Hear the Roar. Original painting 32 x 72, brush-worked oil paints on canvas.Larry Rollier modeled for this painting with his turquoise 1976 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle. It was so sunny that day at Cattle Point in Victoria, British Columbia, that the bike turned all blue, its tremendous amount of chrome reflecting the blue sky.
Hear the Roar is a painter's painting. It is all about the challenges of scale. In real life, the distance from mid-ear to tip of nose averages about six inches. I transformed this into a six-foot span. A skin pore whose size would normally be insignificant became a skin dent as big as what a marble would leave if pressed into clay.
I composed the painting to move the viewer's eye from left to right. The ear was painted strictly with a dry brush technique. I kept only a little paint on the ends of the hairs of the brush. Using this technique on the top layer of the canvas allowed me to leave the pores of the canvas open - which actually emulated real skin pores. In the beard, I used dry- and wet-brush techniques. Wet brush is when a liquid medium is mixed in with the paint so that the paint glides into and onto the canvas and fills in the canvas pores. The wet and dry brush techniques were combined in painting the beard area. From the cheek to the reflection of the glasses and onto the nose, I used only the wet technique to make a soft, smooth surface. My goal was to have the viewer's eye travel through the different textures of the face, much as a rider travels through the different textures of a landscape.