Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Night Crawler - Crotalus Viridis"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This prairie rattlesnake "Crotauls Viridis" was crossing highway 385 north of Marathon near the Pecos County line.


Karen Werner said...

"Excuse me, Mr. Poisonous Snake, please hold still while I paint you." ? Surely you used a photo reference?

David Forks said...


Yes I took a photo to work from. It was the middle of the night and no moon when I saw him on the road, so it was pitch dark out. I used a flash to get a good picture but it washed out his form. I painted him that way because he looked haunting almost like he was crawling through the darkness.