Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting "Chomsky", from his photographs I would say that he has shed loads of personality and I absolutely loved the photo that his owner and I decided should be the one I worked from. Apparently he is a cross between a Siamese and Tabby cat and he's also slightly cross-eyed.
His owner requested a background of purple and green Harris Tweeds similar to the one I'd used in a previous picture of "Blossom" the angora goat. I also decided to use a grey/black herringbone Harris Tweed as the background for his fur and a pale yellowish green Harris Tweed for his eyes.
Although I loved the photo I was working from and ultimately I would say that I enjoyed doing this picture, I think it will be my last animal portrait as they are just so very challenging. I'd say that overall this picture took me twice as long as a picture of this size (12" x 12") usually does (35-40 hours) and it was easily the hardest thing I have ever done because it was just SO difficult to get his face right. I am really pleased with the end result, as is Chomsky's owner. But my husband Keith will tell you there was much bad language and talk of giving up half way through, when I just couldn't get the nose and eyes right. Anyway he's done now and so onto more pictures for my Bakehouse Gallery exhibition next summer.
14/7/2020 07:27:25 pm
Jane, I never realised you had covered this commission on a blog. I'm sorry it was so difficult for you but I still absolutely love it and Chom himself is still going strong at 13 (July 2020)
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I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.
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