Project: Sleeping Coyote 23x32" canvas
Begun: July 12/19
This painting comes with a lot of love since my beautiful dog is no longer here - but I love coyotes. Ever since rapid housing started in our neighbourhood cutting into their habitat they have shown up even in our backyard. They are beautiful creatures- sort of a cross between wolf and fox with their silver and russet fur. I feel such a deep calling to paint this portrait of one of them. This is first time I’m going from my 12x16 panels to a 23x32” canvas creating the effect of a nearly life size portrait in a natural setting. The emotional impact is greater so it needs a greater expression. I really want to bring Nature energies into the home.
I began by using ceramic mastik for the rocks (I love texture) and a simple charcoal sketch:
Next using black and white acrylic I worked out my values and perspective and a bit of a boulder for coyote to lean his head on:
Then I painted the rocks with acrylic - I love this "sand" colour:
I added some special effects with more acrylic paint. I think this is going to be an autumn or late summer story. I can't make up my mind what is lying before coyote - either some fallen leaves or the remnants of a meal - will figure it out later:
Next stage will be painting the fur - I'm so excited to do this and have been watching all kinds of YouTube tutorials for a while now on how to do it. I'm switching to oils for the coyote's fur and features. This will be an oil painting within an acrylic and mastik painting lol. I love using all kinds of materials and I think must be a sculptor in me somewhere.
Any of you fur enthusiasts - all tips and feedback appreciated!