Too wiped out to post last night. I painted 14 critters in the Pleistocene mural yesterday; my goal is 21 today.
Above is my revision of the young American mastodon (Mammut americanum)/grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) confrontation. They are much less stiff and more lively and rhythmic in their poses now (The inclusion of the scientific names is doing double duty here, as I have been asked by the San Diego Zoo to ID all of the animals in each mural). Their scale is better, too.
The birds in the soon-to-be-sycamore, from left to right, are the common flicker (Colaptes auratus), shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) and a band tailed pigeon (Columba fasciata). All of the creatures that were depicted in the modern mural are in the Pleistocene mural as well, and in roughly the same corresponding spots (which took some careful planning).
I detailed the hawks I had previously roughed in up in the left hand sky portion of the mural. From left to right, they are the prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus), the marsh hawk or northern harrier (Circus cyaneus), the sparrow hawk or American kestrel (Falco sparverius) and the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).
The raven (Corvus corax) got laid in and painted…
…as did a western spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). I noticed that the placement of the skunk had created a bad tangent, creating the possibility that viewers might think the skunk is riding on the ground sloth’s back. I fixed that yesterday.
After removing the western horse (Equus occidentalis) that was slightly overlapping it, I added more detail to the western camel (Camelops hesternus).
The jaguar’s freshly killed black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) finally found its form.
The long tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) made it in but I see, after comparing it to its modern mural counterpart, that I need to add more facial detail — which I did, as you’ll see in my next post, on the following day.
I worked on four things here. I detailed the snout of the Harlan’s ground sloth (Glossotherium harlani), painted the mourning dove (Zenaidura macroura), added more focus and drawing to the buck mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and, as the final light of the day was fading, I quickly laid in the badger (Taxidea taxus).
Most of my work that day was on the left third of the painting (seen above). I see I forgot to include a detail of the male and female California quail (Lophortyx californicus) located above the rump of the giant jaguar (Panthera onca); I’ll post it tomorrow.
My next posting will reflect even more changes and refinement as I race to make my deadline.