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09-17-2013, 08:01 PM
So I'm still working to improve my methods, and hoping for you all to critique my layers and see where I can do better.

Behold..the process.

Line Work
Initial paint - I tried being as wet and 'loose' as possible
Touched up the color and added the main branch
At this point I was REALLY nervous about starting on the flowers. I had no idea how to achieve the result I wanted, which shows seeing as I started just adding color and hoped to build up from there
Everything kind of snow-balled once I started working on the flowers - I had to darken the area around them to make them "pop", then I overworked the background and things started getting muddy. The bird was the easiest part of the whole piece!
Here is the reference pic-

completed on Strathmore cold-press 140lb paper, 9x12. Looking for tips/tricks CC help!! Thanks!

09-18-2013, 12:16 AM
I like this. Great colors. I would put a spot of white in the eye though. It would make it look alive.

09-18-2013, 02:47 AM
Lovely bird. I would perhaps darken the background more.

I moved this to the Studio. Post the completed painting in the Gallery.


09-18-2013, 04:41 AM
Very nicely done! I agree that the background needs darkening, specially around the breast of the bird. That would make him pop.

09-18-2013, 02:04 PM
From your referance photo to me it looks like darkening the breast might achieve nice contrast mix yellow with it's compliment purple test the color on a piece of scrap paper this is a more subtle value change for the pop which may be what your after... the above artists have good sound advice. I listen to them all the time.

09-18-2013, 03:41 PM
From your reference photo, the photographer took advantage of the use of complements to enhance the striking yellow of your finch. Violet and yellow are mixing complement.

Rather than darkening anything, perhaps a wash of blue over the rose in your background will create that violet tone for you. Just my 2 cents worth! :)

09-18-2013, 06:47 PM
Yes yes yes! Thank you I was really not getting the "pop" I was looking for, I'll play with the values and see if more purple will help

09-19-2013, 02:36 PM
I think Char hit on just what is needed; a light blue wash over the entire painting. If you look closely even the bird has some pale blue on him in the ref pic. Please post your updated version too. It's very nicely done.

09-21-2013, 06:43 PM

Updated version posted here!

09-24-2013, 11:29 PM
Lovely ,i agree with charm the background needs to be toned down.i would have the bird facing the other way as it is he is out of the painting rather than into the painting