Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

A Bit of Painting

Here’s the start to the painting.

The apron is a blend of washes of yellow ochre and asphaltum ( brown ).  I then added a few dabs of burnt sienna and raw sienna for highlights.  The whole thing was then dry brushed with an ivory.

The fur has many washes of asphaltum, burnt umber and yellow ochre.  I even added a single light wash of purple to give it a bit of richness.  I still want to go back and lighten up spots, especially around the face area.



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7 thoughts on “A Bit of Painting

  1. Lynne on said:

    Mark he is looking fantastic, I was just reading about the hat, not being Canadian myself, I never knew that but it’s a really beautifully carved, another great piece.


  2. Thanks Lynne. The hat’s a pretty Canadian thing! Pronounced “took” like the “oo” in “spook”, a toque is a pretty common item in the winter. Now, I did stretch the truth a bit about needing one staring in August!


  3. Cheryl Caro on said:

    Looks really cute. 😊 I was wondering if you ever tried applying the darker coat to the body first and then coming back with a dampened rag to wipe it down. The longer the paint is allowed to sit the darker the color will be after whiling down. You can apply a few coats this way ofcousre allowing it to dry between wipes. You could apply a second and third coat in the areas of undercutting for shadowing. Then after its dry come back with the dry brush technique and very lightly let the bristles flow over the raised hairs. So the hairs that stand out more will be highlighted and give the sculptor more depth.


  4. I’m going to give that a try, Cheryl. I already have the darker base with what I’ve done but I’ll try the “wipe” method in the future. I suppose that the lighter coat of dry-brushing at this point will still work with the base that I have. Thanks. Mark


  5. Cheryl Caro on said:

    That’s how we use to do things we wanted with a darker base color and come back with the light color the dry brush technique in ceramics. Object with a lot of tiny details like your fur works really great. It would make those tiny hairs pop out.


  6. Truly charming, whimsical and patriotic all in one caricature. I adore the detail in the knitted hat, just to top it all off! Very sweet!


  7. Thanks! Still a ways to go on this one but it’s coming along slowly. Mark


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