Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Progress of current painting


I have just finished the second coat on the painting and have one more to go before I start the layers of microscopic detail. He appears very dark at this stage because the undercoats need to be this way in order to pull off the iridescent qualities in the layers to come. I am not used to painting this way, and I'm finding it to be quite a challenge to this point. The lighting and shadow are also difficult as I am making it up as I go along based on the vision I see in my mind. This is typical of all the insect paintings I have done, and takes several layers and tweaking to get it right, which I don't mind, I just end up using more paint and it takes a bit longer.

3 comments:

Lacey said...

Looking good! I can't wait to see the details start to go on.

Robert A Vollrath said...

What a great start! I just wish I could hang out everyday and see you paint the whole thing.

Eleanor J Vollrath said...

It's wonderful how you've captured this hummingbird immersed in light.
As a bird watcher it is rare to see the full color range of hummingbirds in the wild and then only for a few seconds. I look forward to seeing the finished painting.