"Cosmic" -- 60x40" -- oil on canvas -- Margie Guyot
Yes, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I had some health issues going on. But I'm feeling fine now! This painting, "Cosmic", has a lot of symbolism going on. Picasso (the black & white cat) is lying flat-out, with a glazed look on his face, in a Cosmic Catnip stupor. Well, I had days of that on Oxycodone. Thank goodness all that's a thing of the past!
My usual method of painting is to set up a still life and paint what I see. But just try to get cats to hold a pose! I had to refer to a photo I'd snapped. And the night-blooming cereus (the big flowers at the top) only stays open for 1 night a year. I'd taken photos of my plant in bloom, so that was the other photographic reference I had to use. Everything else was painted from life.
This kind of painting (I guess you could call it surreal) is the hardest type for me to do. I'd made a little pencil sketch before starting, but it was only a guess:
As I painted, I had to make choices about what fabric to use and how to arrange it. A stop at a grocery store yielded a lucky find: bright gladiolas, which I love. But how to arrange them? I had to be mindful of the angle of the viewer: looking down at the cats. So I had to figure out how to incorporate the tall gladiolas (gladioli?) that would make sense. And how to position them to make the painting "flow":
So while some people might see the cats and dismiss it as "sentimental schmaltz", they're not understanding the fact that it's symbolic of my healing experience.