My practical painting skills with that real paint stuff are pretty atrophied. So it was pretty foolishly that I embarked on a big painting earlier this year for a natural history competition.
In typical style I left it all too late and after a few late nights and much rehashing and remembering/learning as I went I decided to leave the image until the following year’s competition.(which means I’ll need to pull my finger out and start doing studies soon to prepare for another attempt)
What I did relearn was how much fun real painting is, especially on a nice big canvas. Because real paint behaves the way it does you get rewarded so often with textures and colour mixing.
Here’s a small part of the resulting image, the rest of which I’m far too embarrassed to put up.
Yup, it’s another Dinosaur. I’m a geek, what can I say.
For those interested it’s a Muttaburrasaurus, an Australian plant eater. I did have a couple of other animals in there which, if I’d finished the painting, would have been made redundant by some new discoveries announced only a couple of months later, so I’ll be sure to include the new animals in my revised and quite different new painting.