More blog posts about the Pribilofs are being temporarily waylaid by my latest paintings. The photo above is an extreme close up of part of a painting that I completed just before I went to the Pribilofs.
Another close up from the same painting.
The complete painting, "In The Foxhole", 9x12".
The distinctive, Arctic Foxes on the Pribilofs inspired me to do a painting. I thought that this photo would be a good choice as the basis of a painting.
I liked the mood of this photo with its soft lighting and the rugged rocks.
The first stage of the painting. I could have done the whole painting in this "A La Prima" style. That kind of painting may even be more popular in the art world but leaving paintings in such an unrefined state brings me no sense of fulfillment. I like naturalistic paintings.
This is a more developed background, albeit less colorful. There is a trade-off between different elements like, color, texture, and atmosphere.
A rough version of the foreground rocks.
After I refined the foreground rocks, I added some kelp and roughed in the fox.
The completed painting. The actual painting looks much better than the photo indicates but I have a feeling that I will refine this painting a little more in the future.
A close-up of, "The Island Fox" 16x20".