I have been taking oil painting lessons for 3 years. My idea when I started was to have something special to look forward to when I reach retirement and not become a "couch potato." I soon found that I love painting "right now." I just finished my first attempt at painting cats. I looked through various albums posted on these newsgroups, and I found a photo on Megan's site that I really like. She helped me a lot when I adopted Duffy, so I contacted her and got her permission to use her photo as a guide.

Result: I have posted a photo of my first cat "portrait" on alt.binaries.pictures.animals. It is under the title "Princess and Smidgin." I enjoyed my first effort and thought I would share it with you (and am cross-posting to the 3 groups I read most often).

MaryL
(take out the litter to reply)
Photos of Holly and Duffy:
(introducing Duffy to Holly) (Duffy and Holly "settle in")
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on 14 Dec 2003:
Result: I have posted a photo of my first cat "portrait" on alt.binaries.pictures.animals. It is under the title "Princess and Smidgin." I enjoyed my first effort and thought I would share it with you (and am cross-posting to the 3 groups I read most often).

Mary, that painting is awesome(1) and so lifelike! Thanks for sharing it. )

Cheryl
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller
(1) When I use the word awesome, I'm often reminded of something my dad said one time and he used the word awful in a way that shocked me because I had never heard it in that context before. He said the word awful means "full of awe". In that way, awesome seems that it should mean "some awe". lol Seriously, though, your painting is beautiful.
I have been taking oil painting lessons for 3 years. My idea when Istarted was to have something special to ... the litter to reply) Photos of Holly and Duffy: (introducing Duffy to Holly) (Duffy and Holly "settle in")

Hi, would you be willing to email it to me? I can't access the binaries ng that you've posted it in, it's blocked by the firewall here at work..if you could, I'd appreciate it, as I'd LOVE to see it. My mom has been doing a lot of oil paintings of birds, and I'm getting quite an appreciation for the art...
Thanks,
Carrie
Hi, would you be willing to email it to me? I can't access the binaries ng that you've posted it ... mom has been doinga lot of oil paintings of birds, and I'm getting quite an appreciation forthe art... Thanks, Carrie

Sure, I'll be happy to email the photo to you. I'll do it later this evening. Just remember that I'm an amateur and this is my first attempt at painting cats.
MaryL
Sure, I'll be happy to email the photo to you. I'll do it later this evening. Just remember that I'm an amateur and this is my first attempt at painting cats. MaryL

Oooh, me too? Please? I don't have binary groups either, and I'd love to see it!
Krista
Sure, I'll be happy to email the photo to you. ... amateur and this is my first attemptat painting cats. MaryL

Oooh, me too? Please? I don't have binary groups either, and I'd love tosee it! Krista

I'll be glad to ... and also for anyone else who wants it. If others want a copy, just send email to the address attached to this message (but remember to "take out the litter" first). I always send low resolution photos by email. If they are too small, let me know and I'll send the high resolution copy.
MaryL
Hi, would you be willing to email it to me? ... as I'd LOVE to see it. My mom has beendoing

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Mary, the painting trully *is* awesome!
Linda
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Thanks. I had never painted until I signed up with lessons from a local artist 3 years ago, but I always had a desire to do it *someday.* I was fortunate to find an instructor who is very skilled but who is also a great teacher I have never heard her say a negative thing to anyone, but she always finds a way to bring out the best in people. I get genuine pleasure from this.
And since this is a cats group: some of us talk about positive reinforcement for cats. It obviously carries over to humans, too!

MaryL
Sure, I'll be happy to email the photo to you. I'll do it later this evening. Just remember that I'm an amateur and this is my first attemptat painting cats. MaryL

Hi Mary,
I think it's a great picture..I have no abilities for things like that myself, so, I give major kudos to you for being able to do it.

Beautiful picture Mary, just beautiful... Emotion: smile
That's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it! Emotion: smile
Carrie
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