Last week I got to spend in Tennessee teaching a teacher in-service to 50 art teachers. Almost everyone seemed to enjoy the class and many were excited to take the medium back into their classrooms to teach. It was also fun to see the variety of styles and personalities come out in the pieces they created.
This week I felt determined to finish up the large elk, "September Serenade", which is a 2'x3' board. The background gave me some problems, as seems to be normal for me and backgrounds, but I am fairly happy with how it finished up. The steamy breath got ousted and a more complete background emerged. I have signed it and am pretty much calling it done, though may tweak it a bit more tomorrow if I see anything that bugs me. It is always a balancing act of trying to keep your main subject front and center vs having enough background to make the animal part of its natural environment.
One of my Christmas presents this year was a quiet air compressor to use with my airbrush indoors. I've already used it a little bit and laid out a white clayboard (uninked scratchboard) for a project, but have to finish up some other stuff (couple of small commissions) before I will be making major strides on that one.