Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fun with guns

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.

I have to say though that this one is going a lot more smoothly than "wetlands" and I attribute that to the planning stages being better realized.  The background landscape is drawn from the field by my house, so its easy to reference it as I paint.  I tried to invent the landscape in "Wetlands", which was extremely difficult.  Good locations, and good props are essential to making a painting like this work.  As far as the props, I did have to order several pheasant pelts and purchase an antique shotgun from the US to give the piece authenticity.  If there is one piece of advice I have to give when making a narrative piece like this, it's do your research.  If the correct ammo is paired with the wrong rifle, it's a problem and may even result in a piece never selling.  A belt isn't simply a belt.  A hat isn't just a hat.  And a super badass 1845 Devoir Pinfire 12 Gauge Side-by-side Shotgun isn't any gun....its mine.

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
Etude/Color Study for Allie's face
Drawing has been transferred.  Color study is in the front of the painting with the ebauche being laid in.
 Working on the pheasants with a focus on paint quality.
Painting up to date, about 60 percent finished.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Painting Doppleganger

I am sure I won't be the last to notice that the new Slayer album cover looks like a botched restoration job.