FRIDAY ART CAT
Nubia and the Grass
“Nubia (Runcie-Unger) and the Grass”. Soft pastels on paper, 16×11 inches.
I made this work after looking at an arresting photo shown to me.
Three things grabbed me about this image :
- the attitude of the black, almost aristocratic cat, looking directly at the viewer,
- the gorgeous cerulean / swimming pool blue background (one of my favourite colours)
- the ice cream tub of grass, which threw a reflection onto the cat’s jaw!
Why was there grass growing on the windowsill of the flat belonging to these cat lovers?
Of course, this is not any old grass: it is cat grass ! (Dactylis glomerata, in Latin.)
The work is rather naïve in style – what I mean by that is that the form of the cat and ice cream tub are not fully modelled, it is rather flat looking, with little perspective rendered. I wanted to let the colours sing loudly !
In fact, the lower portion of the cat is not totally present at all: this dear cat actually has a missing front paw.
Hope you like it!
I am an artist making work mostly of animals and people, specialising in oil painting and soft pastel. Three cats live with me – Maine Coon Orlando, Bengal Pandora and black moggy Rio.
If you’re interested in commissioning me for a portrait or purchasing any of my work, please contact me.