Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Diane with Kitten

Diane with Kitten, oil on panel, 20" x 16"

I've had a few more brief sessions on the painting Diane with Kitten and I'm pleased that I have re-visited this painting.  In the previous post, I noted the size as 24" x 18", when in fact it is actually 20" x 16".  No big deal, except that the incorrect dimensions threw off how I sized the image for the web, and therefore her head felt stretched.  Why didn't I notice that before?  Beyond my apparent ineptitude at reading a ruler, I really am quite pleased with how I have pushed the color and softened the value shifts from light mass to shadow mass on the face.  I'm not sure how much of a difference you'll be able to see from the images here, but I'm happy none the less to call her done.

Also of note:  I have reciprocated the favor of modeling for Diane.  She has posted a (may I say, brilliant)  painted sketch that she's done of me on her blog which you can find here!


  1. Alia, a wonderful expression and love the playfulness of the cat. beautifully rendered.