View Full Version : Girl with Black Cockatoos-in progress

05-23-2001, 09:37 PM
Hi Everyone
I am trying hard to improve my portrait skills but I keep getting stuck on the darn background.
Could you suggest ways to finish this without doing too much more? I really need to learn patience......and I find that when I am straining to learn something i lose my looser style http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
I really am starting to love doing people though
Thanks for your help

oil on canvas on masonite


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David Acres
05-24-2001, 03:07 AM
It must be closed to finished now, Leila?
Great job! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif They are Palm Cockatoos, from around this region, I believe! I've never seen a wild one here in Cairns though, huge aren't they!

Dave Acres...
Merely a student of life!:)

'The artist is no more than a receptacle for sensations, a brain, a recording apparatus. But if it interferes, if it dares, feeble apparatus that it is, to deliberately intervene in what it should be translating, its own pettiness gets into the picture. The work becomes inferior.... Paul Cezanne...

05-24-2001, 04:48 AM
OH its lovely http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


05-24-2001, 05:01 AM
Excellent http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

ART by TeAnne (http://www.ipec.net.au/teanne/TeAnneArt.html)
I must make a piece of art everyday for my own well being.

05-24-2001, 05:38 AM
Leila, I would call it a finished painting. I don't know why you feel otherwise. May be, the original at its real size looks slightly different at places. Posting close-ups from different sections might help others evaluate better.

Good work anyway.


Nathan Reed
05-24-2001, 11:14 AM
This is wonderful!

05-25-2001, 12:36 AM
I love it! I'm not certain what it is about the background that you are not happy with? Often, portrait artists will seek a contrasting color to make the subject pop... but, the monochrome choice works well here, I think! It is so lush, full of life, textures, movement... and still does not look too busy. Focus remains that beautiful girl. Brilliant!

Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT

05-25-2001, 12:41 AM
looks like you are leaning to gaugin.
a nice direction indeed!