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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

portrait of rosco

image provided courtesy of m. pendell wallace

J. Vivian Pendell of Spokane painted this watercolor of her granddaughter's cat Rosco (AKA Stinky Woo) in 1998. Rosco is a Pixie-bob, a big and short-tailed housecat variety developed in Washington State. The stately size of this fellow isn't an artistic interpretation, as you see from the photo below in which he compares and contrasts himself.

image also courtesy of m. pendell wallace

It's not every day we get the opportunity to match the subject up against the portrait here at the Museum. You appreciate now just how well she caught the inner Stinky Woo as well as the outer Rosco. And I'll say it again - watercolor is so tricky for that kind of thing.
Mrs. Pendell was 81 when she painted the year-old Rosco in 1998. She must have created a good longevity charm in there, for he's now 14. And here's wishes for many more, fluffy buddy.


Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

you are 100% correct. I used to be an Art Major back in the day. Watercolor is one of the hardest mediums to work in, and this painting is superb!

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Love Rosco's painting. Watercolor is such a difficult medium.