Kitten Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Kitten portraits in oil

Kitten pet portraits

Kitten Portrait Commission Info

This is an oil portrait painting of two cute kittens. Their names are Sirri and Rashi and they are painted when very young, just a few months old. The portrait was painted on stretched linen canvas.

This background is soft and simple to make the kittens the most important part of the oil painting. The client wanted the personalities to be visible in their body language, so two suitable photos were chosen; the proud and curious.

They are just so cute, well kittens all are... especially these two. The client also decided to have the portrait framed by my local framer.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 40 x 30 cm
Year Painted: 2010
Subject: Cats / Sirri & Rashi
Commissioned by: Teresa Allance, USA

The Reference Photographs of "Sirri & Rashi"

Teresa sent many great photographs for me to paint from. I picked each kitten from two different photos and created my own composition of the two together. I also added a simpler background, but left the same colours. One of the reference photos is to the right and my mock-up is to the left.

Reference Photo

Kitten Portrait in Progress

Below you can view a few work in progress photos of this portrait. It is important for me that you understand the painting process at the same as you have a full input the entire time, that is why I’m prepared to spend some extra time in order to keep you regularly updated. I have had this feature for many years, even though I uploaded the progress images to a static html page at first. Now I use my portraits in blog for this exciting feature. If you do not wish to share your painting’s progress or the completed painting with the world, I can send you the progress images by email. Several clients decided to do this, especially famous ones.

Kitten pet portraits

Hi Kaja,

I picked up my picture today. I love it! Just wanted to let you know I got it.


Teresa Allance