Tracy’s cat portraits

Tracy was recently asked to paint some cat portraits as a surprise for a lady’s birthday present. Very apt as ‘novem’ in November means nine and cats are meant to have nine lives with all the scrapes they get up to.

The four cats were owned over the past 3 decades and Tracy was sent over 30 photos for reference. She chose to paint the head and shoulders of each cat and not the whole cat, to give emphasis to their little furry faces. The black and white cat took about an hour but the other cats took 2.5 hours each as their fur and markings were quite complicated!

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper with 2 cats in a 8” x 6” aperture of the frame.