Back to cats today: the mood was right. I chose Erik the Red. I did consider whether she (yes, Erik’s a girl) should be just done in Indian ink, but then I remembered I’d been inspired by a picture of an orange and purple cat in an art textbook. Erik was absolutely fiery in the afternoon sunshine, so in the end it was an easy decision.
I masked out her whiskers first, then put the background in using ink. Once this was convincingly dry I added the watercolours. Putting in the purple was very satisfying – it feels rather anarchic to use something so bold and patently not orange when painting a ginger cat!