I've always loved this quote. The more I paint the truer it rings.
My newest and latest painting I'm starting is going to be of one of my favorite animals, an ELEPHANT. I've done a few different variations of elephant artwork over the last year or so (that can be seen in some of the works I have completed). From a flat graphic interpretation, a bright patterned display and watercolor with pen variation, it's a subject that continues to evolve in my work. For this newest and latest custom piece, I have recently sketched out a rough outline. This elephant is going to be on a 30 x42 inch stretched canvas and will be done in oils. I'm planning on taking a realistic approach regarding the elephant's face and anatomy but adding in some slightly unusual colors for the skin, ears and trunk. Stay tuned for progression :)
I've been getting more requests for animals as of lately, including some pets! I'm a huge animal lover & I always admire how much people care for and adore their own animals, so it's fun when a client wants something specially done. The last commission I just finished up was a square painting (36 x 36 in.) of three different cats. Because cats can be a little tricky to photograph (especially when I'm trying to get all three kitties to look at me at once) I decided to reference separate photographs for each cat. The clients I were working with had a very specific image of how they wanted the three cat heads fading into each other and the background- it's great when there's a clear "picture" of what somebody wants out of a painting :)
Here's the three photographs I used for the painting along with the final result! meow.
Lovely quote by one of the greats.
I love having a clean palette to work with. After every painting I finish, I take a razor to the old dried on paint & when I can, I save any usable paint that is leftover. Usually there's nothing much to salvage & I'm able to have a fresh start (which feels more refreshing if you ask me).
Depending on the subject, I find that properly outlining a drawing can make a huge difference to my painting process. Once I have my image sketched on my canvas or panel I like to outline the pencil lines so I don't lose the fine details and specific marks in the process. Usually I just use a little bit of burnt sienna with some gamsol to get a very thin & light line down on my new piece. The light layer of paint keeps outlines identifiable and can easily be covered up once thicker paint is laid down.