Jan 3, 2013

Abby and Bella


Happy New Year, 2013 is here!!  The sun is shining and everything is crisp and clear.  I feel like my 2013 adventure has begun. 
Here are a few of my top secret Christmas commissions that can now be shown off.  Abby and Bella, two very lovely cats, they are sisters and lovely pets.  They are inside cats but they love to “check out” the outdoors from the window.  Abby’s favourite spot is on the top level of climbing pole watching everything that is going on.  Bella likes to be amongst everyone and seems to be more grounded.  They were very pleased with their portraits.

BELLA -  5.5 x 7 - SOLD
The girls ‘portrait were quite a challenge to draw.  First of all, it was hard to photograph them as they are inside cats and I wanted natural light to get good shadows.  I chased them around the house quite a bit on a sunny day to get my shots and at times they certainly gave me some funny looks!  Secondly, they are mostly black with streaks of gold in places.  Bella has a white paw and a more patches of gold than Abby so it made it a little easier to develop her body.  It is so easy to end up with a blob of black and no definition.  Once I had worked out a drawing “formula” to create their colours things went well.  I did Bella first and it took quite some time but with the kinks worked out Abby came together very quickly. I was very pleased with the results.
Have a great day and I will be back with a few more of  my pets.

As always prints and cards are available for any of my work starting at $3.50.


loreena Lee said...

Beautiful work, Wendy. You've captured the essence, and your technique is superb!

Wendy Mould said...

Thanks Loreena Lee, I really felt that Bella has such a sweet little face and I wanted to do her justice.

Brenda Hill said...

Two beautiful girls,superb graphite drawings Wendy

TexWisGirl said...

you are really very good! i am impressed by anyone who can do portraits - human or pet. :)

thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! really appreciate it!

Karen Hull said...

These are charming Wendy - so much character in those little faces and I bet the recipients were thrilled to bits!!! :)

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful portraits Wendy!

Studio at the Farm said...

Wendy, you did an excellent job with the girls!!! I appreciate how difficult it is to photograph animals. :)

Wendy Mould said...

Brenda, Thank you, they were really fun to draw.
TexWis Girl: thank you, I never thought of myself as a portrait artist but then again, I love to do animal portraits. I just never put the two together that way. I enjoyed my vist to your blog and thanks for the comments here.

Wendy Mould said...

Karen, thank you, yes they were very pleased with the results. I loved that sweet little look I was able to capture in Bella, it really gives me a thrill when I look at it.
Studio at the Farm: yes you do lots of animals in your art so I know you understand the problems. The lighting and the setting may be good but they do not always want to cooperate. My own dog is very hard to photograph as he wants to be right with me and so hard to catch him at a distance.