Saturday, December 7, 2019

Pet Portrait - "Study of Opal"

Here's a quick study for today of one of our cats. The surface is a very slick panel which forced me to work with thicker paint than I normally do from the very start. I've included a couple of in progress images with comments. 

Opal passed away from cancer 6 years ago. We miss her dearly.

"Study of Opal" • Oil on Panel • 9"x12" • 1.5 Hours • Available at

About 10 minutes in. I started with thicker paint than normal. Almost no medium (mineral spirits) at all - any more and it would not cover the board.

This is at about 30 minutes in. At this point, I'm using paint straight out of the tube.
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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