It’s been another highly productive week here in our studio in the Smokies, with us getting in a lot of painting time at the easels. I thought it would be fun to share a few of the steps along the way while painting our two recently finished squirrel miniature paintings. We demonstrated on them at the Big Night For Small Works event during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this past month. Once the initial washes are laid down, then it’s time to start building up and establishing the values.
Since we work in watercolor, we carefully lay down brushstroke upon brushstroke of thin color to create the texture of the fur. It’s best to try and establish as early on as possible the darkest areas in the painting, which makes it easier to judge the middle values. Then it just takes a lot of time and patience to continue building the soft, thick-looking fur, so that it packs a punch when viewed under the magnifying glass!
While we enjoy painting, it’s always especially fun to paint something you’re really excited about, and that was certainly the case with my precious “Bunny Squirrel” who is one of my best little critter friends! Bunny has her nest located in a tree not too far from our back deck, and she spends much of her time hanging out on our back porch. I give her treats often, and when she thinks she needs more, she sits atop the handrail and strikes adorable poses, changing them, until I go out and give her a little edible something to enjoy. Needless to say, it was a delight painting her!
Wes painted a miniature of a beautiful Fox Squirrel, and it’s always interesting to us to see the different ways in which we both begin, as well as paint our miniatures. Wes started his with a very bright wash on the entire background, then built up the fur texture and the basic shapes of the stump.
The remaining texture and darkest darks and brightest highlights were added to the stump and the squirrel. The gold is the last thing to be painted.
We had so much fun watching and photographing all of the resident Southern Fox Squirrels, while at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens last month, where we attended the opening for our Exquisite Miniatures.
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Until Next Time . . .