In order to accurately portray the coat colours in the various breeds of cats I want to paint I have been looking at how colour is inherited. I studied genetics as part of my degree in Zoology so can understand the theory. So far so good with colour, but then I moved on to the inheritance of coat patterns, at that point my brain gave up for the day.
My main problem came when I realised that the same genetic colour can have different names depending on both the breed of cat and the breed association.
So lilac can become lavender, tortoiseshell and white can become calico, black can be ebony etc.
When I then started thinking about spotted, tipped, pointed etc, not to mention ticked, mitted and agouiti I decided much more research will be needed.
The one thing I do know is that all cats inherit some form of the tabby gene so perhaps I should stick to tabbies, now would that be mackerel or classic.
I will continue to share my findings as I go along.
Just for a change I dug my pastels out today.