Painting Irina The Cat With A San Bernardino Mountain Backdrop

I used oil paints to create an illustration of Irina the cat.
I used oil paints to create an illustration of Irina the cat.

Today I finished painting a picture of Irina the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. I decided to place large boulders next to Irina, and the mountains behind her because this is a very iconic Southern California image. Irina has never ventured out near large boulders, but I like to imagine that she has taken nature hikes, just like I did when I drew a picture of her out at the Pinnacles back in August of 2014. Growing up my cats used to love to hike with me on a trail near my house, so I have never been able to stop envisioning domestic cats in nature.

So how did I create the current painting of Irina the cat? First, I created an outline drawing of Irina on the canvas board.

I used a pencil to make the transferred outline drawing of Irina the cat stand out.
I used a pencil to make the transferred outline drawing of Irina the cat stand out.
I used black and grey paints to begin painting in Irina the cat.
I used black and grey paints to begin painting in Irina the cat.
I finished painting in Irina's body and then proceeded to paint in the San Bernardino Mountains behind her.
I finished painting in Irina’s body and then proceeded to paint in the San Bernardino Mountains behind her.
I painted boulders surrounding Irina the cat. She has never been on a hike, but my childhood cats used to go on hikes with me. Thus, I liked to imagine Irina the cat out in nature enjoy the California dream, which for me is about nature.
I painted boulders surrounding Irina the cat. She has never been on a hike, but my childhood cats used to go on nature walks with me. Thus, I enjoy imagining that Irina the cat is basking in the sun and enjoy her California dream, which for me is about nature.
The completed painting of Irina the cat reflect my vision of the California dream.
The completed painting of Irina the cat reflects my vision of the California dream.

Our four legged friends also enjoy spending time in nature, and why not create imagery that reflect the beauty of a feline and Southern California. Irina the cat and nature continue to inspire me every day.

Painting A Picture of Bobby The Cat

The Bobby the cat painting is based on a photograph I took of Bobby the cat sniffing a baby cedar tree.
The Bobby the cat painting is based on a photograph I took of Bobby the cat sniffing a baby cedar tree.

The video shows how the Bobby cat painting evolved from start to finish.

Here I am beginning to paint in the dirt areas around Bobby cat.
Here I have finished painting in the dirt around Irina, and starting painting in the cedar tree trunk.
Here I have finished painting in the dirt around Bobby cat, and I have painted the gray trunk of the baby cedar tree.
Here I have painted in the leaves of the cedar tree next to Bobby the cat.
Here I have painted in the leaves of the cedar tree next to Bobby the cat.
Here I painted in the yellow leaves from an oak tree, which had fallen down next to the baby cedar tree. Also, I painted in the rocks on the ground next to Bobby cat.
The completed painting of Bobby the cat.
The completed painting of Bobby the cat.

The Progression of The Buster Painting


I continue to adding sketching details to Buster’s face. Eventually I will be painting my doggy, but my goal right now is to take my time slowly adding all of the important details. For me it is much easier to paint once all the details have been laid down rather than just painting directly on the canvas.

The supplies I use for my projects are basic canvases and oil paints, so I truly believe in creating artistic pieces without breaking the bank. If I were a millionaire I am sure I might buy more expensive supplies, but honestly why bother? I think the cheaper supplies can work just as well. Stay tune for my updates on Buster the painting!