Hot off the easel (or the studio floor). This blog is a n update on what is really going on in our studios. I will be posting everything, including studies for paintings, field studies, still life and finished studio paintings.
Before I begin most of my larger paintings I start with a painted oil sketch. That way I can make all (most) of my mistakes here and hopefully correct them. I need to try to remember to post more in the future with the finished piece.
Original Oil, 24x36. This past spring I visited the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. I was so inspired by the paintings of American who came before me, in particular, Frederic Remington. I knew I wanted to try a moon light painting and Zebras would be the perfect subject. I don't have any reference for Zebras under moonlight. My photography skills have not reached that level! I only have memories and, of course, the actual moon. It was interesting to see what moonlight really does to color and trying to portray it in an artistic experiment. It was a great challenge and I hope to do more.