Friday, February 14, 2014
Last August we met friends at Pt. Reyes California for a week of hiking. Their son had spent the previous weekend with them and while on a hike spotted this bobcat in a gully protecting it's kill. He took a dramatic photo of the bobcat. David was kind enough to share the photos with me. Here is the painting I did from David Gray's photo.
Southminster Presbyterian Church is having their 36th Annual Exhibit. Location is 12250 SW Denney Road, Beaverton, OR 972008. I hope you will stop by one of the 4 days to see this fabulous show. This is my second year in the show. I have 9 rabbits paintings on display. Here are 5 of the 9 paintings I will be showing. Friday, March 7th from 7pm to 9pm is "Meet the Artist". I will be present at the show at that time.
Three commissions for January: Bichon, Louie, 12x12 Corgie, Brewster, 8x8 Rabbit, Abigail, 12x12 Thanks everyone.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My cat, Alan, is the subject of this painting. He was relaxing in the sun on the living room floor when I snapped the photo I used for this painting. I show here the steps I go through when painting. First, I tone my canvas, in this care, with Gamblin's Perylene Red. Once the canvas is dry I work out the composition. I draw the layout with a brush in raw umber and turpinoid. I use turpinoid because it is easy to wipe out what I do not like as the drawing progresses. Once I am satisfied with the brush drawing I let the painting dry. Even when dry I can go back in with turpinoid to make changes to the composition if needed. It took about 3 hours go get the brush drawing where I wanted it. Once this stage was dry I painted in color. As you can see I started with Alan's face. When I have a good start on the face I go directly to the eyes. I spent a lot of time getting the eyes correct. The viewer naturally is drawn to the subjects eyes so that is where I put the most detail. After the eyes are complete I paint the body. I spend much less time on the body and I don't put a lot of detail in Alan's stripes. The subject of this painting is the cat's paws and claws so I have made them a bit bigger than normal to emphasize them. The rest of the painting is support for the main subject and, therefore, I painted it with less emphasis.