The inspiration for this painting was the work of Drew Strouble aka Catman Drew (I love that name...I keep singing it in my head in my Bob Seger voice). I was introduced to Drew by the awesome Animal Planet Show "Must Love Cats." A lot of Drew's work is very realistic--truly gorgeous--and way beyond my abilities. But his "Colorful Cats" were featured on the show and I thought perhaps I could manage doing something like those stylized, psychedelic felines.
I worked awhile on developing a style of my own for the cartoonized cats. Then I figured I'd try a classic three-by-three arrangement and sketched them on watercolor paper. I did final drawing in felt tip pen, then did the painting, then went over the pen a second time. The painting came out pretty well! I haven't done any watercolor painting in a long time, and it was really fun to explore the medium again.
And you know me, Blog, I'm always happy to have more cats in the house...even the 2-D kind! Thanks, Catman Drew, for the inspiration. I hope this post will send some cat art lovers your way!