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03-31-2008, 02:46 AM

Title: Baby Moose
Year Created: 2008
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 11x14
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

I went back to oils for a bit and this is what I came up with... I wanted to loosen things up a bit and not be nit-picky about realistic colors.

I am interested in all of your opinions and suggestions!

03-31-2008, 08:03 AM
I think the treatment of the sky is terrific as is the head of the "moose". I put "moose" in quotes as I'm convinced he's a kangaroo but perhaps his mom had one of those "girls gone wild" trips to Australia and did some fooling around...

But back to the painting, I think the treatment of the animal's body is less successful because the bright, contrasty hues suggest human clothing (think, loud golf shirt) rather than fur.

thomas w
03-31-2008, 08:56 AM
I agree with the previous comment, otherwise I like the painterly quality of it all.
Thomas W

03-31-2008, 10:29 AM
i've seen a lot of these animal paintings lately with the wild colors you have chosen. Think maybe his ears should be a little longer and also his snout. Good job on staying loose. I like your palette and really like the sky.Lenore

03-31-2008, 05:36 PM
I am unacquainted with the Moose family. Do they golf? They no doubt carry their clubs on their racks...anyway I wouldn't have known it to be a moose, I would have thought deer of some kind...my own ignorance...really why couldn't I just have said what I meant to say?! The use of the painting knife is just awesome to me!

03-31-2008, 05:42 PM
Nice painting. Nothing to change.

03-31-2008, 08:18 PM
For those of you who are moose deprived... this is my source image http://www.wyomingphotoexperience.com/Jerry%20Stewart's%20baby%20moose.jpg (http://www.wyomingphotoexperience.com/Jerry%20Stewart%27s%20baby%20moose.jpg) lol. I actually did it with a brush instead of a painting knife.

I don't know about the suggestions about color and realism... maybe I could mute the dark ultramarine blue a bit. On a more abstract level... doing that would make it more like fur, but it doesn't seem to to go with the ochres as well. Thanks for the suggestions :)

03-31-2008, 09:08 PM
Maybe that's it. The little moose seems to be half realistic and half abstract. Why not try making his head as abstract as the body? It might work better.Keep having fun......Lenore

D.W. Flint
03-31-2008, 11:30 PM
Nice, loose painterly style. Having lived in Montana I recognize it as a moose...

03-31-2008, 11:46 PM
I like the loosens of your strokes. Thanks for the ref photo helps.

04-01-2008, 02:54 AM
Very good brush work in impressionistic style... Theolwon