11_Head Study_WHG

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About The Painting
This image gave me an opportunity to work on a slightly different paint handling technique. I have been thinking about expanding my paint vocabulary when it comes to depicting the Newfoundlands. Because this image was taken at such a close range and was in a more subdued light, it was an interesting study in texture. The values were very close in range, and the fur had the soft quality of having just been bathed and groomed. There was not the usual variation in the fur that lends itself to the quick, swift brush strokes I’ve grown accustomed to using. It was a very interesting exercise, and a healthy venture into something a little unfamiliar that gave me some new techniques to expand upon.