The above  painting is titled "Momma Fox And Her Kit".

This painting is based on a screen saver photograph randomly supplied by Bing. In this photo, it appears as though mom is taking her kit for a leisure walk along the edge of a wooded area. Mom is no doubt teaching as they walk.

I love animals of all kinds and thought this scene would be a good subject for a painting. I typically do not include people or animals in my landscape paintings but thought I’d give a try at painting the foxes to see if I could handle the challenge. Hopefully, I didn’t mangle the beauty of the animals and the overall painting is pleasing to those viewing it.

Developing the painting

I’ve included a collage of photos (shown below) taken as I progressed through the painting from rough sketches of the foxes, surrounding background trees and foreground high grass, and wild flowers to the finished painting.

You can see in the first sketch my drawing probably would be better defined as scribble. However, I’ve found it beneficial at times to rough out an idea on paper before going to canvas and paint. The second sketch was to establish a basic idea of where I wanted the foxes located in the painting and decided what colors to use for a base under-painting of the foxes. The third photo shows a print of the photo used for reference.

The middle row of photos shows a quick filling in of the background and foreground. I had two objectives at this point: establish base colors, and more importantly establish focal point lines within the painting. Notice that the roughed in background colors and lines (eventually tree trunks) point in the direction of the foxes. The same is true with colors and direction of the foreground grass and soon to be wild flowers.

The last three photos show the progression of the background with trees, color variations, tree limbs and leaves highlighted to lead you to the foxes. The foreground was then developed with fuller color, defined grass lines and wild flowers all designed to take you to the foxes.

The final photo is the finished painting. It shows shadows from the treed background that add a variety of color to the painting. The foxes were finished by blending a variety of colors for the fur and to give accent at strategic body locations to give them shape and dimension.

The following colors were used for this painting.

Lamp Black, Prussian Blue Hue, Raw Sienna, Flesh Tint, Unbleached Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Chromium Oxide Green, Permanent Green Light, Phthalo Blue.

 The list is in no particular order. I can’t tell you how much of which paint was used, where it was used, or which paints were mixed with which. I mix paint on the palette and on the canvas as I paint and blend. I can tell you that I’m almost certain that the final colors on the canvas will not match any of the colors as they came out of the tube.

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Exhibit Information

I would like to thank the Maryland Federation of Art for including the above painting titled “Solitude” in their online “Six Feet of Separation” exhibit.  The exhibit can be seen by going to Once at their home page you will see an option for “Exhibitions”. If you don’t see the “Exhibitions” option, you will see a menu symbol (three small lines} on the top right. Click on the menu and “Exhibitions” will show under “Home”. Click on “Exhibitions”. Current Exhibitions is shown about midway down. “Six Feet of Separations” is the first exhibit image shown (a man playing a violin with a child looking up at him). Click on the image.

You’ll be presented with three options “Head To Curve Gallery”, “View Sales Gallery”, and “Vote Here”. The “Head To Curve Gallery” gives you opportunity to view each exhibited item by scrolling from one to another left to right. The “View Sales Gallery” allows viewing of multiple items per page and scroll top to bottom. The “Vote Here” option gives you opportunity to partake in the “People’s Choice Award” by voting for up to five items you like. The procedure to vote is simple. For example, my painting titled “Solitude” is about two thirds down the list at number 87. If you think “Solitude” deserves a vote, click on the “Vote For Me” button.

There are many fine works of art in this exhibit. If you decide to vote for one or more items, I would be thrilled and thankful to have “Solitude” receive your vote.

Snow Moon - shown below -has been selected to appear in the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County exhibit titled “All Things Small & Big”. The exhibit will be located at the BWI concourse “C”. It was scheduled to open March 23, 2020 and close July 22, 2020. However, the exhibit is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The earliest projected time frame for the opening of the exhibit is early June 2020. 

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