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09-02-2001, 11:10 AM

Wow! I just found this website and I love it. Where have you guys been all my life? Anyway, I have no idea what I'm doing. Just uploaded a picture of "Afternoon Siesta", an acrylic painting of the local threesome of ducks that was hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf on New Year's Day, 2000. Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated.:)

Rose Queen
09-02-2001, 02:23 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas!, JP! Nice to have another Tarheel on the boards. Your composition is really excellent and the ducks are so realistic -- lovely!

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09-02-2001, 11:24 PM
welcome to WetCanva jpope.....your gonna love this place..:D

beautiful painting...the ducks look so cousy comfy tucked away there amongst the rock......looking forward to seeing more of your work.....

09-05-2001, 08:50 AM
Thanks Rose Queen and Mystic. I'm loving this place!:)

09-05-2001, 06:34 PM
Hello JPope *S* Welcome to WC. I've been coming here for about 3 or 4 months. At my age time flies *S* Anyway Love your painting, The green on the ducks head looks like the exact color from what I remember of the Mallard. And your detail is so great Love all of it *S*

09-05-2001, 07:10 PM
Thanks, Luvy. I've been painting a lot of ducks, pelicans, etc. lately. I love the mallard greens and blue-greens, too. Attached is an acrylic I did called "Bachelor Ducks" where I wanted to show the subtle difference between the shades of green of these guys.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2001/batchelorducksMVC-007F.jpg
I guess I'll have to find some different ducks soon!

09-06-2001, 07:45 PM
Can you teach me how to do the water and reflections? This is great too *S* Love the colors and looks like you've got the receipe just right *S* :clap:

Do you have a website? Never mind found your website Going to look at it now *S*

09-07-2001, 10:23 PM
Thanks, Luvy! Don't bother with my website, though. It's locked in internet limbo right now. (My ISP changed the protocol for uploading, and until I change services, I can't get to it to fix it). Sorry.

In answer to your question about the water, I think that was my second main exercise in this painting. I had read an article saying that water is almost never blue, and that we paint it wrong by assuming it's always blue. When I took the attached picture of the local duckies, I decided to work with the blue water. First, I laid the underpainting of sky blue, then went back with airbrushed white to suggest the current. The trick was putting the reflections of brown, green and white in blue water. It really wasn't as hard as I thought.



09-13-2001, 01:28 AM
I concur, your use of color and that water in general is just stunning.

One nitpick however... since this is the critique forum...
Your anatomy looks a little "rubbery" and loose... especially with the head and neck structure. If I had to guess, I'd say you were drawing from the photos in such a manner that you do not construct the animals much. You're drawing what you see... but what you see in a 2D photo and what a real ducks body is arranged like are two different things.

It would really help the believeability of your work if you were to pay as much attention to the bones/muscles/interior of the animals as you have to the exterior shapes and details. Firming up the anatomy will give the critters more weight and dimension.

I've always been told, draw from the inside out... bones, muscles, then skin and details. A great reference of animal anatomy is Jack Hamm's, "How to Draw Animals" ... the title makes it sound juvenile, I know... but it's an excellent reference.

Sorry if I stepped on toes... just wanted to help. You have such great polish and an eye for surface detail and color... It's really excellent work. Keep at it... can't wait to see more.


09-13-2001, 09:34 AM
These duck paintings are AWESOME! . I especially like the details and textures. I also like the detail of the water and the colours you have used. :D :D :angel: :angel:

09-15-2001, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the comments, Leona and Animal! Leona, I agree that anatomical structure is extremely important, and one of the most difficult things for me to deal with. I enjoy painting from photographs, but prefer live subjects because photographs often flatten out the perspective and distort the subject. I admit that I had some trouble with the heads and necks of the ducks in the second painting, and probably became too involved in fiddling with the colors to deal as much with "motion" as I should have. Thanks for pointing this out. :)