|initial washes (the shape in upper left is a shadow|
from the sun shining in an adjacent window)
|background darks representing trees|
and modeling on the moose
|more moose modeling and some refinement |
of stream side bushes
the main difference between what i did here and my figure/people painting is that except for the figure of the moose (which was done in several thin layers of paint) much of this was done in one take trying to get both the color and value right with the first pass. this is more like what charles reid preaches. the brush i used was a #16 round cosmotop from da vinci. the colors for the greens were ultramarine blue/quinacridone gold, hooker's green/burnt sienna, raw sienna/manganese blue. the bushes were combinations of vermillion, raw sienna, quinacridone gold, brilliant orange and carmine. the moose was cobalt blue and burnt sienna with the shadows having the addition of carmine and ultramarine blue. the biggest challenge for me was the reflections in the water. i had 5to think "upside down" and get the values about the same as the objects (or perhaps a little darker) and the colors a little less saturated. streaks of ripples were lifted out with a 1" synthetic flat that was damp and formed to a thin profile and painted in with a #2 round in darker colors. this was done on a piece of 300# arches cold press paper that measured 11"X15".
so here are the sequential photos of work completed in about 20-30 minute increments.
|start of the reflections (sky reflection a |
graded wash at the bottom)
|almost finished (just modeling of his *right* |
antlers and toning down the bush reflections on the far right
remaining to do)
i think you can see how derivative this is of the original so this is just for learning. i do like the overall effect though and will try an original soon. we saw a lot of moose and have lots of photo shots of them and the teton area from which to draw inspiration.
if you reference any of this blog please give credit to david mayer for his original oil painting that served as a model for this exercise.