Saturday, April 2, 2011
The past few paintings with skulls used warm colors, with a warm studio light cast upon the skull. This new painting of hatchling snakes uses an outdoor setting with a cool light. Even the highlights, though warmer than shadows, are much cooler than the colors I normally use for skull highlights. The skull in this painting has subtle shades of violet and viridian. The green of the grass is reflected on the shadow side. Mixing the colors was a challenge, but I was happy with how the skull is relating to the background.
All that is left is to paint in details of the baby snakes and finish the foreground foliage.