Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tiger reflection

When I started the reflection of the top of the tiger's head I realized that my color was not dark nor rich enough. So, I increased the intensity with burnt sienna and burnt umber to give the section that pop. Some of the deeper colors are also repeated throughout the reflection.

The sections of lightest white reflection have been added.
Note: I have kept the white in the reflection dull by painting it a light gray. This will help the reflection read like it is in the water.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Reflections continued

Setting the stage for an abstract reflection of the cat is the sky reflection. I used Rembrandt ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, titanium white, and a touch of Van Dyke brown, plus Michael Harding's Phthalocyanine Blue Lake.
Premixing four blues worked well. Once they were blocked in, I realized that I needed a deeper richer blue swath from the lower left.
(Note: My new selection of Michael Harding oil paints have been a wonderful addition to my palette. It seems I can create more exciting and a greater variety of colors.)

Continuation of the ripple line.

Start of the cat's reflection. This is going to be tricky, but fun.

Saturday, July 20, 2019


One of my favorite things to include in my wildlife paintings is water. There are so many color variations to explore. While painting a mirror image can be effective, I find abstract reflections more interesting.

This stage, when I block in the colors, I find the most distracting. It is time to grab some blending brushes.

The first stage of the blending is complete. Next up is the lower section of water and then the cat's reflection. As I work through the piece, all the sections of the water will be continually modified until they feel right.