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Orchid Lady
03-23-2011, 11:06 AM
Hi all! This is "Kwang", a Bateleur Eagle that I photographed a few months ago. She really does have that orange/yellow face in real life. These eagles are found mainly in Africa, hence my title. This piece is about 17" X 23" using Terry Ludwigs, Mount Vision, and some Great Americans. I did use a few pastel pencils for the small details. So what do you all think? This really is my first complete pastel painting....

03-23-2011, 12:16 PM
Very nice! The detail in the face is beautifully done! Thanks for posting!


John Palmer Fine Art
03-23-2011, 12:23 PM
I think I commented on this over in A&W whilst it was in progress, was impressed then and the finished piece has certainly lived up to expectations. Well done.

Orchid Lady
03-23-2011, 02:16 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Don and John! I forgot to add that this piece is done on La Carte Pastel Card.

03-23-2011, 07:12 PM
Excellent, you have really caught the alertness of these magnificent birds in the eyes.

03-23-2011, 11:38 PM
You have every reason to be pleased with this. So majestically dramatic!

Mikki Petersen
03-24-2011, 12:16 AM
Impressive! really reflects the power of the bird.


03-24-2011, 12:44 AM
Beautifully rendered! Fantastic work on those eyes - so intense! Congrats on a superb first pastel!

03-24-2011, 03:31 AM
oh WOW he is very impressive, stunning!!!

Orchid Lady
03-24-2011, 11:41 AM
Thanks Bill, NotherNan, Mik, Jean and Veronica for your nice comments! I do believe I'm now hooked on pastels and I can't wait to get my dusty little fingers into another painting!

03-24-2011, 01:23 PM
What an impressive bird. It just blows me away what you pastel people can do without a brush. Awesome.

03-24-2011, 01:42 PM
Wow this is great! The beak and face are done very well! Can't wait to see what you can do as you get warmed up to pastels!

03-24-2011, 04:30 PM
Good work!

Orchid Lady
03-25-2011, 11:13 AM
Wow this is great! The beak and face are done very well! Can't wait to see what you can do as you get warmed up to pastels! I plan on going to the IAPS convention in June and I've signed up for a couple of classes and demos so that I can see what I should be doing in pastels! Hopefully that will help me get "warmed up". :D
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

03-30-2011, 07:48 PM
Champion image of the bird. I thought maybe you were posting the Lion or Tiger in here.

03-30-2011, 10:25 PM
Nice job especially on the beak and eyes.

03-31-2011, 12:23 AM
Love the texture of the feathers, well done. Valerie

Orchid Lady
03-31-2011, 11:34 AM
Thanks for looking in Norm, Jen and Valerie! As a newbie pastel painter, I need all the encouragement I can get!

Lorraine Paris
03-31-2011, 12:16 PM
Stunning work and I like the background too.

Orchid Lady
03-31-2011, 03:27 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Lorraine!

03-31-2011, 09:34 PM
very cool! I don't think I would want that creature coming after me. thanks for sharing this with us!

Orchid Lady
04-01-2011, 11:29 AM
Pam: Unless you're a small reptile, bird or carrion, you have nothing to worry about! :lol:

04-01-2011, 04:51 PM
Very well done :)

04-01-2011, 10:06 PM
Super work - it looks like you've found a new medium!

Orchid Lady
04-02-2011, 10:47 AM
Pastels are definitely my new love! And that means I get to buy some more pastels ---be still my heart! :D

KD Art
04-02-2011, 01:03 PM
Hooray! Pastels will be a good friend to you! For me, choosing pastels is like choosing which chocolate to have out of a brand new box. A huge box with several layers! Hmmmm. Well done with your eagle piece. I'll look out for your next artwork. Kat

04-02-2011, 01:28 PM
Really excellent and realistic details, that face is amazing!! Nicely done..:)

Orchid Lady
04-02-2011, 08:16 PM
Thanks everyone for the encouraging words! I can't wait for the workshops/classes at IAPS this June and I signed up for one of Dianna Ponting's 3 day Workshops in late July (here in California...Yay!). Trying to soak up all the pastel instruction that I can....