A Whippet on the downs

Driving through the South Downs, I saw this beautiful cloud taking over the head of Firle Beacon.

20120903-121634 PM.jpgso I snapped it and gave it a little iPhone makeover.

20120903-122041 PM.jpg Added a rough cutout of our dear little Whippet ‘Mouse’ to see how a painting might work. Hahaha – Likey very much. So in production as we speak. Must get that fortuitous pair of Magpies in.

20120903-025748 PM.jpgMocking this one up to get a good composition with maximum ear spread and have decided to start with chalk for the underpainting, so can use cutout Mouse as template at this stage.

20120903-030215 PM.jpg It’s coming on OK. Overspraying with Senellier resinous fixer will make the work so far receed and work well as an underpainting for oils.

20120903-074059 PM.jpgBackground is on its way. Need to leave to dry for a day or two.

20120910-022930 PM.jpgDisembodied eyes anyone?

20120910-023221 PM.jpgHead is coming together well. The clay coloured background is really working well for me. I’m using loads of matte medium with the oils to get a rough washy feel. Think it might speed up drying time too.

20120910-023725 PM.jpgUsing end of brush to scratch back through to ground. Really enjoying this.

 

20120911-020152 PM.jpg Just needed a few tweaks here and there and popping in lovely old oak frame, and SOMEONE is quite pleased with himself.

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