Little rescue-kitten Boo has recently been saved from the busy Southside streets of the dark lit and shadowed barrio pavement, noisey with honking friday night cars and swerving shadows that might not be as dark as Boo, but definitely could be much more lethal than this purry little furball.
A Scratchboard Kitty .. Boo Hiding
This little kitten painting unexpectedly began with an animal rescue! For several weeks, we artists who shared a large workspace in a kitten-unfriendly part of town, were on a constant nightly hunt to get a little midnight-colored kitty, well, trapped in a rescue-cage.
The South Valley is a place where little kitties, especially midnight black ones like Boo, do much better loved and fed warm milk from bottles while cuddled in their rescuer's blanket.
A Pet Portrait that began as a Kitten Rescue
Our wise art studio landlady spent a whole week setting out traps for Boo, who wasn't named yet, because she'd just seen him sneaking about the curbside brushes but was wise enough to know if she didn't get him safe inside her living room soon, little-soon-to-be Boo probably wouldn't be alive many more street crossings later.
Art speaks for animals who can’t
One night after she got home, I came inside the mainhouse after taking a break from starting a huge series of Dias de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) paintings, and there she was, cuddling little Boo in her lap, cuddled beneath a blanket while she drowsily watched T.V. Here you can see the low-light photos of the new roommate rescue kitten, being fed warm milk and laying in a warm cozy lap.
Episodes of Seinfeld playing in background aren't absolutely necessary for kittens' wellbeing, but it gives them more personality for their adult Barrio Kitty lives!
This Kitty Portrait technique is called Scratchboard
I made my own scratchboard for this kitty painting, since sometimes I make portraits of people and animals with different styles on the same surface. Here you can see the first video I watched to get an idea of how to begin making this portrait of Boo the kitten.