Painting Howling Wolves

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Ahwoooo!!

So here is my second painting Howling Wolves. I just have these in my mind to I test it of I can paint something I imagine/want.

Forewarning other than the sketches the process images of the painting has been taken months ago.

These are the initial sketch for the painting. the small one is the initial idea that three wolves howling at the moon. I can also say that this is a study as I was drawing different wolves before I settle with these trio. I think my source on these are at Pinterest.

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Top is the initial sketch the lower right corner is the initial idea for the painting. Bottom getting playing with the wolves position and perspective
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A larger drawing of the painting. I can’t remember the order is made.

What I want on this piece is a purple night sky with a moon. I mixed a blue and red to make a purple I wanted it more dark I added a bit of black. I forgot to take a picture of the just the purple in the canvas but I can see that novelty of a solid color painting. The moon just strait white painted in after letting the purple dry for a few days.

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Background purple night sky with full moon

Next step was adding the trees. Black mixed with blue and brown. My initial blue paint that I used on the Fruit Bowl was very strong looking closely into it it’s more of a blue black. Here I used a different blue paint and brown and just went with it on the canvas. This is The first time I’ve used a fan brush and went with it ala Bob Ross and painted the pine trees.

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Trees are added

And then I painted the each wolf once the black trees dried. But unfortunately I didn’t take pictures as I go so here’s the process. Small amount of white to sketch the initial position and then the initial shape. Then more white to fill out the wolves shape as an undercoat color of their fur. Painting in the fur color is next, strait brown on the middle, grey on the right and a golden brown on the left.

Initial finish painting

Now after a day of drying and getting a good look at it with fresh set of eyes, I noticed the left most wolve does not look like one at all but more look like a bear joining in. So a bit more white at the edge to fill up the especially on in ears and more of the golden brown paint to transform the bear to a wolf, tho a chubby one, compare it to the top image.

My thoughts about the painting and it composition. First I wish I put more details on the moon and shows I don’t how to blend it’s edges well yet.  The length of the trees balance on who the wolves are position, tallest trees on the left where the wolf is the shortest. the the right most wolf is standing and has tree on that side cut off cut off. The second tree from the right goes past the moon. The middle wolf’s body was planned to come from the left turning it’s head to center. But that’s on my own limitation on not very good at perspective at the moment.

That’s it about my paintings for now. Got a more planned out I can at least share the planning stages of my next work.

What I Learned On My First Painting

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Here it is again, the fruit bowl

Here’s the fruit bowl painting again, I promise there’s other art in the way. Just the short time in making this clicks something in me head that I want to do more of these comparing the long time and effort I try to do digital painting or art. I’ll speak about it in another time and I will surely will try to get back in to it properly someday.

And now in to particular order here’s things I’ve learned on my first oil painting.

Walnut oil medium works for taking out paint off the brushes. But if not painting over a week, as it said in the product website, a proper cleaner is needed to fully clean brushes. In my case Murphy’s Oil Soap as what I read on my research. Tho I didn’t follow thru it right away and may have ruin my first couple of brushes.

The yellow that I used in this painting turns out to be transparent. I ended up waiting for it to dry to get the yellow to be more visible. While the white is opaque I have to wait for most of the paint underneath it to dry as they start blending when I try to add the white part of the bowl and the highlights.

When I was shopping I just chose the tube paint colors by price, oil paint is not cheap. I know I need the primaries, white and brown and added green. And cause of the above statement I was too late to noticed that the back of the tube paints show that the paint is opaque, transparent or in between. So the usual tube colors you hear or read from artist, burnt umber, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, etc there’s a reason they are that known and price that way. It also shows the the paints drying time. I don’t want to get more technical here.

After a several weeks of drying and taken out the canvas from the easel to be hang on the wall there’s a couple of places that wasn’t painted. The top unpainted part from the easel top clamp covering it. And the bottom right of the wicker mat was missed due to having an aluminum foil in place in the easel, it was reflecting light making it look like it was painted. So I got to remember to take out the clamp when painting around that parts and do so carefully that the canvas won’t fall. In other words make sure the sides are well painted.

On taking the painting’s photograph, depending on where the light hits there’s always a shine or highlight somewhere. I this one case the top right, but it’s apparently common and normal. It’s due to the brush strokes of the painting and how it gets lit. Photographing painting is another chore on it’s own with the usual photo edit slash filters. But don’t take me this one too seriously as I said before photography is something will be learned along the way. But really do a quick Youtube search on how to take a picture of a painting.

Now the painting is finished and had drying for a few months and able to touch it,  it’s not fully dry yet. It will take nine months to do so and maybe more, for what I have readed, to be so before you can even put protectant or preservation on paintings like varnish.

But one thing I learned the most is I enjoy making this and will continue making more.

Painting Beginnings

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Fruit bowl in oil and canvas

Here’s is my first (successful) oil painting.

I’ve used watercolors years ago just to learn the basics of color theory when i was taking drawing lessons, it was on open studio. Another student was taking oil painting lesson and sitting beside me so we’re told about the difference between the two mediums so I was absorbing both lessons.

Here’s what stuck me the most. Watercolors looks only easy, but has less control and very spontaneous. Oil painting is very complicated but you have way more control and very forgiving.

Fast forward years later now getting out of the creative rut. I bought some loonie store acrylic paints and some cheap brushes etc. Then random google image search, or maybe deviant art, of a fruit bowl (a nod-ish to my art teacher) as reference I painted this.

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Fruit bowl acrylic in canvas sheet

I like the result but I was yearning for the mixing that I learned from oil paints as the acrylics tend to dry so quickly on the palette. Because of the knowledge of the toxicity on oil painting which comes from turpentine (paint thinner) I came to another standstill. Is it possible to oil paint without using turpentine?

To take out the itch of trying out oil paint a quick trip Michael’s with a beginner set of oil colors and suppose non toxic brush cleaner painted the fruit bowl a second time. The result i find a bit translucent and the paint does not spread nicely. Sadly I have dispose of that painting and can’t share it anymore. The brush cleaner I didn’t like either as it has fumes. Now that itch has been scratched I want back to research.

So with more google search and looking for more point of view of the same answer. That answers is walnut oil medium. I bought the paints and the mediums of a certain brand. Still having them took me several months till I opened them, with I hint of fear that it will not work. I have also thrown it away it was an iceberg painting to test out values.

So we come back to the fruit bowl and now a third attempt. Which I learn so much in that one painting. I’ll share my notes and process on the painting on another post. But yeah a journey just started.