Bull Elk Painting in Progress

Now that winter is here I find myself spending more time in the studio.  It’s a good time to make all the things I’ve been thinking about and paint the pictures that I’ve been dreaming up.

This bull painting has been in my mind for a long time.  He’s going to be in a juniper setting with rabbit brush and grasses and a bit of snow just like I’ve seen them so many times.

I begin with a monochromatic sketch painting in acrylic on  140lb watercolor paper. This sets the subject in place.  Then, I’ll begin working the details of the background out and finish with numerous transparent washes.  Then work out the foreground grasses and brush.

elk sketch 004

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