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Nonie Wideman
02-26-2012, 03:12 AM
20x 30 inch watercolor on Arches watercolor board, needs fine tuning critique.Leg length/toes already noted, pupil in eyes? should I paint in what I don't see in my reference photo? should I look for some cougar eyes and go for more realism?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2012/454131-Optimized-young_blood_in_the_sunshine_0021.JPG

02-26-2012, 03:36 AM
I can't offer any advice, but just wanted to say I love the colours in this. Also, it appears like very rich, buttery paint considering you have used watercolours. Great work.

02-26-2012, 09:27 AM
I think it is looking good, however I would look for better eye photos and try to fix those as they are a focal point of the painting. I think everything else looks pretty good (his feet might be a bit too big too, but maybe just because he is young)

A google search for mountain lion walking brought up a lot of photos that show a similar head position and show the eyes better.

02-26-2012, 09:42 AM
awe! what a great composition and great title (:

Dave Hawk
02-26-2012, 10:38 AM
This is an excellent piece. Well done.

Nonie Wideman
02-26-2012, 01:18 PM
thanks for the CC, will work on his eyes and reduce the left back foot and add more detail

Nonie Wideman
02-26-2012, 01:23 PM
another question...when using a limited palette (love the art of Bateman and Smith) what color should I use to deepen shadows when using raw umber and earth tones, other than the blacks I've been using......I need to create more depth in my renditions

02-26-2012, 02:14 PM
This is gorgeous. The limited palette very much reminds me of Bateman, who I greatly admire as well.:D

02-26-2012, 03:15 PM
I like the sepia feel of it! Very nice!


02-26-2012, 05:54 PM
I think this is lovely. Your choice of colors so rich and harmonious. Well done.

02-26-2012, 08:56 PM
I agree with all the above comments, and adding that the fur is amazing looking!
Color wise: Black is a very dull color, and I can understand that you feel that you do not achieve the depth you wish in your shadows when using black. I am no expert, but I have found that a very dark bluish-purple is excellent for shadows in yellow earth tones (you know, complimentary colors and all that...) Another mix that I always use instead of black is ultramarine blue mixed with burned umber (add a little dark Alizarin crimson red for a warmer tone). This often seems more black when it dries than black, as it is much richer in color, and doesn't appear 'flat' when dry! Hope this will help.

02-26-2012, 11:10 PM
Really nice work! I love how you put in just enough background to establish the sense of height for where he's standing. Great detail in his fur & toes.

02-27-2012, 01:35 AM
Beautiful I like the posture and palete I agree with Cathy for thr eyes and paws

chammi kaiser
02-27-2012, 03:40 AM
This is really quite amazing for a watercolour. You have had some good advice from Cathy. Eyes are really important in an animal portrait. Having said that however, I love the soft sepia colour. Also terrific work on the fur and the rocks.

02-27-2012, 08:57 AM
As others have stated, this is just excellent for watercolor! i love your detail on the fur and love the colors used! I also LOVE the foreground and just enough hint of the BG to read nicely! Great job!:clap:

02-27-2012, 12:32 PM
I can't believe it's a watercolor, wow

Orchid Lady
02-27-2012, 12:39 PM
Very saturated for a watercolor! Good work on the mountain lion and the rocks!

02-27-2012, 01:27 PM
how did you do the fur with watercolour? did you try to leave white areas..or laid on white paint/gouache on top?

its really nice

Nonie Wideman
02-27-2012, 05:10 PM
thankyou....worked on the eyes and got carried away, ended up reworking the paw, and the face and chest fur.......now i'm going to have to leave it alone....will post the work over tonight

Nonie Wideman
02-27-2012, 05:15 PM
i managed to leave some areas of white paper..but i layer White , glaze it with ochre and layer on more white ....sometimes i have to salvage a white spot with acrylic or gouache, but the brightest white is the paper, i must try masking fluid again, but I really haven't given it much of a trial

02-27-2012, 07:52 PM
So far I think it is beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished!!:clap: Nicki

02-28-2012, 12:06 PM
Wonderful expression of youth w. powerful paws and the shoulders!!! Really good way to catch that nonchalent way of expressing power. Beautiful!
Best regards, :)

Nonie Wideman
02-28-2012, 12:26 PM
fine tuned this painting using your much appreciated C&C, I think I'm finished, thanks for your help and encouragement, Nonie