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westhighlandbull

The above painting came from using rice papers on the positive shapes in a painting, to add texture.

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I began with a painting and blocked in all the forms I wanted to include, Much like how I began the painting in the previous post.

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I covered the bull in torn strips of textured rice paper, working from bottom to top so the pieces would overlap like the hair on the bull would.

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I painted the coat following the values I saw in the reference photo. Thank you to Wet Canvas for the reference.

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To finish the bull, I glued more torn strips of rice papers on the head and painted them. I painted the light washes on the horns. I glued rice papers on the clumps of foliage behind and to one side of the bull for balance.

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I finished the painting by painting the rice paper foliage and  using india ink in the hair fibers and shadows on the bull.

This is a fairly long process because the artist works in steps and gives ample time for each step to dry in between.  I liked this and will use it in future paintings where I want to increase texture.