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11-29-2015, 05:29 PM


Title: Chicken and garden basket
Year Created:
Medium: Other
Surface: Other
Dimension: 9
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Ignore basket handle

Sunflowers are not right, help
And generally what do you think on rest of painting

11-30-2015, 01:41 PM
flowers are fine
the chicken is lost tho and a little flat
suggest playing up the light and shadows more on her.

what medium, surface and size is it?


Dana Design
11-30-2015, 03:51 PM
And I'd suggest giving your greens a bit more life, more zip. Some lighter greens and yellows would work. That will help pop your flowers!

Is this painted on tin?

11-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Ok it is water soluble oil paint on chalkboard, thank you I'll give it a try:wink2:

12-01-2015, 12:25 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2015/1977557-20151201_121506.jpg Worked on it

12-02-2015, 09:23 AM
Changing the background from a reddish-brown fence to a corrugated grey metal fence has had two detrimental effects: first, the contrast of the grey speckled chicken with the red background is lost, and second, the pleasing complimentary red cast of the ref background with green leaves has been lost. Why did you make the change to the background? The chicken is sort of lost in the dark now...and s/he is really the raison d'etre of the painting.
What do you think? How can you make her more visible?

12-02-2015, 06:56 PM
Yes I do agree with you on the back ground I had thought I couldn't pull it off with the redish back ground , I do think that was the bigest mistake I made

12-03-2015, 10:20 AM
You Can Pull It Off! It's such a precious scene...and you have done so well on the chicken's feathers, what do you think about this: One quick thing you could do to make the chicken pop out a bit more would be to paint the red stuff on the head (comb??) a lighter, brighter red. Another thing you might do is paint a thin coat of burnt sienna mixed with a little black over the background to get closer to the original color & dark value of reddish brown.

12-03-2015, 05:26 PM
Thank you I'll try it

12-04-2015, 04:52 PM
Hows thishttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2015/1977557-20151204_163336.jpg

12-04-2015, 06:29 PM
Yes, I think the change to a darker background value is an improvement!!

12-04-2015, 06:49 PM
Thank you

12-06-2015, 10:45 AM
If you look back at your photo, you see how the contrast between light and dark on the chicken gives it volume and definition- makes it less flat and gray. The lighting on the chicken's head is particularly important.

You might try getting more of this variation in light in the painting as well to do proper justice to Ms. Chicken

As others have mentioned, in the photo the darker ground is effective in contrasting with the specifically lit head on the chicken (and some of the yellow petals)

12-06-2015, 03:23 PM
use cadmium red light for the reds in the chicken.....just for some highlights but do not overpower the area with that color. That particular red is very vibrant and strong so use it sparingly...but it will make that part of the painting pop a little better. Also, you mentioned this is chalkboard.....have you thought about the longevity issues of this piece or is that not important to you? Did you prime it? My guess from the way the paint seems to be soaking into the surface is that you did not. Priming is essential foundation to any painting that you hold value to and wish to out live you.

12-06-2015, 04:49 PM
No there for sale and also something not to expensive to paint on, I have after this one started doing a primer to give them a a better service to paint on . Thank you so much for advice. I have a new one iam working on that I'll be posting need help with. Thanks again.

12-11-2015, 08:50 PM
My suggestion is let that chicken's head free, and raise the handle of the basket. Define her eye a little bit more. Everything else looks great!