This painting started out with about 3 different photographs of 3 different cats. Marco is sort of yellow-orange tabby with blue eyes who lives at Clowder House in St. Louis waiting to be adopted by his forever family.
Here is his photo.
And here is the painting with a detail image.
After it was all said and done, I'm not so sure that I captured his likeness very well. Who I captured I am not sure. Some other orange tabby cat. Felix? Max? Guido? Perhaps.
It's 5 x 7 inches, Varnished Watercolor on Yupo board.
I find it much more difficult to paint eyes when they are only about a 1/4 inch wide and at this scale. I wiped these out twice, and almost did a third time, but decided to wait till this morning to see what it looked like. I liked them a little better, so I've left them.
My favorite part of this painting? I think it's the little splashes of color that define his mouth and chin area.