Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meatball the cat

This is my contribution to James Parker's Art challenge blog.

He was also featured in a previous painting perched on Malissa's shoulder.

Meatball is our 19 pound cat. He is my son Donovan's cat. It's uncanny. Because cars will park day in an day out in front of my house but when the SUV that brings the kids home parks outside, Meatball immediately goes to the front door to wait for them. This is before you can see them get out of the vehicle.

11x14 oil on gessoboard


32 comments:

Dean H. said...

I really like the color surprises throughout the painting! Great directional strokes!
About Meatball: animals think...My li'l dog proves it to me everyday!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

You are the pro in painting animals.
Always great job my Sheila.

Manon Doyle said...

Great job with Meatball Sheila! Love the background color and the eyes!!!
Meatball's name rocks!!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Sheila, I really love the direction your work is going. It is becoming recognizable as distinctly yours...congrats, it's wonderful!

Angela Elledge said...

I just saw this on Facebook and had to come by and tell you how much I love this painting. I agree with Dean, I love your color throughout your painting; very well done!

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Great painting! BIG cat!

sam said...

Great portrait Sheila, lovely colours, you've captured the shade wonderfully.

AutumnLeaves said...

Meatball is beautiful!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Sheila, the cat is yummy. Love the colors and expression. It is obvious Meatball is well-loved and loves well in return! It was great to read the story along with getting to see the fun painting.

James Parker said...

Hi Sheila. Meatball is posted and linked on WTTW ART...and contentedly purring. Great job, Sheila...and thanks so much for participating, ya big sweetie.

Nicki said...

Meatball is fantastic... my little boy would love to play with him... and it sounds like they have something in common... a love of food! The colours and vibrancy of this painting make it so inviting...I just want to spend hours moving around it and looking at each brushstroke!

dominique eichi said...

your animals are so lovely. It shows you love them.

Judy Mackey said...

Fantastic painting!!

Karen Hargett said...

Great colors and textures - you are developing a great style truly your own.

Sheila Vaughan said...

You've really captured that lovely, intelligent, questioning expression cats get on their faces. A great painting Sheila!

Edward Burton said...

GREAT job, Sheila! Wonderful colors and I agree with Dana, you are developing a look that is distinctly yours.

Art with Liz said...

Sheila this is one amazing painting. Those eyes are beautiful and the paint is just luscious!

Gary Keimig said...

Sheila another great painting. Full of energy. Good job.
I have passed on the Kreativ Blogger award to you so come on over to my site and pick it up.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Sheila, he is gorgeous. I love the use of blue and green. The shadow on his side is really delightful. And those eyes! You are a master at eyes. Great job.

Rob Hazzard said...

Such beautiful work, love your colors and brushwork! I tried a pet portrait commission and was...less than pleased with the outcome. Great work!

Priti said...

Nice work, love the colors in this one.

Gary Heller said...

Outstanding, sheila. you have a way of using rich, bold colors to bring out subtleties and fine shades of tone and shadow/highlight.
Great work

Linny D. Vine said...

Sheila, your brushwork is amazing and "Meatball the cat" is a beauty!
(He looks very fit for a 19 pound fella - one big, smart boy!)

Michelle said...

Meatball looks amazing! The color and those brushstrokes are marvelous!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Wonderful brush strokes and great color in this painting. I love the intense look in the cats eyes. You've really captured the personality of this guy. Great painting!

L.Holm said...

Wonderful painting, Sheila, and Meatball is one smart cat! 19 lbs! whoa. Whole lotta love :-D

adebanji said...

DYNAMIC strokes, just love the outcome!

Jo Castillo said...

That is one big happy cat. Great strokes, color and composition

Sheila E. said...

Fantastic art Sheila! I really love the values and light on Meatball, and love the name.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

look at those eyes! Beautiful, Sheila.

Gwen Bell said...

Always love your pet portraits! These 2 are are so great! Your style keeps getting stronger and stronger.

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

This is excellent!

Very impressionistic and lively looking througout! I'd love to see more of your paintings done in this style.

The colors are all vibrant but not overdone.

The reds and pinks in the background go so well with the whites, yellows, and blues in Meatball's fur.

Fantastic job on this one!

-Dean