Finished Cave

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Almost done
This is the cave pretty much complete. I'll probably tinker a little with the foreground, highlights, small stones and a bit of drybrush to give more texture but essentially this is it. The cat is pretty much done. I use Naples yellow on the left leg and paws to add light and texture. I'v also worked on the back feet, tail and haunch . More glazing and I need to look at my reference photo of the cat's tail to understand how the markings move down to the tip and remind myself to get the hair flowing in the right direction.
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.