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Miss Gemini in the Window
6 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Cretacolor pastel pencils on brown ClaireFontaine PastelMat
Photo reference is mine, posted for a challenge on the December 2009 Pastel Strokes event in the Soft Pastel Talk forum on WetCanvas.com where I set the challenge of "change the light." I took the photo at night, that was when Gemini decided to pose and be cute in the window. I changed the scene to daylight and happily had the real cat sitting near me (and moving around a lot) so I could color correct her from the photo to accurate likeness.

This wouldn't have mattered so much if I wasn't doing it as a direct portrait of that cat where it was important to get her colors and markings as true as possible. If I was just doing her as a nice cat picture and didn't know her, I might have changed her markings or colors easily to suit the painting. But I did have her to model and even though she didn't sit still, she purred for me. Also Kitten helped by holding the picture way across the room when I asked her to, so that I'd see it at a distance and know what needed to be done next.

I'm happy with how it came out including the background. I simplified the window view but successfully got the Arkansas sky intensity even in winter and the wooden window shelf the cats lay or sit on, even the color of the wall is close to true.

I have just spent the happiest Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning of my life today. The kids were wonderful, they happily played with their presents, got all excited about everything and shared the candy from their stockings. Gabriel and Sascha loved the books I got them. Sascha identified half a dozen dinosaurs in Dinotopia on sight and Gabriel studiously turned pages in The Lion and The Mouse and enjoyed it.

They both chased New Puppy Rhiannon around and around at high speed laughing. There were no tears, no screams, no squabbles, just happy giggling and occasional singing of Jingle Bells with unique words and tune. Plus of course the deep voiced electronic announcement of Sascha's cherished new toy giving his identity: "I am Optimus Prime."

Gabriel listened a few times and then squared up his shoulders, looked all big and tough and said "I am Optimus Prime" in as deep a voice as he could manage! It was great!
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baka_kit
Dec. 25th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Aww, she's gorgeous!
robertsloan2
Dec. 25th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! She is, and she's such an affectionate little sweetheart. She's always purring and snuggling.
notalwaysweak
Dec. 25th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous picture of a gorgeous kitty!

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas.
robertsloan2
Dec. 26th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! I tried out a couple of things in this one and Karl's present that worked in context, so I'll be getting back to Cat/Wombat next month if all goes well. Still have tons of stuff to do with the writing -- one last challenge for the month, getting my synopsis written and submissions sent. I'm riding deadline on it but still have a week to get it done and know the synopsis is a one-day task.

These left me a lot more confident about the things that got me stuck on Cat/Wombat, just wanted to let you know that while I haven't put anything on it, I've been working it out. That was actually humming in background during Nanowrimo even, the things I want to do to fix the background. Have to do if I want that hedge to look like I've got it visualized. Fortunately I do have the deep-dark green in that set, it'll help a lot.
paris365
Dec. 26th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
robertsloan2
Dec. 26th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Aww your cat is beautiful too, love that white cat in your arms in your avatar.
paris365
Dec. 26th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. His name is Mister Gorgeous Boy George White. Although we usually just call him Mister White.
robertsloan2
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Mister White definitely deserves that Gorgeous Boy handle! He's great!
equani_tsula
Dec. 26th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Merry it twas
The portrait is beautiful. I'm glad you had such a great holiday!
robertsloan2
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Merry it twas
Thank you! Both of them loved their presents.
anniefancy
Dec. 27th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
That is BEAUTIFUL, Robert! The details are great. And you captured what we call "pretty paws", when cats know they are looking good they pose their paws perfectly. You gave her paws just the right amount of curves and life, they look great.
robertsloan2
Dec. 27th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, she often does "pretty paws" and so does Ari. They know you're looking and pose so beautifully till the camera comes out. I lucked getting my reference!
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