Friday, October 2, 2009

Asian lion cubs - new oil painting



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-Asian lion cubs-
Oil on 3D canvas, 60x40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inch)



closeup

Lately I've been looking a lot at modern impressionistic painters like Huihan Liu and Jennifer McChristian and as a result I'm trying to be looser in my brush-handling. I'm experimenting with small studies and this is the first bigger painting in the new direction.

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De laatste tijd kijk ik veel naar moderne impressionistische schilders zoals Huihan Lui en Jennifer McChristian. Daardoor ontwikkelt mijn stijl zich meer in die richting met naast een aantal kleine studies dit schilderij als resultaat.

22 comments:

sam said...

Just beautiful Erik, really stunning your brushtrokes tell a great story)

Erik said...

Thanks Sam! I tend to think about my strokes more before I put them down lately, so good to hear that's beginning to pay off.

Dais said...

Schitterend schilderij. Vooral de expressie van de leeuwtjes vind ik heel goed gelukt!

Erik said...

Dank je Dais.

DennyHollandStudio said...

Glad you chose to include the close up, Erik, so we can enjoy those brushstrokes.

Candace X. Moore said...

Really nice. Must be stunning "in person".

Peter Brown said...

Nice work Erik! I'm sure it will be popular at the exhibition. Good luck!

Erik said...

Danny, Candace and Peter: Thanks for visiting and the kind words!
This proved to be a difficult painting to photograph and I felt that a closeup would give you a better sense of the feeling of the painting. Glad you feel the same.

Laura Barber-Riley said...

That really is incredibly beautiful, the softness in that cub's face is just gorgeous!

Erik said...

Thank you for looking Laura. Hope you come up with a nice title for your latest painting.

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Strong composition in this one Erik! The light behind the cubs really adds that magic touch too. Beautifully painted and your draftsmanship is impeccable!

susan hong-sammons said...

Fabulous, love your more open approach.
(used to live in your area. miss it all)

Erik said...

Kim: O wow, thanks! It's such a joy when a painting works out as planned, which is often not the case :)

Erik said...

Susan: Good to hear, some of my family members prefer the detailed work but at the moment I'm more interested in a more painterly approach. Still a long way to go but it sure is fun.
I always hear Chicago has a European feel, is that right?

sue said...

What a lovely subject Erik and beautifully painted. I love it!

Erik said...

Hi Sue, thanks. Big cats are such great subjects to paint.

Mary Rogers said...

Your work is beautiful! I love this loose style.

Erik said...

Thank you Mary!

chris said...

Really well done.. I can also appreciate the overwhelming urge to dive into the minutia especially when the fur is so alive with details. I struggle so much with loosening up my brush strokes as well and really can at times get lost in too many details.

I really like what you have done here.

Erik said...

Hi Chris and thanks! One thing I found that helped was to use as long as possible a brush that is way bigger than what I would normally use. I've been liking filberts and flat brushes lately and stopped using the rounds almost completely (only a rigger brush for the tiny details). Great work on your site!

Pia said...

How great, wow! ...but I have to ask, what is 3D canvas? What's the difference to normal canvas?

Erik said...

Hi Pia, thanks. A 3Dcanvas is a canvas with a very thick frame, like 2.5 inch instead of 1 inch, hope that helps.

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