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Old 11-14-2019, 12:35 AM
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Gateway Egret

18 x 24 on stretched canvas
I took the ref pic on a bike ride, in the wetlands of Queens and Rockaway.
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Old 11-14-2019, 03:43 PM
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Re: Gateway Egret

I changed some minor details.
I just want the finished piece here, for the record.
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Re: Gateway Egret

Nice colors and I like how the background is handled. I would love to see more modeling in the form of the egret, and maybe some exaggeration of the shape of its neck a bit (seems a bit straight for an egret to my mind, though it could be accurate to the reference if the bird was stretching out just at the correct angle in relation to the camera).

Really good work though, the values of the water against the white of the bird really make it pop. Keep at it man, you are definitely showing some improvement. It is a long journey to get really good at painting (still on that journey myself).
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Re: Gateway Egret

I agree with Delo. I would only add that the head looks more duck-like than it should. (See example.)

Nice job on everything else, though.
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:51 AM
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Re: Gateway Egret

Yeah - I think the same about the beak. In fact the whole bird is more of a goose than egret. At least itís some sort of waterfowl. (
The neck is per the ref but I see what you mean there too.
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Re: Gateway Egret

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At least itís some sort of waterfowl.
I don't think its a problem that the shape isn't perfect, there's a slightly cartoony quality in your drawing that is very likeable.
We have photographs for perfect realism, after all.
My suggestion is that the foreground is a little busy. The marks of the water in the immediate foreground distract attention from the reflection of the egret, IMHO.
There's plenty of busy-ness and mark-marking overall, especially in the background, which is well handled.
A quiet area of tone with only slight variations leading up to the reflection and the egret would be perfectily acceptable, I think.




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Old 11-15-2019, 10:31 PM
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Re: Gateway Egret

yeah, I see what you mean there too.
I've decided to work this painting a little more, based on the suggestions, which I agree with (or else obviously I wouldn't touch it). But I do, so I will.
Will post when I've made the changes.
I see exactly what's wrong with the head and beak by the way.
Don't worry (not that you were going to worry) but I like this painting a lot and I'm not done, by gum!
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Re: Gateway Egret

This style reminds me of the paintings by Craigie Aitchison. Soft, simple, forms and emotive color combinations. His paintings are like prayers.
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I like this, the landscape reminds me of Klimpt
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:49 PM
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Re: Gateway Egret

I painted over the duck - I mean egret.
Well I wiped it off best I could with OMS and put a layer of pond over it. It will need a few more layers. When all that is completely dry, Iíll paint an actual egret (not just some generic waterfowl) in the pond. Audubon himself would be proud.
Iím also reworking the pond itself.
Yeah, I have to remind myself that this is oil, not watercolor or pencil.
I can rinse and repeat indefinitely.
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