View Full Version : The Sentinel

06-28-2007, 03:56 PM
I noticed Dee posted one of these a week or two ago, refering to "The Golden Compass" by Pullman. Hers was cuter and more cuddly looking than mine - except for those claws :lol:

At any rate, this is a pine marten, oil on 14x18 canvas. C&C are very welcome! Thanks for looking.


06-28-2007, 08:40 PM
Pat, that composition is exceptional. It looks to me like it's looking in a window. Is that what you intended?

06-28-2007, 10:53 PM
Pat, very nice light and shadow. Makes the neck colors really pop.

06-28-2007, 11:01 PM
Love the composition and the expression on this guy - fantastic!

Do you think you really need the whitish tree branch (is that what it is?) though? I ask because it distracts my eye away from the wonderful critter a bit...

06-29-2007, 08:13 AM
Ohmygoodness this is beautiful! I love it! I do agree with Ann about the whitish tree branch, it does distract away from your beautiful critter.

06-29-2007, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the nice comments!

Patrick, I wasn't thinking of a window - wish I had. There looked to be a lot of diffused, weak light behind him, like he's in dense forest and found one of the few strong rays of light. Does that make sense?

Thanks Harold, I was kinda concerned this one might wind up being too dark!

Yeah, Ann and Jody, I agree that the upper white branch could go... I think I'll use the opportunity to try some glazing on the lower one to push it back, and maybe some scrubbling on the upper one.

I'll repost when the changes are made. Thanks again, everyone!

06-29-2007, 05:41 PM
Pat, I love your piece :D The lighting is just right, and he just looks so inquisitive!

06-30-2007, 01:52 PM
WOW, really captured the personality of this little guy...love the way you've handled the lighting.

07-01-2007, 04:14 PM
Thanks for the kind comments, Dee and Mitch!

I tried removing the upper branch, and glazing the lower but it just didn't look right so I waited for the glaze to dry and removed them both. This pic was taken in the house (after sketching out another canvas yesterday, I took it outside to "fix" the sketch with varnish, and wound up with several suicidal bugs stuck to the canvas :eek: ), so decided not to chance it!


07-01-2007, 08:15 PM
That sunlight glow is supreme :clap:

07-01-2007, 09:25 PM
Hi Pat

I think this is superb! Definitely on my "would buy it" list - well done!

07-02-2007, 03:20 PM
Thanks, Patrick! This one's been a great learning experience.

And thank you, Ann! That's quite a complement!

07-02-2007, 04:09 PM
Superfine work!!!:clap: Love the way you've done the fur.
Very realistic.:thumbsup:

07-03-2007, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Bertoni!

07-03-2007, 12:36 PM
Pat, I love this and exclaimed to my son, oh looook how cuuuute!!
I think it looks great as is, the lighter colored branch doesn't look out of place to me, it's the way the light is hitting. I like it bunches!! It looks like WE are the ones being observed, lol!
~Fae Lynn