Kim B. – Do you give lessons??? I already do some painting, but no where near as good as you!! Love your work
Thank you, Kim. I’m sorry, but for the time being I don’t teach (or have much in the way of teaching material). I usually recommend my first workshop instructor, Terry Isaac, for those wanting direction. I studied with him as a teenager in Montana.
Thom F. D. - Beautiful work! Just out of curiosity, how many hours of work is that? Stunning!
Pik A. - Amazing. About how many hours did this take?
Ann L. - I love everything you paint and share. Thank you so much for sharing your work. I am always amazed. Does it take you very long to do a painting? I would love to sit by your side and learn.
Pat G. - How much time did it take to paint this? Just curious
Samantha L. -How long did it take you to paint like that? I’m an artist and I doubt know how to paint but want to learn to do it like that lol. Very beautiful.
Samantha L. - How long does it take you to draw an 11×8 ? Then how long does it take to paint it? Do you use references or are these out of your head? :)
Hi Samantha, Pat, Ann, Pik, and Thom. It really varies. It all depends on complexity and how much everything cooperates. Most of the time I couldn’t say in total – often it progresses as ‘paint a little and set it aside for a while’ sessions and I work on dozens to hundreds at a time.
I do observe the subjects I paint in person. I bring rocks and grass into my studio. I find that if I make them up or fake something out of my head, it looks like it.. and if I’m not true to my subject or nature I feel that I have not properly represented the subject I’m painting.
My quick draw/live paint was 3 hours, but not everything goes so quick. (And, I doubt I could keep up that pace for long). ..plus I usually like to polish them up a bit more. Thank you.
Robert A. - Amazing. I’m curious. I know you go out into the field to take reference photos. Did you see this little one ? Lol. I just can’t get over viewing your works and the pleasure I get seeing them.
Robert – I do if at all possible. I did see the little kitten you are referring to and being out in the field is my favorite part of being a wildlife artist. Painting something you’ve seen tends to lead to a better painting in my experience. I also notice that while painting it I relive the experience I had in observing it, the light, the feeling, etc. Thank you.
Sudhir B. - Im ur greatest fan.Where could I see ur painting vdos?
I don’t have a lot of videos out right now, but those that are can be seen on my YouTube channel – http://youtube.com/user/rebeccalatham
Elizabeth B. - IS that really a water color?
Carolyn E. P. - Do you use just watercolor?
Hi Elizabeth and Carolyn. Yes, opaque and transparent watercolor. I often have people mistake them for oils and even correct my paperwork to that effect. Every now and then I take a wet cloth to one I’m working on and wipe an area off down to the blank board to prove it. :)
Dodi G. H. - You paint beautifully!! What ‘board’ do you use? Illustration board? It works very well!
Thank you, Dodi. Yes, I use hotpress illustration board for almost everything. The smooth surface makes it possible to do all of the detail work in my paintings. Occasionally I will also use ivorine, a man made substitute ivory surface that behaves in a similar way, but not too often.
Deeptiman A. - Superb !! You draw background first or in the last
It usually happens, painting wise, in the middle to end. If it’s something complex, I like to have it mapped out a bit. If it’s fairly simple, or I changed my mind from what I had started, I wing it. Thank you.
Jose D. T. - ¿ Vendes alguno ?…GRACIAS Are selling any?… Thank you
Darlene R. L. - You do beautiful work! So detailed & alive! Do you ever sale your work?
Hi Jose and Darlene. Yes. Most that are available at the moment are represented by my galleries with many having a catalog of the paintings they are showing posted online. You can contact the venues directly for information (listed here – http://lathamstudios.com/rebecca/galleries/ ). When I have new work available from the studio I have new posts in my blog about their release. Thank you.
Linn E. H. - It is wonderful. How and where do you add the silver and gold? Never heard that you can do that
Thank you, Linn. I like to add silver to the lights to lead the eye through the painting a little more through the light areas. The gold is often added to the gold toned areas of the piece to give a little extra glow. I do, however, try to make these accents very subtle – I don’t want my pieces to be blatantly precious metals.. but rather complimented by them and perhaps never actually noticed. I have an article about the silver and gold usage here – http://lathamstudios.com/rebecca/2014/01/sterling-silver-and-24kt-gold/
Crenna B. - Do u do paintings for fundraisers? I am a wildlife rehabber and have a non profit org. I believe your artwork would be a great hit with our wildlife friends
Hi Crenna. Yes, I do when my schedule allows. Usually I prefer to do a quick draw/live paint such as this one -https://www.facebook.com/rebeccalathamart/photos/pb.45088025229.-2207520000.1420996827./10154838961635230/