Sunday, February 8, 2009

Foxwood

I'm not sure where this is, but that doesn't matter. Here is the preliminary pencil drawing, after whiting out the parts that needed to be gone.

I knew this piece contained foxes, but I had to look at a lot of fox photos before I could "get" them. I had to both understand fox postures and fox markings, and I had to see where they were. The top center and top left are still unresolved in my mind, but I think I will begin the bottom and right hand side and see what is needed - let the painting grow into the rest, organically.

I'm taking the steps I can take.

11 comments:

Genie Sea said...

I love the organic way you create. I am ceaseless fascinated with your process. It is very illuminating!

For this I have given you an award on my blog, and please feel no pressure to do anything but enjoy it :)

linda said...

I love foxes and always get excited when I see one...there aren't many around here anymore...you have captured them ~ this painting looks like so much fun! Is it wc or acrylic? I LOVE the color you left behind, especially what looks like purple in the bottom right~YUM!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, foxes! I'm eager to see what Emery foxes might look like. I love your use of orange. Should be wonderful.

Lisa said...

I was struggling to see the foxes and then when I did it was like blam! foxes!

Leah said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop, Steve. I have a thing for foxes. :-)

susan said...

Gee, I first thought I saw a high heeled shoe in the lower left side and thought you meant John Belushi type foxes. Then I saw it was two back paws close together and found the rest of the animal. It's a nice piece even in its early stage. I might even be tempted to ease off doing too much definition but that's mostly because I start defining from word go.

tammy vitale said...

your ability to be patient with the energy of creation is awesome. I could use a bit of that! Have been focusing on 3D stuff - somehow that always works better for me. I think I find the flatness of paper restricting (and yet curiously quieting when I need it). We have a fox - I've never seen him, just what is left behind - makes our dogs crazy.

linda said...

steve, am thinking about my watercolor up right now I am not crazy about and want to paint over it, white over it as you say and was wondering if that is acrylic, gesso or WC? please share?? here's some brownies...

Steve Emery said...

Whoa, good people! Many thanks! It's done and you can see it on the next post. I'm in a mad hurry to get to the next piece, can't wait to see what happens next.

Genie Sea - Thanks! I will come look.

Linda - Thanks! And I think I covered up most of that purple... oh well. Fox number one mandated her own color scheme. To answer your other comment - acrylics. I posted more detail on your blog...

Pagan - thanks! Even more orange in the finished piece (it's part of what attracts me to foxes).

Lisa - the foxes (well two of them) aren't hidden anymore.

Leah - I've never drawn foxes, before - I had to look at a lot of photos of them before they could come out for me.

Susan - I laughed at the Belushi reference. I kept being tempted, while Flickring foxes, to Flickr search "Foxy" and see what came up. I have a particular look associated with that adjective.

Tammy Vitale - Thanks! I'm not always patient; it just looks that way on my blog. And I've never had foxes on my property, that I know of, so I have no idea what their trace would look like (smell like)?

Lisa - thanks for the brownies!

Steve Emery said...

Ooops - I meant thank you LINDA for the brownies.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It's amazing to me that you can DO this! WOW!