After a spate of break-ins in her London home, Otto’s owner feared for her cat’s safety. My friend Jamie stepped in like a gallant knight to the rescue and offered to keep the cat safe here in Norwich (perhaps with the secret hope of winning the owner’s heart in the process). Over six months, playing with string and putting up with furry pillows, Jamie won Otto’s heart, and in turn Otto won his. This painting commemorates their bond in the days before Otto was returned to his original owner.
My artist/composer partner Nick and I exchanged portraits as gifts, this is mine of him. I wanted to bring out his rosy apple cheeks, as they are one of the things I love about him!
I painted this last summer on location. The sea is behind me, I’m sitting near the top of the dunes looking inland. Its an interesting view – the long grass and heather moves in the wind, mirroring the waves. Whilst I was painting, a couple of horses and riders passed, I put them in lightly and I’m still not sure if they’re right there. They sort of fix the scale of the painting, which I’m not sure I like. If they are staying I probably should put them in with more commitment.
I’ve been doing these little oil paintings lately, just a few inches square, as presents for friends and family. This one was for my boss at work who is crazy about these dogs. I was concerned after I finished that its not entirely obvious whether the dog is sleeping or dead… I gave it to her anyway. She seemed pleased.
Having a job finding somewhere to screen print it, wish I’d got on with it whilst I was still a student! It might have to be digitally printed but it seems like a shame. I guess I could send it off somewhere, I went into the art school yesterday and they tried to put me off trying to use the facilities, pointed me in the direction of these printing firms…