 round pointed tip brush to get the fur details.

The orange, red, and hot pink are created with fluorescent paints, of which the orange does not translate well to a digital scan of the artwork. Thus, the artwork is more colorful in real life than it appears on the monitor. But this scan is a fairly accurate representation of the actual painting.

If you really like this painting of Averie, and want one of your own pet, then please visit my Pet Portraits Commission Page to learn more about the process, and see the price list.

Art Prints, Home Decor and Gifts

This unique artwork is available in my online store as a wall art print, home decor, and may other products. This artwork would make a great gift for anyone who loves or owns a longhaired tabby cat. Please visit the stores below to see all the fabulous products! All of my pet portraits are made available as art prints and products in my stores by default by popular request of the owners.

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Cat Art Print

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Cat Art Print

FineArtAmerica – High Quality Wall Art and Home Decor

For unique wall art options and and home decor products, please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store. Choose from many wall art options, including as giclee paper prints with the option for framing, stretched canvas prints, polyester wall tapestries, and prints on metal, wood and acrylic. Each print type comes with many options to choose from.

Also available are home decor products such as fleece throw blankets, sherpa blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, beach and bath towels, throw pillows, and coffee mugs. Other products which make great gifts include cell phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, tote bags, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, face masks, and t-shirts in this store.

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Cat Shirts

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Cat Shirts

RedBubble Store – Beautiful Apparel and Gifts

In my RedBubble store are unique gifts and products for purchase for yourself or a loved one. There are many wall art options, dozens of apparel choices, home decor items such as acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coaster sets, comforters, duvet covers, fleece throws, shower curtains, throw pillows, floor pillows, travel mugs, water bottles, and fridge magnets. Other products which make fantastic gifts include die-cut vinyl stickers, laptop skins and sleeves, iPad and iPhone cases, postcards, greeting cards, drawstring bags, pin back buttons, scarves, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Throw Pillows

Colorful Longhaired Tabby Throw Pillows

Zazzle – Unique Gifts, Stationery, and Kitchen Decor

My Zazzle store is filled with products that can be found nowhere else. There are many stationery products, home decor, kitchen and dining decor, and accessories, and they all make amazing gifts for a friend or family.  In this store you can find garden flags, playing cards, paper stickers, address labels, full-size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, pocket folders, specialty mugs, shot glasses, pint size drinking glasses, acrylic tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, kitchen tea towels, flexible fridge magnets, stone coasters, candy tins, reusable grocery bags, ceramic and acrylic ornaments, baby blankets, and jigsaw puzzles.

Colorful Cat Portrait of Long Haired Gray Tabby Cat

This pet portrait features my own cat, Frodo, and it is painted with acrylics on 14″ x 18″ stretched canvas. It was finished on October 1, 2020. This is the first of many portraits I will be doing of my own personal pets. Frodo is a four year old male long haired gray tabby cat. I chose to represent his colors with various shades of blue and purple with some pops of green and magenta. The background is a dark abstract of mostly purple, blue and magenta, with a bit of teal.  The lighter areas of his fur are actually a creamy color, so I enhanced those areas with very light warm colors.

Closeup of painting

Closeup of painting

Above you can see some close up views of the painting, which shows the details and colors used.  To achieve this color, I used a base painting of Light Blue Violet, and layered many other colors on top of it, including dioxazine purple, light blue permanent, fluorescent pink, brilliant blue, light aqua green, and several others.  Applying a base layer first then layering on other colors creates depth, and also eliminates the white of the canvas showing through.  His eyes are interesting, and they seem to change color depending on the light source. They are usually a pale aqua greenish-gray, but sometimes can appear more yellow or green.  The eye color here does not match exactly, but it fits better with the overall portrait.  There is a bit of blue color surrounding his pupils, which is captured here.

gray tabby cat photo vs painting

gray tabby cat photo vs painting

Above is a comparison of the painting with the original reference photo.  I took several artistic liberties with this portrait.  I did not recreate the fur on the neck exactly like this photo, but used it as a general guide.  I have many other photos of him, as well as looking at the actual cat himself, that I used as reference.  I was originally going to have a dramatic light source, like the photo, but decided on a more flat one instead.  This is more of an artistic interpretation than just copying the photo exactly.  I may paint another one in the future using a dramatic light source.

The Story of Frodo’s Rescue

Frodo is the newest member of our gang. We rescued him in 2016, from a parking lot near a steakhouse.  We had met some friends for a farewell lunch at this particular steakhouse. While we were getting ready to leave, my husband saw some movement in the yard in front of the restaurant. It was a little gray tabby cat kitten, and was running frantically around the area, meowing.  He was semi-feral, and very scared, but still meowing for attention.  We could only get about 10 feet from him before he would run off and hide somewhere.  The property around the steakhouse had lots of bushes, a wooden deck, and an old wagon.  The kitten hid underneath the wagon, and we could not get him to come out.  My husband picked up one end of the wagon to get to him, but the kitten ran off into some bushes.

