Oil painting – Frosty Stag

This painting is done in summer 2021 but it is good for winter season. A imaginary white stag with giant antlers stands in snowy forest. For one moment, you thought you are seeing it, but next moment all you can see is the blurry winter forest. I’ve wanted to paint a fantasy deer. I thought about a deer with its antler full of Spanish moss. The one you usually see on the trees in Florida. But I couldn’t decide a proper color palette for that one. Then I decided to do a all blue shade again. Blue and white in general. It works better than the Spanish moss idea.

Frosty stag, Oil on canvas, 16″×20″

I start this with a digital concept as usual. But when I start to paint it on canvas the first color layer was horrible. My first color layer is always terrible as it is the ugly layer in the entire process but this one is beyond ugly. Then I realize that I have to let go my brush and my thoughts. So I keep the brushstrokes and stop blending everything into greyish fog. I also have to change the antlers for several times until I can accept it.

Digital sketch for Frosty stag

This piece is now part of online exhibition “True Blue” by Art Fluent. Please take a moment and check their pages out. A lot amazing artworks in the shade of blue. I am excited that this stag can stand among them. I hope you enjoy it too. 😀

This is piece is now available in my shops.

Happy Holidays ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.