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Old 06-03-2019, 02:02 PM
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Blue Bird...too much on background?

I'm looking for hard feedback. I'm having trouble being objective. Is this a good background? What would have made it better? Too dark? Too light?

Not enough color?

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Old 06-03-2019, 02:37 PM
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Re: Blue Bird...too much on background?

It's a great start, Thomas. I like the concept, and I am trying to incorporate more interesting backgrounds in my paintings.

My first reaction is that the background is nearly equivalent in detail and in tone as your subject. Think about a camera's depth of field.... whatever is equivalent in distance from the lens will be equally in focus. Closer or further away will creep out of focus. So, your left flower may be focused along with the bird. The others might go lighter and "fuzzier." They are almost there already (perhaps lifting off a bit of color would help?).

A tiny bit more detail and darkened colors on the bird will also highlight its presence and importance among the other items in the painting. A slightly darker edge along the top of the head will increase contrast with the sky background and attract the eye more.

Keep working, but don't overdo it as I tend to do! This painting has a nice, soft touch; and I would hate to lose that!

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Old 06-03-2019, 03:43 PM
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Re: Blue Bird...too much on background?

Thanks, Frank.

I don't know if it's noticeable, but I softened all but the largest flower, strengthened the colors in the bluebird, and hardened his top edge.

Better, I think. But still not quite what I envisioned. (Wondering if it'll ever be...).

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Old 06-03-2019, 06:11 PM
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Re: Blue Bird...too much on background?

I like it, Thomas! I think you did just enough to draw more attention to the bird without overdoing it. (I would have.)

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Re: Blue Bird...too much on background?

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I think that is a really good place to stop.. the bird is just details enough to be the focal point and the flowers is just details enough to add some interest and the background is blury enough to make the bird pop..
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Re: Blue Bird...too much on background?

I did stop! And I posted it in the galley. Thanks much!

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