Saturday, January 2, 2010

Whitetail Fawn (gouache)

Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays as much as I enjoyed mine! I ate way too much food, laughed with friends and family and have just spent some time relaxing and reflecting on this season.

Of course, like everyone else, I am starting to make plans for 2010. One of my goals for this year is to start painting more wildlife. It has long been a dream of mine to be a wildlife artist. Wild and domestic creatures have always been a part of my life. I grew up surrounded by them and my first drawings were of animals... first my pets, then the wild birds and other critters that visited our property. Over the years I had gotten away from painting wild creatures and started concentrating on domestic ones, especially dogs. I have enjoyed that tremendously and will continue to paint them and offer my pet portraits. But now I'm feeling a strong urge to return to my first love and add that to what I'm already doing.

So....here is my first one for the New Year. I thought it appropriate to start with this newborn fawn as he represents new beginnings. This is a miniature painting, just 4" x 6" and done in gouache. I am particularly happy with the way this one turned out. The grass was quite a challenge to do as I struggled to get the depth it needed, but I think in the end it came together well.

Thanks for looking and wishing everyone the very best in 2010!!

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