Sunday, June 27, 2010
Removing Oil Paint From Cats
Good luck with this! I paint on an easel except that I put my oil paintings on the floor to paint the straight lines and the detail work so that I can brace my elbow on the floor to keep my hand steady. This works great. Unfortunately, today, the painting was too close to my coffee table and the cat jumped down onto the painting. He got some lovely yellow paint on his front paws and started tracking it across the carpet! I got most of it off the cat with a rag with some turpentine, but then I tried to rinse off the paint thinner in the sink. He didn't like that very much and started screaming. I think I got most of it, and then I tried to cut off some fur that still looked like it had paint on it. He didn't like that either, and spent entirely too long licking his paws. But I must have gotten most of the bad chemicals off because he appears to be ok. I'm going to leave the paw prints on the painting... I think he was trying to help! This a portrait of a dog that I did last winter that I am reworking. It will be a while before I have photos of the new work, mostly because I have been sailing. I had a great sail Saturday night in the Shearwater Twilight Race, there was a good wind and a gorgeous sunset and I had really good crew onboard who all got along and handled the sails well!