So i did 3 paintings for Pipers room. Free (hot air balloon), the panda and now the clown fish. I'm sure I will do more in time but these were done before she was born. I will have prints of the panda painting by Art Hop time. They will be $50, unless you come by my studio during Art hop. They will be $40.
Here is the link to Seaba, the host the South End Art Hop every Sept http://seaba.com/. Hope to see you there.
I draw it a few time so I have a good idea of how I want to lay it out. I used a 24"x24" canvas. Sanded it with fine grit sand paper and a layer of gesso. Then sanded it again for a really smooth surface. Next I draw my picture and start with the background.
Now I start on shadows. To make a nice reflection I repeat any shadow work I do on the panda in the water. Then I started on painting in the fur.
I took a fan brush and cut the bristles so they were all uneven to make a more realistic fur look. This also works good for painting grass.
Added in the eyes and worked on the reflection. And to finish it I added in a layer of blue and white to the water to give it more detail. I used only 3 colors on this one, mars black, titanium white and cerulean blue hue. I wanted to work on getting as many different tones from just 3 colors as I could.
Here are some pictures of a new painting. Just following basic steps right now and trying to add in a few new techniques. I'm also trying to keep my canvas wet while I paint. It seems to be helping alot. This painting was done on 1-9-11. Its 12" x 48" and its for sale if anyone is interested. Checkout more at http://www.facebook.com/DAMartworks