Here is the painting that was created. The painting is small, 6" x 6", and is on sanded board.
The painting is a combination of several photos. The otters were floating on a kelp bed. The goal was to have a direct view of the pup's face in the painting. I absolutely love painting the eyes of the animals. The tiny paws of the pups were adorable and they just had to be in the painting.
For the sanded board, I took an acid free coated board and put an additional coat of toned gesso for a gray / taupe colored under painting. Then I took "pastel ground" a textured acrylic primer for grit to get a deeper tooth for the pastel. I used a thick brush to apply the layers of gesso for even more texture. It was not an experiment but rather a direction to create some unique feeling to the pastel painting. In viewing the painting close up, one can see brush strokes in it. When I paint in oil, I love to see the brush strokes. My goal here was to give a brush stroke feeling to the pastel painting.
Hope you like it! The painting will be on exhibit the last weekend of April 27th thru 29th, 2018. If you will be in Southern California (San Dimas - which is about 1/2 hour from my home in Chino Hills - 1/2 hour from the Ontario CA Airport) please come by! Would love to visit.
Here are a few of the photos taken in Morro Bay, California that were used for the painting.