Sunday, April 5, 2009

Eyes of Billy

Size: 11 x 14 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Stretched canvas

This is Billy. He has the most amazing eyes. We adopted him about three years ago. For some reason, he had no undercoat. All he had was just a single layer of rough topcoat. His doctor thought that he had some kind of allergy that prevented him from absorbing nutrients.

He now has both undercoat and topcoat and gained a lot of weight. Yes, he is one healthy, happy guy!

39 comments:

pencilportraits said...

His eyes are amazing!

Kathleen Coy said...

Akiko, I think I've told you before, but you are my hero at painting cats eyes. This is beautiful as always. I'm glad Billy is healthy and happy now!

r garriott said...

May I borrow a phrase from Sheila and say, "Wah! Sugoi!"? (I'm thinking that is high praise--) amazig work as always, Akiko!

artbyakiko said...

Karie-Ann, thanks for your visit!

Kathhleen, his eyes were fun to paint!

R, thank you! Sugoi means "terrific", but can also mean "terrible." lol

Vern Schwarz said...

Akiko, I'm going to go for terrific here. I'm also beginning to think if these cats were wearing contact lenses, you could pull it off. Great that Billy is back being healthy, and he certainly looks it.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Billy is lucky you adopted him! He is a beautiful boy and your portrait is gorgeous!

Alice Thompson said...

Wow Akiko! 11x14" and it's on canvas too! Each one of those eyes must be about 2 inches across. So interesting the delicate scalloped line within Billy's eyes and that warm reddish orange tone at the bottom. Your cats have no idea how lucky they are to be immortalized with your magic brush!

artbyakiko said...

Vern, thank you! Contact lenses for cats sound interesting.lol

Gail, he sure is a beautiful boy. Thanks for your visit!

Alice, you are right. Each eye is about 2" across. No other cat in my house has that reddish reflection. I think it's beautiful!

Hillary Miller said...

What magnificent eyes! They really invite you in to the whole painting!

Vic said...

Just Superb Akiko, those eyes just draw you in.

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Yet another feline masterpiece Akiko! I could spend hours just gazing over every part of your paintings.

DEB said...

Billy is beautiful Akiko! I wish I could lose MY undercoat! :)

Carolee said...

Gorgeous cat and gorgeous painting!! Your work is incredible...

~ Carolee

L.Holm said...

Oh, Akiko! I stare and I stare and wonder: How does she do that!! Billy is precious, and your painting is amazing. Incredible. Liz

artbyakiko said...

Hillary, Vic, and Mel, thank you so much for your kind remarks!

Deb, I didn't know you had undercoart. lol

Carolee and Liz, I really appreciate your visit and support!

adebanji said...

You are the new catwoman!

Amazing piece!

artbyakiko said...

Adebanji, thank you so much!!

Dean Grey said...

Unbelievably detailed!

So damn impressive!

-Dean

Jala Pfaff said...

Another beautiful portrait--such expressive eyes!! Whenever I meet kitties like that, with hair problems at the Humane Society or whatnot, I always feel it's likely because of stress/depression. Obviously this guy got soooo lucky with you!

sam said...

Akiko you are very talanted, such realism and beautiful colours. You can tell you enjoy painting eyes, perfect!

artbyakiko said...

Dean, thank you so much for visiting my blog and wonderful comment!

Jala, thank you! I agree. Probably the stree from living outdoors caused his skin problem.

Sam, thank you so much!! Really appreciate it.

Edward Burton said...

An absolutely beautiful job, Akiko - amazing eyes!

artbyakiko said...

Edward, thank you so much!!

Erika Nelson said...

GASP speechless I can't seem to get used to how amazing your work is, each time I am in awe!

artbyakiko said...

Erika, thank you for your visit. So nice to hear from you!

r garriott said...

Akiko, thanks for the vocabulary lesson-- of course I meant 'terrific' (-- actually I thought the word might mean 'Amazing', because you are)!!

Cheryl Anderson said...

This is just incredible. I've tried to paint cat eyes before and it's hard. You have captured them beautifully. Billy is a lucky cat for a lot of reasons!

Sarah said...

Stunning work!! How did I miss your blog until now - so many artists I know follow you!! Your eyes are beyond wonderful!!!
Sarah

artbyakiko said...

R, thanks! You are right. The word also means "amazing."

Cheryl, thank you for your kind remark!!

Sarah, I'm glad that you have found my blog and like Billy's eyes. Thanks!

Mona said...

Akiko, I am just catching up with your latest! This one is mesmerizing. It's great that it's a larger painting too. It must be all the more impactful with two inch eyes.

artbyakiko said...

Mona thank you for your wonderful comment on my Billy. It was fun working on these big eyes of his. :)

Jala Pfaff said...

I'm tagging you in my today's post. :) If you're tired of being tagged, don't worry about it!

Sheila said...

sugoi, sugoi! How big are your reference photos... please tell me you do use reference photos and not doing this masterpieces from memory.

artbyakiko said...

Jala thanks for the award. I'm so honored!

artbyakiko said...

Sheila, thank you! My ref photos are pretty high-res, so I can see the details. I'm pretty much useless without ref photos. ;)

Lara Harris said...

Wow Akiko!This is one of the best cats I think you've ever done!Granted I love all your work, but this one takes your breath away!

artbyakiko said...

Lara, thank you for your visit and wonderful comments!

Leanne said...

Lovely work, Akiko - found you through Heather Page. Will add you to my reader! :)

artbyakiko said...

Leanne, thank you for your visit!!

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