View Full Version : A triad of firsts

09-14-2013, 04:54 PM
Here are my first attempts at these subjects. Critiques and comments welcome. (I photographed them with a digital camera but no longer have photoshop to edit with-suggestions for free editing software until I get a new photoshop welcome.)
1. Snowy owl (stuffed owl model) 14x12 cm on 140lb hot pressed (brand?). Windsor Newton water colours with some white W&N designers guache.
2. Figures laying in the park (live models). Foreshortening is hard! Acquarello 140lb cold pressed about 16x11 cm. Koi pocket field sketch watercolour box.
3. Bird nest 19x14 cm (from real model) Materials same as #1.


09-14-2013, 05:42 PM
Check out the web resizing link in my signature. It will help you size your pictures larger.


09-14-2013, 06:01 PM
Okay, thanks - here are they are a little larger.

09-15-2013, 01:12 AM
That's better! Good tech ique on the owl, a frontal view would be better.


09-15-2013, 04:59 AM
Love your birds nest! As far as software, it depends on if you have Microsoft or Apple. For years, when I had Microsoft, I used Picture It. It did any editing I needed, from cropping, straightening, to resizing and was inexpensive. I had trouble finding a similar editing program for my Mac. I purchased Photoshop Elements, Now I see Apple has My Photo Edit. Don't know if it does what you want.

09-15-2013, 10:09 PM
Doug...yes it does seem like there should be another visible eye but not so. The front view was not as attractive but would have been better form on paper. This was a 3 hr intense focus with trying to think about colour, the paint behaviour on paper and correct shape. As you can see I had the most difficult time trying to get feathers in that space. Also this owl was very yellow and I'm not sure if that was aged feathers or the feathers of this bird at the time of his stuffing (for lack of a better term).

Pj...This was the style of one of my teachers and her birds nest was just so beautiful I wanted to purchase it. I am going to do a pen and ink class with her soon. As for my computer, I use microsoft but hope to switch to Mac in the future. I have always liked Mac and it was what I was trained on initially. Thanks for the suggestions...I will look into them.......I just went to your website and your paintings with watercolour are wonderful. Your colours make me feel so good!

09-16-2013, 01:24 AM
Don't forget GIMP, open source and free on Mac and PC. I also just downloaded something called Pixelmator, haven't had time to try it much. It's also free for Mac, not sure if there's a PC version.

I like all three of these, Heart, especially the figures in the park. The unusual perspective makes them all the more interesting.