I found that my rigger brush, which I had bought for watercolors works beautifully to make those little lines for the fur details. Of course it is either a 00 - or - 000, but it does have long hairs so it can hold a fair amount of paint, enough to get more than one stroke. The water based oils are working nicely, I think the month of doing a lot of it quickly helped me gain some confidence back for the feel of the brush. Oils have a different feel than acrylics and watercolors. I can thin the oils down with water or medium so that they give me lovely soft effects. I plan to continue working in both oils and pastels, we shall see where it takes me.
The cheetah, well, I have several other pictures, along with some of those lion cubs and of course elephants. There is something magical about Africa and the wildlife there. I will just have to keep capturing those memories till I can return.
|Oil on canvas stained with coffee, 8X10|