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Twin Cats

   Twin Cats. Oil on canvas. 2013. 24x30

I was thinking about twins, and symmetry, complementary colors and complementary personalities. "When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast and reinforce each other." I was thinking about standing apart yet working together. That sort of thing. Twin cats who complement each other. A balanced pair, two individuals who support one another.
This painting came from a drawing I did in plain old washable marker once upon a time. It was pretty simple. The cats were just outlines. The colors and pose and idea were the same. As soon as I finished the drawing I knew I wanted to paint it. Years later, I finally did.

(this was part of a calendar I made for myself, which is why it says MAY)

For some reason the blue cat was much more difficult than the orange cat, and it took me forever to figure out what to do with most of the background. Looking at it now, there are a lot of things I wish I had done differently. Lots of odd little errors, questionable choices, and areas that I would handle differently now with the skills that I've gained.

I think it's an odd painting, that it's quite different from what I usually do. I feel like it's almost as if someone else painted it, and sometimes I can't decide if I like it or hate it.
I feel like it's heavy and too much, and that what I wanted to convey got lost somehow, obscured somehow. I feel like I tried, but didn't quite succeed. I don't know. It makes me feel weird when I look at it. Sometimes, though, I'll look at it in just the right way and really like it. There are parts of it that I love. And I certainly remember the work and care that I put into it. Even if it didn't all come through in the end, it's hard not to appreciate the emotion I poured into its creation.

I like the effort. I like that I learned something. I even kind of like the way that sometimes I don't know what to think about it, and other times it strikes me just right.

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