Now I’ve worked on my squirrel for a second day. I felt that I needed more in the background and, since I always like a decorative element, I went for a tapestry of oak leaves.
I began by drawing them all in. My idea was to paint around them with a light wash, leaving the leaves slightly lighter than the surrounding areas. I began at the lower right. Immediately I had that same old problem of varying tones since I hadn’t mixed a bunch of wash first. But I didn’t realize that problem right away. Or I was too lazy to stop and do it!
By the time I worked around to the upper left I was very frustrated and decided to switch to painting the leaves rather than the background. And, surprise! I rather liked the effect.
To me, this painting doesn’t seem quite finished, but I’m not sure what more to do. It looks better cropped – isn’t that always the case?!