Saturday, July 9, 2011
Commissioned work in progress...
I am working on this painting of a pair of leopards for a client. At first I was intimidated by the project and had a slow start. I thought maybe it was the 48" x 48" size which was holding me back - but then, I do paint wall sized murals for a living so I don't think that was the problem. Maybe it was that leopards, or even animals are not my usual subject matter. But really what I am most inhibited by is painting for the client and wondering whether he will like the results.
I have made some good progress on the work so far. The rear leopard is almost finished. I still have some issues to work out on the front leopard. It is tricky when you don't have an actual leopard to model for you.
One of the best things I will take from this commission is all the research I have done to learn about this magnificent animal which is now a rare and endangered species.
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