A Celebration of Nature
Sometimes, oil paintings evolve from a simple germ of an idea. The thinking for the oil painting Forest Deer developed because I had just finished a series of small landscapes where I had painted the morning sunshine penetrating through groups of beech trees.
I experimented with several types of tree but oak (with their lower branches and irregular shapes) fitted well with the picture I envisaged.
I added the female fallow deer with her young and found this fitted perfectly into the Forest Deer picture. Giving the painting a misty weather effect, with the sun breaking through, gives atmosphere.
Using the palette
Keeping the painting in a grey/green low key, with yellow for warmth, makes the sienna of the wildlife more eye catching. It looks a simple painting but getting the colour balance and the composition to work was challenging. The canvas size was 24 x 16 inches.
The canvas Forest Deer is a good demonstration of the flexibility of oil paints. The gentle colours and beams of sunlight illustrate a softer approach. I was then able to use the density and vibrancy of oils when I painted the two foreground animals.
Canvas limited edition
I produced a canvas limited edition of twenty five plus some artist’s proofs and I’m pleased to say the edition sold quite quickly.
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