Grizzly Bear Wildlife Painting Demo – Day 2

Okay…on to day 2. It doesn’t look like I’ve accomplished a heck of a lot yet…just my hubby snapping pics…Like my studio? Lol! It’s my kitchen. It has the best light in the house. I do have a proper “studio” set up downstairs, but I never paint down there. It feels too much like a dungeon.
This is about 2 hours in on day 2. I’ve layed in a mid-tone color for the water, and added some highlights. I’ve also done more refining on the bear. Just darkening between the wet clumps and accentuating some of the lights, trying to get that feeling of form instead of flatness…
This is about 4 hours in. So that’s about 8 hours of painting so far. I’ve switched to oils now. I confess…I lost patience with the acrylic paint. I looked at all of that water, and realized just how much work it would be in acrylic, and with a huge sigh of defeat,  I pulled my oil pallet out of the freezer. (Yeah, I store it in there to keep the paints from drying out!) Since my discovery of Liquin, a painting medium which helps flow, and speeds drying time, I’ve found that I can paint wildlife in oils just as effectively as in acrylics, and I love how easy oils are to blend, and that you have time to work with them while they’re still wet. 
So here I’ve worked the water in the whole right side of the canvas. I started picking out individual waves and highlights, trying to achieve the transparency and movement.
Stay tuned for day 3!

Published by Tahirih Goffic

After a tumultuous past as a goat milker, laundress, fine art major, waitress and restaurant owner, I've now downscaled to running my own Cafe/Gallery in an effort to maintain a social life and make a few bucks. I live a ridiculously idyllic existence in a fairytale village called Bella Coola on the West Coast of British Columbia with my charming musician husband, two amazingly creative children, and a dog whose favourite past time is eating rotten dead fish and rolling in poo. In my not so spare time I love to invent healthy whole food recipes, write YA fiction, play guitar, or curl up in my favourite chair with a great book and a gigantic mug of strong black coffee, all while daydreaming of living in Ireland...

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