Figaro, who is all eyes and ears, is a short hair domestic. He is a black (except tiny white spots on his belly), spunky, lovable, and talkative cat. He started off as the runt of the litter, a bottle baby brought to the shelter without a mother, but he is now larger than his litter mates. He is raised with two small dogs and he thinks he is Number One.
I don't usually paint a footwear in a pet portrait, but made an exception in "Figaro." He was sitting on Christina's foot, not wanting her to move. Initially I was going to edit out the blue jeans and sneaker. As I was composing the painting, I realized that without the vertical plane of the leg, the dark shadow with a pointy ear on the left wouldn't make sense. The blue of the jeans also matches the otherworldly, beautiful blues of Figaro's eyes. Besides, the cat on the foot has such a narrative power that it makes me giggle. I remember carrying my daughter hanging onto my leg when she was little. You can tell Figaro is very much loved!