Friday, 24 July 2015

The Stretch

oil painting of a cat in the sun, pet portrait by karen
We will all have to imagine the warmth of the sun this cat is enjoying here in Devon: it has been raining hard for several hours!
Some of the effect of warmth in this painting is down to the orange under-painting which peeks through in places, especially the cat's fur. 
When this technique works well, it is very effective. When it fails it fails big time: I tried a yellow underpainting the other day and the poor creature looked like he was experiencing end stage liver failure. Yikes.
This week, on my other blog, a description with pix of how to create your own limited palette colour chart (NB my other blog is about learning as an artist and has no animals).
Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for looking at my paintings.