Cloud Study 2, 5 x 5 inch oil on panel
© 2013 Kathleen Coy
Ahhhhhh, I like this version MUCH better! Yesterdays palette knife version bugged me too much - I'm a realist painter at heart, and this version is what I had envisioned all along... While the palette knife version* had its charm, there was just too much going on with the knife strokes and thick paint all over the entire surface for my taste, at least for a smooth coated dog. However, I really love this mixture of brush and knife work - the varying textures feel more restful to the eye. The background is all palette knife, along with a few areas of his neck, and those areas really stand out and are a nice transition that bring the knife and brushwork together. This is probably my favorite painting of Cloud to date. My little buddy, I love him so...
*I made some changes to the palette knife version if you want to check out yesterday's post. There are before and after pics.