Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

OK, just a bear, actually.  This one gave me some major grief.  The initial painting looked tragic – This is about 75% done, and it’s still missing an ear.

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Fortunately, I know from experience not to give up too soon, so I continued painting, and added the black lines, but gah, it was bad.

I don’t have a photo of it, but the nose was off, somehow; the dip in the middle of the back was too pronounced (Paul gives me GREAT feedback, he’s got an excellent eye for perspective!); it wasn’t grounded; the eyes did not look at all “alive”, and it was just plain messy….ick….

I looked at it in my studio for about 5 days, and then just took a huge paint brush and painted over the eye and snout area with white Gesso.  I wish I’d taken a photo of that step, but just never thought of it.

It’s scary to do that, but I never would’ve put it in a show looking the way it did, so worst case scenario was that I simply made it worse, and then painted over the whole canvas and started over.

But YAY, I actually managed to correct all the little “issues”, and I love this piece, and it will definitely be hanging in the show!

BearAc

BearAb

 

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5 Responses to Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

  1. Gwen says:

    I love the eyes!

  2. Jen says:

    Good recovery. The first bear had zombie eyes. And this onemhas two ears…bonus.

  3. Moe says:

    Just picking up again after a long absence. Love what you’ve done…it worked.

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