Finished at last!

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At last here's the finished article. My wife and friends have forbidden me to mention the word GANNET ever again.
The final work is in strengthening the figures and placing a series of washes and lines imitating wind blown rain over the deck. I keep the figures to the rear of the a/c deliberately vague since they are there only to serve as a stop for the eye. The other deck hand and the FDO get some finishing touches as well as the prop wash.
As usual the end comes quiet quickly and I'm left wondering if I have really done all I can to do justice to the Gannet and my original idea. Resisting the urge to "fiddle" is a large part of being a competent artist. I'm content that I've cracked it - for this one at least. However I do have another idea for another Gannet painting for next year's Guild Exhibition or maybe even the RSMA. Don't tell my wife though. Hope you have enjoyed reading through this. Happy to answer any questions you might have.
What I do
I created this area to describe the work I enjoy and how I go about it. My first shot at this was trying to illustrate the process of making an aviation painting destined to be submitted to the Guild of Aviation Artists Summer 2012 exhibition. I now include a similar "day by day" account of the creation of a wildlife painting. So instead of propellers and people the problem now is fur and rocks!

I've had a couple of cracks at wildlife before as you have seen on this site and at www.painters-online.co.uk where I have posted similar images. This time I was inspired to try the Leopard after attending a workshop given by Chris Jones at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucester. Chris is an internationally known artist and a very good teacher. Although the course was "Painting fur and feathers in acrylics", I've taken some of his advice and used it to provide a framework for this oil painting.