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Thursday, April 23, 2015


Running Fox has been finished for some time but I haven't posted him because I wasn't sure he was truly done.  I thought maybe I  might grab a brush and touch something up a bit that was bothering me.  Turns out what bothered me was his eye.  You know the one that isn't quite right.  I decided to leave it alone because it is like the picture.

Original Picture of Running Fox

The goal was to paint this picture and make it look like what it is.  I think I succeeded.  In the future I will not confine my creative inner self and will take liberties as I feel the need.  But for now I am happy to present to you my very first painting of an animal.

Running Fox
I can already see several rookie mistakes in him!  Moving forward I've learned to exaggerate the contours to make the painting come alive and give depth.  His face would not look so flat if I would add some lines on the side of his snout.  Wait!  I said I was finished!

Next up are portraits of my neighbors dogs and an elephant charging two lions.  I'm having fun!


BLD in MT said...

You make me laugh at the end. Oh, its so hard sometimes to stop that inner drive to perfect, perfect, perfect. I know I've sure had that experience. I like your fox a lot. I like foxes a lot, actually. I've always been partial to redheads. :) One of my girlfriends is going to a painting party this weekend where they will all try their hand at duplicating/remaking a different painting. Since my friend lives out of town I had to go to the shop and select which painting they'd be doing. It was challenging! But, gosh, I like this idea. Its directed by the original, but can be taken wherever the painter wants it to go. It makes me think I should dig out my paints. I've not played around with them in so long.

Susan said...

Yay for you Mary, I do love your beautiful red fox. Lots of movement and light and shade.
I'm exactly the same, always thinking of adding more... yes, no, all that inner talk.
It's all fun though and painting is such a lovely thing to do isn't it :D)