Posted by: Dave
Recently I started another painting of Allie hunting pheasants ... as hunting kittens is apparently frowned upon. I also finally had the opportunity to include my dog Bishop aka "Mr. Nibbles" in a painting, something I have been wanting to do for years.
Recently I have been trying to be more ambitious by incorporating multiple elements into a piece (landscape, the figure, animals, etc) in order to create a narrative. One of the reasons I tend to avoid doing more of this type of work is the energy and time it takes for me to do one. This is one of the main reasons I have been avoiding painting the face and hands on this piece first as I find them the most enjoyable to do. Saving the dessert until last so to speak.
Which brings me to the topic of shotguns and hunting. This will be the first time that life imitates art as I will be hunting this year with my awesome "freedom stick of doom" aka The Winchester SXP Field Shotgun which my wife bought for my birthday, and by bought, I mean I purchased it myself and told her it was from her. No more running over deer in my Jeep for me.
Drawing study that was transferred to canvas
étude/color study for Allie's face
Drawing has been transferred. Color study is in the front of the painting with the ébauche being laid in.
Working on the pheasants with a focus on paint quality.
Painting up to date, about 60 percent finished.