Work in Progress…
The current painting has been on my easel for awhile now but it is finally coming to the end.
This painting is a commission from a collector who owns two Bengal cats and wanted to capture them forever in a painting. This painting was actually started over a year ago and has just recently been back on the easel after a stay at the Virginia Museum of Natural History for the Wildlife Art Revealed Exhibition where the painting represented a work in progress display. The background is now completely finished and the foreground decorative grass and the cats just need the second layer of color on the highlighted areas and the painting is finished!
What is a Bengal cat…?
The Bengal is a medium to large domestic feline that originates from crossings of the small
Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) to the domestic cat in an attempt to create a companion with an "exotic" look but a domestic temperament. After four to five generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breeding, the breed is recognized for championship competition by most international domestic cat associations including TICA, ACFA, GCCF, and AACE.
The Bengal's beautiful coat makes it stand out in a crowd. Numerous shades make up the background color of the Bengal, ranging from golden, rust, brown and orange, to sand, buff, or even ivory. Bengal spots also vary in color, from rust or cocoa and chocolate brown to charcoal or black. Some Bengal patterns have inherited striking rosettes or spots made up of more than one color, usually a secondary color forming a dark outlining to the spot.
Below are the last two images that I will be sharing of the painting until it is delivered to the collector.
Cats still need a second and final layer!
Detail of finished background