20" x 30" watercolor
140 lb. Arches paper
Here you see the next stage of Rhino. I have added the background, creating depth with the purples of the rock and the green of the foliage. This makes him "pop out" and appear lit by the sun. In some of the washes I have added to his body, I have created texture with salt, and with throwing water to make backruns or blooms. This will become more evident as I work further on his skin.
Here is a closeup of his ear so far. I love how the reflected light turned out...
Next step is to begin the long and tedious... but fun, of course... process of adding the bumpy skin texture, starting at his back end, and working toward the front.
I will be away from the easel and this blog next week. Each year, we join with my husband's siblings an spouses for a short vacation. This year we have gone together to rent a cabin on a lake in Lake of the Woods. My husband and I are driving which will take us 2 days each way. I hope to get lots of reference photos taken for future landscape paintings in oils. We always have fun together- lots of laughter, lots of playing of games, and lots of eating good food. I'll be back with more progress on Rhino on the 13th of July.
Till then, I wish all of my American friends a wonderful 4th of July, and I hope all of you who visit this blog are enjoying your summer.