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02-27-2001, 10:42 PM
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11x14 acrylic, feathers on wings are not finished, nor is the tail and flights. I still have to work layers to soften them. I posted the scanned full body (shown before repainting the wing feathers), but the colour is way off, due to a night time shot with a digicam. There is a wash of violet to the bottom right, to compliment the yellow. Feet and perch not indicated as yet. Any comments appreciated.



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02-27-2001, 10:56 PM
Bevl, I like the way you do feathers and macaws. I especially like the different textures of the eye of this one and the colours you have used. Keep posting. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

02-28-2001, 07:51 AM
Thanks, animal. Looking at this again, I see where I need to fix the wing feathering. it needs to angle forward, on a diagonal from the upper back, down toward the tummy. I can't see it well at all in the photo, but looking at the painting now I can clearly see what I need to do. That means painting over the wing and starting again. The colour you see here still isn't quite true, either. It is much more colourful in the original- his yellow is deeper yellow than what shows here, and his blue is more turquoise also.

02-28-2001, 11:01 AM
oh wow! he is gorgeous! nice work! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

02-28-2001, 05:21 PM
Thankyou, Ohju
However, I need to mention that the above macaw no longer exsists. I, um, had a bit of an accident with it. Seems i dragged my sleeve through paint, and didn't notice I then dragged it over the background until it was too dry to wipe off. Seeing the background is made up of a bunch of colours, I couldn't quite match it. So I had to completely redo the background, and in the process I had to get paint on the outside edges of the bird. I decided to repaint the wing as well, seeing I had made such a mess. So, this is the third time doing it. sigh.
I think it's going to look better this time around. I hope. I'll be sure to keep my sleeves rolled up. DUH! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif


02-28-2001, 10:52 PM
Bevl, I hope you can fix this bird up again so we can see it, I`m sure it will turn out. Good Luck Bev, http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

Mayet Ankh
03-01-2001, 05:49 AM
Hi Bev,
This looks lovely - I really like the colours and the feathers look soooo... soft.
I look forward to seeing it finished - I am sure your persistence will pay off.

03-01-2001, 09:36 AM
It is beautifull!!! I especially like the background, how did you get is so well blended???

03-01-2001, 10:42 PM
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Darrell, Watchful, thankyou for your comments. Here is the revised revision.
Darrell, I figure I'll sit him on a basket handle, or if not, maybe a rope perch. Something that will curve downward. I work backwards, and tend to leave that kind of stuff till the last. s'just me. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif This version is cropped even more than the previous, but I wanted to get the tail in the photo. And again, the colour is off. That background is not green!
And this is using a scanner!
Beak needs more work. Question, though. Should I highlight the feathers just to the left side of the beak, or leave them darker?. To me, something doesn't look right there, but would highlighting them make them look like they were in front of the beak?
By the time I get his right, I'll have posted 32 updates!
Anyway, I showed the owner of this bird the photo, and she said she had tears looking at it. I know I did okay when I can make'em cry. His name is McCoy, btw.
Bev http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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03-01-2001, 10:55 PM
Gorgeous as usual Bev......yeah the digitals are a bummer with colours...thats why I san everything I post. I love the bill....what are you gonna sit him on Bev?


03-01-2001, 10:56 PM
Such a fine job. I do hope you succeed with the fix. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

03-02-2001, 10:34 AM
Hi Bev,
This is beautiful. As for the beak, I think in the other painting, you had a stronger highlight on the beak, and that brought it forward properly and the feathers behind it were also lighter. A very thin, light outline behind it might also help.
BTW, I seem to have to adjust any digital photo that I post here, for color, brightness, etc.
No wonder gallery owners want slides! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Bill Carroll
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03-03-2001, 05:15 AM
OH YUM!! I love it at every stage! I agree that it seemed in the first one, the light source was stronger (more definite highlights) I will be interested to see what some others say about the values around that beak. My first thought would be that to the left of the beak yes lighter would make sense since the rest of the back is in light. To the right of the beak -- between the beak and his "chin"? I think that area could be darker since his head might cast shadow there. But I am guessing!