The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Today was a shorter day spent paintings because I was running errands in Anchorage. I devoted most of my effort trying to recreate the texture of birch bark. There is still work to do because I am not at all content with the look of these trees, although they are not so bad.
At least I was able to start on the bear. I am trying to create an atmosphere that looks hazy, rather than foggy. To that end, there are still so many changes to make to these trees, then I fill in the bear, and finish the main tree. Last I'll build up a carpet of fallen leaves and branches etc. Will it be any good? The fact that it is a bear is a big plus because bear paintings sell better than any other subject. Here in Alaska, Chickadees, Sea Otters, and Puffins also sell faster than other paintings.