First Love by Ginny Schmidt

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This is a watercolor that I have been working on for years and finally gave up, and have it in my living room half finished. Today I suddenly had the inspiration to finish it digitally, so I photographed it and added the final details and did some color adjusting.

The girl and kitty were modeled from a snapshot taken years ago of a former coworker’s daughter and her very patient and long-suffering cat. The picture was so grainy that my coworker asked me to scan it and see if I could clean it up somewhat for her. She was happy with the job I did, but I always wanted to paint it, to capture the joy and passion a child has for her first pet.

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  • Ruth Palmer
    Ruth Palmerabout 5 years ago

    Ginny, this is so precious! I love it! Your color palette is wonderful! Glad you got it finished.

  • Thank you, Ruth. I started painting this in 2003, so I am happy to have it done as well. I got everything done but the details in the faces and was more comfortable doing that digitally.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • MelodyMoss
    MelodyMossabout 5 years ago

    Well done. It’s always worth it when you finally see your works complete, even if it does take much longer than anticipated.

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic gal, really did a super job with this. It looks terrific.

  • I was hoping you would like it, Jim.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • sabra1
    sabra1about 5 years ago

    This turned out so good. I love it.

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 5 years ago

    wonderful image, such lovely colours too,well done,dawn

  • Thanks very much, Dawn.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • * RoyAllenHunt *
    * RoyAllenHunt *about 5 years ago

    You did a lovely job on this. Gotta love what can be done digitally with Photoshop or one of the other programs. Has your former coworker seen this yet?

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work; I love how the cat is almost as big as the kid! The long body hanging down, and the patience of the cat…great capture!

    Thank goodness for digital art tools, too. They have saved a few of my pieces that I wasn’t happy with. And as for unfinished works, I have one painting that I kept putting away for ten years before finally finishing it (by hand not digitally though).

  • And thank goodness for patient, mellow kitty cats, content to be lugged aorund by little girls. Thank you for stopping by.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • jatro
    jatroalmost 4 years ago

    wow, like the cute girl baby and the fat cat very much! haha… so cute both of them! :)

  • Thank you so veyr much for your comment.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • KMorral
    KMorralover 3 years ago


  • Thank you.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much.

    – Ginny Schmidt

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