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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bear 2 Lynx

A few weeks ago I was going through some of my paintings with a critical eye, looking for something that I could improve upon. I came across this 16x20" Black Bear inspired by a scene above Goose Creek. I did a post or two about it while I was working on this painting. I remember it well because it gave me fits trying to make it look right. It partly represents the beginning of the great creative  downfall that has plagued me for the last few years.
First the trees just would not come out the way that I wanted them to. Then I could not paint the bear right to save my life. Finally I left it as is, feeling utterly defeated. I never sent it to an art gallery or showed it anywhere. It was just good enough to avoid being painted over entirely.
This time I decided to change species. I added another tree to help cover up part of the bear and roughed out the shape of a lynx.
A detail of the alterations that I started to make.
The next time that I found some time to work on the painting I refined the new tree and the lynx's body. Then I sketched out the cat's face.
At the next sitting I started to refine the cat's dour face. So far this lynx has been so much easier to paint than the bear ever was.
I also decided to refine the forest floor in the foreground.
Yesterday morning I finished the new version. The title of the painting has changed from, Goose Creek Bear, to, The Rabbit Hunter. It looks better to me, and perhaps more importantly, I felt some real enthusiasm for painting. I can only hope that the feeling lasts.

Although this is a closer photo, it does not show the real detail of the painting.

4 comments:

Steve's Bird Blog said...

It's beautiful John, I love the Lynx

marc calvo said...

I alwys that i try to paint a linx,dont makes bery good, the last one was a siberian linx that results to much flat siluette.I have to change or modify many pictures too, that his result dont convinces me;i ovserve that it happens frequently.Our work needs much concentration and calm for achieve good results.Your linx looks beautifull, especially his characteristic face expression.

john said...

Thank you for your kind comments Steve and Marc.

MarkSanders said...

Been there, done that John. Don't let it discourage you though. Love your art to. Keep at it!