Monday, 25 June 2012

Back to oils

After my brief spell working with graphite ive now picked up where i left off with my oil painting.The subject here is a Red Fox and it is ostensibly a simple portrait but i liked the slight angled away nature of the fox's gaze and the amount of fur detail captured in the reference photo's i'm using to help put together this painting.It isnt a large painting by oil painters standards at only 20" x 19" but for me its one of my larger paintings to date and i still struggle a little with the scale of these paintings compared to the smaller scale of a pencil drawing and the sizes of brush's i find myself using.Detail still pre-occupies me more than it should i feel and because of the larger scale of this painting i do find myself having to be a good deal more bolder with my brushstrokes than feels entirely natural to someone used to working with such tight detail.I'm determined to get there and despite the temptation to throw this painting at various times ive stuck with it and am now pleased with the look of the fur details on the body of the fox.The head and ears have had a couple of coats of oil thus far to build up some depth of colour and i will be embarking upon some detail here once the second coat has dried.

2 comments:

Marc Calvo said...

Hello Clive!.I read you system of painting the picture of your fox,i am just more daring in this questions, i love making a big pictures whit a rich and detailed composition with the animal and a big landscape.And also i have to repair an old picture of fox, that appear trotting in a subalpine forest.I hope to repair and show this pĂ­cture in my blog sooner.

Clive Meredith said...

look forward to seeing your fox painting marc