Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
|A Show of Hands|
10 x 13 in.
I think the title is apt, as they make their living, so to speak, with their paws.
|I took these two photos this morning. Yup, we have moles in the yard.|
|Here is my dog, Maggie, a year and a half ago. I read that this particular mole has few natural predators ... except Maggie. Needless to say, I was upset.|
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
|Wet washes on the body with burnt orange and quin. violet. The entire marmot was painted using orange, violet and indanthrone.|
|Darkening his fur ...|
... and still more ...
|I did two gradated washes to the line where sea meets sky, both using phthalo blue and indanthrone.|
Lightly painted some distant islands, and started giving a rocky look to his rock.
10.25 x 6.25 inches framable size
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I wanted to give the marmot the look that this is his home, and he is not letting go of it.
This adorable beastie is a local - the Vancouver Island marmot, the only uniquely Canadian species of marmot. He lives on the south- and west-facing alpine meadows of the island. Those long claws and powerful shoulders are for digging for food and making burrows for hibernation. He's hefty - up to 2 1/2 feet long, weighing up to 17 pounds. It is believed the reason for the great decline in numbers [since the mid-1990's] is due to predation by wolves, cougars and golden eagles. There is a captive breeding program on the island, whereby adults are caught and allowed to breed safely, then they and the pups are released back into their natural habitat. It sounds like a logical plan; with their colonies very reduced in numbers, there are no or few potential mates - this program brings them together.
I remember seeing a yellow-bellied marmot in the most unlikely place - the backyard of my mother's house in Kerrisdale in Vancouver. I drove into the back driveway, and there he was, standing on his hind legs looking at me! of course, no-one believed me.
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|Wet in wet washes of burnt orange and a grey-blue [indanthone, quin. pink and burnt orange].|
|Playing with the aforementioned colors in different combinations, still wet in wet.|
|Getting into the nitty-gritty of the fur - small strokes with a fine brush, building up the layers.|
|Some "ground" - burnt orange, with a bit of orange and quin. violet for contrast.|
14.5 x 11.5 inches
37 x 29.5 cm.
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Meet the greater bilby, also known in Australia as the Easter Bilby - the name is part of a campaign to raise awareness to its endangered state. This little cutie is about the size of a rabbit, and has keen hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight. He lives in hot, dry areas - grasslands, scrub areas. The reason for the decline in numbers is posited to be predation by foxes and feral cats, and to indirect competition for food with the rabbit population.
This is the first of my endangered species series. I have a deep love of Nature and animals, and feel this is the least I can do to [hopefully] help their plight.
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Monday, May 1, 2017
|Same technique here, trying to go with a background that would draw the viewer's eyes to the cat's eyes. Here I used burnt orange, followed by orange mixed with violet.|
|Soft scrambling again, with quin. gold mixed with indanthrone - to match her eyes.|
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Monday, April 24, 2017
|THIS is what I LIKE! A nice soft and supportive background. I mixed some gold and indanthrone, painted along the outline and scrambled it outwards to soften. I may add a touch more near her eyes with the blue, but overall I do like the look.|
|This was one of my many attempts to get "the look".|
|Sponging ... NO!|
|A swatch with some other attempts and color combinations.|
|More trial and error ...|
|Like the effect but not the color. Thankfully, I had all the color studies I had done earlier with which to play.|
|Nice, but too dramatic, I feel, for the owner. I will be using gentle colors tending to warm, and something to bring out their eyes.|
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
|Looking absolutely nothing like a cat!!! ... just thin washes of alizarin crimson and burnt orange|
|Wet-in-wet applications of aureolin and burnt orange for the eyes, and thin direct applications of a black started on her face.|
STILL not looking much like a cat. Continuing with direct applications of the black ...
A pair of pupils - always a good idea. Also another w/w application of a dark brown from the top of the eyes to simulate shadow. NOW she's starting to look like a cat!
A bit of touching up with thin glazes of black, and she is done. Just a hint of background needed.
|Another strange-looking beastie! I have wet the entire head and neck and stroked in some phthalo blue and a mix of that blue with a bright pink.|
|These eyes are also done with w/w applications of aureolin and burnt orange; the ears with pink and a touch of burnt orange. Lots of teeny, fine brush strokes in the direction of hair growth ...|
|... and still more brush strokes ...|
|I like how the process of wetting and softly brushing in black softens the appearance of the coat. So once again, I mix up three dilutions of color, wet the entire area to be black, and start dropping in paint.|