Giraffe Painting – Detailing The Grass

I want this painting to be quite realistic and that means to me that the grasses will also need to be detailed. Which on my large paintings is not usually a problem, but as mentioned this painting is something like 20in wide, so quite small.

Painting in all the individual grasses and little seed pods etc would no doubt look contrived and unrealistic, so I needed to devise another more natural way. What I did was a combination of loose directional brush strokes in the under painting and then a layer of spatter using various colours and a toothbrush! (old one 🙂 then I went back in with the brush just to define the more important grasses.

I think it has come out ok so far. I need to let this bit dry before I do the very front ones – then I will go back and work most of the painting again.

There are some great close-ups of the grass etc on my site

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Lion Painting Finished!

Well there comes a time in every painting, when my interest is starting to drift off and I know that is the time when the painting is done.

That time is now for the lion – I’ve really enjoyed painting this one, the light was a challenge.

I’ll put it to the side now and glance at it every now and then whilst I get on with my next painting – A giraffe in full landscape 🙂 and I might tweak it here and there, but probably nothing that you would really notice.

So here’s a couple of pics of the finished piece I just took – thanks everyone for coming along for the ride.

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