It has been such a long time since I last blogged properly! The last month has seen me move house, pack up my life then unpack it the other end :) a very strange feeling to pull up beside your removal van at the lights knowing that your whole life and existence is in that van, and then the huge sigh of relief as you see all your belongings steadily fill up your new place!
I had become quite distant and unenthused about my black jaguar painting until I brought him out again recently. I love his expression and peaceful pose but it just doesn't work with the landscape format I was hoping for, to work into my 'Big Cat' series. So instead I looked at some different shaped mounts and have decided to turn the initial crop into a square face format. This immediately gave him the 'Impact' I was searching for.
Photographing 'black' animals is a challenge in itself with regard to exposure and balance, and capturing colouring in this painting is not short of difficulties. I have painted a black labrador before but this time it was crucial for me to find the three dimensional structure in the face whilst giving light and shade to his striking markings. Since my last post I have worked in more detail to the left side, quickly realising that I needed to tone down the highlighted areas so I could concentrate on the bulk of the dark fur, adding the highlights nearer the end as I was finding them too distracting. I am now having another break from him to work on a new piece!
I've finally got round to starting my new mountain lion painting. Characteristically for my big cat series I have marked out the facial positioning of my landscape format and have played around with different background colourings and effects. I will post an update photo once I have enough to talk about :)