Friday, February 10, 2012

Little One,

Oil on 3"x4" Masonite panel. I often paint from a very old black and white book of cats my mother in-law gave me years ago, I've used images from many sources... I want to be clear because this is an issue these days, it is too convenient to open a book and find irresistible photos to work from, like this "Little One" but is it ethical or legal, when they are for sale? Some say the deal is, if you change the image by 30% or if the image is fifty years old you're safe. I think working from your own photos is more professional and had hold deeper meaning . I like to go out and seek my own cat photos around the neighborhood. Seems like every house in this town has at least three cats, for the most part, they love the attention and I get to slow the pace of my busy life, sometimes these cats break my heart wide open.

9 comments:

Toodleart said...

When I looked at this sweet Schlueter the first thing that attracted me was the green eyes and the application of paint and color. Seems to me the old b&w reference book was just a launching point, much like pulling from a memory. Realizing you rather not think about it I don't think you have anything to worry about here. Tis brilliant.

Regina Case said...

amazing, Rachel! Just beautiful. Perfect loose brushwork, somehow defining the eyes without apparent effort or tightness..

Stock Schlueter said...

The only thing wrong with this painting is that I didn't paint it Very nice

by RK Schlueter said...

no you didn't but, bet you could.

by RK Schlueter said...

thank you all for commenting!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rachel,
Wow! You've been very busy lately. We just returned from a vacation and I'm amazed at how much wonderful art you've produced in little more than a week.
This cat portrait is one of my favorites of all your outstanding new works. I wish I could be more descriptive as to why, but sometimes a painting moves me and words fail to explain it.
Anyway, I love the people portraits, too. Great work!
Sincerely,
Gary.

by RK Schlueter said...

Hi Gary, Yes I have been quite busy, although four of the paintings on this page are older works. Thanks for checking in.

Jim said...

Beautiful painting Rachel !!

by RK Schlueter said...

thank you, Jim!