Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Challenge....

"Nikko"
8x10 oil on panel

This is a pet portrait for the winner of our local High School Band's fundraiser. The winner, [a band player herself] wanted a painting of her beloved Nikko. I asked if she had any photos of Nikko and she said no because Nikko never sits still and doesn't like to be held. I volunteered to come over and take pics myself.

Nikko is very shy and skittish even around strangers bearing cat treats. The winner and her little sister took turns catching, holding and letting go of Nikko so I could try and get a shot without their hands wrapped around Nikko's body. Nikko went through the cat treats quickly and I was able to get a couple of body shots while he was still for a few seconds. The head was from another shot of Nikko looking at me while little sister was holding him down and I going through my repertoire of my best cat attention getting sounds. So even though Nikko was an unwilling participant, he ended up with his portrait for his sweet owner anyway.

7 comments:

Mary said...

Oh, Sheila, how did I get out of touch with your blog and the inspiration of your lovely work!? It has been a real treat to browse all your recent posts. This portrait is stunning; no one would guess what it took for you to get a few pics to work from. An arresting expression and captivating eyes you've captured on this lovely pet's face.

Nina Jørgensen said...

This is so cute!!!!

Spiritartartist said...

Good job portraying this kitty with catatude Sheila! Sometimes the photos are the hardest part.

Linda Popple said...

Nikko's personality comes through in your painting! You really had to work for this one! Great job!!

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila, Nikko is a beauty indeed and I know his owner must be thrilled with this painting. I so admire your strong brush strokes and sense of color! I love your work for pets too. We are of a like heart when it comes to animals, I think. By the way, Michael has hung his paintings that Dominic painted. (I think he got tired of waiting for me to get them framed!) They make me smile each time I go into that room! Is he still painting?

martinealison said...

Il y a parfois plus d'un Nikko qui dort chez nos amis les chats et pourtant on les aime tant!
Un trait de caractère intéressant qui transpire sur ton oeuvre. Je te fais de gros bisous.

Gwen Bell said...

BEAUTIFUL! Am I shouting...sorry. But this cat is stunning!