Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Fun Chipmunk Finish--Vickie Henderson

It's funny how you set a painting aside while you "think about it" and time goes by.
Lots of time. In fact, May through October went by! But I never put the painting away. It was always looking at me when I entered the kitchen, my temporary studio. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Time is always an issue but as I think about it, the pine needles were also giving me a bit of hesitation. What finally motivated the painting's finish was my desire to complete my Red-shouldered Hawk project which began last February, a wonderful five-month experience observing a pair of Red-shouldered hawks during nesting season. I wanted to include this painting in my sketchbook slideshow.
I began the foreground with a light wash saving the ivy leaves. This was followed with negative painting--painting between the needles to save the lighter colors and create depth. To finish, I added some darker painted needles and a bit of splatter.
Painting is always a learning process for me, part of the fun and challenge. So much of what I do is unplanned and intuitive, even though I do consider how I want to approach the subject. In this case, I discovered that the water used in splattering faded some of my darker needles and I had to repaint them. Next time I might try splattering just before I add the final details and maybe add a bit more pigment to my splatter. Posted by Picasa


  1. You finished this one up beautifully, and I can see why it took time - those pine needles would have beaten me but you did a good job on them and the chipper is too cute.

  2. I agree with R.H. Carpenter--those pine needles would have driven me cross-eyed. But what a lovely painting of your Alert little friend.

  3. It turned out beautiful. Well worth the time, although, you sure have a lot of patience.

  4. The finished product is stunning Vickie! Well worth it, I think. Your rock slabs are absolutely stunning and, of course, so is Chippie!


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