The final two phases of the painting begun here.
I hate this stage. The goal is to add some texture, hopefully a little of which will remain and add depth to the final product. Sometimes it works beautifully, sometimes I manage to sort of smear it out of existence in the final blending. I’ve almost never actually ruined a painting this way…
But I’m always certain that I did when I look at it! Blech.
Normally I wouldn’t show off this phase, but I’ve shown off every other stage of this painting, so here you go. Witness my sad shame.
And the final version. The texture work from number three didn’t show through quite as well as I’d hoped, but I’m still very happy with the result. I think this painting shows a lot of depth and detail, and I’m happy to have this representation of my favorite animal!
This one earned a spot in my Etsy shop, I think!