Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 46

Blue Steel, 6 x 6 inch oil on panel
© 2012 Kathleen Coy

I painted this Monday while Cloud spent the day at the vet receiving IV fluids and was kept under observation. There was nothing to do but wait, and there was no question in my mind to paint him again, since he was all I could think about. I've wanted to paint this photo of him for a while - I call it his "Blue Steel" look, which is taken from the movie Zoolander, a comedy about the male modeling world. The hero, Derek Zoolander (three time VH1's Male Model of the Year,) gives his signature pouty-face "looks" different names. The joke is, they are all the same face:

The reason this painting is black and white, is because I received a free tube of special paint the last time I ordered some of my Gamblin brand of oils. Every year, Gamblin makes a color created by pigments taken from their air filtration system. They call their mix Torrit Grey, and give it away each year while supplies last. 

They have a competition every year of paintings created with only Torrit Grey, black and white. Maybe I'll enter it. 

I do love how this painting turned out. I hope you can feel how much I love my dog when you look at it. He means the world to me. He is on the mend, by the way. He is no longer on fluids, and is keeping food and water down. Still on pain meds, and getting lots of rest and love.

Here's more info on Torrit Grey:


  1. Yes, enter this painting! It is beautiful, and your love of Cloud - and his love of you - comes through loud and clear.