This has been a rough week as my cat has been sick and the vet thinks he may have cancer. I have had to do a bunch of expensive tests to determine if he does or not; in the meantime, I have to hand feed him since he won’t eat by himself. I’ve had Harley as a constant companion for almost fourteen years now so it’s pretty tough to see him so sick (he used to be a big fellow at 19 lbs. and now he’s down to a little over 13 lbs.). Since I’ve never done a portrait of him, I decided I should do one. I used a photograph I took of him when he was feeling better as inspiration.
UPDATE: Harley Cat passed away on November 14 2011 around noon E.S.T., a few days after I made this picture. It had to be one of the worst days of my life. I wrote a post about it on my blog here, as well as included some photos of Harley.
8 × 8 inches
Mixed media and collage on wood panel. Mixed media includes oil pastels, colored pencils, paper collage stained with ink and tea, and acrylic gel medium (gloss)
The real Harley, circa April 2011
Current Harley, circa November 2011
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