|I used another photo where the bird was facing a little more front.
|Cat keeping an eye on the dog. Ready to dart if need be.
|Mother Goose is in charge.
|I was going to use this photo initially but thought it would make kitty the centre of interest. I wanted all the pets to carry equal importance.
|What a loving, loyal, happy face.
|First sketching in my notebook. Wondering how to pull these characters together.
|Initially I thought a second cat would be in the painting. Not.
|My first idea. Decided against the drama of the mischievous cat.
|Decided on this layout. This is on paper the actual size of the final canvas. I was still considering putting them in a garden.
|Decided on putting them on a sofa and moving the bird over to the corner to create a circular movement in the composition.
|Value block in on canvas.
|I liked everything but the sofa which needed to look more work.
|Okay, I'm liking the sofa and background more.
|Finished. Ready for varnishing.