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Richard De Wolfe - Fine Artist

Richard De Wolfe

Odessa, Ontario - Canada








Richard De Wolfe

Odessa, Ontario - Canada

Richard De Wolfe - Fine Artist

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About Richard De Wolfe

The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life. The forests, fields, and of course the mighty St. Lawrence River, made the wonders of nature come alive for him.
The art of Richard De Wolfe has been very popular ever since his first one-man show at the age of eighteen. That show was a sell out, supplying him with commissions for many months after. He went on to spend twenty-five years as an illustrator, producing paintings for national and international corporations such as General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, and Sony.
“I believe that working as an illustrator was the best training I could possibly have had. The wide variety of subjects and tight deadlines forced me to hone my skills and become very proficient as a painter. I feel that many of the finest painters alive today are former illustrators,” Richard says.

Richard’s subject matter is wide-ranging and ever changing. He has painted landscapes and wildlife extensively, but also paints still-life subjects, farm and family scenes, boats, horses and just about anything that catches his eye and imagination. When asked what he wants to accomplish through his art, Richard says, “The important thing is to help people to see what I see and feel what I feel about a subject. What you paint is far less important than how you paint it.”

Together with his wife Mary, Richard lives on a horse farm near Kingston, Ontario, where he can study and paint scenes of the Thousand Islands and rural life as well as the wildlife, which is all around him. Richard’s work is available in limited edition prints as well as originals. He has participated in many prestigious art shows such as Wildlife Habitat Canada Stamp Competition, the Wye Marsh Festival, Ducks Unlimited, and Canadian Artists and Photographers in Communication Annual Exhibition. Richard’s work is featured each year in December, in a one-man show, in Kingston, Ontario.

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Puppy Love - Step Five

December 8th, 2010

I have resolved the dilemma of what to do with the bedding and cushions by using a colour scheme that is primarily purple with golden yellow accents. The purple is a restful, nocturnal colour and the gold is on the opposite side of the colour wheel, ... 

Puppy Love - Step Four

November 10th, 2010

I continue to add detail, slowly building up colour and form primarily with thin washes and glazes using mat medium. I darken the background with a mixture of burnt umber and black to really punch out the foreground. Everything other than the bedding... 

Puppy Love - Step Three

October 27th, 2010

At this stage I begin introducing local colour throughout the painting. I wash in flesh tones on the face and arms of the sleeping girl. I begin accenting details on all three characters in the picture. Simple washes of colour are blocked in on the b... 

Puppy Love - Step Two

October 23rd, 2010

Once the drawing is well fixed, I tone the entire surface with a thin wash of blue-gray acrylic paint, thinned heavily with mat medium and water. I add some slightly darker washes of the same colour, particularly in the bedding. Next, I begin buildin... 

Puppy Love - Step One

October 22nd, 2010

This is a picture I am painting primarily for licensing. Companies pay me a fee to use this type of art to illustrate a product such as puzzles, calendars, greeting cards, soft goods, etc. for a specified period of time. This piece is titled "Pupp... 

The final stage of this painting should pull everything together. I apply a final glaze of acrylic color over the dark areas of the horse with a mixture of burnt umber and ultramarine blue. I do not want to obliterate the warm sheen of umber on the... 

At this point I darken the local color of the subject, adding detail. I continue to add more intensity and depth to the dark areas and shadows. I also paint in the lightest areas and add detail to the bridle and reins. 

Now I paint in the light areas, basically blocking them in, thus creating a third tonal range. This is how I systematically establish the darker shadows, the local mid-range colors and finally the light colors and highlights, which tend to be closes... 

In the first stage of the painting, I blocked in the basic mid-tones. Now I add darks to begin establishing more depth to the picture. I am controlling separation of the background from my subject by painting darks in the background nearest to the ... 

This is the first stage of a small painting that I completed recently. I have blocked in washes of colour in a loose fashion initially. I have used warm tones on the subject and a cooler blue in the background. 


May 9th, 2010