Woodland Doves-A Canvas of Nature in Oils
Woodland Doves-A Canvas of Nature in Oils. This a Japanese size F6, Imperial about 16 x 12 inches canvas that I painted using a mixture of landscape oil sketches, pencil drawings and photographs.
As a lover of nature and wildlife it is always a rewarding enterprise to incorporate a forest or woodland and some element of fauna. Birds, in the case of Woodland Doves, but sometimes deer or African or Asian wildlife. The Woodland Doves (Columbidae family) in this wildlife painting are more in the vein of white Peace Doves rather than the Collared Dove from which I took my reference. I felt that white fitted the mood of the gentle secluded area of forest. I hope you agree.
As an artist, I like my oil paintings, both landscape and wildlife, to be a `Celebration of Nature’. Something I strive for on every canvas. Woodland Doves is a wildlife painting in oils that demonstrates the delicacy that can be achieved with oil paint. The contrast between the light passages and the darker sections give the canvas its strength. A diffused top light gives me the opportunity to demonstrate ‘sparkle’ on the water and shadowy trees in the middle distance.
The joy of the indefinite. In this case the little stream came out very well, although I was unsure when I first started the painting. I’m sure many artists feel the same sense of uncertainty when they first start out to put their ideas onto canvas. Sometimes when the painting is finished you can sit back and say ” well, that one worked”. Woodland Doves worked for me.
I will be displaying more nature in oils in forthcoming posts, including the Tawny Owl and a companion Barn Owl oil painting.
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