This is a painting of a Maine Coon cat that was recently finished. The cat had passed away a few months before the commission came in.
I was given a CD full of photos from him as a kitten all the way to the adult age. His body was shaved in his older photos and the request was to have him painted at an age when he was a full bodied cat. There were five photos used to create the painting. One reference photo was of his face, another for color, a third for body shape, a fourth for his coat length and texture when he was not shaved, and finally a photo that showed how much coat was on his tail. Photos are like Lays potato chips - sometimes just one is not enough!
It was a pleasure to paint him. If only our pets lived as long as we do!