I finished this portrait up a couple weeks back but haven’t had a chance to post it before. I’m still not super-happy with the quality of the photograph, I’ll have to try to take another shot when the lighting is better.
We had a couple of trips to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in the last month or so. Managed to get some really good shots, just haven’t had a chance to post before now.
One of the main attractions at the CM Zoo is the giraffes. They have a balcony-level viewing where you can purchase lettuce to feed them by hand. It’s really something to see such amazing animals walking up and being able to interact with them so intimately. Theo is always so excited for it but also seems so shy when they actually come by for the treats.
There was a baby giraffe born here recently as well.
We got really luck with the Rino this time. Normally this guy just likes to hide out in the back of his area and you can’t see much from the 80 yards or so away but he was more active on this day and got some good shots of him walking.
I always have a difficult time shooting through glass but there’s a nice lookout above the lion area where you can see them through open air. The male was down a little ways but the lioness was fairly level to my viewpoint just over a bit.
The tiger was particularly active on the day as well. Managed to get a few shots in motion as well as a couple of beautiful portraits.
The snow leopard was quite active as well. It was amazing to watch her moving around. I did my best to get a shot through the mesh.
The bald eagles are always photogenic. It’s hard not to get a good shot of them, it’s more about trying to decide which shot to show off. I really liked the bokeh in this one.
The orangutans were quite active in their area. It was really something to watch the baby interacting with the adults.
Wallabys have a neat survival trick — there are thick blood vessels near the surface of skin on their strong legs, so they lick them and as the moisture evaporates it helps to cool them down. Was really fun to see them actually doing this.
Caught this shot of the grizzly just waking up from a nap.
The moose was down in the lake portion of his habitat looking for a cool drink.
Always a great time at the zoo. Can’t wait to go back again.
I took a picture of this one a couple of days ago but it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Here’s a slightly better shot.
Almost done with it I think. The arms still feel a tad rubbery to me so I should try to fix those. Pretty happy with the actual portrait though. Might do a bit more with the background but fairly pleased with that as well.
Got a little more work in on this one. Added some brighter color to the Liverpool kit and fixed the tone of the hair. Getting close now. Still need to fully resolve the arms and the background is feeling too flat at the minute. I have some ideas for that but I want to ruminate on it a bit further before going all in.
Still working away on this one. I feel like the portrait is really starting to come together. Might do one or two more passes on the face just to see how far I can push it. And, of course, there’s the rest of the painting to contend with as well…
Haven’t had as much time to work in the studio as I would normally, but I did get a solid day in this past Saturday. Working more on the portrait. It’s really starting to come to life. Needs another pass or two and then, of course, there’s the whole rest of the painting which will need to be brought up to a complimentary level of finish. Getting there though.
Started this one a couple weeks back but haven’t had as much time to work on it as I would have liked. I’ve put in three real sessions or so at this point. This is a quasi dead-layer — I’m painting the first chromatic bits into a sap green and alizarine couche.
Image is cropped a bit and there’s a long, long way to go yet but I think you get a sense of what it could be.
A few months back we decided it was time to move to solar power. It’s starting to become a reality now. The new panels are mostly installed and we’re waiting for some electrical work to be completed. Once that’s done we’ll have to have the local utility install a net-metering device and we’ll be able to start generating our own power.