Saturday, November 26, 2022

Continuing the cougar




My palette is looking like a jumble now. I start with placing titanium white in the upper left and then add colors along the top as needed. All the mixing is below.

For the cat I am using mostly two angle brushes, one quite small. Once the direction of the fur is painted I'll take a larger blending brush (not shown) to soften it. Smaller blending brushes are used during the initial applying of paint.

Monday, November 21, 2022

More cougar


 With fur, I like to work in sections, blending the colors while they are wet in the direction of the fur. I am using a small angle brush to simulate the texture.


One of the dangers of just using a small brush is the fur can look too controlled and the highlights may not resonate as fully as I would like. Once the fur on his chest is dry, I'll use a larger angle brush to layer in some brighter pieces catching the sunlight.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Starting on the cougar


My first step on an animal is to start with the eyes. Once I have them at a realistic stage I'll move on to the nose. Often I revisit the eyes to make tweaks as the painting progresses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time for a larger piece

   It has been a while since I have painted a piece on the larger side so decided to make this one 24" X 36." This idea has been rolling around in my head for several years and I finally thought of the way I wanted to approach it.

   Like for most of my paintings I started with the top of the painting and am working background to foreground. One of the things I like most about oil is its flexibility. I can work a sky while wet, adding lighter and darker passages and blending the edges. The blue sky peep hole was something I thought would add to the movement in the painting. One can get the feeling that it, like the cat, may not be there long.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Finished fox


After the Snowfall
11" X 15"
Original Oil

I've added a bit more snow by his back legs for a more natural snowline and have decreased how much you can see of his left back leg under his belly. 

Monday, November 7, 2022

More fox


Working in the direction of the fox's fur, here you can see the start of the shadowed area on his fur. It was this idea from the beginning cat photo of Pebbles in bright light and shadow which intrigued me.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Starting the fox



With some quick phone photos you can see how I am building the fox.