The second image (the rectangular one measuring 6" x 8") was the first of the series of paintings of our cat. I just returned to the finishing touches on this one this afternoon. The photo below is my favorite, although the tuft of fur in her right ear is bothering me as I look at it here. I may do something about that. I find it distracting. Otherwise I am happy with the likeness.
This one is so dramatic with the black background as she looks into the light. My paintings can only be as good as my references. Thanks to my daughter for taking the photo that provided me with this one.