Saturday, October 06, 2012

Dawn Fawn-Wildlife

Above is the finished painting. The following demo will give you an idea of the steps.
Step 1
I wanted to show the fawn stepping out of the dark, shadowy woods into a spot of morning sun.
I sketched the deer and restated the main lines I didn't want to lose with a Sharpie. I then put in the darks using black gesso...sometimes with a touch of acrylic Thalo Blue for extra punch on the darks. The deer was shaded with a watery wash of the same. I was establishing (searching out) the values.
Step 2
Still working monotone with black gesso and a bit of acrylic thalo blue, I developed the fawn and foreground values.  
Step 3
I added oils using knife and brush. I was ready to post this but felt something was wrong. finally I decided that I had held too much to the darker values in my attempt to illustrate the shadows from which the subject was emerging. I felt this image was drab looking.  At this stage is where I many times make the mistake of hurrying up and posting .....feeling some sort of pressure to just move on, and don't take the chance of overworking it. I'm glad I held off this time.
 Close ups

Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

I used brush plus a painting knife. I really had fun with the color blends in the foliage and the ground.
I applied the extreme lights sparingly in order to mimic the sun striking selected spots.

Available ... If interested, contact me at kkayangel2(at)

My Etsy

John 8:12       Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your technique on your blog ... very interesting.
    Congratulations your work is beautiful. I love looking at your blog is like a soul food

  2. Oh beautiful. Baby fawns are just so delightful to see. I often see them on my way to and from work and they always just stare at the passing cars with those big eyes. Fortunately, mom is usually close by, but I always worry one will get hit. People just aren't careful enough.

  3. I enjoyed your steps, Dean, thank you. And I wholeheartedly agree - the touches of warm siena on the fawn's body and ears make the painting come alive.

  4. Wow, that's a small canvas to be able to get the detail that you did. Great job Dean.

  5. really great to see your progress shots and get the explanation...beautiful!

  6. Hi there Dean!... You certainly captured the essence of the moment... with a combination of great focus... colour and texture!

    A sensitive moment beautifully portrayed!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  7. thanks for sharing your technique, Dean. I love the finished painting!


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