Friday, September 28, 2012
Painting the Whitetail Buck
A few days ago however I had a small surgery that has had me laid up for the time being. It was nothing major, just enough to keep me in the house. So there I sit, unable to wet a fly or notch my bow and sit among the changing colors of the forest to wait for a deer to pass by. For a guy that can't sit still for long and always has a project in the works, it is a brutally long recovery. Today however I felt good enough to exercise my mind and soon found myself picking up paint and paper to paint an outdoor scene that I can only imagine.
As for the painting itself, it incorporates many elements that I have never really tried before. First the deer - I have painted a buck before but never one in such a setting. It took some practice sketching out the deer and the colors of fur took some experimentation but I think it turned out okay. Next is the forest - For a guy that concentrates on water and the fish that swim in it, the fall colors of the forest was a real challenge for me. I decided to forget about the details and go with a classical quick brush stroke approach. Adding in the lighter sky and barks of the trees with the colors and thin dark branches eventually gave me the contrast I was looking for.
I am calling it "Fall Whitetail Buck". The painting measures roughly 11"x9" but will probably fit best in a 8x10 matted frame. It IS FOR SALE. Just email me for the details if your interested. If you would like a print of this work you can email me as well and if I find enough interest in it I might run off a limited count of 8x10 prints.