Thursday, August 28, 2008

Painting in Progress

Here is a preview of the underpainting of the latest addition to my wildlife series.  I'm planning to take it to the same level of development as the second one shown here (called Alpha Wolf).
I just really, really love wolves!  I got into painting them when I was commissioned by Tor Books to do some book covers that had wolves in them.  To get reference material for the covers, Boris and I went to Lakota Wolf Preserve in New Jersey to shoot a whole bunch of pictures.  Just being around those gorgeous creatures was such an amazing experience.
Anyway, I could go on all day about them, but I should just get back to work!
See you,


Dark Wolf said...

Dear Julie,
All I can say is the wolves are marvelous creatures, I really love them. And your work looks fabulos so far, as usual :)

Anonymous said...

You're love of wolves shows through clearly whenever you paint them and your technique with oils is beautiful. I'm already looking forward to seeing the completed painting.

Rayford said...

Stunning work! -R:D

Boris and Julie said...

Thank you for the encouraging comments! I have to work on these wildlife paintings in between regular commissioned work, so they move a little more slowly than I'm used to, but, in a way, that adds another dimension to the experience. I sometimes have several weeks or maybe even a couple of months to look at the painting and mull over the next step. Also, it's really so fun to work on something that's just for yourself. It actually feels weird to feel that free with a painting! --Julie

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Absolutely beautiful and full of life. So good to see your (plural) blog up and running. I will be visiting often. Thanks again for all your generousity at the MIC in Amherst.

LR said...

I could cry..TT.TT, they look so real...I'm more into drawing than into painting but I really really really like your work..^_^,

Irene Gallo said...

That bottom painting makes me speechless. You put so much personality in these wolf paintings without ever getting sentimental or overly anthropomorphizing. Pure animal and heart. Can't wait to see the top one done!

(I'm off to show Greg this, he'll die!)