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11-03-2000, 10:09 PM
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Here is my beginning of the moluccan cockatoo. I have set the bird slightly off center this time. I will post the whole image below but wanted to show closeup detail of the colour. Larry, I feel you've helped me tremendously. Now take a look and see if these results indicate that I understood everything you told me or not. Any tips would be very much appreciated, especially seeing this is a work in progress and I can make changes.

[This message has been edited by BevL (edited November 03, 2000).]

11-03-2000, 10:19 PM
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Here is the full painting. I have no idea what I'm going to use for a perch, or if I am going to show the tail. The bird was sitting on a flat surface, so I'll have to improvise. No, I didn't plan out the whole composition. I tend to work 'as I go along'. I might add a small toy to the right to balance out things. There is a wash of red to the right- don't know if you can see it. I used a brighter background this time.
Don't mind the body feathering- I have not done much work on that yet.

11-04-2000, 02:51 PM
I love the way your parrots are posed. I can`t wait till my paintings become as good as yours. That wil take years and years of practice though.

11-04-2000, 04:36 PM
You're darn right yours speaks to me! LOL
I'm sitting here laughing because I can't believe the difference! It is awesome!
I can see exactly what you mean, and I thank you for showing me this so I can see, rather than just imagine, the effect!
Okay, so is my monitor being truthful by showing me a green in the background now? That will be easy to fix in the painting. I love it!

11-04-2000, 08:07 PM
Well....glad it works for you Bev. Yes, that is a green in the background.

In perhaps 1-2 months...I will be having a new web site of my own, which will be focusing on critiquing art works and offering mentoring. I'll probably advertise on Wetcanvas...and my host server will be doing its share to promote it. It will be a service with a fee...but, this gives you some idea of what I'll be doing, alternating images and working with the artists.

I just figure...I may as well be making a little money with the time I'm online, and then perhaps my wife will think it makes more sense with the time I spend.

I just add that...because it is good to see when I am able to help others as further confirmation.

Unlike my little bit of helps here and there here on the forums, this service will focus on some pretty indepth time and one-on-one kinda stuff.

I agree...it helps to see some example, and I'm sure with what skills you already possess that having seen this, we've unleashed a great Giant!!!! Look out everybody!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

take care,


11-04-2000, 08:41 PM
Well Larry, sign me up for your lessons! Of course you should charge a fee! Your help has been invaluable to me, and I'd willingly pay for it. The way I look at it is that it is cheaper than me moving to Wisconsin. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Trust me, I was starting to wish it was possible.
My husband is also blown away by the enhancement of my painting that you did. He says he'd like to shake your hand.

I'm very excited about you offering help on your new site. Just let me know where to sign my name. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

11-05-2000, 12:06 AM
Okay Bev.......

I took your image, saved it to my Photoshop folder and messed around with it digitally.

Granted, digital is not paint, but the principles are the same. If you have a paint program, you can save what I've done and open it up and enlarge and see more up close and personal how I used color to enhance things. I actually used a dark green to shade the red of the plume.

I changed the color that I would prefer in the background. A color I felt was more complimentary to the pinkish/yellow of the feathering and would contribute to a warmer overall feel of the bird.

You'll note I used background color to bounce off edges of feather as though to reflect it. This places the bird into the actual environment and makes it less a "decal" look but sitting in actual space.

You'll also note, and I hope others, that I use a great deal of color to create this rythym I speak of, which breathes IMHO more life. Hope it helps somewhat.

Not saying mine is "right" and yours is "wrong" but leaving it up to you to see if my version speaks to you.

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