THE ALLEY CAT
Our neighbourhood in the Lake District is home to many beautiful cats. This “old moggie” is my favourite. He seems to be permanently outside, often in the full force of the Cumbrian rain.
I couldn't resist taking this photo of him perched on top of our shed at the end of our garden. He didn't notice as I snapped him.
I let the oils paints drip and run and merge with this old lion so as to convey his almost permanent connection with the elements. The body and head of the cat I completed entirely with a palette knife.
In spite of it all, he is one of the most affectionate and loving cats you could ever wish to meet. I've heard from a neighbour that he's around 13 years old. I must confess to treating him with occasional titbit!
As an ode to this dear old chap, I hand made this frame myself (using no power tools) and then painted the frame in a warm green to best compliment the oranges of his coat.
Strung and signed on the back too. Varnished in UV resistant varnish for a lifetime of fade protection.
Oil paints, glazing medium, palette knife, UV resistant varnish, hand-made wooden frame