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Piglet Oil Painting, "Hay Maze" by Brande Arno


The finished "Hay Maze"  Piglet Art

I truly love how this piece came out.  I've been amazed at the pure color and beautiful brushwork of Angela Moulton's paintings. Every time I see her latest collection on YouTube, I am awestruck at how pure the background color is.  So I wanted to try my hand at upping background color value in my work.   Below is how I started:

Hay Maze Start
Here, I establish the main layout and gesture of this piglet's face.  I'm striving for something that looks painterly, yet would bring a smile to the face of the viewer, so this stage is important.  Also, color values on the pig are being set.
 Hay Maze about halfway
This is where I put that rich background color in.  Notice some neutral colors in with the bright.  I wouldn't want all bright green here as it would be like all caps when texting.  I'll re-post the final Hay Maze below:


Lots of changes from the halfway point,  I added shadows in the hay and a little here and there.  Mostly my painting style came out.  I'm also looking to apply broken color and using brushwork to describe the volume and length of the pig.

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