Cats are such enigmatic creatures.
They’ve really got life sussed.
Over thousands of years, they’ve evolved alongside humans and graciously allowed us to think of them as our pets.
But all it takes is a moving object to catch their attention, and their inner wildness is sparked in a nanosecond.
I love seeing that wild expression in cats.
And who can resist the innocent, wide-eyed gaze of a kitten?
It’s so heartwarming to see them experiencing the beauty of the world for the first time.
When I saw this little kitty, casually balancing on the branch of a blossoming tree, I just had to paint her. I love the way her wild expression shows that she’s just spotted something very interesting.
In this mini class, I show you the process I followed to paint this sweet little friend.
I worked big for this painting, at 56 x 56 cm (22 x 22 in) so that I could capture as much detail as possible.
As you’ll see in this video, the painting goes through a messy middle stage for a while, but it all comes together by the end.
I hope you’ll feel inspired to paint a watercolor cat too, and that you’ll have fun applying these techniques to painting other fluffy pets and mammals.
For help with painting the kitten’s reflective eye, check out this mini class where I cover it in more detail.
If you give this kitten a go, I’d love to hear how you get on, so let me know in the comments below. And if you enjoyed the video, do leave me a message. I love to read them!