CATS with Derwent Inktense

Keep searching for things you don’t already know. The search will result in more personal growth and more living life to the very fullest.

Did you ever find yourself unwilling to accomplish something you feared or thought was beyond your scope?

I’m sure I have done this on other fronts than painting, but the one facing me now was how to make animal fur look real. I have always been daunted by it, not knowing how to make it look natural. Instead, I shied away from the subject, painting mostly flowers and birds, etc.  I was challenged recently when my granddaughter asked me to paint her two cats. Here I should tell you I am a self-taught painter. I learn a lot from my beloved books and my Derwent Inktense collection of pencils and blocks.

Well, tackle it, I did. First I did a page of cats’ eyes. I feel, in painting anything with a life, it’s important to have the eyes right or you may as well scrap the whole drawing. Then I tried the fur and had several miserable attempts, On one of the youtube presentations on painting fur I found part of the solution to my dilemma. There are good tutorials on you tube on painting many subjects. One solution was to paint in small groups of hair, not to try for the whole animal at once.

The other thing that helped me was pure experimentation. I discovered that by using a dry fan brush I was able to create the short cat hairs I wanted. I am just beginning, but at least I made a step in the right direction.

And so it is in many of life’s lessons. You learn as you go. You experiment with what you know and keep adding knowledge. The important part is not what you know at any given moment. It is what you want to learn more about, like playing the piano or cooking, or wanting  more information on any subject that keeps you growing and living.