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This piece was developed from a reference photograph, charcoal sketch and color study. I purchased the antique kettle from Ebay and was setting up a still life to paint. As I was snapping a few reference photographs, my cat Newton jumped in. I was really surprised by the repeating shapes of the cat's tail with the kettle spout so I was inspired to paint it. I also really liked the cool light against the warm tones of the background. Most of the piece was painted in one sitting using the “alla prima” or “wet-on-wet” technique, wherein layers of wet paint were applied on previous layers of wet paint. This piece is on a linen board and will need a frame for display.
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