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December 22, 2016
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.
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September 18, 2016
Some time ago, a friend requested I paint a snow leopard. So I rarely take requests but she said she couldn't pass from this world happy if I refused. So here she is in progress!
1. Pencil drawing on toned paper
2. Grisaille using Payne's Grey and White. I usually use a warm neutral but the grey is suitable for the next phase when I bring out the chosen palette of colors that are cool in temperature.
3. The first color glaze went down quickly hitting the light with gold and the shadow with blue. While the painting was still wet I spent about 3 hours mixing with mostly dry paint on top of the wet.
Looking forward to bringing the highlights out when this dries. back soon for the final product!
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