Study of a Caribou Painting Phase Four

Yes, I sort of like the addition of the white space along the top third of the canvas, it helps silhouette the antlers and gives depth to the scene.  The dot work is progressing on the caribou, I’m using a #1 brush, very tiny and hard to control when my hand keeps falling asleep.  I remind myself to keep the wrist straight and think I’ll try wearing the night-time splint when painting to help support the wrist.  This study is nearly finished, I just need to apply a few details and some value adjustments to add punch.  Painting small is certainly fast and is giving me a chance to work into a rhythm of familiarity, comfort, and confidence.  Good decision.

Gail Niebrugge, wildlife artist

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