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The painting is a 36″ x 36″ fine art original by marine wildlife artist Christopher Smart valued at $1,250. You have until October 31st to enter!
Hawksbill Reef is now complete! After many hours in front of the canvas (and many more cleaning all those brushes) my final vision for this painting is complete. The turtle rests on a 36″ x 36″ canvas and was created using oil medium. While the drying and curing process has just begun, limited edition prints will be available soon.
Check out a time lapse view of the creation of this piece here: https://youtu.be/CjtGXoT3VYg
This year I am not only running the Art for the Cure charity art shows, but I am also donating art to other causes as well.
This year Team Kimpossible is poised for their second annual “Strike Cancer! Spare the Tatas!” bowling event. Each year they have colored bowling pins for auction as well as prizes during the bowling games but this year they asked that I paint a few for the event. Below I have the first of three pins I have began work on for the event.
This weekend I am participating in the Orlando PurpleStride 5k event at Blanchard Park in Orlando, FL. Not only will I be running to raise research funds for Pancreatic Cancer for PanCan, but I have also created a custom painting for the event’s raffle. Stop by to see it in person at 8am and stick around for the race and other prizes.
Now things are starting to come together. I decided to ‘wash’ the reef as I felt that the colors were too overbearing for the scene. I was able to take a blue hue and mix it with white acrylic paint and dilute it with water. This allowed me to put a thin layer of paint on the reef making it appear as if it were further away.
I also added a few fish. To do this, I masked their silhouette using white acrylic paint. After the paint dried I colored the fish. This gave me the opportunity to paint true colors on the fish and not have to worry about the background color interfering with my pallet. I am pretty sure I am going to add more fish to this one soon.
I put more highlight on the shark today. I find that if I walk away from the painting for a while, once I return I have a better idea of what it needs. I think of it as ‘seeing the forest AND the trees’.
I also painted the reef for a while. Generally, I like to paint the high-impact colors first. Lots of purple, yellow and orange have shown up. While it looks distracting now, after these colors dry I will put a more dull layer of coral on top of this one. This will help create the illusion of depth. Enjoy!
It seems like hammerheads are pretty popular subjects around here! After completing “Peter’s Reef”, I had another request for a hammerhead over a Caribbean reef. Earlier in the week I sketched the shark and painted the background. Today I began painting the shark with the intention of just putting basic color on the animal. I ended up painting much more than that and began shading, detailing and building the reef. More images will be uploaded soon.
Check it out!
From now until the end of September I am giving away FIVE free underwater photography prints (a $100 value) with every purchase of an art print, original or photography print from my online store. Each print will come with its own mat and will be ready for framing.
We are running this special to help fund my next marine research and reference photography trip to the Florida Keys. The photographs taken during this trip will feed ideas for future paintings that will be available right here on my art blog!
Thanks for your support!