Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chicken painting complete!

I finished the painting of my Black Star hen "Meanie #1" today. Now all I have to do is let it dry for about five days, spray it with a protecting varnish, then it will be ready to hang in Mom's kitchen!

This is the first of three 8" X 10" paintings I am planning to make to hang in the kitchen. I am planning to paint a goat and a sheep to go along with this one.

I think Meanie #1 likes it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chicken painting update

chicken hen acrylic painting
Notice I blurred the background a bit. I was getting complaints about the background. : /

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's coming along!

A few more feathers and my chicken painting will be finished! Well... many more feathers. I think it will take a few more days to paint in the rest of the feathers. I usually only paint for a couple hours a day because I get very tired sitting in my chair and staring at my painting for so long and I have other stuff other than painting that I want to do. I also find it much easier on my mind when I only paint for a couple hours a day. I have no deadline for this painting anyway, so I can take as long as I want. :)

chicken hen acrylic painting

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Back to painting

I got back to work on my chicken painting today. I mainly worked on making the chicken's beak and comb more detailed. I also roughly filled in the chicken's body, so you can get an idea of what the finished product is going to look like.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Don't you love goats?

I just finished a colored pencil drawing of two of my Nubian goats, Travis and Trevor. It is done on an 11" X 10" piece of 80 lb. Strathmore drawing paper. I actually started this composition a few months ago as sort of a practice piece, but I put it away and worked on other projects until I decided to finish it today.

It seems these twin brothers are always doing the same things and are never apart.

See what I mean?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day two

I worked on my chicken painting this afternoon. I guess I didn't work on it very long, but you can see what I've done.

chicken hen acrylic painting

Monday, June 11, 2012

New project

Today I started on a painting of one of my pet Black Star hens named
"Meanie #1".  It is done on an 8" X 10" stretched canvas.

Here are the photos of the work I did today.

Step one: Draw grid in pencil.

Here I used 1" X 1" squares. Notice that one square in the middle of the canvas is divided into four smaller squares. This makes it easier to get an accurate outline of a small but important shape in the picture (the chicken's eye).

Step two: Draw outline in pencil.

Not only do I draw the basic shape of the subject, but I also try to outline certain details that I need to be reminded of when I start painting. Here I outlined the basic area where this chicken's red feathers are.

Step three: Paint background.

Step four: Start painting chicken.

I always like to start with an eye if I am doing an animal. It makes it so I have something to paint around and to compare my colors to (eyes are one of my favorite things to paint, anyway).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Here's how it's done...

Here are the photos I took of each stage of the painting "Late Summer Harvest" done in March 2012.

This composition was something new for me, since it was a close-up and I had never done a bee before, but I think the painting turned out quite well.