Commissioned Portrait of Lucy

Lucy with sunflowers
Lucy with Sunflowers

Cat Portraits!

As I get older I cherish my friends more and more. Especially those who have traversed the years with me. They are irreplaceable parts of my life.

So when the husband of my long-time high school friend asked if I could paint her favorite cat for a Christmas present, I unequivocally said ‘yes’, even though I’m not a pet or cat painter, although I did paint a couple of cocker spaniels once.

Lucy is a little bundle of cat-ness, or at least that was my reaction to the photos I was sent. They were a bit fuzzy and not quite up-to-par for what I typically need to capture a likeness–human or feline. So I surfed the cat abounding Internet for cats that resembled Lucy, or at least my impression of what Lucy probably looked like.

In the process I discovered Leslie Ann Ivory, an amazing British cat artist. I fell in love with her whimsical style and even bought her ‘Ivory Cats 2013 Calendar‘. Oh the things you find when surfing the Internet for cats!

Because I’m one of those ‘good is never enough’ types, one painting wasn’t enough, I had to do two! It was mostly to expand upon our annual holiday card, which always includes a photo of a painting of sunflowers that my husband and I create together. Thus, the second painting of Lucy with the sunflowers.

I used a fast-dry medium of my own recipe, consisting of Liquin, distilled Turpentine (the good kind), and walnut oil. Each day’s work dried overnight (because I don’t typically paint thick), allowing me to finish, varnish and ship the paintings in time for Christmas.

Lucy

2012 | 11 x 14 | oil on panel | private collection

Pricing for similar commissioned work available upon request. Please contact the artist.

Commissioned portrait of Lucy the cat by Marie Wise

My best friend loves them, and I love that she loves them! For a cat that I’ve never seen, she says I captured Lucy. I guess I have Leslie Anne Ivory to thank for provided the main inspiration, but more important was the opportunity to return my best friend, in the form of a painting, my appreciation for her friendship across all the years.

Lucy with Sunflowers

2012 | 11 x 14 | oil on panel | private collection

Pricing for similar commissioned work available upon request. Please contact the artist.
Commissioned portrait of Lucy the cat by Marie Wise

Cheers and Happy Holidays, to friends, and more importantly, friends with cats!