This watercolour of a cat in a Japanese garden is finished , you can see it in progress on my earlier post here.
So how did your moggy become your moggy? Well, tiddles, fluffy, Derick, Steven or flossy came from Egypt, and without doubt arrived by sea. Cats are no sailors but on board ships they can catch rats and mice, so they were part passengers, part crew members. The domestication of cats is believed to date back some 9,500 years, and the practice of taking cats aboard boats and ships began not long afterwards. The Ancient Egyptians took cats on board Nile boats to catch birds in the thickets along the riverbanks.
This watercolour in progress is of a black cat at night in a Japanese garden.
Represented as good and bad, there are hundreds of myths and stories surrounding black cats.
Here is the finished watercolour of The Rooster.
I mentioned in my earlier post about how the rooster featured in greek mythology.
The rooster features in many diffent cultures writtings and beliefs.
Watrecolour in progress. As you can see I am making use of a wonderful colour pigment here, Quinacridone gold. Winsor and newton artists’ watercolour, as you can tell it is like a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix but with a bit of gold, perfect for this little chaps fur!
This watercolour in progress is sticking with my theme of animals in the natural habitat but with their natural habitat inside them, albeit stylised. ( the blobs on his tail is masking fluid)