Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lion Challenge



this week is to paint a lion. The moderator chose a very straightforward photo of a large and powerful lion. What a challenge. I painted and painted, then I scrapped it away and looked again. What remained after scrapping was much stronger that my original full of effort work. Just a few palette knife strokes and I left it alone. Tremendous learning experience.

8 x 8

oil

5 comments:

  1. Helen, This is wonderful ---wasn't that a great surprise! I love it.

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  2. This is definitely something new and you pulled it off wonderfully ! I really like this very free version with few details while being still clearly a beautiful lion.

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  3. I still haven't tackled the lion yet--nice job Helen!
    I really like the textural quality and almost abstract approach. Really adds to his presence! Cheers from Colorado, Aimee

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  4. Your lion looks very formidable, and the texture adds so much to his look! Beautiful coloring as well...love how most of the ochre color is on the shadow side.

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  5. This great Helen! I know what you mean about scraping off and finding something better.

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