Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hippo pool and water lilies

Here is a painting that went through a number of transformations before I was happy with it.At first the two hippos were just a boring  gray including the water .This was due to the fact that the photos I was working from, had been taken on a cloudy and wet day on the Chobe River.But after pulling it out from storage one day ,I suddenly knew what it needed,So the water was made blue almost black in the foreground,water lilies were then added including one which is sliding off one of the Hippos backs.Then green reeds were also added in the far background and then finally all the reflections. The end result was a much more bright and colorful painting which I am now pleased with.

4 comments:

MARIA VILLIOTI said...

This is really good Roger.The blue of the water is fantastic.I don't know how it was first but now is very beautiful.

Studio at the Farm said...

It's good, Roger. I am trying to go beyond the "tyranny' of photos, as well.

April Jarocka said...

A vast improvement. Blue can work wonders. Most of the seascapes I paint are blue and for a good reason.

martinealison said...

J'apprécie votre travail ... J'aime la manière que vous avez de peindre les animaux.
Bises.