This is the lovely Oscar, painted with a palette knife, apart from his eyes. The challenge with this one was to complete the work in a single sitting without muddying the colours at the boundaries where the colours change. In this respect, using a palette knife feels a bit like cheating, because I find it is so much easier.
Working on board, too, means that if disaster should strike, one swipe and the knife takes the mess off and you can start again.
I left the painting to dry overnight before adding the whiskers with a No 1 sable brush.