I felt it came out quite well. Here is Rosie Roo looking at a squirrel.
And I also decided to try painting Gothmog kitten with a packing peanut.
This was my reference image. I started out trying to accurately paint the brightly coloured mat, then it occurred to me that this was a pretty difficult thing to paint, and nobody was going to be looking too hard at the mat, since that's not the subject.
It turns out that packing peanuts are surprisingly difficult to paint. They have few discernable features.
In cat news, things have not turned out quite as well as we'd hoped with Nenya. She's a delightful playful cat, BUT of course she arrived rather out of sorts, and was not at all enthused by Gothmog's attempts to coax her into chasing games when she had mastitis and was wearing her cone. She retaliated fiercely.
So now Nenya's ruling the roost downstairs, and Gothmog and Fankil have formed an alliance upstairs. Fankil IS more visible : he'll come and take treats from your hand now. But Gothmog is very suspicious of Nenya, and we are having to teach Nenya that harassing Gothmog is Not On.
With luck this is a temporary issue, because Nenya is not a big cat and we suspect that Gothmog will outweigh her once she grows a bit more.