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Eureka!  I finished (maybe) my latest painting!  I say maybe because I have a mentor that I am going to have critique it for me next week.  I may have some suggestions from him to implement.  But, in the meantime,  I will use the "progression" pics to show how I did the painting.  This as I mentioned previously, is the larger version of my FL. Panther painting.  Of course it's not an exact replica.  This one is 20 x 24 and therefore has room for more details.  Fun!!  I also decided to lighten the background to a foggy or hazy atmosphere.  This is common in deep swamp situations, thus making it more realistic.

   In this first picture, you see my background.  Of course, I started by using three coats of gesso, let it dry, then I sanded the canvas with a sanding block of 120 grit. (available at home depot) I then undercoated everything with a darker version of my desired colors.  At this stage you can see the undercoat of the bottom half of the canvas. After I put in t…
I have been busy, busy, busy!!  I am currently working on no less than THREE paintings at the same time!  They are for the upcoming Nature and Wildlife Art Show at the St. Augustine, FL Art Association.   Two paintings focus on the FL panther and one is a sky scene.  I sought and obtained permission from a wildlife photographer to paint a version of his photo of a FL Panther.
     Let me stop at this point and make a VERY IMPORTANT point.  You MUST ALWAYS get permission IN WRITING to copy anyone's work!!  It is protected by law and you could face very stiff legal fees and penalties if you copy their work.  That being said,  we can take pieces of work and use them, for example, if we like a particular clump of trees, the light in a photo, a house, etc it can be used,  BUT NEVER use the entire photo or artwork without seeking permission first!  Often we will be required to pay for the use of such material but usually not a large sum.  In my case, I sought the permission of Stev…
I just finished my "test" or smaller version of my Florida Panther.  It came out pretty well.  It is 11 x 14.   The larger painting will be 20 x 24.   I took several pictures of my progress so you can see how it developed.
     As you can see here (hopefully, shouldn't have used flash) I underpainted in mostly hookers green deep, added some purple, blue and then added some cad yellow in the center area of the sky.  I was careful not to totally blend the colors.  Then I took my brush a #6 bristle and hookers green plus burnt umber and streaked in basic tree trunks.  Then I under coated the bottom half in all hookers green and then let it all dry.

     Next I added more tree trunks, mixing green and umber and then painted in some needle palms or palmettos.  and some grass underneath. Always careful to not cover up all the under painting.

      Here, I lightened the grass.  this is a backlit painting so all the grass in the foreground is light. As you can see here there…
It is interesting how things turn out sometimes... I didn't win at the art show, I got something much better!!   A visiting couple saw my painting and asked me to paint their historical home in Washington!  Wow, didn't see that one coming!  I will be receiving their photos shortly and I am looking forward to the challenge!
     Also, my other painting I had to enter,  "The Sentinel" has been sold.  It is traveling to New York.  Bon Voyage!
     Now, for the teaching.  As I mentioned in my last blog, UNDERPAINTING is MANDATORY!!!
Without it, the painting never quite achieves proper depth and the 3D effect we need and desire!  In the painting, "Top Hat and Tails" even the horse and buggy that are white,  ESPECIALLY WHITE, must be underpainted in a darker color. In the case of white, it is done with grey. You use either a warm grey (browns, reds or yellows) or cool grey (blues or purples with greens) depending on whether your painting is warm or cool.   …