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Owned by Ron and Robert Putman, Major is technically a feral feline. They have been taking care of him for 5 years, but he remains timid. They assume he came from an abusive environment before settling in their back yard. They made him a little house to sleep in, but Major prefers lounging on the brick steps and watching the little flock of chickens. He never bothers the chickens. He almost protects them.

Although, from what they've told me...I think Major is a girl (sshhh).

"Major" 18x24" acrylic on canvas. (C) Cara Bevan 2013
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Badusev Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely cat===
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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BaneEden Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
The cat looks so realistic, as if you can pet his fur :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:pat:
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
What would be life without a little touch of mystery? :D Though Major has something in the eyes that makes you think of a catwoman... :iconteheeyesplz:
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have featured your wonderful work here:[link] :rose:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: THANK YOU!
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wheee, deeeetaiiiils!! :D
It's always good to hear that there are people out there who care for pets even when they're shy and not very cuddly. These people have such big hearts! :heart:

Have you ever tried to paint without your glasses on? It's a lot of fun, actually! It's helpful for focusing on colours and contrasts.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: Yesss all that fur! Though the blurry background is a very non-detailed relief. ;)

I would if I could! My eyesight is SO bad that I wouldn't be able to see the colors on my palette without them (let alone the palette...I'd be poking my brush on the table thinking "why am I not getting any paint?!") ROFL!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D I didn't mean you should paint without your glasses on all the time. (Painting without paint, oh no!) I couldn't do that, either. Maybe just take it off a few times in between, just to see how the coloured areas look like. ;)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
;) LOL although painting without my glasses would have some...er, rather interesting results. *splat splat splat* LOL!
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Wow! such a wonderful painting & story!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks so much!
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Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent painting and colors!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You welcome
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DARGON1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another beautiful cat portrait. Great art!
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Crystalstar1001 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very good ;)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Super job :)!!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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greenstables Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow...the fur detail is just so amazing! How do you do it? Do you paint it grey and then use white fur strokes? That's what my art teacher taught me to do but I never really liked doing it that way.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's actually more complicated than just grey and white. Think 7 greys, then white. There's very little white, it's mostly light greys. ;) The darkest color you see along his belly was the color Major started as. I painted every hair in a slightly lighter grey, then painted the hairs again in another lighter grey, an even lighter grey, and so on. I left some areas darker to create shadows, and continued brighter to create highlights. It takes quite a bit of time (this painting took 31 hrs, most of which was the kitty.) Layering many values create depth. It may be pain staking at first but once you get into the pattern it's quite easy.
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greenstables Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for explaining that to me. I'm always looking for new ways to paint things so I appreciate that. My art teacher had me do things always the same exact way. White fur always started as blue and then just add white strokes ontop of it and some darker grey for shadows. She wsn't a very good teacher once you got bast basic concepts. Anyway, amazing job!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive: My pleasure! My art teacher was TERRIBLE, she didn't teach very much (inattentive and a bit jealous of talented students.) I learned my fur painting techniques from a book called "Painting Wildlife Step-by-Step." It's a good book to learn basics of every type of animal texture. Sounds like you have the basic concept already though. ;) Just keep playing with the idea and painting realistically will become second nature.
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greenstables Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Practice makes perfect eh? Good advice!
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3RiiN Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:wow: What lovely detail and colors! I love this! :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like him :love:
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analovecatdog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
so beautiful. excellent
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive: Thanks a bunch!
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Osayioniwabo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's amazingly done! Brilliant work!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
excellent work.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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TwilitTiger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work never ceases to amaze me <3 The attention to detail and how realistic it is is astonishing :D I love those little paws and that face! Very reminiscent of my own cat :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you so much! Major was fun to paint, I need to paint more large kitty paintings sometime. :D
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