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.
This morning I was back to my old tricks by re-working an old painting. It was one that I showed on this blog just a few days ago, the 11x14" Golden-crowned Sparrow. I'm sorry if your tired of seeing it.
This is the old version. I like it just fine, but few other people did. Many people commented that they did'nt like the background color because it was so flat, and monotonous.
All I did was change the color of the background in the upper part of the painting, and I added more stalks of grass in the background as well. At best, it is only marginally better than it was before. I dont think I ruined it, but the varnish now looks more uneven. That is what happens when you mess around with a completed painting.
I shot this photo last fall at Goose Creek. I want to use the birch trees, and foreground in a new painting.
This is my preliminary sketch of a Black Bear on a 16x20" gessoboard. I may, or may not even start this painting. Anyway, this is what occupied my afternoon. It took so long because I made numerous adjustments to the drawing.