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Monday, April 30, 2012

Juvenile Wolf Pup

I can't resist pups of any kind really.  Pups at this stage of development are awkward and clumsy.
They are quit humorous to watch as well.   I began this painting with full intend of completing it by the Reflections of Nature show next weekend.  HOWEVER......    I'm moving through it more slowly
than anticipated and refuse to rush the process.   I know I'm really going to love the end result if I 
take my time.  

This painting is a 12" x 12" acrylic on board.    I have all the reference to 5 pups, all one litter.  I think a large painting is in order!  I haven't done a large painting of multiple wolves before.  (Why is that? ha ha ha)   

I've been struggling with brushes lately.  I think it's probably every couple of years a manufacturer will
decide one brush or several will be replaced by another design and or material.  And in my humble opinion, not with the best results.   I'm once again in search of the perfect detail brush having marginal results with same.

For the first time ever, I'm using a liner for hair!  WHAT?  That's just crazy, but hey.... if it works, I really don't care what it's original purpose was.

I'm open to suggestions from you artists out there.  Please, offer up some suggestions.   : )   


Marc Calvo said...

Interesting wolf puppy,i always paint the animals integrated in his emvironment i never paint the animal alone.And the question abaut the brushes,i dont have much problems abaut the details, if the brush is enough sharped,sometimes with a brush of number 4 or 3 i achieve good resolution; and also de emvironment,of the foreground absor and fussion the details of the animal.

Brenda D. Johnson said...

Thank you Marc for your comments. I usually paint a base coat which includes background, mid and fore ground into each painting. As you can see in most of my paintings. In this painting I have something special in mind. I might leave it simple and wash out most of the foreground. But, I will have a solid foundation under him.

I'm amazed you have achieve success with the 3 - 4 rounds (they are rounds, correct?). What brand brush are you using? Cheers : )

Marc Calvo said...

Its because i painting in a big format, roughly between a size of 50 landscape antil 100 landscape, a pictures of 130x100 centimeters of average,and also not always achieve this result normally it hapens when the brushes are new.If i painting the fur with a brush of three rounds or more i become crazy.One solution that i find its painting in big sizes the more size is the picture, more resolution can obtain.And i normally use syntethic brushes for painting and i make muchs cares for maintain his sharpy characteristics,and spend one month for paint these pictures, but always attemp to go much faster.Do you know one system for going faster for paiting?.

Brenda D. Johnson said...

When I began painting many years ago, I painted large paintings. I find they are much easier to paint because of less constraint with brush size issues. My style was looser yet photographic from a distance.

It' always best to paint the whole canvas first (in my case board here). It's the proper way to balance values, etc. But, I think I've painted so long, it's not an issue with paintings like this. 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm.

If I work on a large painting, I paint all the base coat in at once for the values, etc.

I like using synthetic brushes for acrylic paint. Natural hair for oil. I find the synthetic brushes wear out or loose their point much faster than natural hair brushes. What medium are you using Marc? Oil or acrylic?

Marc Calvo said...

I use both techniques, and lastly i use acrylic,for go much faster.I have the tendency of lose in the landscape because i'm worrying to showing the region where the animal live;for example in a big picture of wolly mammoth i was obsesed for show the caracteristic landscape of Lena river basin in eastern Siberia.