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:

Emily said...

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

Kokopelli said...

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

Mandy said...

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

Netty said...

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

Carol L McK said...

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

EVA said...

Fabulous piece! Love the contrast and the adorable deer.

iamrushmore said...

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.

Mary C. Nasser said...

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

Faye said...

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

BlackPumpkin said...

The color palette is perfect!! How beautiful!

Ginny said...

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

Helen Campbell said...

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

Beadwright said...

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

Geckostone said...

Ahhhh, this is wonderful, I love it!

Renee! said...

Just stopping by to say hello and share some PPF love!
Renee
xoxo
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Gloria said...

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.

Heidi said...

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

Barnum's Winter said...

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!