Just finished – my first elk piece in quite a while. A 12×12 done alla prima (“from the first”), no undercoat:

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 Aside from nearly complete paint coverage – can anyone spot some of the differences between #1 and #2 above?

 

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The finished piece, “Bugle Boy”, 12×12 … after letting the piece dry a couple days so I could put down all those subtle antler modulations without dragging up a lot of green background paint (ugh!).

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…and a detail shot to see some of the paint texture and activity (palette knife alert! loads of fun!)

5 Responses to ““Bugle Boy””
  1. Susan Fox says:

    Is this one on canvas or yupo? I finally go to finger some last time we were in the Bay Area and stopped by the Dick Blick’s in Berkeley. Interesting, but didn’t really appeal to me. I like the tooth that canvas has. There’s a local artist here who uses it and loves it.

    Love the pinkish reflected light on the underside of the antlers. And, FWIW, I really like the cropping on the detail.

  2. Angeline says:

    I’m curious, too. I remember during the Summer, 2008, you showed us Yupo. I finally got some early last year, and still have yet to try it.

    I think it’s because, like Susan mentions, something about the texture.

    I love the elk – the background, too!

  3. Julie Chapman says:

    This is done on canvas. The things I’ve done on Yupo are – to me – wildly different because of the way the oils slide around on the surface. It can be somewhat frustrating and is way fun. Plus it wipes almost entirely clean if you use one of those rubber scrapers on it. I use Yupo when I specifically want to do something where I will really lose the detail and just knife the colors all over the place – and I want brilliance of paint (the slick white surface ensures that).

    Susan, I rather like the detail crop too! geez…more and more my paintings are zooming way the heck in. I guess it’s the direction I’m headed for now. Interesting how work seems to go in big cycles…

  4. KAY MILLER says:

    WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN #1 AND #2, JUST AN AWESOME PIECE AND I LOVE MOM AND CHILD. WHERE DO YOU GET GOOD PALETTE KNIVES THAT HAVE SPRING TO THEM? SINCERELY, KAY MILLER

  5. Julie Chapman says:

    Kay, I use good Italian painting knives – I probably got mine at Daniel Smith, though it’s been a while since I bought it. Nice and springy, handles get smoother with age – a couple sizes are useful to have. The basic long, skinny triangle is my workhorse.

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