Painting the night: Cat in Window

Cat in Window, 12 x 12", acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2012

Cat in Window, 12 x 12″, acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2012

Color, pattern and effects of light are my Triple D focus in art, and this painting emphasizes all 3 design elements. Then there is the black cat. He is essential in this painting. (I love cats, and their quirky personalities and occasional moodiness. Their presence is subtle and mysterious at times. If you have a cat, you know they are experts at lurking, but in an honest way.)


Cat in Window, detail

Color palette: blue and orange complementary colors with accents of pink and purple. Highlights of black, white and yellow.

Pattern: lots of rectangles.

Effects of light: back lights come from within the building. Reflected light on window frames come from unknown sources.

When you create a scene at night from imagination, light can come from anywhere. That is the beauty of light at night in a real city too. Rules of natural light from the single sun source and accompanying shadows don’t apply in city lights at night. This makes it fun for artists who like to paint the night. It sets a person free to play with light and its effects. Freedom in creativity is a good thing.

So back to the cat. Gesture is important in figures in a painting, and in this painting the figure is the only organic, curving shape in the entire composition. Yet he is holding his own, upright and secure. Tiny in scale compared to the whole, but standing out, black against the bright oranges, green collar as a highlight. His fashion statement. He commands the focal point. That’s what cats like to do, at least the ones I have known!


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4 Responses to “Painting the night: Cat in Window”

  1. Randy Keenan Says:

    Now that I am blogging, I get that you would love some comments. I love this image – your colors just glow! Your city scapes are magical places and I enjoy visiting all of them. Thanks for posting!

    randy Keenan


  2. annbibbi Says:

    I love your painting! The cat a great focal point!


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