Continuing with the vibrant palette, there are purples and warm tones in his coat.
Next up, the highlights on his antlers and his sunlit side will be painted. I'll also be adding more texture to those areas. The little bit of sunlight on his back will finish the moose.
After that, I'll be working on the foreground and then looking over the painting to see if any sections need tweaking.
Sometimes I start a painting knowing there are issues/problems to solve along the way.
On this piece, it was this upper portion of the background.
After blocking in the colors (see previous post), I used a blending brush to really soften the edges.
I didn't like it at all. The whole section felt flat. Time to add some texture back in. I started with the topmost section and pulled through some of the darker green to make distinguishable trees.
In this painting there is a fine line between too soft and too busy. I'll be revisiting portions of the background once the moose is painted.
I'm thrilled to announce that my painting Breath of Fresh Air has won the Animal Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Show held at Mary Williams Fine Art in Boulder, Colorado.