"Day of Joy"
watercolor | 2010
The thought behind this; the kitten and the angel work and play all day long, now time for a night nap.
Much went through my head as I contemplated what to illustrate for this word. The very first thought was a kitty pooped from a day of playing...inspired by our new kitten Talor. But then as I thought about it some more, I thought of someone praying, or an elderly person (since I don't have much of that in my portfolio). It just wasn't meant to be, I sat down and continued with my idea, right through the end.
I created a shape I don't use very often, and played more with beings interacting. Although they aren't awake interacting, it was still a challenge to get the angel to look like she is actually laying on top of the cat. The other challenge was the cat. I did use reference, unfortunately pictures of Talor in this position wasn't available until after I had draw it, but the photo I found worked. A common pose for any kitten fast asleep, including Talor.
I enjoyed the process of this piece, and the colors. I felt it needed a slight push in photoshop, so I boosted the levels just a hair to add a stronger contrast. I tried to build it up on the paper, but it just wasn't going to happen.
Original painting for sale at my Etsy shop: