Now for the Oils!

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Refining the detail on the Head and body
Finally, I can throw out the water and put away the acrylic brushes and paints. For those of you who maybe new to this painting game, you should be aware that you can paint oils over acrylic but never the other way round.
I'm working with a smaller brushes now. Still synthetic but down to numbers 5 to 8 watercolour style brushes. These I use to begin refining the head and restate some of the markings. The colours are richer than I want the end product to be. They give me a key to work against and stop be trying to fiddle with detail too soon. I also extend the floor of the cave warm it up with more yellow ochre mixed with a small amount of sienna and bring some shadow into the right hand side of the floor. I add more leaves into the picture from the bottom left.
For the head I'm using a mix of varying quantities of Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre and White. I add a little more oil medium to the mix and glaze the hind quarters because I know I'm going to take this area into the background I won't want too much detail here. I give the tail a wash of Ultra Blue heavily diluted with Titanium white.
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.