Sansli Goes Home

Sansli, a Turkish word for Lucky surely describes this little calico cat. She was found on the streets of a Turkish city by a young woman. The young woman brought her back to the United States where she lived the rest of her days. The story of so many immigrants who would like just that. A happily ever in this amazing country.

So the sketches began for the portrait of Sansli. Yes, they are very rough, but they work for me.

Sketches for Sansli
Sketches for Sansli

I began with a pencil sketch on the 20″ x 24″ canvas.

Sketch on canvas
Sketch on canvas

Now for the under painting in acrylic.

Under painting
Under painting

More color painted on the canvas to define Sansli and her bed of Kilim rugs and pillows.

Defining Sansli
Defining Sansli
Sansli and her bed
Sansli and her bed

I like to use complementary colors in my under painting. By doing this the next layer of paint will have vibrancy that may not be there if painted on a white canvas.

Little calico Sansli
Little calico Sansli
Her little face and bright eyes
Her little face and bright eyes

More detail is added to the textiles that surround the little Turkish cat. These patterns are taken from the actual rugs and pillows brought back to the states.

Colors are changing as the oils are applied.
Colors are changing as the oils are applied.
The patterns on the textiles are now part of the picture.
The patterns on the textiles are now part of the picture.

A metal pot was also part of the collection of Turkish items. It is in the right corner to add contrast to the soft surfaces of Sansli and the textiles.

Coming together
Coming together

Now there is more refinement as I step back and take a look at the canvas. Pattern being added to the left corner, a tassel on the pillow under her right front foot, and more details that only I would notice.

Close up
Close up
Sansli ready to go home
Sansli ready to go home

She will go home this afternoon to her new house in Atlanta. The soul cat of her owner.

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