This is Chester as a 14×14 watercolour 140lb Arches cp.
I was compelled to attempt another cat watercolour to work on the challenge of painting fur (they don’t get much furrier than Chester), and because of the beautiful light in the reference photo. I thought the subject would be difficult and spent a long time over the past few weeks fussing over the details. In the end it turned out to be the background that was the most challenging.
Thank-you to my friend and talented photographer, Pam Butler, who provided the excellent reference photo to work from and thanks to Chester for sitting so pretty.
“Hauling Traps” is a contemporary take on an old tradition. It’s an 8.5″x14″ watercolour of hauling lobster pots. I painted it from a reference photo (with permission). The photo was taken on a family member’s lobster boat in Neil’s Harbour.
In other parts of the province, lobster season starts on the last Monday in November and runs until the end of May. That means a lot of hours spent on the icy cold Atlantic waters in the dark in all kinds of weather. As much as I love lobster I couldn’t do the work these men and women do – much respect!
I painted this from a photo I took in Porto at one of the cafés on the banks of the Douro River. I mainly wanted to practice painting a steamy kitchen scene though the steam was not in the original photo. I’m not a portrait painter either, but I liked the expression of anticipation, and also, the chefs hurrying to prepare our meal. The colour, activity and combination of foreground, middle, and background all spoke to me. Let me know if you think it works.