Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Background Change on Maine Coon

While I had the oil pastels out I painted a Maine Coon cat using both oil pastels and acrylics. I used a grey mountboard to work on and didn't add a background.


However after revisiting the image I decided the colour of the background didn't add anything at all, in fact I decided it was detracting from the cat. So gave it a blended oil pastel background.


Here are the before and after versions, I've also changed the crop on the final version although I'm still undecided on that.







6 comments:

Bev said...

The darker background looks so much better Gayle, but not sure of the crop, I prefer the original.
I didn't know you used oil pastels?

Toni said...

Wow what difference the background made. And I like the crop also. Beautiful!

Brenda said...

What a difference! The background really makes this cat look gorgeous!!

Bev said...

I left a comment earlier today, but it doesnt seem to have made it onto your blog...strange. I just wanted to say that I like the new background very much, it is very effective, and I prefer the original crop.

Gayle Mason said...

I'm glad you all like the darker background, I'm still undecided on the crop. I might add the left corner of the cat in so that it isn't quite so disembodied head looking.

I've only just started using oil pastels Bev, I quite like them but get frustrated with the difficulty in creating detail.

Dors said...

WOW does that pop now with the change in BG. Beautiful job Gayle.