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Gracie45
01-10-2010, 05:32 AM
I had originally posted this painting on the landscape channel, but when it comes to completing the details it is totally wildlife.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2010/160986-detail.jpg

jody007
01-10-2010, 10:46 AM
Beautiful painting!
Jody

Gracie45
01-10-2010, 03:15 PM
Thank you Jody, there are still some adjustment to value to be completed, I thought I would share the progress of those last couple of "settings".

Esmeralinda
01-10-2010, 07:51 PM
Hi :wave:
Just read to come here to check the progress ! Wonderful progress ! I don't think there's much to do now....
I love the colours, the generous composition and all that beautiful criss-crossing (is this a word?:rolleyes: )

Gracie45
01-11-2010, 10:19 AM
Thank you Esmeralinda. Crisscross is indeed a word, at least according to the dictionary.

stirling
01-11-2010, 10:24 AM
Really nice colourful work.

Best from mike.

Gracie45
01-14-2010, 03:20 PM
Thank you stirling, the photo that I'm using for reference has the hen lost in the color of the foreground, hard thing to do unless your looking at a pheasant I've been looking for a jpg of my photo, as soon as I find it I'll post it.

Gracie45
01-15-2010, 08:18 PM
Here's my reference photo though be it of younger birds. These two are less than a year old in this photo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers.jpg

those tail feathers grow to a length of about two feet after the first molt, they make a good back drop for the hen, or at least I think so.

Gracie45
01-15-2010, 09:21 PM
...or maybe it's their second molt.

PETE K
01-15-2010, 10:59 PM
very nice. looks great.

Gracie45
01-19-2010, 02:27 PM
Thank you Pete K.

Gracie45
01-21-2010, 08:31 PM
Here my current progression with this work. I'm getting it ready for an April deadline, I should bring it in right on time at this rate :eek: .
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers2.jpg

Gracie45
01-22-2010, 04:47 PM
The tail feather reference photo...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2010/160986-PICT0534.jpg

Gracie45
01-23-2010, 02:26 PM
This morning's setting...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers4.jpg

I need to refresh the palette.

Phranque
01-23-2010, 03:07 PM
I like this a lot. My only nit is the sudden bend the white tail seems to get right behind the front bird's head. I love the textures, especially in the foliage at the front left, I also really like the bird in the top right.

Gracie45
01-23-2010, 05:10 PM
Thank you Frank, those feathers do create a kind of visually stratified conjunction that dominates the composition in a, kind of, too busy way, thanks for pointing that out. I'll have to deal with that in my next setting.

Gracie45
01-24-2010, 08:29 AM
Well, here's the next setting and those feathers just went way purple the value seems about right now to adjust the hue. I've really found that progression photos are a big help with these things, and posting them, thanks to you all, is even more so... so thanks for looking. Your comments are most welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers5.jpg

BeeCeeEss
01-24-2010, 08:12 PM
Beautiful painting, Gracie. What kind of birds are these? I've never seen anything like them.

Beverly

Gracie45
01-24-2010, 09:29 PM
Thank you BeeCeeEss, they are a pair of Silver Pheasants (Lophura nycthemera).

Gracie45
01-25-2010, 11:03 AM
Here's this morning's work, getting those birds to turn their heads is not an easy task... at least not on canvas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers5.jpg

Gracie45
01-28-2010, 08:06 AM
Still working on the angle of the birds' heads.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2010/160986-Silvers7.jpg

KerryOriginals
01-28-2010, 04:55 PM
This is very nice! I really enjoyed seeing the progression up to this point! :)

Gracie45
01-31-2010, 01:12 PM
Thank you KerryOriginals, there is still some work to be done with detailing of values. While I had never really noticed before, the effect of sunlight on a pile of brush is amazing.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2010/160986-DSCN8108.jpg

Gracie45
02-23-2010, 01:58 PM
I got out in the sunlight today and photographed the canvas to check the work of the last few weeks... comments and criticisms are welcome.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2010/160986-Silvers7.jpg

Gracie45
02-24-2010, 07:26 AM
While I do not have photos of the initial stages of this painting, it
began as a series of washes. I like to use a wet on wet technique to get my drawing on the canvas, it establishes form and to some degree value as well as setting the mood of the work.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2010/160986-Silversdetail.jpg

Gracie45
02-25-2010, 07:24 AM
After some adjustments I'm going to see if I can't put this together with photoshop 5.