I'm pretty darn happy with this, so I'll just rest in my pleasure and gratitude for a bit. Sorry if this sounds boastful. But here are some of the things that I've learned about painting that went into this piece:
- I've learned a lot about drawing and especially about transferring a photo image to watercolor paper with the use of a grid.
- I've learned a lot about rendering shadow with the use of pure, cool color rather than with just black or grey or whatever. Kitty Lip is a cream-colored kitty. Who'd have thought that aquamarine was the right color for her shadowed fur?
- I've learned a lot about brushwork. This painting involved every brush from a no. 2 rigger up to a no. 12 wash brush.
- I've learned a lot about color-mixing. Kitty Lip has traces of a goldish brown--on her ears, face, and paws. I got the right color with a mix of raw and burnt ochre.
- I've learned a lot about the use of masking fluid. The whiskers and stray hairs here and there were a bear to mask out, as thin as they are. The answer is fresh masking fluid and a thin brush you don't mind wasting.