Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cali's Stare


Size: 6 x 6 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Ampersand Gessobord
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This is Cali. She has such an intense stare. When we got Cali 14 years ago, she was very pregnant. A few days later, she gave birth to four kittens. My husband and I decided to find homes for three and keep one with Cali because we read that it was very traumatic for a mother to be separated from all of her babies. We totally agree; there is no question about that.

The one we kept is Hunter. Yes the one in the painting "My Precious Hunter" below.

42 comments:

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

WOW! INCREDIBLE!! I love the fact that she is Hunter's mother.

Erika Nelson said...

Akiko you make my jaw drop every single time I see your painting. And now I own an original and it's of ME thank you!

This is another amazing piece Akiko! I am now engaging in a staring contest with Cali. Please root for me.

Kathleen Coy said...

The eyes are so mesmerizing. This is incredible, Akiko! And such a wonderful story to go with it. :-)

Golders said...

Both Cali and Hunter are beautiful! And the Jefferson Memorial is amazing! It has a very Edward Hopper sensibility. Kudos!

Linda said...

Amazingly beautiful and sensitive work, as always you really deliver great art. Lindax

artbyakiko said...

Gail, thank you. Cali is a loner, but let only Hunter clean herself.

artbyakiko said...

Erika thank you for your compliments! I don't think you can defeat Cali in the staring contest; she can stare without a blink for quite some time. Actually, all cats are like that. lol

artbyakiko said...

Kathleen thanks! Cali does have beautiful eyes.

artbyakiko said...

Golders thank you for visiting my blog!! I didn't know you have a blog. I will drop by.

artbyakiko said...

Linda thank you so much! I really appreciate your support!!

Sheila said...

Okay... I just finished picking up my jaw that dropped next to Erika's. I know I asked this before but my brain is in shock now. What size brush do you use? Or did you find Hunter's or Cali's fallen whisker to paint this? The eyes are AWESOME and I love the way you painted the nose to give it that moist and slightly bumpy texture every cat lover knows and loves.

dominique eichi said...

AKIKO, OH YEs You are the Queen about your animals. Spectacular piece.
I think what I like too is the great composition you gave it. Her eyes are perfect. I realize you have her there but do your work from a picture of her ?

artbyakiko said...

Sheila, there are comb brushes that come in different sizes and shapes. These are great for doing animal hairs. You should try them if you haven't. Using whiskers sounds an interesting idea...

artbyakiko said...

Dominique, thanks for such wonderful comments! I do work from pictures. Only time our cats stay still for me is when they are sleeping, which they do about 20 hours a day. lol

Joanne said...

Fantastic and amazing are 2 words that just POPPED out of my mouth the moment your blog came up!!! Cali is beautiful - all of her, and especially her eyes. The detail is superb - I love the little bit of chin/lip we can see, how you showed the change in direction of the fur... you are a masterful artist, Akiko!

Theresa Rankin said...

I have no words!!! This is stunning!

artbyakiko said...

Joanne thank you so much for your compliments! I'm so humbled. Cali has such beautiful eyes. I just try to capture them, but never perfect...

artbyakiko said...

Theresa thank you for your visit and wonderful comments!! :)

Douglas Hoover said...

Akiko, I have four cats so I know this expression/stare very well. You have an excellent skill at capturing the expression and feeling of these animals. In awe... D.

Carolee said...

What a beautiful girl, and the way you've captured her eyes is just amazing!

Your work just bowls me over - I want to paint cats like you do when I grow up, hehe....

~ Carolee

Vern Schwarz said...

Akiko, I can only echo all the wonderful comments by everyone else. The eyes are truly remarkable and there is such a sense of emotion, even though that is something cats are not really known for. So beautiful!

Ingrid said...

Akiko...I admire your work so much. The depth and feeling in each piece is astounding. Cali's piece is very 'telling' of her personality. LOVE IT!!
PS...good to hear your little Hunter is recovering. :0)

artbyakiko said...

Douglas thank you for your visit. So you are a cat person. :) I would love to see your paintings of your cats!

artbyakiko said...

Carolee, thanks for your compliments! Your cat paintings are awesome. I fell in love with your Valentine's cat!!

artbyakiko said...

Vern thanks for your wonderful comments! I really appreciate your visit and support!!

artbyakiko said...

Ingrid, thanks for checking on my Cali and Hunter!! Hunter is fine now!!

r garriott said...

Absolutely amazing, Akiko! How do you do it???

artbyakiko said...

R. thank you for your compliments!

Rain Crow said...

As a cat lover since well birth... I absolutely LOVE your paintings. I try to pet them sometimes they are so realistic. GREAT work!
Rain

artbyakiko said...

Rain thank you for your visit. What wonderful compliments!! I truly appreciate your support!

Danielle Barlow said...

Another awesome cat Akiko! Your mastery of those small details is incredible - I am amazed ( ok, and rather envious of your talent) every time I see your work!

artbyakiko said...

Danielle, thanks for your visit and kind remarks on my Cali painting!

Mona said...

Akiko, you are very kind to compliment my miniatures, but it is me who is urgently trying to catch up to you with these gorgeous cats of yours! There is so much beautiful detail in Cali and Hunter's portraits.

I admire all these ACEOs you are doing and it's a natural transition to enter miniature competitions too. If you haven't already entered, I feel your work would be very well-received in miniature shows, and I hope to see you in the MASF show next year! Have added your blog link to the list on my blog.

Dean H. said...

Truly, truly beautiful...very well done!

artbyakiko said...

Mona, thank you for your kind remarks on my Kali and Hunter paintings. I have never attempted to enter miniature competitions before because I need to get better first. ;) Maybe I will try this year.

artbyakiko said...

Dean, thank you for your visit and wonderful comments!

Hillary Miller said...

This is just beautiful! I could live in those eyes!!!

artbyakiko said...

Hillary thanks for your visit!!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I would love to have a tenth of your power to portray the personality (soul?) of each individual cat. I like your Lincoln Memorial, too. I'll probably direct folks to your blog from my next post, I hope that's OK. You are amazing. And, yes, I'm a cat (and all animal) lover!

Edward Burton said...

An absolutely gorgeous painting, Akiko! WOW!

Alice Thompson said...

Akiko, I REALLY must have this painting! Email me the price if it is available for purchase.

artbyakiko said...

Alice it's so nice to hear from you!!! Hope all is well.

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