Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cheetahs WIP: Part One

The latest project. Still experimenting with the technique; not sure how it's going to turn out or what direction it's going to run down.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Yellow-crowned Night Herons WIP: Part 3

Worked on the background and the front bird a lot, trying to bring everything together. The front bird did not have as strong a light source against it, so building form was trickier than with the rear bird.

It's now at the stage where I set it aside for a month or so and then come back to look at it. We'll see what I think next time...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yellow Crowned Night Herons: Part 2

Got started on the birds.

Way back when, when I painted the base layer, dried pigment created some annoying streaks. I had to decide whether to leave them or try to get rid of them. After some thought, I decided to get rid of them. Those white splotches in the last picture are watercolor gesso (a truly wonderful, magical creation). Does it turn out? Does it break everything? Turn back next time to find out...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Yellow-crowned Night Herons WIP dump: Part 1

I started this painting around the beginning of the month. Based on my prior experiments, it seemed like doing the background first and then building the birds up might work (even if it is a little counter-intuitive). The last pic is what it looked like as of about a week ago; I've worked the birds up quite a bit since then and am also tweeking the background to integrate everything together.

More to come soon!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sparrows: Multiple Subjects

Multiple subjects and a multi-layered, complex background.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Clouded Leopard: Portrait

Another example of how I've been keeping busy. Again, treating the subject as a shape receeding. Worked on this one in concert with the previous clouded leopard piece.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Clouded Leopard

So this is the kind of thing I've been doing lately. It's called negative painting. I've been playing with it for a few years now but was never happy with my understanding of it. Because of these exercises, I've had a few breakthroughs. I still don't know where I'm going with it or how I will incorporate into my artwork but there's something about it that is very captivating.

This piece was about looking at one shape (the leopard) and painting in the layers as it recedes in space, paying no attention to light source.