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Catnap Cove

Updated: Apr 27



For this painting, I knew I wanted to come up with something quirky and unusual. First of all I had the shape of the cat, and the next correlating though was a fish. Which led to thoughts of an underwater scene. And then, I thought to make the fish and other sea creatures form the shape of the cats face!


Preparing the Canvas

  • Started by taping off the horizon line with Washi tape. (any low-tack painters tape will do)

  • Used Princeton Select 1/4" angular shader brush to apply purple sky color.

  • Colors used for sky: Winsor & Newton Phthalo blue, titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium orange, and Golden brand light magenta.

  • Removed the tape after the sky was dry.

Painting the Scene

  • Painted the top of the ocean with a blue tint of phthalo blue and titanium white.

  • Deeper part of the ocean painted with a tint of Golden brand ultramarine blue and titanium white.

  • Also used premixed teal from local craft store.

  • Sand painted with custom mixed blend of cadmium yellow and white.

Adding Details

  • Drew fish and octopus with 0.7mm white Posca acrylic paint pen.

  • Added color to some fish with cadmium yellow and white blend.

  • Added more color with cadmium orange and light magenta using 3/0 Round brush.

  • Added detail with white, blue, red, and black 0.7mm Posca markers.

  • Added more detail with 1.8-2.5mm coral colored Posca marker.

  • Used Princeton Select 20/0 round petite detail brush for finer details.

Final Considerations on Varnishing

  • Opted not to varnish this time.

  • Would choose a glossy spray-on varnish for the whole painting if varnishing were to be done.


Check out the following links to get the same paints and brushes that I used!


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