Haven’t done any birds in a while and this lovely reference from Dave Nightingale was lurking in the reference pile. Tried to keep things as loose as possible and it came out extremely well I think.
This is a demo painting of the wonderful Leo. I’m working with someone who wants to do a series of 3 paintings of Leo and this is the first. It’s great fun and I’m especially pleased with that bow tie.
I’m working with a student to paint her lovely cocker spaniel Leo. Had to do a quick sketch to see how the colors and values would work out. Think it will be ok.
I don’t paint a lot of dogs. Dogs are tricky and I’ve shied away from them. But yesterday I was feeling in the mood for something different and a picture of a basset hound took my fancy.
I started him yesterday. Here’s the end of day 1.
Now this may not look like much but I was actually really happy at this stage. I’d managed to both get the white fur the right value and the shiny parts of the ears the right value. Once that was done the rest of it pretty much painted itself.
Fancied something a little different to finish the day with. I don’t usually paint in this controlled style (and it shows). Learned a lot on the way through – should have worked wet into wet more rather than paint and blend which is my usual way. Lots of color matching done which was great practice.
As I was so cheesed off with my Harvard Yard fails I did a quick rooster and Zbukvic practice. Feel a bit better now.
Another from our trip to Southwick’s zoo. You can’t really go wrong with a camel as a subject. They have wonderfully shaped heads and bodies and a very characteristic posture. I’m leaving this for today as I’m not sure it’s finished but, apart from a few touches, I think I’m pretty happy with it.
(James says I should do more detail in the fur but I’m not convinced).
I didn’t feel I’d done bees justice yesterday so I had another go today. Chose a different angle and made sure the composition wasn’t too regular. The placement of the legs in particular was a little stilted in the previous one.
Going with the flow this week. Today bees!