Tuesday, 26 July 2011

NEW cat painting

beginning stages of wash and start of cat



Hello, this painting is inspired by one of my favourite artists Jean Haines and one of her favourite subjects. Jeans stunning use of the medium watercolour is magical and leaves me excited / inspired / positive / energetic, every time I read about / look at her artworks. She uses watercolour in an opposite way to me which is why I love it so much! I sometimes shy away from leaving my comfort zone as I know what I'm capable of, however I have noticed that my view on differing styles of art is constantly changing and evolving, and I'm slowly developing my own style and technique. I love detail, colour and realism - I find these factors in a painting come naturally to me. However it's 'beyond' this that I want to achieve. I want to capture a moment in time, a mood, take the viewer into the picture scene - expressing nature and my passion for animals. I find that my art is sometimes mechanical like a scientific drawing. This stems from my desire to recreate exactly what I see and what others will know. I want to loosen up, combine realism with energy and excitement :)

Here is another quote I found that made me smile -
Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
Jules Feiffer


For this painting I knew exactly what subtle colour wash would highlight the cats colouring and personality so I got started with a peach / lilac background. It was achieved by wetting the paper and leaving a rough water outline of the edge of the cat. The colours chosen were originally a lot darker but as with watercolour the colours become paler as they dry. I considered darkening parts however I thought it was such a pretty fusion of colour so I left it as the paint decided...I may add to it later.

7 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

I am looking forward to seeing this one develop. It is looking lovely already!

Julia Ruffles | fine artist said...

Thankyou Vicki :) I've only ever painted orange tigers before so thought it was about time I tackled a domestic ginger cat! Jules

hmuxo said...

Oh Julia..this is beautiful already. I look forward to seeing this cat finished. I looked up Jean Haines and she does beautiful work and I can see how she would inspire anyone.! She does amazing work and makes it look so easy.

Julia Ruffles | fine artist said...

thankyou Hilda :) yes I just love her! This one is on the backburner for a while now as I am doing a new exhibition piece, Jules

Debbie said...

This is beautiful Julia, I too have been an inspired fan of Jeans for the past 4 years now and just love her work.
I love your approach and will be looking forward to seeing this develop.

vivek singh said...

i like ur work julia.very realistic and impressive.Best wishes from INDIA.

art by Renske said...

Although it is not finished yet, it's been very nice.

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