Strawberry & Gilbert, 2022, acrylic on board, 11 x 14”, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, (Commissioned for the collection of the Smith-Brown Family, Massachusetts)
Strawberry and Gilbert is a loosely knife-applied, painted double portrait of two cats, a tuxedo and
a tabby.
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COVID-19 isolation put a magnifier our relationships with animal companions.

During this time painting creatures in my studio two things bubbled to the surface:
       a simmering desire to loosen up,
       and a sudden hunger for color.     I mean full color!

In order to encourage a looser style I chose a painting knife instead of a brush. And later, needing intensified enforcement, I troweled on the primer to texture the painting ground as well. Back to portfolio page. For more color see the Rounds & Reflections portfolio and the Rosie Quick Draw (videos) post which includes several studies for the knife painted Rosie.

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