Had a great time down in Yellowstone and Glacier before I did my workshop in Edmonton. I was a little early this year and did not have access to a lot of both parks (still snow blocking roads), but got some great shots anyway. Here is a little montage of the trip, hope to be painting from the reference real soon!
Back in 2002 I went on a photo shoot with Dan Smith out in Montana and we photographed a lot of young animals at Animals Montana. Dan ended up using a lot of what we photographed so I did not want to use the reference and have my work look like Dan’s. Fast forward 10 years and I decided to have a large chunk of old 35mm film transferred to digital files for my archive. In the group was the young animal shoot Dan and I did almost 11 years ago….. What A Gold Mine! Wolf pups, cougar cubs, tiger cubs and bear cubs galore! Over 400 shots of the cutest little critters you ever saw. I have decided to do a trilogy of young animals from the reference and this wolf pup is one of many studies I will do before producing the three major paintings. I will be posting more info on the trilogy soon.
I have been back from Alaska now for three weeks and I am finally getting back into the swing of the everyday routine. I have just finished the Slideshow I will be presenting at my studio during next weekends Images Studio Tour. Here is a little taste of the slideshow. Happy painting everyone!
Have had to put out a lot of “fires” around the studio the last three days, not much time to paint. Have made good progress on the cub painting for Fidel & Michelle Singh, the head is looking good and I will move on to the log on Monday. Cubs head is looking a little dull right now, but will wait until more of the colour in the log is built up, could change very thing. I will try to have new posts on Wednesday for everyone. Happy painting!
Over the weekend I started a new painting for Fidel & Michelle Singh, it is the second painting to my Grizzly Cub set. The second painting is the accompanying piece to “Mischief’s Bruin” and is the same 12 x 12 size. I started with playing a little with the composition. Added a tree limb in at the bottom right to repeat the shape of the cub and give the piece a little unity and break up the background space a bit. I am going with the same gradated background as “Mischief’s Bruin” so the two paintings will have some unity or a common thread. I have posted the original photo, the photoshop composition study and the first two snap shots of the painting in progress. I will post progression shots at the end of the week. Happy painting everyone!
The last two weeks since my last post have been hectic ones. Last weekend was the Images Studio Tour here at my gallery, a four day event with approximately 5000 people visiting over the Thanksgiving weekend (Canadian). Had a lot of fun socializing with many people I have not seen in awhile. On Tuesday I stated to work out the way I wanted to handle the eagle in my new painting by colour coping the original and then adding a little paint to the colour copy. Once I was satisfied I painted the eagle on the original. Doing a quick study on colour copies is a good way to workout ideas before you go to the final original, I do this allot. Below is a photo of the final piece which I think I will name “Surveying the Realm”. Once the original comes back from being photographed I will post the final high res shot to my website. This painting is a private commission piece for Mike & Pattie Callahan and will not be for sale, but a limited edition Giclée will be available in the near future.
Last night was a very entertaining night in my neighborhood as a tree fell into a hydro wire and caused a whole transformer to blow! If you have never seen one go, it is like the fourth of July! Sparks and discharged energy everywhere. The fire department had to come and put out a fire in the woods started by the fireworks. I was without electricity for most of the night and my electric phones got zapped! We keep one traditional phone in my office in case of power failures so at least we have one phone for now. Scary night!
Final editing continues on the two new PTP how to paint DVD’s. The two videos will be ready for the November 3 release date. Happy painting everyone!