the Siamese Cat
Acrylic on Canvas, 90 x 60cm, 10 June 2009.
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Shakira is created from a rejected sketch for one of my cat commissions. The client chose a different sketch but I liked this one so much I just had to paint it (with the luxury of painting it exactly how I wanted it to be instead of with the client's input).
The name 'Shakira' came about simply because my partner saw the finished painting and suggested that name for the cat. I hadn't yet thought of a title and 'Shakira' sounded like the kind of name you'd give a Siamese cat so... 'Shakira' is now the cat's name.
I can only imagine what this artwork may have been like had my client chosen it as their first preference from the three sketches I sent. Their colour scheme and concept was very different, preferring an early evening, dusk kind of scene (as you can see in the final client's painting below).
Evidently the Siamese cat, called 'Sabu', that the work is based, on is a much more stealthy cat with a cooler personality.