Monday, 22 August 2011
NEW red panda painting
Hello everybody! Since my last painting post I've started work on this new red panda (also referred to as 'Firefox' or 'Hunho'). It is actually finished now and has already been taken to be exhibited at this years Marwell Art Society (MIWAS) exhibition at the end of August alongside my 'Jewel of Siberia' tiger cub drawing. However I hadn't the time to blog during the painting process itself but managed to take a couple of snap shots inbetween to discuss the picture now.
I started out with a bright green and yellow wet blended backdrop with worked in dark blue to highlight some light shaping, and a lighter blue dabbed lightly nearer the top light holes. This may be fairly simple to most watercolourists but these are unfamiliar techniques to myself. They spend most of their time in the trees so I wanted to put the red panda amongst the greenery of the forest as though he had just scrambled to the top branch after a disturbance.
Red pandas sleep mostly during the day therefore as this is a daytime coloured painting with the sunshine glowing around him I had to capture the alertness of his pose and wide eyes. They sleep on tree branches or in tree hollows during the day and increasing their activity in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
I will gradually add the painting process over the next couple of days but I'm afraid you'll have to wait for the finished picture as I was unable to take a photo before framing it all up!