Friday, February 5, 2010

Stilllife Fossils and Flowers

I have a casting of a sabretooth tiger skull (smilodon californiacus)and I loved how it looked next to flowers. I liked the poetic juxtaposition on the fierce with the fragile, the carnivore with the photosynthesizer, the extinct with the alive. The skull was fun to paint and I think the painting all have good color harmonies, but the flowers are overpainted. They are all a little higher key than they appear here but I tend to paint dark. I think I would have done better to scrape and and repaint the flowers. I have been doing that lately on overworked sections and it is a really powerful tool. These are 14"x 18" or 12"x16" and I painted them in 2009.

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