Here is a painting that I was commissioned to do for a Christmas present!
I worked from two different photos, one for the landscape, the other for the subject, Whoopi. I used oil on canvas the size is about 30 x 40 cm.
It was challenging to paint a black dog, but still have all the detail and shadows. Building up the layers of colours and brush marks, with different washes and layers of paint was how I went about this.
This is a detail of one of three (soon to be four) large copper plates ( about A2 size) that I am working on at the moment, and the first proof of it after etching to add more lines. they are going well if slowly!
I have tried to exaggerate the perspectives of the trees to emphasise some of the extraordinary shapes they make, and have been using a new process for me, sugar lift then spit biting.
It is a techniques that helps create a much more painterly mark. I was pleased with the outcome because of the range of tones I have managed to make.
As I am new to Spit biting I was working without really knowing what I would get at the end, hoping I was leaving acid on long enough, or not too long!
I am finding myself enjoying dry point marks much more than normal etching marks on copper, this was a little trial to see how pressure effects the line quality, and I quite liked the outcome, and I could work into it more perhaps adding tone, what do you think?