Another private commission where the client wanted a gift for her parents home. She wanted a proud stag standing in a highland landscape. Initially we decided on a head and shoulders shot and then I did some compositions of backdrops from which she chose this design. The idea was to not be too fussy with the background as the stag would almost be lost in the detail so the background gets increasingly less detailed as you get to the mountains in the distance. This painting used a lot of purple lake in painting the heather!

 

Bonny Lad of Lesbury
Bonny Lad of Lesbury

Head Closeup
Head Closeup

Some of the other initial concepts
Some of the other initial concepts

Bonny Lad of Lesbury
Bonny Lad of Lesbury

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 The Bonny Lad 

 of Lesbury