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Sunday, May 6, 2012

On the Home Stretch

All that remains is to sift through my photographs of Black-Footed Rock Wallabies to find one that suits this scene. The photo that prompted this painting includes a wallaby, but I think there are better poses to choose from among my other photos.


As well as adding a wallaby, I'm sure I'll fiddle with the foreground just a little before I call it done. Whichever wallaby I choose, I know where it will be positioned and I've left the back wall of the cave a little lighter there to provide some latitude for fine tuning as a final step.

Cheers
Pete

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.


Cheers
Pete