Jul 25, 2012

One Hour Paint Sketch - Elk

There was a debate on a FaceBook page recently about hyper-realism vs "painterly" in wildlife art. Tight artists sometimes can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak, and need to step back sometimes. That's a whole topic in itself, so I won't go there. But somewhere in the responses someone suggested trying to finish a mini painting within one hour to force yourself "loosen up" a bit.
So I thought I'd give it a go. I didn't quite make it. This one took me about an hour and a half. But it is definitely more loose than my normal painting so it was a good exercise. Here's what I did:

"Fire in the Mist"
5"x7" oil on canvas.

Here I was focusing more on gesture and complimentary colors instead of detail. Movement and contrasting orange against blue.
Have you tried the "One hour" exercise?

This painting available here.

1 comment:

Aiesha said...

I really love seeing art pieces like this one. It created a nice replica of the real thing. Just perfect!

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