Hi! Over the summer I created a painting that is slightly out of my realm. Yes, horses and the occasional cow can be found in my work...but pigs, chicken, and geese aren't. I created this painting as a bit of a challenge. I loved the idea of creating some sort of family portrait of barn animals. Below are a few images of the step by step.
Here is one of my first sketches:
After sketching a couple different compositions and playing with the placement of my animals, I decided I was ready to start. I transferred my ideas onto a larger canvas and started painting one animal at a time. I added a blue wash in the background just to start playing with colour.
Bit by bit it started coming together and I eventually got to the point of adding details and highlights. One of the hardest parts about this painting was creating a nice blue for the background. For some reason I tend to always leave the backgrounds for the end. Normally it isn't to hard to paint it in, but because of the amount of creatures that I had to paint around- it became a little tricky. It was also tricky trying to get a nice smooth and even finish.
Anyways, I hope you like the "Family Portrait" I created :)
For all you painters out there -here's a question: do you paint your backgrounds in at the beginning or at the end? I'd love to hear! B