Simon, Norman and Barnaby

What do you give the couple getting married who have lived together forever and have beautiful things and great taste and the three most amazing cats? A painting of said cats, of course!

After some extensive research, creeping the beautiful bride Michele’s photos on Facebook, I found a few gems…

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As you can see, Norman is the only one who actually wears a bowtie. (I’m not sure why! You will see below, they all look very handsome in evening wear.) Michele likes to dress him up for the cable guy, plumber, and other special guests. Despite her attempts to gussy Norman up, she has still been asked “what is that?!”. Poor guy. He may resemble a raccoon in size, colour and weight, but come on! A tuxedo cat in a bowtie?! It’s only natural.

As with the painting of Walter, the background really took a long time to complete. But this was a wedding gift for dear friends and such, an elegant background and fancy bowties were in order! I think I will try more paintings with patterned backgrounds; it’s a nice way to keep the focus on the portrait but jazz it up a little. And hey, maybe I’ll pick up the speed on those backgrounds with practise.

Here is the final product, as photographed in the lovely bride and groom’s home. (I’m pretty sure they will find another spot for it.) Three very handsome kitties in their finest. I imagine if they were allowed to attend the wedding, this is what they would have looked like:


But, despite Toronto Public Health banning animals from the venue, Michele and Chris made their cats’ presence strong at the wedding, still. Man, I love a fellow cat person! How cute is that?! And those cocktails were DELICIOUS, to boot! Congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful wedding and union and all of the best for an amazing future together. Love you guys!


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