I usually start a painting without drawing things out, but in this one I decided to outline some of the main elements , the cats and some of the plants.
The cats were painted from two separate photos of my old cats Claude, on the left and Lucy, on the right. I have done pictures of both of them in the past but this was the first time I had painted them together.
The plants and background are purely from my imagination, the picture was an amalgam of elements from our garden, placing flowers in different positions to improve the composition and colours. I grow large poppies but they are planted in a sunnier part of our garden, but I needed a few splashes of colour to alleviate the dark green shades next to the wall. I also had to try and work out realistic shadows for the cats and vegitation. I had to decide what size to make the flowers and the paving slabs so that the cats did not appear out of proportion.
I know this is not a photorealistic painting, but it gives a good idea of how they would have looked. By taking photos of the picture it also helps me understand and explain the process of making it.