It's definitely been a while since this page has last been updated. There is a good reason for that too. Largely that this past year I have been very busy with more custom orders then paintings that I have been making on my own. In particular the painting that has taken up the most of my time in the past few months has been one of the most time consuming, but also one of the most ambitious projects that I have ever worked on to date, painting wise.
On top of the usual amount of paintings that do take a respectable amount of time to work through. This painting in particular, featuring 14 different animals took a long time to work through. A lot of the animals involved in particular where quite challenging as normally I don't have a lot of experience painting animals.
However at the same time this painting taught me a lot about the technical parts of painting animals. This painting too has been a bit of a challenge as it also relates to light, composition, coloring, etc. At the end of the day I am still very happy with what I produced with this painting, as it was ambitious and probably more then I could normally do.
Its important to push yourself in terms of what one can and cannot accomplish painting wise or in life. I am happy that this painting is complete and that has pushed my boundaries and at the end of a long project that there is this huge sense of accomplishment. That feeling is like no other, it can keep one going strong for days.
Its even a little hard to believe that such a painting at the end of day took six months to complete. I do not think that in the past few years that I have been painting with an income in mind, that I ever spent quite as long on a painting as this one.
And despite the fact that there is still this nagging in my heart, soul and gut to want to go over this painting in even more excruciating detail and labor. It's also quite important to know when to step back and when to say one is just done and ready to move on. There are more ambitious projects down the road, like setting up my first art showing.
This was one challenge and accomplishment to overcome and I am glad that I did it and learned a lot during the way. Just like a good book, it also feels good to put it down when it's finished.
Short Version, expect more to come in the near future.