As soon as I knew Mr. Sunshine needed some extra support I decided I’d feature him for May’s featured artwork and desktop calendar (and decided to keep it for June, because that was the month I mistakenly put on it!). But which artwork would I use? I have many sketches of him, some of which are my favorites. But which one was the most “Mr. Sunshine”?
You can read about my long and arduous process below, but first, about the artwork I chose, “Highlighted Silhouette”!
From 2012 when I posted it:
I admit, I finished this a while after Mr. Sunshine had shifted his position and had a nice bath, but when he settled on the stool next to my drafting table under the work light, it was as if someone had turned my lights on. Usually my sketches are quick and simple since they are just intended to be daily exercises. His exquisite silhouette, the deep shadows, the cool blue-green highlights from the daylight-balanced fluorescents contrasting with the warm pine tones of the stool were just too much, I had to do my best to capture all the color and detail I saw. I worked purple and red and green into his black so that it looked more lively and actually more shaped as well.
I was drawing with both hands at one point, and when I went into the bathroom to wash my hands when I was done it looked as if I’d possibly used my face to blend some of the colors as well; I guess I had some stray hairs brushing across my cheeks and nose and my…décolletage, well, it’s hot, I’m wearing a tank top. But it looked as if I’d been in an accident or a fight and was somewhat bruised. Good thing I washed up before I left the house.
Feline art critics, they are everywhere
I sold this to a friend who has a black kitty and who knows mine well, and here’s what happened when I delivered it; the black kitty is Fromage, my little bottle baby, and the Siamese cat is Cranberry.
Choosing “Highlighted Silhouette” to celebrate Mr. Sunshine!
One of those is “Swirling Bath“, which is the one I’d first decided to use because I like it as a piece of artwork. But it’s not so much “Mr. Sunshine” as it is nice artwork and I definitely wanted his purrsonality in the mix. Then there are the two of him on the dishtowels, and the charcoal sketch I call “A Pile of Socks“…
Because I’m kind of on overload with all the upcoming events and things I need to make and TNR and Mr. Sunshine’s care, I couldn’t make a decision, the hard drive in my head was apparently completely full and the operation could not be completed. So I made up a sheet of all the Mr. Sunshine artwork I have and kept it on my desk so I could look the images over and maybe narrow down the choices. I’m interspersing them with the text here, grouping them by medium/color, so you can see what I mean. And also because I’ll be making up other things like note cards to sell that feature him, so I want you to see what’s here.
I finally decided on “Highlighted Silhouette,” which I’ve never even featured or shared that often and I don’t know why, but it has several of Mr. Sunshine’s best qualities. Of the four siblings, and mom too, for that matter, Mr. Sunshine’s fur has always been the blackest, and he has shiny highlights on his slightly plushy fur that enhance his physique. He has the nicest facial silhouette—in fact, he’s the model for “Star of Wonder” because of that very silhouette! And he is very stolid, settling there like a brick, unmovable. And I know that if any of his siblings had settled on that stool I would not have been so inspired by their shape, their silhouette, the light on their fur and the contrast with the top of the stool, I would have seen and created something completely different in that moment—I know, because I have other sketches of them in that same spot.
So “Highlighted Silhouette” it is. That painting is sold, but most of the rest of these you see here are still available. If you’d like to buy a framed original between $50 and $100, let me know! And there is, of course, the dishtowels, featuring cats on dishtowels, who of which are exclusively Mr. Sunshine. The “potato chips” cat sign features Mr. Sunshine’s silhouette again as “Kitty in Pink,” above, as does my design for my “Sitting Pretty” cat pins/magnets.
Where to find this artwork
A New Member Thank You
Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Highlighted Silhouette” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.
This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Highlighted Silhouette”. This print is 7 x 10 and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11 x 14 frame.
This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!
This month’s desktop calendar
I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month.
If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.
How to download and use your desktop calendar
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.
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