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squirrel and cat

Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on unmounted canvas
12 x 12 inches

Sometimes I become obsessed with one tiny detail of a painting, and that is case here. I love the squiggle in the middle of the squirrel’s tail, just above his head, and I particularly love the way the rust color moves from lighter to darker as it goes up. Admittedly, some of this adoration probably has something to do with the color, which is most likely a dilution of quinacridone gold, my most favorite of all the pigments I use. It’s such a capable color, mixing intensely with other pigments and bringing out the yum in all of them.

Another bit of strange obsession occurs on the shirt in the 2008 portrait here. I was representing the texture on the subject’s clothing, but I love the way it turned out. And I use a version of that patterning again in the background here and in the bear’s fur here, both pieces that, like Pouting, are part of a series of painted drawings that I created to illustrate my book about why I don’t copyright my work. For more about the making of this piece, watch this vlog.