the Cat Lays a Few More Hairs" - oil on masonite.
This was painted as a modern complement to my copy of
Tissot's "Hide and Seek" which showed a
family in a Victorian home circa 1880. Aspects of it
are pieced together from photos, but lighted and
colored completely differently. I also "removed"
the back room to provide for light through the French
doors (like it used to be before the room addition I
made years ago).
realized as I made it this picture was
compositionally flawed, having two centers of
interest, but it was for me and I liked it anyway. I
could cut it into two pieces and have two nice
paintings. I especially like the lively brushwork I accidentally managed on the boy on the right, and the
translucent crayon box. I like the glowing skin tones
of the legs on the left and the quaintness of the
basket on the table. The reflection in the lamp was
the hardest element since I just made it up and it
took awhile to look realistic. The least successful
element is the light reflecting from the back wall.
interesting pattern on the bar chairs and pillow I
took from our front drapes - subsequent to the photo
my wife used those drapes to actually cover the
chairs and the pillow because she liked it so much,
making the painting virtually identical to the real
room until redecorating occurred years later (it was
always amusing to see new guests make the connection
since the painting hung near the viewpoint of the
painting). The book on the table pays homage to James
tried to figure out a way to get me in the picture -
I have joked about putting a ghostly image of me
mowing the lawn out back, or hidden in the lamp
reflection. My wife suggests some photos on the table.