Progress of a Few Wildlife Paintings - Dog, Dolphin, Owl and Eagle

A series of small wildlife paintings - dog, dolphin, owl and eagle.

Not long ago, I decided to start a series of smaller wildlife paintings. I love doing paintings in a series this way because I can work on several paintings a color at a time, creating layers of color over time, and making them a similar style. Near the last part of a painting's process I usually wind up focussing on the individual paintings more, to make them unique.
So, above I have an puppy, a dolphin, an owl and an eagle. I didn't paint them in this layout of course - this is only for presentation purposes.
I've always preferred blue for the early sketches and figuring out the tonal range - I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is because I like the contrast between forms to show early in a painting's life.
This shows some of my process in layering in some color and coming up with form. I'm not worries about perfection at this stage. I know I don't like that purple color, but know it will change.
Now the owl returns! Actually I completed that one first. The two signed ones are the only paintings finished yet.
Now, here are the last two. All done! They changed quite a bit, didn't they?
What do you think?
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Graham Matthews: Progress of a Few Wildlife Paintings - Dog, Dolphin, Owl and Eagle
Progress of a Few Wildlife Paintings - Dog, Dolphin, Owl and Eagle
A series of small wildlife paintings - dog, dolphin, owl and eagle.
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