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02-20-2010, 07:03 PM
I'm thinking of including an image of an egret in an oil painting that I'm currently working on, but wanted to make a colour sketch in order to work a few things out first.

I'm using the Polychromos pencils.


02-20-2010, 07:16 PM
Your 'sketch' is superb. The structure of the neck looks odd to my eyes, but it's a sketch and so can be corrected by the time you get to the painting stage with your oils.

02-20-2010, 07:57 PM
Very nice indeed - like a cattle egret... :thumbsup:
what size?

02-20-2010, 08:01 PM
Beautiful...love it!

02-20-2010, 09:15 PM
Ah yes I had trouble with that neck, hence the reason for the extra study. I'll do a few more sketches before doing anything more with paint. Thanks for the observation Del.

I believe that it's the Great White Egret, at least I hope so. The Cattle egrets have more yellow on the head I believe, but now you are giving me ideas...time to go check out the Image Gallery for Cattle Egrets.

Sorry that I forgot the size, it's 14x11" on Stonehenge paper.

02-21-2010, 04:30 AM
Hi Susan ..

You've captured this Great White Egret very well .. especially the large trailing feet ..

I shouldn't worry over much about the neck .. check out photos of Grey or Great Blue Herons (same family as Egrets) .. they often have a peculiar "kink" in the neck .. its just one of their postures ..

You're quite correct in what you say about the differences between Great White & Cattle Egrets .. we're now starting to see both species in increasing numbers here in UK .. :thumbsup:

Bye for now,

Kev ..

02-21-2010, 09:28 AM
Thank you Kev, that is very kind.

Yes I did check out the Image Library and saved several images of the herons and egrets, thank goodness for all the generous artists who contribute. I'll be sure to add a few images of my own.

02-21-2010, 09:37 AM
Very nice work.Your oil should turn out amazing.

02-22-2010, 10:24 AM
Yes, I hope so, but it will be awhile before that progresses, hope to work on the painting later this week.

In the meantime, I think that I'll start working on another egret/heron from the RIF.

02-22-2010, 04:14 PM
Love the wings and grass!