Saturday, March 08, 2014

Looking For Spring-Goats

 Close ups

 The Drawing
First I drew the kids on the canvas panel. I went over some important lines using a Sharpie. Then I toned it using thinned acrylic alizarin crimson.
  1st Hr.
 Working from the mid value toned support, it was easier to judge my lights and darks. I tried to keep the paint thick in the lighter colors for interest. I had a lot of fun with this one!
Hope you all like it!
 Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Oty was the gracious host this week and provided a bunch of great photos! Thank you, Oty

 It's snowing again here tonight, so I'm sure looking for Spring. It seems that these kids are intently looking for something too....Spring, maybe??

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!

John 17: 9      I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.


  1. I like them very much! The thicker paint on the white goats DOES add more interest. I love the pink tones in the two brown goats. I am with them....looking for spring!

    1. Hi, Lisa! Thanks for stopping in and those kind words of insight!
      I enjoyed your great blog! I have it saved in my bookmarks.

  2. Wonderful painting Deano!!! You perfectly nailed them down: curious but a bit afraid! Thank you for joining the WDE this week and for the demo!

    1. Hi, Oty....Thanks! The curiosity and cautiousness does show through, doesn't it?
      Thanks for hosting this week! :)

  3. Beautiful limning light on the kids' ears, Dean. You handled the sunlight beautifully with great color. I never have criticisms of your work. It is always so beautiful!

    1. Thanks for being such a kind and loyal commenter, Sherry!
      Yep...I love to paint the rim light on subjects.

  4. Good morning Dean!.. You have so wonderfully caught the essence of all "kids"- curiosity! Your warm colours heighten the feeling of their playfulness... and your crowded compositional arrangement underscores their need to be together.

    Could they not just as well be children in a school yard? Kids... are kids... no matter how many feet they have! Right? HA HA!

    Another Deano master stroke gem!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  5. What a great depiction of curiosity! Very cool that you shared your process! I'll have to try toning my panel this way. As usual, this is a wonderful little painting!

  6. Absolutely beautiful, Dean. I love how you did the drawing and the underpainting you did.. Perfect colors, texture and wonderful light!!!

  7. Dean - these three are adorable and you captured the feeling of "kids" so well. Made my heart light to see it too because spring is coming. Today it feels like it too - tomorrow winter comes back - oh well such is the season - teasing us! Have a great week.

  8. After the first oooh and ahhh moment I was able to study and see how well you designed and painted this. Their personality shines through and you captured the sunlight so well.


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