Friday, January 20, 2006

Illustration Friday – Cats


In the grasp, but the joke’s on him.

It's how I want it.
It is the way of our kind.

Let them think THEY are in control.

That purring is not the song of contenment,

But a silent snicker
That even I cannot control.


I do admire his whiskers so.


This is the first watercolor I ever attempted. I do hate publishing illustrations at hand, but I recently got swamped at work and it’s all I can do to keep up with what I have going. I have plans for quite a number of cats painting in the near future. When they are finished, I shall post them here.

16 comments:

Winnie Yao said...

@.@ Great work! love it

frank h said...

I agree - Beautiful work!
Seems to me very difficult to paint a black cat that does not look like an ugly black stain! - and you reach that very well - a pretty black cat.
Yes, very good!

creative kismet said...

So touching and beautiful.

doodlegirl said...

Aww. That's a really nice cat! Awesome! It's wonderful!

Amy Zaleski said...

I really like this - great words. Something about the salty old guy with his cat is touching indeed. Not bad for a first time watercolor attempt!

zordis said...

This is absolutely great painting. Every detail is perfect.

Katili said...

Awh, you have captured so much in this painting. The old man and the cat, the colours and the poem- delightful and full of warmth. I love it.

M. Spalding said...

Love it. Well done!

Alexa Brett said...

Don't feel about publishing existing work...This is so worth seeing! Great watercolor...Hard to believe it was your first one. I am impressed!

Giles said...

That's a great cat. Love the eyes!

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Alison Ashwell said...

Thats a really lovely illo

Michael O'Connell said...

Thank you all for the kind words. I did write the words fior this picture just for Illustration Friday (for you all!) so I wasn't totally digging up the old work.

Aravis said...

This is such a wonderful painting! I love the old man and the affection and companionship he shares with his furry friend. It's just such a warm image. :0)

TXArtcGal said...

I wonder what they're looking at?? I think you did a FANTASTIC job The whiskers are AWESOME (on both the gentleman and the cat)!

wynlen said...

This is a great watercolor illustration.
wynlen - www.wynlen.no

artsymommachic said...

beautiful painting!