We cautiously chased him around the property for almost an hour.  I tried to lure him to us with some chicken strips and pieces of fish, but he would not come close to us.  Eventually, he ran and hid underneath the deck leading up to the front entrance of the restaurant. I played with the kitten underneath the deck with a long twig and talked to him, while my husband ran inside and got a smoked sausage.  We were hoping that his appetite would get the better of him, since he looked like he was starving. Fortunately for us, the kitten was very interested in the sausage!  I broke off small pieces of the sausage and put it on the deck steps.  Slowly, he came out, took a piece, and ran back underneath the deck with it.  I gradually put the pieces further away from the hole in the deck, and he started to come out more.  Once he was about halfway out, I used my free hand to quickly reach down and grab him, and pick him up.

He was severely underweight and very small; I originally thought he was 2 months old based on his weight, but he turned out to be almost 5 months old! He also had an old wound on his shoulder from who knows what. We were originally going to just keep him for a bit and then find him a permanent home. But we decided to keep him instead. I am a foster failure! He is a very sweet cat; I have never once heard him hiss or growl. He is very high energy and loves playing with ping pong balls, packing paper, and chasing the other cats around.

If you like this painting, and want one of your own pet, please check out my Pet Portraits Commission Information page.

This original artwork is not for sale, but it can be purchased as a fine art print and other products in my online print stores. Check out my FineArtAmerica store for art prints, canvas prints, home decor, and other products. In my RedBubble Store you can find many unique products, such as apparel, jigsaw puzzles, coasters, phone cases, tote bags, and much more.

Colorful Pet Portrait of MC

Colorful Tabby Cat Pet Portrait

Just completed on April 7, 2020 is this colorful pet portrait of a brown and white tabby cat named MC.  It was created with acrylic paints on a 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas.  The portrait was created using a photograph as a reference with a few modifications. You can see a larger version of this painting in my Pet Portraits portfolio and a link to the page here: Colorful Pet Portrait – MC Cat.

The “brown” tabby stripes of this cat are actually created with a whole rainbow of colors!  Instead of large areas of the same color, I used a small round paintbrush to create fur texture using different colors next to each other in small amounts.  This creates an illusion where when viewed from a distance, the colors merge and become brown, but when viewed up close, you can see each brush stroke is a different color.  Click on the images below to see a close up view of the details in the face and body fur.

It was both a challenge and fun to create the tabby stripes on MC. Tabby markings aren’t just stripes.  They are usually blotches and spots as well.  Brown tabbies actually aren’t brown at all.  Their fur features what is called an “agouti” pattern, where each individual hair has bands of color along it, known as “ticking”.  When a lot of these hairs are grouped together, they give the illusion of color and markings.

The white areas of his fur were also created with multiple colors. The light source for the reference photo was from the right side, so it created a nice shadow on the side of his face.  I created this in the painting by using lots of blue and purple colors.  I balanced the cool blues and purples with warm pinks, orange and yellow throughout the white areas.

I chose the background color, a gradient of yellows, greens, and blues, to bring out the rich green color of his eyes.  The style I used for the background is what I call confetti. I create a gradient of the lighter colors first, then layer short thick brush strokes of the adjacent color overtop.  This creates an interesting yet non distracting background.  The lighter area of the background (yellow) is adjacent to the darkest areas of the cat’s body.  The darkest area of the background (blue and purple) is adjacent to the lightest areas of the cat’s portrait, mainly the face and upper body.  This contrast helps the cat “pop” out from the background.

MC photo and painting comparison

MC photo and painting comparison

Above you can see the comparison of the photo reference on the left to the painting on the right.  You can see that some changes were made to the portrait compared to the photo.  I rotated the reference photo so the cat was more horizontal.  The collar was removed.  The chair and background were changed, bringing the focus on the cat.  The orientation of his ears was modified slightly, bringing them more forward.  This gives the cat a more relaxed appearance.  In the photo the cat’s ears are more flattened toward the side, sometimes called “airplane ears”.  This can typically indicate displeasure or stress, or maybe he was listening to something in the background.  But it gives the impression of irritation, and I thought it would be better to have the ears at a more relaxed angle.

If you enjoy this painting, and want a similar one of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portrait Information page here to learn more about the process.

This painting is available as a fine art print in my gallery store.  Choose from multiple paper types with hundreds of options for framing.  You can also choose a canvas print, metal print, acrylic print, or wood print.  Other products available are a cell phone case, throw pillow, fleece blanket, coffee mug, tote bag, wall tapestry, greeting cards, and a spiral notebook.