I had fun painting my cat, Abby. She was looking into the sunlight, and I thought the lighting was great for this piece. I would highly recommend the Russian Blue breed! They're know for being very loving, and are close companions to their owners. Abby is the sweetest (and goofiest) cat! I chose the contrasting red background color to go with her green eyes.
This is my own original painting, called "Russian Blue" on an 8 x 8 canvas.