Evolution of a painting

Painting all day on Saturday, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. The time it takes to go start to finish on a painting can be a lot. Not all paintings are created equal either. This one took quite a bit longer than I anticipated. The art is from the Sleeping Beauty (Disney) background painter/artist extraordinaire Eyvind Earle. Since I first saw this scene I fell in love with the technique and the environment surrounding the cute little owl. I created a sketch of this scene in February and knew that I just had to paint it.

Painting the texture on the trees was seriously challenging and more time consuming that I thought it would be. So many colors and so many layers! I originally had in mind to paint it in water color, however my water color palettes have all been replaced with gouache, so that made that not possible. I am glad that gouache was the final medium, I don’t think it would have turned out nearly as good in watercolor. It would have been different for sure.

I posted “live” progress pics on Instagram because gouache needs a few minutes to dry between layers, so it was just enough time to take a pic and throw some hashtags on it. My friends and followers have had some very nice things to say about it.

I hope you like it, it was a lot of fun to do.

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See full post here: Jim Atherton2015-03-23.