I used a rubberband and t-square to create a bar across my easel that I could rest my hand on while I am doing detailing on the face. (So I don’t have to rest my hand in wet paint and potentially damage the painting.)
As you can see, my base color starts as something bright. This painting started as a blue because I wanted to bring out some of the cooler tones in the whites.
A very basic outline of the animal. This is a very important part to ensure all the features are proportional and accurate.
After many layers, I finally settled on a background color that I like. I chose to do a darker color so the white fur on the face will really ‘pop’.
Lots and lots of detailing. At this stage I am painting in all the dark tones.
Now I am starting to go in and paint white fur on the nose. This extra layer of detail really starts to bring the sheep to life – I LOVE this stage of the painting when the animal starts to to take on life and a personality.
I am excited to be participating in the Twitter Art Exhibit for the second year. Artists from all over the world donate a 4×6 piece of art, which is auctioned off to benefit a different non-profit each year. In the past, Twitter Art Exhibit has generated funds for children’s books at a library in Moss Norway and resources for a women’s shelter in Norway, and this year it is benefiting the Art Devision in Los Angeles. (www.artdivision.org) While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, this year’s Twitter Art Exhibit will be held in Los Angeles at the Exhale Unlimited (E.U.) Gallery. It is very exciting to launch this concept globally. I absolutely LOVE the concept of artist from all over the world coming together to use their art to raise money for a great cause.
“Through art we can change the world.”
If you are an artist, please consider participating. All the information you need can be found at www.twitterartexhibit.org
Here are some work in progress images of what I am working on for the #twitterartexhibit
- Janel Acheson
Here is a glimpse of one of my paintings approximately half finished. The glaring orange along the bottom is the initial base layer of every painting I do. I like to have the dramatic color underneath because is seems to give the final coloring in my paintings a bit more ‘depth’. Blue isn’t just blue, there is a little more dimension to it. It also works well, if I want to have a bit more warmth in a certain part of my painting, I allow a bit of the orange from my under-layer to peak through.
I haven’t had nearly enough time this month to spend painting. The first week of March I was in Salt Lake for CAMEX (Campus Market Expo) for my ‘day job’ as the Marketing Coordinator at MSU Bookstore (Go Bobcats). The next week I spent in Great Falls Montana supporting my mom at an art show that she has been doing for 20 years. Although I had a blast at both, I am SO glad to finally be home to be able to spend some time painting. Below is an image of my current work in progress. It is based off of a photo I took between Helena and Three Forks. The clouds had amazing drama, and the wheat field was beautiful with just a dusting of snow.
I am excited about the overall color scheme, and the drama in the sky that is happening so far in this piece. I plan on keeping the very loose style, but do plan on adding a bit more definable forms, mountains in the distance, row lines in the wheat field etc. What are your thoughts?? I would love some feedback!