Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Last Look at the Sun - Progress

After a recent mid-week public holiday I decided that as I'd enjoyed the time off so much, an additional day off was a good idea - another advantage of self-employment! I spent a good portion of the day working on the painting pictured here.

Black-Footed Rock Wallabies are certainly appealing creatures - they're worthy painting subjects in their own right and will feature prominently in this painting - but,  above all else, it's the dramatic late afternoon light in the reference photo that attracted me to this scene. The abrupt transition from the brightly sunlit rock face surrounding the cave entrance to the foreground area in shadow caught my eye and I hope I'm able to convey this aspect of the subject convincingly. What concerns me a little is that the viewer may not "get it"; I'm tempted therefore to hint at the time of day when I assign a title to this piece - "A Last Look at the Sun" is currently at the top of my short-list.



Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Extremely striking Peter! I love love the colouring you've captured so well, I can't wait to see the finished piece it's captivating :) Hope you enjoyed your break! Jules

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Julia. Perhaps I should have some more days off!

Colette Theriault said...

I love the title but I am already convinced about the lighting Peter. You've captured it bang make it look so easy!
You definetely need more days off.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for the kind words Colette. I'm pretty happy with the lighting too, but I'm a little wary given that I have the benefit of having experienced this scene first hand. It's comforting to hear that you "get it"!

Lynda Schumacher said...

I think your use of values and color scheme are wonderful, Pete: as with all of your work, I look forward to seeing this one!

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Lynda! I think another couple of concentrated efforts will see this one finished.