Here is Margarita! She is my project for the online event called Art Play Date.
Twenty four of the industry’s leading artists have gotten together to offer you a different creative experience. Each week from May – October you will receive a lesson which consists of a pre recorded video and a corresponding PDF. You can stop and start the video and watch them as many times as you want.
Check out my Home Page for the other artists! Some great names! All 24 classes are yours for $99.00 total!!
This is a great opportunity to step outside the box and try many new techniques, mediums and styles.
Margarita is done with pan pastels, coloured pencil, solvents and a little surprise bling embellishment.
Please use the banner on the home page to link you to the site if you are interested in signing up. That is how I get paid and it would be greatly appreciated.
I use the Princeton Select Series 3750 filbert grainer to create my fur. “Grainer” is just another word for rake. And the word filbert refers to the rounded shape. The filbert shape is much easier to handle and manipulate than the straight across rake.
Consistency of paint is the key to successful painting with the rake. If you struggle with a “rake” brush or “grainer”, it is most likely the consistency of your paint. If you feel the need to manhandle your brush to open the bristles, your consistency is incorrect. Try adding Easy Float and water (1:1) to the opaque colours (the lighter colours). And then just take the time to load the brush properly. The paint should flow effortlessly off your brush. You should barely have to touch the surface. And once loaded correctly, your brush should paint for a long time.
If you have transparent strokes you can put more on your animal. More strokes means more complex fur. And that is what gives the realism and depth.
Here is a photo of my beginning steps.
I have about three layers on here. You can see that it’s just the beginning. The structure is there but not everything is in the right place yet.
I love to rake with a neutral colour and then wash the transparent colours overtop.
This photo shows the painting further along. More detail has been added. I’ve also used the tried and true grid system to make sure features stay where they are supposed to.
Eyes and Nose are next.
I have just finished a rather large painting and thought painters might be interested in some of my thoughts and steps as I worked through it.
I found a photo from Salthaven Wildlife Rescue, asked for their permission to use the photo and made a donation to their cause.
The photo was perfect except the background of course. It is a rescue operation and so the background was not a “natural’ setting. I searched photo sites as well as my own photos looking for a great out of focus background that could complement the fox in colour as well as setting.
I basecoated the background and drew in the two main elements of the design. I find it easier to place my “blotches” when I know where the main elements are.
Blotchy out of focus backgrounds are so much fun! I always start by just looking at the colours in the photo and choosing colours which look good to me. Then I start. Because the base colour is Black I started with the next dark colour I wanted. I like to use a glazing medium to give transparency. That way I can do a lot of layers and let previous colours glow through.
Little Foxy is in nature so a green is a natural choice. There are a lot of greens out there. I chose a few yellow greens to start with. Adding a yellow is nice to warm things up and reflect a bit of “Fox Colour”. And then a brighter colour to add some punch. I just go through my original choices of colours adding them here and there, looking at them, making my choices. I soon disregard the photo and make the background what I want and what I decide is best for my subject. I think of value as I place my blotches. Where do I want the darks and lights?
Stay tuned for steps and thoughts on fur and eyes.
Cindy and I are at it again, offering a day of Christmas Ornaments with lunch and refreshments. I’m in the morning with this newly designed trio and Cindy will be leading the afternoon with her choice of ornaments. If you are interested let me know.
I’ll be teaching OWL EYES, from my latest book, at Studio Zunic in Aylmer PQ October 26. Phone the shop for details 819-684-7678 The acrylic workshop will be given in English with French translation.
Pause for Painting Volume 5 is now available on my website. Eight acrylic designs and many worksheets.
It was well received at HOOT last week. Thank you all who bought it there. And thanks for all those who signed up for workshops. It was great to meet you. Hope to see you next year.
Back from The Tole Patch in Camden Delaware. It’s a great little shop to swing by this summer if you are in the area.
Here we are working hard.
Beautiful Day in Verona is in the current Paintworks on stands now.
Beautiful Day in Assisi was in the last issue of Paintworks.
And Beautiful Day in Rome and Venice are packets on my website.
Beautiful Day in Rome
Cindy Ataman (formerly of The Painted Pony) is organizing this day long workshop for me. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at The Stittsville Lions Hall. The seminar fee of $85.00 includes the 14″ x 14″ prepped cradleboard, mediums and paints used in the workshop, pattern packet, coffee and refreshments as well as a light lunch!!
contact Cindy for registration email@example.com
Here we are at Studio Zunic in Gatineau (Aylmer), Quebec for my White Wolf seminar. It was a great day. Thanks everyone for coming out.
Register now for HOOT www.heartofohiotole.org