Hello friends,

Happy Saturday!  Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend, something arty maybe?  The weather outside is frightful, so we will be staying inside and playing with paint!  The end is in sight – I only have three more journal pages to complete before the end of the month! After all the busy-ness of this month, whatever will I do next month?

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s spread is inspired by Halloween of course, but also Miss Lily.

A few weeks ago I took quite a lot of photos of her as I was going to attempt to paint her portrait. This is the photo I decided to use since she was looking directly at the camera…

I thought it would be fun to have a black cat page for Halloween, and I thought of various ways of doing it, or just drawing a generic black cat, but then remembered that I said I was going to paint Miss Lily, so I thought I would start by using this photo of her and doing her in pastel.

I like to start with the eyes first

The paper you see on the right is glassine paper

Glassine stops my hand smudging everything

Three hours later…

The journal page I am using is this one which I painted with Violet fluid acrylic.

Then I started to draw another version of Miss Lily that makes her look like an alien…

My mind drifted off and I started thinking about cats and Halloween costumes…  Maybe Miss Lily would like to be a Halloween Cat?

Or maybe the Halloween Cat wants to be Miss Lily?

Cat on the left painted in pastels – took over 3 hours.  Cat on the left painted in acrylics – took 10 mins LOL.  The pastel version isn’t even finished, I’m not happy with her mouth and she’s too still blue for my liking.  I really like how her eyes and her ears turned out, and I love the violet background.

So I’m thinking that Miss Lily wants to dress up as a Halloween Cat and go Trick or Treating on Halloween!  It would make a very cool mask for her, with the glowing, luminous eyes, don’t you think?

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, gris paint-on paper, pan pastel, pastel pencils, acrylic paint, paint pens, fluid acrylic, Pitt pens, white pen, glassine paper


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LeighSBDesigns – 31 Days of Halloween Hop+Challenge 2021 – Day 30

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November 1, 2021 8:33 pm

Miss Lily is a beautiful black Halloween cat with those fantastic green eyes and white whiskers- love her!!

Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
November 1, 2021 6:15 am

Fab sketching.

October 31, 2021 7:18 pm

Happy Day 30 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with your gorgeous Miss Lily page, she’s a beauty and already a Halloween Cat me thinks! Thanks for playing along with us and hope to see you for November’s Falling into Winter Hop+Challenge starting Nov 5th!
Happy Haunting!

October 31, 2021 1:06 pm

She’s a beautiful cat Elle, stunning eyes. You have captured her grace beautifully. Love that purple background & i’m really not a purple person. Hugs TRacey x

October 31, 2021 10:46 am

Your pastel version is so realistic! Awesome! And the Halloween mask for Miss Lily is fabulous! Love those eyes on both!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
October 31, 2021 8:05 am

Actually, Miss Lily looks good period. But the pastel is stunning., Really out of this world gorgeous. You see imperfections and I see an amazing portrait. LOVE both of these and they are both great for Tracey’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

October 30, 2021 11:26 pm

A truly fabulous spread! I’ve always thought a cat’s life must be great. Brilliant colour choice for Tracey’s theme at AJJ, hugs,Chrisx

Erika N
October 30, 2021 2:11 pm

You did a fabulous job with her portrait, especially the fur. Wow! It is beautiful. And your journal page is fun with her looking so much like a Halloween cat. We have rain and clouds here too, and I hope I can get in some art time. Enjoy yours. And thanks for sharing at AJJ with us. Hugs-Erika

Val S.
October 30, 2021 10:54 am

A beautiful page with Miss Lily, fabulous eyes!

Val S – LeighSBDesigns DT 

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
October 30, 2021 10:45 am

Just absolutely fabulous Elle!

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