From Drawing to Finished Painting

olivia beaumont snow leopard Snow leopard grisaille grey painting progress oil paint animal art Olivia Beaumont

Preliminary sketch: Snow leopards are endangered. I wanted to reference the natural environment so I focused on the Tian Shan mountains. Wild tulips and small wildflowers can be found after the last frost.

I chose the Grisaille method of painting. Here I am preparing my color glazing palette to glaze over the dry Grisalle painting. 

After the first glaze I use dry on wet paint to build rich color and eventually paint details.

"Senka": Because snow leopards are so elusive I chose "Senka" meaning "shadow" for this queen's name.

copyright 2016 Olivia Beaumont

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