Saturday, July 30, 2011

New WIP: Barred Owl in Oil

I started work yesterday on a small 8x10 portrait of a barred owl. As many of you know, I love owls and they are one of my favorite subjects to paint. This is my first time painting an owl with oils. My past owls were painted with watercolors or acrylics. I didn't make a whole lot of progress yesterday, surprising as I worked on it quite a long time! I know I was carefully painting this. I started working on the eyes first and have been radiating outwards from them.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Finished: Cougar Painting

The finishing touches were put on the cougar last night and this morning. I used a combination of palette knife and brushstrokes to finish off the boulder and I used loose brushwork to finish off the background foliage. The whiskers were saved for last. Funny how when painting cats they just don't look right until the whiskers are put on! I'm calling this one "A Moment in the Sun".

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A Moment in the Sun, 16x12, oil on linen panel

A Moment in the Sun - Detail

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Update 2: Cougar Painting

I apologize this photo is not the greatest of this painting, but hopefully you'll get the idea. I've pretty much completed the face at this point; still need to work on the mouth area. He needs more work on his chest and right paw. Work has begun on the lichen and moss covered rock.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

WIP: Cougar in Oil Update

This is where I left off after a day of painting yesterday. Most of the day was spent working on this cat's pretty head.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New WIP: Cougar in Oil

Back to the oils. I started this 16x12 of a cougar today. Just laid in a wash to cover the white of the canvas and to establish basic lights and darks. This is a semi-new painting. By that I mean, I've painted this image before while in Greg Beecham's Scottsdale workshop but I never finished it. Those that were in his class may remember this image. I came across the workshop piece again recently but something about it was bothering me now. I just felt like I could make it better. So, I've decided to start it completely over. This time I'm painting it a little larger too. It will be a 16x12 (the other one was 14x11). There's really not a whole lot to see yet, but thought you might like to see the very beginnings of this one.