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National Cat Day – celebrating some of the cats in my life…

It seems that yesterday was National Cat Day….and so how can I resist sharing some of the wonderful cats that have been in my life.

The beautiful Christeve the Cat.

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Uncle Sammy’s Sun sport cats.

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Purple and orange cats….

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Cats that hang loose…..

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Little Fizzy.

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Where there are cats, there are always Magical Hummingbirds. 

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Some of these cat images can be found on HummingbirdHQ.com

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A Bientôt.

Another Fizzy watercolour exercise..

Good morning – here is another rapid watercolour exercise, using dear little Fizzy as my subject.

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Note that the shadow play is dramatic, just as it was when I made rapid sketches of her sitting in the kitchen in Kent.

Once again I begin with the head….

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Then indicate the darkest areas of her body.

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I could stop here

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However, the shadow play shows the connection of foreground and background.   Note that the darkest shadows are the same tone as the darkest part of Fizzy. 

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In the final frame, I have allowed the paint to bleed and left much of the image as a suggestion.

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Some Magical Hummingbirds for Tuesday.  HummingbirdHQ.com

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A Bientôt

Fizzy watercolour exercise

Fizzy, belongs to my friends in Kent…and although quite elderly she maintains the look of a fluffy kitten.

In this study of dramatic lights and darks – Fizzy sits in a sun spot.

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With my human and animal subjects, I always start with the eye placement.

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A little like making a map I then seek out the darks.

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Because I am working with watercolour on white paper, all the whites in this picture are dry white paper. 

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As I indicate the dark shadows surrounding Fizzy…the light areas of the picture are revealed.   For example the top of her head which is dry white paper.

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In the final frame, I bring some of the yellows from the background or negative space, into the body of Fizzy….

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This print  of another cat sitting in a sun spot – ‘Content Afternoon’ is available at HummingbirdHQ.com

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A  Bientôt