I thought it was fun to see where it started and how it changed so I thought I'd post them all together so you could see the progression as well.
I actually began this painting based on a story about my friend's 3 year old son having asked her to get a cat for him. Specifically a grey cat which he wanted to name Stanley. I knew she wasn't getting him a cat so I thought I would paint one for him instead. But as you can see it turned into something else.
I thought the first version lacked something and was too hallmark greeting card and the second version was just sort of a mess. So I decided to work on the foliage and frame Stan's face because at the time I was working on it, it was the part of the painting I really loved.
Stan got a new home a few days after I put him in that frame.