Monday, February 20, 2006

Work in Progress

Mom's friend Donnie gave me a lot of her castoff art supplies a few years ago on the condition that I finish the painting of a bighorn sheep she had started and never finished. Unfortunately her original canvas is unmounted and very stiff and yellowed, so I'm starting over on a fresh canvas, just so she can see I'm making good use of the items, which include several valuable volumes of instruction and a vintage easel the likes of which I would have had to scour the world to find. Having no formal training (except one semester of public school art I pretty much got double the benefit of since I did all Lenny's homework, too- oops, did I say that on the Internet?), it's nice to have some direction and encouragement. I'm hoping to finish this fast since Donnie has been sick, and I'd like her to enjoy it while she's able. It'll have even more significance since her daughter Des got her first bighorn sheep last hunting season.

So critique away, people, bearing in mind that it's not done yet. Feedback is always appreciated.


Blogger dorothy rothschild said...

It's coming along nicely, I think. The proportions are good, and there's nice detail.

There's something going on, and it could be just the digitized image that's doing this, in the chest area where the front legs join up that's not quite clear. And also at where the head joins the neck.

How are you going to treat the background? There's something kinda cool about the abstractness of it with it just sketched in. Wondering if you're going to go for the same level of detail in that ultimately, or if you plan to leave the back slightly abstract?

Hope you post a photo when you're finished.

February 22, 2006 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger A said...

Thank you! Yeah, I'm not sure what's up with the smudges. I think it's Photoshop having a hard time recognizing what's happening with those pixels. I'm definitely going to post a pic when done. I'm actually working from an old painting, so I'm going to follow along and leave the background pretty vague, but she's got some greenery going on around him that might spruce things up a bit. Get it? Spruce?

February 23, 2006 at 1:25 AM  

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