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Jennifer Miller
04-26-2011, 10:15 AM
Hi folks! This is a bit different, but here are a few new paintings of mine.
These first two were painted pretty post-haste for a contest I was invited to/joined rather last minute. It's called Share One Planet (http://www.shareoneplanet.org/en/) and it was an international contest to promote wildlife and conservation, using digital media. I think it was a fantastic contest and hopefully will do some good as far as awareness goes!

There were a few different themes, and for my main submission I chose 'swan lake', where the only eligible species was the whooper swan.

Here are my WIPs to show my process. Even though it is in a digital format, I use a traditional method and don't use rendering or photo-manipulation (I really wouldn't know how!) of just using digital brushes to paint onto one layer. I use a program called Corel Painter that replicates how physical media works, and used the Oil Pastel and Acrylic brushes on these.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/196662-jennifer_miller_swanlakewip1.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/196662-jennifer_miller_swanlakewip3.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

In the end at the advice of some friends I mirrored the image.
"Veneration to the Sun"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/196662-veneration_of_the_sun_web.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

For my second entry, I chose a Lady Amherst's Pheasant. I knew I had less time to invest so I went with a slightly more abstract, stylized look... and Lady Amherst's Pheasants are pretty much already stylized!
"Forest Resplendence"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/196662-Forest_Resplendence_web.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

Finally, this is a painting I did earlier this month, while watching the Decorah Eagle Cam. (http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles)Their Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera that they sometimes have on is high resolution and the image quality is very good, and it allowed me to work from several screenshots and from 'life' to do a quick portrait.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2011/196662-decorah_eagle_mom_painting.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

Thanks for looking!!

ncgirl
04-26-2011, 10:35 AM
Wonderful! I like the coloring, theme, composition - everything! A visual pleasure!

WSV
04-26-2011, 10:58 AM
Wow!! Stunning paintings Jennifer!! Wish my Corel painter would do that, but it does level my easel nicely.:lol: Your eagle is Amazing!!!
Have a great day. Pat

lisapencil
04-26-2011, 12:29 PM
Wow fantastic well done. :thumbsup:

John Palmer Fine Art
04-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Really awesome work Jennifer, well done.
John

txsauce
04-26-2011, 02:48 PM
These are amazing digital paintings! Super work!

tulabula
04-26-2011, 04:15 PM
Beautiful! All 3 are stunning.

PatrickHedges
04-26-2011, 07:45 PM
Unbelievable work Jennifer. Stunning really!

Wow!! Stunning paintings Jennifer!! Wish my Corel painter would do that, but it does level my easel nicely.:lol: Your eagle is Amazing!!!
Have a great day. Pat
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:

FarmGirl29
04-26-2011, 08:48 PM
Your work always blows me away! Love them all!

OcelotEyes
04-27-2011, 06:44 AM
Amazing work!! Love the lighting on the swans - and the detail - and the water...the whole thing is breathtaking!!

And the simplicity of the pheasant works so well with the tail leading us through the painting, it didn't need anything else! Beautiful, jaw-dropping work.

OcelotEyes
04-27-2011, 06:45 AM
And the eagle too!!! Especially awesome that it was "from life" with a webcam in the middle :D

jody007
04-27-2011, 10:15 AM
Wow magnificent work! I love them all!
Jody

Dave Slaughter
04-27-2011, 06:53 PM
Very well done. It's hard to believe these were digitally done, which I suspect is harder than using traditional media (though maybe easier to correct?).

Jennifer Miller
04-27-2011, 11:08 PM
Thank you for the kind words everyone!

Very well done. It's hard to believe these were digitally done, which I suspect is harder than using traditional media (though maybe easier to correct?).

It is harder in some respects, and easier in others... much like many media! Mistakes are generally easier to correct and you don't have to wait for paint to dry. At the same time, it loses the tactile sensation of real paint and it requires more effort to keep the "brushstrokes" personal and expressive (for me, at least).

outsidemywindow
04-28-2011, 02:37 AM
wow these are really gorgeous congrats

Orph
04-28-2011, 02:40 AM
Those are so gorgeous!!!! Love all of them!!!
Orphie

stirling
04-28-2011, 06:41 AM
Outstanding work Jennifer,love them all.

Best from mike,x.

03ahmed
04-28-2011, 02:19 PM
All three are great!

rewston
04-28-2011, 04:30 PM
beautiful work! i especially like the swans