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  • Writer's pictureJacelyn Orellana

Cat Paintings

Updated: Jul 17

As an artist, the element of fun is one of the reasons why consistently sketching or painting portraits is so enjoyable. It allows me to explore a world of endless possibilities and keeps me engaged in the creative process. I am able to understand certain textures, lighting, or completely venture into playful images while recreating them. It is also very important to continue practicing painting day by day, in order to discover new methods, and build a mental library of techniques. For this, I choose different themes to focus on. If I am painting flowers, there are many ways to represent them. The same applies to landscapes, portraits of people, portraits of animals, and paintings of plants from around the world and anything else that captures my attention.

In this case it's cats! Oftentimes I am commissioned for pet portrait paintings and a great majority of the time, they are cats. These furry creatures come in many shapes, sizes, colors and they all have their own personality. Capturing their essence in different mediums and working with different images makes cat portraits fun to paint.

Playing with different images and textures is like embarking on a thrilling artistic adventure. It keeps me motivated and excited to practice because each cat portrait presents a new challenge. Whether it's a fluffy Persian cat or a sleek Siamese, each texture demands a unique approach, requiring me to experiment with different brushstrokes, techniques, and color combinations.

The joy of playing with diverse images lies in the opportunity for artistic exploration. I can experiment with different compositions, lighting effects, and backgrounds to create captivating narratives within my cat portraits. I might depict a cat in a cozy, sunlit room or capture its playful spirit in a garden setting. This experimentation not only keeps my practice engaging but also allows me to push my creative boundaries. I enjoy replicating the softness of fur, the shimmer of light on a cat's eyes, or the roughness of a wooden surface in the background. This tactile experience adds depth and dimension to my artwork, making the process immersive and rewarding.

Exotic Shorthair - Cat Painting
Cat Portrait Paintings: Exotic Shorthair | "Scaredy Cat"

By continuously exploring diverse images and textures, I prevent my practice from becoming stagnant or repetitive. It keeps me motivated to learn and grow as an artist. Of course, this might sound very philosophical but staying engaged keeps my brain stimulated. The element of surprise and curiosity drives me to experiment while constantly challenging myself to improve and refine my skills.

Portrait Painting of a  Cat
Cat Paintings: Ikiru the "King of Bleps"

Ultimately , the act of consistently painting cat portraits becomes an enjoyable and playful process during my exploration of textures and artist freedom. It allows me to infuse my cat portraits with personality, emotion, and a touch of my own interpretation. This keeps my practice alive, fuels my artistic curiosity, and allows me to continuously evolve as an artist. I find endless inspiration and excitement, making each artistic endeavor a delightful experience and with each stroke of the brush, I feel a sense of joy and fulfillment, knowing that I am creating something unique and visually captivating.

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