This video was created especially for us by my daughter, Jessie Rasche. She’s an award-winning oil painter, and it was so kind of her to make this video for us. Even though her painting of the snow monkey is on canvas, the fur-painting technique she shows us could also be used on our paper mache sculptures.
Watch how she uses warm and cool colors under the fur to give a feeling of shadows and to make the painting more lively.
Jessie calls this painting “Daydream.” You can find Jessie’s oil paintings at http://jessiesfineart.com/
You can get a good view of how her technique looks on the finished painting with the still images on this page.
Jessie is using oil paints, which don’t dry immediately like acrylics do. That gives her a chance to do more blending and softening of edges. There’s no reason why we couldn’t paint paper mache with oils, too, but I’ve never tried it. If you have, I’d love to see how your sculptures turned out.
We saw this snow monkey at the Sioux Falls zoo a few weeks ago. Mamma monkey was watching over two youngsters who were playing rather complicated games with sticks in the pond. Then one of them came up to the window separating us from the monkey’s area, and he sat just on the other side of the glass from my grandson. They played a game, matching each other’s movements as they slid their hands against the window. (Inter-speicies communication, at its finest. 🙂
My grandson, who goes by the name CreeperHost online, helped to edit Jessie’s video. And nicely done, I’d say. Thanks, Jessie – and thanks to your technical assistant, too!