Begining to use colour

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Using colour to establish the mass of the background
This next stage is accomplished using a large flat No 9 bristle brush. I suspect Chris would use black on this but I'm more comfortable with my "black" a mixture of Ultra Blue Burnt Sienna and a touch of Cad red. A little Yellow Ochre goes into the mix for the floor. The paint is not very wet since I don't want it to run into the leopard.
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.