A Welsh Cat in a French landscape – the story behind the painting.

My Life as an Artist (2)

5ft x 4ft (1.5 x 1.2 meters) oil on canvas.   A Welsh Cat in a French Landscape.96214822_10158339963345396_6930736945429479424_oPainted during lock down, this symbolic image of Christeve the Cat overlooking the village of Mas Cabardes – SW France  demonstrates why sketch books are so vital in the life of an artist.

I used two of the many rapid sketches I produced in Mas Cabardes eleven years ago as the foundation block for this image. 20200518_101650Sketches are thoughts on paper…in this case very quick responses to what I was seeing.         They can become excellent reference material.    


Given that Christeve the Cat lived with me in Wales for several years, I have a zillion sketches of her:)37741212_10156512625865396_5819395929748275200_oIn many ways Christeve the Cat is my alter ego.    In the little children’s book,  ‘Christeve the Cat finds her Home’…

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of six. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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