"On the Easel"
Wildlife paintings in progress
wildlife paintings in progress by Martin Ridley
Follow an oil
painting demonstration, see how a piece of artwork evolves from
the initial compositional drawings through to completion and preview
my very latest wildlife paintings.
Hunting barn owl
24 x 36 inches, oil on board
(designing the composition)
is made up of frost fringed reed canary-grass and rushes. A ditch
flows from the foreground into an area of marshy ground with some
open water to the right. Glowing light comes from the top right of
the composition catches the edges of the posts and the owl. The background
of fields interspersed with reedbeds and scub will only just be visidle
in the misty soft atmosphere.
Working on the owl
The owl is focused on a sound in the rushes and I need to make sure that
is related to an actual point on the ground.
I'm now working on the actual painting board. At this stage the planning
is done using
acrylics. This photo shows how I've sketched out the tones of the
composition using pencil and brush.
I now work from the background forwards. The far distance is very soft
in the misty
atmosphere, but as I work towards the front of the painting I introduce
a little more
contrast to each layer. This helps give the landscape a feeling of depth
I now have most of the painting covered in oil. The foreground has some
and grassy textures for me to work into. I plan to link the warmth of
the reeds in the
backgound to the foreground by over-painting orange coloured stems catching