Monday, January 30, 2012

A Deer and a Snake

This is my painting from this weekend, A Deer and a Snake. It's 9x12 acrylic on bristol paper.

A nice person on the internet site Reddit.com suggested that I try painting on a surface smoother than canvas, so I did. It was nice not to fuss with the little dimples inherent in canvas.

I'm pretty happy with the composition and the color palette. Though, if I painted this over again, I might take the time to draw out and paint in each little leaf on the trees individually in a thick double coat. But, I think I'm happy enough with this that I'll leave it alone and take my lesson on to the next painting.

The mister got the creative bug at 2:00am Sunday morning and started singing his heart out in his not-sound-proof studio, so I was up too. With not much else to do at such an indecent hour of the morning, I got several new paintings sketched out -- all on bristol. A little robot and a portrait of a panda bear are now on the docket for this week! I'm crossing my fingers that they look as cute painted as they do sketched in pencil!

18 comments:

  1. Love this! I love how the colors are muted except for the rich red of the snake. Very pretty.

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  2. Love your animals! So cute! And the red of the snake really makes the whole color palette.....perfect....yes, that#s the right word.

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  3. This is great...i love the shadows and of course the snake..must be friend and not foe as the deer looks so comfortable withitwraped around it...xxx

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  4. Wonderful painting, loving the beautiful contrast of colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  5. Wonderfully done ~ love it! ~namaste,carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ~

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  6. Fabulous piece! Love the contrast and the adorable deer.

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  7. I love the contrast of the animals in addition to the contrasting colors. There's something a little unsettling about it (in the best possible way - the way that makes you stop and ponder). the deer looks so serene, but could easily be seconds away from being squeezed by that snake. or perhaps they coexist peacefully.

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  8. So wonderful and peaceful.
    Such harmony! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. Love how you do animals. I had not thought about painting on bristol board. It sure works well for you.

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  10. The color palette is perfect!! How beautiful!

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  11. I too love the contrast of colors. Your painting really captured my attention. Love it.

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  12. It's a wonderful painting... I like the colors. Happy PPF!

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  13. Wow intersting subject. I do love the colors and shadows. Great art.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  14. Ahhhh, this is wonderful, I love it!

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  15. Just stopping by to say hello and share some PPF love!
    Renee
    xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  16. How did you ever think of this subject? Are you the deer and your husband the snake for waking you up?! LOL! Just kidding, as I know you didn't do this painting during the night. I like the fact that you kept it simplified, very appealing.

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  17. Wow, I've just discovered your beautiful blog! Just a question - how do the neighbours react to 2am singing?
    Your life sounds so gorgeous!

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  18. Heidi,
    Happily, we have a brick house, a good amount of side yard, and neighbors on both sides with hearing problems -- the perfect house for a musician!

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