Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lilies-Day 1

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Orange lilies grow wild along the roadsides in Kauai, but I've resisted painting them because of their complicated shape. Time to see what I can do. This is a 12 x 24-inch canvas board. I'm using a grid technique to help me get the flowers lined up properly in the underlying drawing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


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With some cleaning up and added lights and darks, this goat painting is done. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Goat-Day 12

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Just about finished. I'll touch up the sky and add a little detail to the foliage, but this feels pretty done.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Goat-Day 11

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Shading in the spider lily leaves, then adding background foliage took up most of the day today. It ended up more stylized than realistic, but I like the flow of it.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Goat-Day 10

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I've wanted to put Brazilian cardinals into a painting for a long time. I always love seeing and hearing them in Kauai. I also worked on the seed pods of the spider lily on the lower left of the painting.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Goat-Day 9

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I filled in the foreground palm today. The goat I saw was actually munching on palm fronds much larger and less tender-looking than these.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Goat-Day 8

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Today was all about painting bamboo, and here's a slightly cropped view of it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Goat-Day 7

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I'm starting in on foliage details on the right, pushing myself to go darker than I tend to do.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Goat-Day 6

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I spent part of today shading the goat's impressive horns. He was the only one in the herd with such a pair. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goat-Day 5

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Painting a white goat is so tricky. All day I've been pushing the darker tones. I'll have to revisit the fur once some of the plants are painted in. This is a slightly cropped view.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Goat-Day 4

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Working on the goat's face, and it's hard to keep those eyes that far apart. Makes me wonder what they see.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Goat-Day 3

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This looks very rough still, but laying in the dark values will help me keep the goat from being too light overall. I'm adding a pair of Brazilian cardinals to the foreground, among my favorite birds on the island.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Goat-Day 2

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Instead of my usual procedure of painting in the featured animal, I need to work out the values all around the almost-all white goat.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Goat-Day 1

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The goat that I painted in the large Kauai painting (see March 16, 2011 post) deserved to be painted again in greater detail. Here he is on a 20 x 20-inch canvas.