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Finally got back to this after a few weeks. Here is McCoy, the blue and gold macaw. Colurs here are a tad brighter than the original- the back and wing should be more on the turquois side than what shows here. Also, the gold is a little TOO gold here. That aside, your comments and critique are welcome. Ignore the seam across the middle- I don't know how to stitch scans properly yet.
McCoys owner has seen this, but as artists I'd like your impression.
I like this a lot.
Especially how the feathers look fluorescent and so feathery.
I like the least the rope going out straight on the bottom.
04-04-2001, 03:22 PM
Wonderful! You've captured the different textures beautifully and the lighting really focuses attention on the macaw. And you really seem to have caught a cheeky little gleam in McCoy's eye. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
The only thing I might suggest is to dull down the rope thingie that McCoy is perched on as it is competing for attention. But apart from that it is sensational.
04-04-2001, 04:55 PM
Gorgeous Bev! I agree about the rope, and maybe a little more shadow on the underbelly. but what a handsome bird..you have captured it very well. If you send me your scans I will put them together for you Bev...only takes a minute ot two :-) or we can discuss how you can do it yourself....not difficult at all.
04-04-2001, 05:14 PM
Wow Bev, you've certainly nailed that macaw!! He's beautiful! Bet his owners are thrilled. Sure got that mischievious look we all know. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I tried a rough sketch of Peter--got tired of all those feathers! I'm sure you're glad this is done...
Maybe needs a little more grip on the front toe.
04-04-2001, 05:18 PM
B-U-T-FUL. Amazing attenion to detail. Lovley colour!
Makes me want to try painting a bird.
Thankyou all. I agree about the rope. That is what stopped me from working on this over the past weeks. (that and the flu)
I will try extending some rope behind him, going out to the left. If I keep it dull, will that work? In my reference photo he was sitting on someones wrist. Shirl, you're right about the toe. That bothered me, too.
I left it, because I, um, don't have any of the background mix and I forget which colours I used. So, I got lazy and didnt try to make any up for painting over any areas, however small. I was hoping no one would notice. lol. You artists are too sharp for me! (You know, I have one painting where the bird is actually missing a toe- shhhh) http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
Dull down the rope- gotcha, Sandra. And Darrell, thanks for the offer to help. Rick does know how to stitch, but he wasn't here and I was impatient to post.
I am glad he is pretty much finished. I'm starting on a greenwing tomorrow, much larger! So glad to have the encouragment here, to get me moving on it.
04-04-2001, 08:20 PM
Two things about the rop Bev...it ends go up into the bird, so....is this like soap on a rope, only "parrot?" The rope needs to go beyond, or trail back off down and away.
Secondly....you did too good a job on detailing the rope. It is nearly SO realistic, that it risks taking away from the fine work you've done on your parrot. As much color as this parrot has, my eyes want to keep going back to that rope.
You impress me though...you've become quite accomplished with this medium and your sense of color.
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas
Finally able to get here and post!
You are right, of course. I don't actually care for how I painted that rope- I don't like the angle of the twists, so although since posting this I have toned it down considerably with a violet wash, I am considering repainting it. I did extend it beyond his back, and that made a huge difference! I also think I will redo the foot while I'm at it.
I am almost finished another macaw, which I will post later today. I applied some new things I learned to this next one, so hopefully it made a difference in the end result.
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