“Gray Tiger” — oil on birch panel 5×7″ by Margie Guyot

I love doing portraits, but they’re a hard sell. So why not paint my favorite animal? It’s a nice break from painting still lifes or landscapes — especially during the dark, gloomy days of winter.

“On the Prowl” — oil on birch panel 7×5″ by Margie Guyot

Just try getting a cat to hold still for a painting! I have to rely on photo references. This red tiger cat is an invention — it was done from a b&w photo of my gray tiger cat, Mr. Wonderful.

“Siamese” — oil on birch panel 8×8″ by Margie Guyot

Capturing a personality is what I enjoy most about doing portraits — whether human — or animal.

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