Foxes Done!

Here’s the completed painting of the foxes.  When I was all done I realized I hadn’t provided any tracks in the snow to allow them to reach the spot where they are.  Rather than go back and put them in I decided to leave it as an enigma.  Did a UFO drop them in place and is the UFO still hoveering just out of sight? (My sister’s fanciful suggestion.)  Have they sat there ever since it started snowing?  (My more prosaic excuse.)   Or is there some other explanation?  Don’t know.  Only the foxes know.


Progress on One of the Foxes

Now the fox on the left has his second layer of fur.  Looking better, I’d say.  But I see some things that need correcting such as these:  the top of the left (his right, though) eye should slant down more towards the corner, the left side up the face (his right, though) should puff out more, the muzzle needs shaping, and the upper front arm needs more modelling so that it doesn’t look so chunky.

I thought I’d get two layers on both foxes today but it took longer than I thought it would.

The Background Takes Shape

This afternoon I worked on the background adding the weeds, the snow-covered pine branches, and the shadow beneath them.  Although I am flying blind with this I am finding the snow fun to paint.  Once I get to the foxes I’ll be on more familiar ground.  By the way, dotting in the snow flakes is tedious but doable.  It only took me about half and hour despite my fears that it would seem like a never-ending task!

As I look at the photo, I think I should put more of the dried weeds in.  Specifically I think they should be in a deeper band covering the entire light purple area under the dark purple part and extending un the long branch that goes behind the top of the fox’s head.  So I’ll do that tomorrow before I continue to the foxes.

Roughed In (Very) Foxes

Ever since working on the winter mural I have been inspired to re-paint the two foxes in a painting ot their own.  Here’s the beginning.  I re-drew the foxes and made some changes which will hopefully be improvements.  I’d like the left fox to be actually looking at the right one.

I’m just winging the background and am feeling a bit lost in space.  Hopefully, with a lot of work this painting will be successful.  Or will I once again wish I had done a value sketch?  We’ll see.


After much productive and engaging discussion Kalmback declined to publish my book on sculpting polymer clay animals.  So that left me with a decision to make – how to proceed from here.  Before I approached Kalmbach I had been thinking that I would publish it myself if Kalmback declined, but for some reason, after hearing Kalmbach’s decision, I have been hanging back, paralyzed by indecision.
Last night I had a bit of a break-through when I realized that my indecision was motivated by fear – fear of writing the book but then, as I so often do, failing to follow through, market it, and really make something of it.  So I have pledged to myself that this time I will actually do all that…..
When I did the proposal for Kalmbach I actually got a good jump on the book.  The proposal included the complete outline as well as three of the twelve animal chapters.  So my next step is to continue writing the individual animal chapters.  Hedge is a result of that effort, the “hedgehog” chapter.  I think she’s pretty cute.  I had fun making her and learned some things I didn’t know before. 
This little one is actually my second hedgehog.  When I made the first one I learned that if you want the spines to stick out nicely you have to apply them as absolutely the last step (except for mica powders) before curing.  So Hedgie II’s spines stick out nicely.  But what I then learned with that is that the fear of spine fragility limits its use.  She can’t really be jewelry (although I pierced a hole for that purpose) or the handle on a trinket box.  So she’ll have to be simply an objet d’art!  A noble calling after all.

Charles, the SophistiCAT

Here’s my third little cat drawing.  This is Charles.  Doesn’t he look sophisticated?  He’s a long-haired orange tabby and quite handsome.

As with the other cat drawings, I have added just a tiny touch of color in his eyes, this time blues.  I used Verithins because they’re so hard and don’t put much color down.

Every time I draw I love the medium more.  I think my favorite thing about it is how the value of the graphite depends on the pressure from your hand.  I think this really emphasizes the closeness between the artist and the emerging image  I know my hand was there!