The Adventures of Fenigus March

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in painting, stories, the adventures of fenigus march | 6 comments

I’m starting a new project called The Adventures of Fenigus March. It will be a series of paintings with accompanying one-page short stories. The stories take the form of journal entries made by the intrepid collector Fenigus March as he explores the Islands. I’ll display (and sell) the paintings and stories together at shows. Eventually, when I have enough, I’ll compile them into a book and have it printed.

Here’s the shot-by-shot process of the first painting.

First, I used white chalk to sketch the crow and the tree and the fruit and the leaves.

Then I got to work on the tree. I love painting bark. This takes place in early morning, so there’s low blue light raking in from the left.

Here are some bark details. And the faint beginning of leaves.

It’s at this point I realize the perspective on the crow isn’t what I want. So I redraw him.

Then I painted in the leaves and sky. I didn’t change the bark color – that’s just different lighting.

crow6Then I did the fruit. It’s supposed to glow, so you see its reflection on the branches and leaves.

Finally I started working on the crow itself, adding different colors as I shaped his body.

Next I realized the sky was pushing forward too much, so I darkened the sky and made it earlier in the morning. I continued working on the crow’s plumage.

crowTo finish the painting I added some fruit peels and a half-eaten piece of fruit. And stars.

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  1. Linda Cosby

    I love this. I bought one of your prints and books in Albuquerque. Keep doing what you do.

  2. Tim DeFore

    Fenigus March is actually about my life. I demand a royalty of ten cents every time you use it!
    (But make it sound a little cooler)
    My lawyer will be in touch

  3. Hannah

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait for your releases!

  4. eddyefaw

    I LOVE seeing the process of one of your paintings like this! Can’t wait to read the story that goes long with this one.

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