Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mexican Gray Wolf

10"x8" acrylic on canvas

This is a painting of a Gray Wolf from Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. My family and I are members of the zoo and visit frequently. I love animals and enjoy observing them and how they interact with one another. Because of our membership, we can go and spend lots of time observing an exhibit or two and really study the animal. A benefit of this is that I get lots of photo reference for my paintings and maybe even a few drawings in my sketch book.

Wildlife is one of my favorite painting subjects. I enjoy the challenge of making an animal feel alive. I am very happy with the outcome of this piece.


  1. Wonderfully done, Brad! I share your love of animals.
    I also share your approach of letting a warm under toning show through. It unifies and excites the painting.

    1. Thank you Dean! Yes, I am learning to let the underpainting show. It does add a lot of excitement and energy to the painting.

  2. You have certainly made this wolf come alive. The eyes are bright and alert. The mouth seems ready to grab for something. Very nice work!

  3. Terrific texture here without overdoing and the warm wash underneath works great too!

  4. This is beautifully painted, Brad. I'm amazed at your rendering of the fur, especially since it was painted in acrylics.

  5. Excellent work Brad:) Really enjoy your work.