Today’s guest post comes from Irina and is about her:
Fantasy Art. Fantasy Cats.
Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Irina and I am a crazy cat lady. I am! And always have been. As long as I can remember, I have always had cats. And I remember all of them too, every single one: what they looked like, what their personalities were like, who was quiet and lazy and who was mischievous and crazy.
Of course, my love spread everywhere. I like watching cat cartoons, reading cat books and articles and blogs and I started my cat collection some years ago.
It’s quite a chore to dust them all!
Naturally, this passion had to manifest itself in my art sooner or later. I worked with oils for many years but mainly painted landscapes. At some point I felt that I wanted to try a different medium (acrylics) – and a different subject. And what subject could be better than cats?!
But I didn’t want to be one of the many artists that paint conventional portraits of pets. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful cat pictures out there and I love and admire many of them! I just wanted mine to be… well, different.
So, I decided to paint MY cats in this stylized, extravagant, special way where I try to convey the personalities of the cats rather than just their exterior.
I called these paintings “The Fantasy Cats series.”
Here are some of them:
“Sleeping Cat in Gold” This cat is resting peacefully, he is very happy with his life.
“Two Cheerful Cats” These cats are joyful and a little inquisitive under the sun.
“Poised Cat in Red” She is serene and confident.
“Cool Cat in Burgundy” He is beautiful and he knows it!
My paintings are in various colour palettes, various sizes but in all of them I tried, as best as I could, to express my love and admiration for these wonderful animals.
“Kitty Family” These cats were painted as a set of 4. They are similar in style but very different in character.
You can look (and buy) at my paintings here, in my online shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo
And read more in my blog: http://naturelands.wordpress.com/
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