Cat Nap Over a Starry Night
I don’t tend to paint very big. Actually, when I first really started to get a little more serious with painting, I started off with tiny ACEOs, mostly because 1, to save on costs, and 2, if I was going to screw up something, it might as well be something small! Nowadays I still actually paint quite small. I still create ACEOs, I love painting tiny pendants, and it’s quite nice having a printer that can turn a small ACEO painting into a large print. (Ah, the joys of technology!)
“Cat Nap Over a Starry Night” is no tiny ACEO, but I painted this one on an 8×10 canvas. It’s a fun challenge to fit in a lot of details into such a little space. And this painting was no exception! This guy was definitely a challenge. I thought that my little Balloon Cat needed a glorious place to perch next, and it does not get anymore glorious than Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I had never attempted anything close to this style before, and I wanted to capture the beauty of his piece but also put a little bit of my own flare into it. Also, creating those kinds of strokes with acrylic paint, rather than oil paint, was a challenge in itself. But it all worked out in the end. I wanted a little tribute to the original, not an actual reproduction.
Plus, you know, it’s not exactly a reproduction when you’ve got a little black cat with a red balloon having a cat nap on the moon. <3
This could possibly be my new favourite piece (:
Posted on January 9, 2013, in Artwork and tagged animals, balloon cat, balloons, black cats, cats, etsy, painting, print, red balloon, starry night, van gogh, vincent van gogh. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.