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01-28-2017, 11:56 AM
Hi everybody,

I have finally completed my first painting of 2017 and my seventh acrylic painting. I am still learning how to use the paint and this was a steep learning curve as I still struggle to get good coverage in the background but I am getting there. Any useful help is much appreciated. The painting was done using liquitex acrylics on primed MDF board from a reference photo from Jason Morgan (Online art) wildlife CD. Hope you like it.

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01-28-2017, 02:05 PM
It looks like you're getting along fine with acrylics - I'm trying to learn to use them (every now and then) and I struggle with getting fine detail. You have really good textures in the feathers and the yellow really shines off the surface! I like it. :thumbsup:

01-28-2017, 10:42 PM
I see a bit of a worried expression if you are going to take the treasured item in the beak :)

01-28-2017, 11:40 PM
Well done.

01-29-2017, 08:53 AM
Thank you everybody for your lovely comments. :cat:

chammi kaiser
01-30-2017, 10:20 AM
You are a natural with acrylics Lisa. Nice work. Perhaps bring some of the plumage into the background - just wisps of it so that the bird doesn't look cut out. The feet are really really good.

01-31-2017, 03:18 AM
Thank you very much Chammi, I will try and do that, any advice is much appreciated:wave:

01-31-2017, 05:58 AM
That looks so nice Lisa :)... I know you struggled with the yellow... its a difficult color in acrylics :)

02-05-2017, 12:39 PM
Looks good Lisa your bg blending seems fine,I agree with Chammi for a few loose feathers overlaping the bg

02-08-2017, 02:48 PM
Thanks very much for your lovely comments, Skappy and Fedetony :wave:

02-08-2017, 04:49 PM
Very nice :)

02-08-2017, 04:54 PM
Excellent work on the bird...one comment that may be of use to you: I would take care when doing a monotone background that you might use your brush strokes in horizontal application so there is no halo of directional outlines that come from painting adjacent to the body shape. Even after it has dried, you can still go over it but if you make it a point all the time it will be easier to manage. That may seem to be a tiny nitpick...again excellent detail on the bird.

02-13-2017, 03:23 AM
Thanks very much Karebear and Jonc, no nitpiks just good useful comments many thanks for the advice. It is much appreciated:cat: