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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

White Persian Cat Portrait Painting in Pastel

Most of you will have recognised the breed of cat featured on this portrait is none other than the Persian. With his long haired coat, round face and pushed-in face, the Persian is the most popular cat breed in the United States today.

I created this portrait using pastel on medium gray suede paper which is very well suited to give a soft, fluffy appearance to the fur.

White Persian Cat Painting by Pet Portrait Artist Colette Theriault
White Persian Portrait
pastel on archival paper
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  1. Great portrait. I see you used suede paper, I had a disaster when I tried this paper, the pastel just fell straight off. What type of pastels do you use, and how do you fix the final painting?

  2. an OUTSTANDING portrait, Colette. This persian is so perfectly painted. Love the eyes and the fur definitely "feels" soft!!!
    Congratulations on this piece!!

  3. Thank you for your comments ladies!

    SJames, there flock type texture of this paper is tricky to work with and you cannot blend the pastels like on other surfaces like sandpaper, for instance. The suede I use grabs and holds the pastel pretty well. I use mainly NuPastels, Rembrants and Carbothello/Faber Castel pencils but did notice some very soft pastels like Gioconda Toisson d'Or won't adhere as well. Spraying with workable fixative will help keep the pastel where it's suppose to.