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Cheetahs Fire Dancing DONE!!!

It's DONE!!! Cheetahs Fire Dancing is FINISHED!!!!
9" x 12" pastel on Storm Blue Colourfix sanded pastel paper.

I may get some comments and critique on WetCanvas and make last minute changes, but for right now... I believe it's done. I believe it with all my heart. I went nuts doing all the spots RIGHT, angling them to follow the planes of the cats' bodies. I sweated over that tiny bracelet trying to make it identifiable when it's smaller than my little fingernail -- in pastels. I glinted moonlight off it and then magically let it shine with golden light too as if from within.

I blocked in the golden cat with Pan Pastels, then opened my set of 96 Nupastels to finish all the small details and the fire. Look close at the coals and logs, I managed to remember how those looked too. A shower of sparks rises from the fire the way they always did whenever I sat around a fire with friends and loved ones.

The first thing I see across the room is the light cat behind the fire, but the shadowed foreground cat is backlit and she is there too. I corrected the colors till they are pretty close to true, as close as I could get. Because this is a scan a little of it got cut off at the edges, but I'll get a photo during the day and repost that.

I have it pinned to the wall next to the window where it's safe from wandering cats, small children, people brushing it with sleeves and everything else. Pin holes in the border that goes under the mat don't matter.

It's finished. It's DONE!!!

Now to work on Cat/Wombat.
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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Oh my gods they're gorgeous.
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! Check my latest entry, next one's all yours!
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
That's just awesome!!!!! The backlighting is very dramatic, and the whole firelight/moonlight interaction came out so dynamic and wonderful. These are the colors of magick. I can't wait to see the original. I can't wait to hang the original in my 'long gallery' (aka entry hall). I will message you my email.
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Purr thanks! I got your message first and already answered it. I am so happy you like it! Thank you for doing this and kick starting me in a direction that I wanted to go but was afraid to. This is the very first magical painting I've ever done, that wasn't just literal color and realism. It's helped me in all my art and even my writing. It's been a wonderful project.

I've got this strange heady giddy feeling that it's over... I love it and I'm happy and may well be using the scan as wallpaper sometimes. I went nuts at the end doing the spots and thinking, is it over, really over, am I actually finishing? Yep. They looked very silly when they were spotless, I should have scanned that stage. But once the markings went in they were there.
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