Orange O’Malley | Cat Portrait | Commissioned Art

Here is a recently commissioned pet portrait I did:

“Orange O’Malley.”

Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

I made this painting on the client’s request as a companion piece to an earlier painting I did of their other cat, Pebbles. You can see the two paintings together here.

Left: Pebbles. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee
Right: Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

I intentionally matched the colors so the two paintings would display well together.

Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

It was fun to capture the intent focus of the cat’s gaze off to the side. Although his eye is a very small part of the painting, it immediately draws the viewer’s attention.

Detail: Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The blue color in the eye goes with the accent of the bright blue collar.

Detail: Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Tiny details, like the cat’s nametag, are included, without losing the looseness and expressiveness of the brush strokes.

Detail: Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

This loose expressiveness is more exaggerated in the background, where I used a larger brush and avoided over-working the paint, to keep these brush strokes.

Detail: Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The cat is still and focused in the middle of the expressive background, capturing a moment in time and pulling us into his world.

Orange O’Malley. 16″ x 12″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

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