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Deano
02-25-2012, 01:16 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful choices, Bonnie!

Pelicans are fascinating critters. There is a prehistoric manner about them.

First I answered Bonnie's challenge to crop. Then I challenged myself to push the chroma and texture in this one. I also changed the lighting in order to dramatize the color. As of now, I'm pretty satisfied with the results.

This is oil on a 6Z6 canvas panel.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment! :)

Done at 2 hrs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2012/34493-DSCN3430.JPG

Close ups
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2012/34493-image0001.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2012/34493-image0002.JPG

connievanwinssen
02-25-2012, 01:22 PM
Lovely! Great textures:)

Valri Ary
02-25-2012, 02:03 PM
Oh Dean....it's gorgeous!! I'd be very satisfied if my pelican looked like this too! I like the red in the feathers and def agree they have a prehistoric quality to them.
I've got a start on this one...in drying mode right now.

surob
02-25-2012, 05:56 PM
Beautiful job on this guy.

jlloren
02-25-2012, 08:44 PM
Beautiful work as usual. You caught the "wise old" look about him.

mginsberg
02-25-2012, 09:32 PM
Once again, a masterful wildlife painting. good work, Deano!

Vivien Maloney
02-25-2012, 10:34 PM
Beautiful work Deano! I like the way you've caught the light on the top of his head and his back.

crispur2005
02-26-2012, 03:36 AM
I love it, the colours in that background are stunning and that texture is wonderful. There is something about this ungainly bad mannered bird that we all seem to find attractive and you have made it beautiful.

123harry
02-26-2012, 03:39 AM
Excellent. Love the colours.

Paulafv
02-26-2012, 11:17 AM
Excellent bird Deano. The red ground makes this sing.

skappy
02-26-2012, 11:35 AM
Great job and crop Deano nice brush strokest oo
Robert

bjcpaints
02-26-2012, 12:14 PM
He looks stronger somehow now - you really did him justice!

Helen
02-26-2012, 12:58 PM
Beautiful!

rozzi
02-26-2012, 06:38 PM
Wonderfu - once again. I just love your colours and the light.
Ros

sho3
02-27-2012, 01:32 AM
Gorgeous!

lisilk
02-27-2012, 01:45 AM
Great character and lightening Deano.

bchlvr
02-27-2012, 06:23 AM
Beautiful!

artastic
02-27-2012, 09:57 AM
this is fantastic Deano, I love teh crop and high key colors, great lighting
LOVE it

eyepaint
02-27-2012, 08:52 PM
If only we humans were so majestic with the bumps on our noses :)