Oil painting: black cat

Had a wonderful time in the studio yesterday, painting this cat. Not my design, it’s a painting exercise in a book. I’ve been wanting to explore alla prima (painting while everything is still wet, usually in a single sitting) and a more relaxed ‘painterly’ brush technique. I enjoyed this immensely!

I’m also consolidating my new colour mixing skills. The artwork was painted using colours I mixed from my restricted palette of 5 (burnt umber, ultramarine blue, cad red, cad yellow light, titanium white), and I had very little trouble creating them, which is exciting! I’ve finally found a colour theory method that speaks to me, which opens all kinds of doors. After a very long week, this was regenerating and nurturing.

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