I mentioned him in my last post and he’s still hanging around. (He just started showing up around our house around the end of January.) He just makes my heart melt. I go out every night and feed him by hand while talking to him. Slowly building up the trust with him and hoping one day I’ll get to hold him. I took this picture recently and it’s one of my favorites of him. I felt inspired and decided to do a portrait of Hopper using this photo as inspiration.
So I grabbed my sketch pad and pencil, then got to drawing. First step was to create a sketch using the photo. I’ve done a couple of simple quick sketches of him, but this portrait will be a more realistic version done in oils.
Next I transferred the sketch to the 16×20 canvas I’ll be using for this painting. Then I grabbed some burnt umber oil paint and painted over it.
After letting the underpainting dry, I then mixed up some paint and added the initial blocks of color to the painting. Because this is a more realistic painting, I am using oil paints.
Then yesterday I got down to work. I painted in the background and the branch on the upper left of the canvas. Next up is to make any changes I feel are needed to both of those, then I get to start on the rabbit himself. This painting has been quite wonderful to work on. I felt a little lost with the background at first, but I’m pretty happy with it now.
I won’t actually be putting this painting up for sale. I’m being selfish and keeping the original painting for myself. I really want a special piece of art honoring this adorable little critter. However, I do hope to add prints to my shop and will be using the image for my Zazzle shop, as well.
I’m hoping to finish this painting by the time I go on vacation, which is April 14th. I’ll be sure to post updated pictures as soon as I can!
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