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.
Monday, June 3, 2013
What to Paint Next?
For about the last week or so I have been kicking around ideas for the next painting. I really want to do better than what I have been doing lately.
It occurs to me that I have not really done justice to the subject of Sandhill Cranes.
The challenge is to come up with an interesting composition. Because I tend to get bored of my own work, it is difficult for me to muster enthusiasm for painting.
I have many, many photographs of sandhills to use for references.
Instead of starting a whole new painting from scratch, I pulled out this 12x24" painting, and tried to think of a way to improve it.
An image popped into my head and I got busy laying down a foundation of warm tones that I could build upon.
I almost obliterated all of the earlier work of the original version of the painting. There is just a ghost image of the cranes remaining. Oh no, what have I done?
One thing that I thought would help to achieve the effect that I am hoping to create, would be to darken the cranes just a bit.
After adding the dark tones, I began adding some highlights to the birds. I still have not completed this stage of the painting. My idea for this painting is to weave a lot of tall reeds all around the cranes.I will try to put in some strong highlights in a few selected areas to direct the viewer's attention to a center of focus. Will I improve this one, or have I already ruined it? We shall see.