Today I put the finishing touches on the black bear commission, at the last moment changing the mamma bear’s right eye to my satisfaction, furring in the muzzles and sharpening a few of the lupines into better focus. Many changes since last posting this piece and I think, many improvements. Painting black animals involves, actually, a lot of colors. The trick was playing warms against cools, which has the effect of creating dimension in ways that simple value does not. A pushing and pulling of the eye. I also experimented with lost edges here and there, letting the cub fall into darkness and emerge only where I wanted it to emerge. Less is more.