Friday, December 28, 2012

Final Touches

Gold Rush
Original Oil
24" X 54"

I have made some small adjustments to finish the painting. The flipped over mane of the middle zebra just wasn't working so I made it more even. All the shadows are softened beneath the zebra to give the piece more action. Before it looked like the zebra were rooted to the ground.
While I wanted the trees to be soft and loose, the trees on the right needed a little more depth which also helps the lead zebra stand out. I've added some reddish-orangey browns to the trees. A color I like in this instance is burnt sienna and I used it as a base. I have tried Indian Red in other paintings and find it too cool for most reddish brown applications.

In the end, I ask myself if the painting says what I want it to say. It doesn't have to be a profound statement....just something or an emotion I want to share. It does.
The question is, and it is the question most artists ask, does the painting say something that resonates with anyone else?


sschopfer said...

Active and luminous. Gold dust? ;-)

hmuxo said...

This is so beautifully painted. You can feel the motion on these Zebras. Well done.!!

Crista Forest said...

I love backlighting. Beautiful!