Friday, February 7, 2014

Pensive Sophie

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click Here to Buy

Sophie is our lap chicken and model for my painting. She is a young Delaware hen, and she's still finishing up molting unlike the rest of her big sisters. I love shooting reference photos our chickens indoors, as their pupils dilate. I think they look more lovely this way. I've working on the various edges lately. I was inspired by a blog post by Terry Miura about his approach to the lost edges. The background was originally very dark, but I added another layer to lighten it. This made it easier to loose the edge around her neck. The area between her expressive eye and the beak are the focal point. The rest is not so important, and I softened the edges.

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