Halloween Eyes

Halloween Eyes
5x5 oil on canvas
© 2010 Carol horzempa

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This is my submission for Alice Thompson's Spooktacular Challenge, centered on a Halloween theme. One of her suggestions was "black cats," and how could I not do a painting of my black cat, Kiki! I decided to change her eyes to orange to make her look especially spooky for Halloween; she really has yellow/green eyes.

These colors are very unlike what I'm used to but after all it is Halloween! My palette colors for the background were Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, and for Kiki I used Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue, and a touch of Chromatic Black plus Titanium White.

This is my first time using Chromatic Black by Gamblin. It is transparent and is made from Phthalo green and Quinacridone Red, no black in it. I'm looking forward to experimenting more with this color. Happy Halloween!


10 comments:

  1. Hi Carol, Love the black cat, the black is great. The high lights are so well done, and, they are difficult to do on black animals. I'll have to try Chromatic black. The orange eyes are perfect with the background.

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  2. Perfect for this evening. Love the orange eyes!

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  3. The is a beautiful painting. I like the coolness of the black, and the orange showing through the ears and reflected on the nose, as well as the beautiful eyes.

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  4. Kiki looks great, love those whiskers and the orange eyes too!

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  5. Very nice Carol. I like all the variations of color you have in your black kitty and that reflective light on our left is wonderful.

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  6. What a wonderful rendering of a precious black cat! Love the orange underpainting and all the colors in the making of the black...fabulous work!!

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  7. What a perfect Halloween painting, awesome colors! Very fun!

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  8. Great painting, Carol. I love the way you incorporated bits of orange into the entire piece. The flecks of orange in the ears, nose and muzzle, as well as those striking eyes, complement the blue in Kiki's fur perfectly. Well done!

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  9. I LOVE this painting Carol! The colors are fantastic!

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