When I work on a portrait commission, there is this funny connection thing that starts to happen, especially after I get the likeness in the eyes and they are staring back at me. I start to feel a connection with the person, or in this case very cute kitty! As I'm painting I find myself wanting to learn more about them and their personality. So I thought it would be fun to find out more about Gustapher and share his fun facts with you.
Gustapher was adopted from a shelter as a kitten. He had to be such an adorable puff of orange fur! His mom/owner says he is an only 'fur' child. Gustapher was named after the chubby mouse in the Disney movie Cinderella. So of course his nickname, as in the movie, is Gus-Gus. He likes to sleep under the covers at nightime and then on top of shoes in the daytime.
Gus is a professional mouse hunter as well as red-dot hunter! Oh yes his best friend is a black Lab named Remmy. What a pair they must make! Lastly he loves going to the vet--everyone spoils him there.
A favorite color of his mom's is Tiffany Blue which became the inspiration for the background! So what better choice to give Gus than a lush blue background that complements his beautiful orange coloring so nicely and makes his cute freckles pop...(three on his pink nose)!
You may know me more as a figurative artist that primarily paints portraits of people; which I love to do. Capturing a likeness looking back at me is thrilling and a challenge! The same enjoyment comes with painting the beauty of animals; horse, dog or cat portraits always make me smile! Painting this pastel cat portrait was no exception. Thank you Gustapher!
His portrait was a fun one for me! I couldn't help but give him a bright contemporary background. It seemed to match his personality and his debonair red bowtie. What better way to show off his handsome black and white markings?!
Oxford is an adopted 3 yr. old Wirehaired Terrier Mix who loves having all his friends come over to play. Then for his quiet time he loves watching squirrels and looking for sunlight reflections. Oh and he is a super snuggler! :)
The portrait's contemporary look suits his owners, too. They are a very cute young couple who lovingly call their scruffy little guy "Ox"! This was a Christmas gift that was commissioned for them by a sweet friend.
Pastel on UArt 400
14" x 11"