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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.
01-10-2010, 10:46 AM
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".
01-10-2010, 07:51 PM
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: )
01-11-2010, 10:19 AM
Thank you Esmeralinda. Crisscross is indeed a word, at least according to the dictionary.
01-11-2010, 10:24 AM
Really nice colourful work.
Best from mike.
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.
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.
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.
01-15-2010, 09:21 PM
...or maybe it's their second molt.
01-15-2010, 10:59 PM
very nice. looks great.
01-19-2010, 02:27 PM
Thank you Pete K.
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: .
01-22-2010, 04:47 PM
The tail feather reference photo...
01-23-2010, 02:26 PM
This morning's setting...
I need to refresh the palette.
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.
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.
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.
01-24-2010, 08:12 PM
Beautiful painting, Gracie. What kind of birds are these? I've never seen anything like them.
01-24-2010, 09:29 PM
Thank you BeeCeeEss, they are a pair of Silver Pheasants (Lophura nycthemera).
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.
01-28-2010, 08:06 AM
Still working on the angle of the birds' heads.
01-28-2010, 04:55 PM
This is very nice! I really enjoyed seeing the progression up to this point! :)
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.
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.
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.
02-25-2010, 07:24 AM
After some adjustments I'm going to see if I can't put this together with photoshop 5.
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