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Watercolour 33×27cm on Saunders Waterford 140not using W and N Artists colours.
I came across this scene on holiday in France and was so glad I had my camera. I have pondered long and hard as to whether to use this image but I hope the little boy’s Mum, who came on to the scene a moment later, will not mind me painting a portrait of her son and showing it to you. He will be quite the young man now and will look very different anyway, and of course it’s extremely unlikely that they would ever see it! The boy’s hands seem to be itching to touch the cat. He’s saying…do I dare stroke him?

Challenge Winner of Just Watercolours group challenge “Watercolour Painting with a Narrative”
May 2011


cat, little boy, portrait, watercolour

I’m a watercolour artist and art tutor from Nottingham, UK. I love painting flowers particularly and sharing techniques with others as I really rate this wonderful medium. I have written two watercolour tips and techniques books which demonstrate the way I like to use watercolour.

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, I LOVE this!!!!!!!!! I’m a real cat lover so I HAVE to save this in my Fav’s!

  • Thank you Marsha and for the fave!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • mhkantor
    mhkantoralmost 4 years ago

    wow! fantastic work. a wonderful painting.

  • Thank you, you’re kind!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Marriet
    Marrietalmost 4 years ago

    Really precious! This couldn’t be more real, the pose children go into before they squat to look at something! Wonderful work!

  • Yes, I know what you mean about the pose! Glad you like.

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Timi  Kakandar
    Timi Kakandaralmost 4 years ago

    Am speechless, this is good… wish I could watch you work.

  • Timi, I’m grateful for your generous comment.

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 4 years ago

    or pull it’s tail! brilliant watercoulour….

  • Ha ha! You’re wicked!…but probably right!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersalmost 4 years ago

    Great light and shadows in the fabrics! Nicely done!

  • I was drawn to the subject partly by the light. Thanks, Ken. Your comments always make me think!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely amazing Ann! What great work, beautiful!

  • Maree, thank you! Too kind!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 4 years ago

    C’est trop beau Ann !

  • Merci Corinne! Il etait si mignon….comment ne pas le peindre?!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakealmost 4 years ago

    How lovely Ann. You have captured a special moment to perfection!

  • Thank you Beatrice…it was a serendipitous moment!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • JCailliau
    JCailliaualmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done Ann !

  • Joan, thank you…I value these words form you!

    – Ann Mortimer

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