Friday, October 17, 2014


One of my friend's birthday is coming up, and I decided to paint a portrait of her cat, Brosie, as a gift. I managed to finish it in time. I hope she likes it. Brosie is a 16 yro British Blue; a gentle giant of a teddy bear... Not a mean bone in his body.

Acrylic on plywood panel
385mm x 290mm
15" x 11 ½"


  1. Wowza, that turned out beautifully - looks like a photo instead of a painting. I'm wondering if Cloud and Mia might have some British Blue in them with their coloring. How in the world do you get plywood smooth enough to paint on, especially a wonderful one like this?

    1. Thanks soulsis! :) I normally use either 1/4" or 1/8" inch thick plywood, depending on the size and if I'm going to paint with thin or thick paints. This is a small acrylic painting, so I used 1/8". I sanded down all the rough bits, then smoothed it out some more with finer grit paper, and then I used four coats of gesso to seal the wood, giving it a light sanding in between coats. Next support I built, I might make a video on how I do it. :)

      Some people like to paint on canvas and use the "tooth" of the material to their advantage... I prefer a smooth surface, like sealed plywood or thick Masonite board. If I learned anything from those two years at TAFE, it's how to prepare and use different supports, according to ones own taste and preferences. :) I guess it wasn't all a waste of time! LOL!

    2. Well it sure turned out beautifully. I know she is going to love it!


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