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'In any land what is there more glorious than sunlight! Even here in the desert where it falls fierce and hot like a rain of meteors, it is the one supreme beauty to which all things pay allegiance ... The chief glory of the desert is its broad blaze of omnipresent light.'
-John Van Dyke

Friday, February 10, 2017

Coyote Prowls

I had a clear idea about the coyote being backlit and outlined by a halo of light. So I needed a dark background. No other planning for the background - which is not great WC technique. Trying to establish some glow in the under-painting

More negative painting for the vegetation, more darks for the rock wall. Creating depth and a visual path into the painting.

Some color for the main actor - needs to be subdued because he's only catching light from behind. So I'll go back in and darken him later

Darkened and unified his body mass and infused a warm glow on his chest - thrown back from the sunlit ground. Gave him pupils and eye liner.  He's come alive now!

'Coyote Prowls' watercolor 11in x14 in. Matted 16 x 20. 

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