Miss Tinkerbelle now has all her fur and, although I could continue fussing, I’m going to declare this painting finished.
There are many things I could have – and should have – done better. Probably the most important is establishing shadows behind her at the beginning. Running a close second is that I should have had a good understanding of what was going on with her belly fur before I began painting. The third thing is a detail, but an important one. The base of the masked hairs in her ears are too thick, and they are not well “seated.” Overall, I could have made this a more interesting painting with some sort of background.
But on the positive side, after talking with Carel and trying, as he suggested, my paint not quite so thinned down, I was able to get satisfactory light hairs over the darker background.
My goal with this painting was to see if I could paint convincing fur with this technique. I think I managed that, but the jury’s still out on this technique for me – purely because of the light-over-dark limitations. My alternatives are either oil or a final layer of oil over the acrylic.
All things said, I’m satisfied that this is an respectable effort.