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05-01-2003, 03:46 PM
I 'm really enjoying painting birds :D

Here's a watercolour, 5x7, from my own ref. photo. Comments and critiques welcome :) Will be extending the branch to the bottom thanks to critique in watercolor forum.



Crystal Owl
05-01-2003, 05:19 PM

This is very pretty, you captured the night sky wonderful and I love the colors of his feathers.


Paul Hopkinson
05-01-2003, 07:12 PM
Ruth this is excellent and very well executed. The only things I can say are that maybe to me the background feels a little to strong, I find my eye wandering back to it when I try to look at the Owl.
Did you mask off the owl prior to painting the background? If not you will find it doe's help with any fiddling around the bird.

Well done the colours are great!:clap:


05-02-2003, 03:55 AM
Thank you Irene, pleased you like it :)

Thank you, Paul. I didn't use masking all over the owl, just on the little fluffy feathers on the face. Sometimes masking can leave a harder edge which I didn't want.

The background looks terribly bright blue on the screen, but it's much more of an ink blue/purple shade in reality - problems of digital imaging :rolleyes: It also didn't go exactly to plan - the joys of watercolour! lol


05-02-2003, 08:31 AM
Terrific work....his feathers DO look fluffy!