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Old 02-03-2020, 01:47 PM
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Hi All,

I have been working on this the past few weeks and really wanted to create as much texture as I could. This is a 16 x 20 oil painting. I'd love to hear anything you have to say, the good, the bad and the ugly, so please help me out and let me know if anything seems wrong. I learn so much when people give me their opinions.

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Old 02-03-2020, 02:55 PM
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Re: Playing with Textures

1st copy came out a little dark so I made adjustments. The lighting in my house was awful when I took this picture
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:52 PM
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I can see plenty of texture - lovely rough tree bark! Those plumped-up feathers look really soft too. I really like it.
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Lovely, Suzie!
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You have achieved some lovely textures and the little bird is great. You did ask for C and C and I personally would have left out those background trees . Leaving just a blue sky behind your bird would allow him to be centre stage which he deserves to be.
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:34 AM
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Thank you Chistel, Kay and Chammi! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Chammi you are 100% right! I knew something was wrong and The minute I read your post I immediately knew that was what It was, I just looked at it too much to see it LOL thank you so much for that and the tree is going to be gone 👍
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Re: Playing with Textures

Mnn... I'm sure I've written a response, but I forgot to submit... anyway on summary:
-The blue egg distracts the viewer off the bird. You could sharpen the bird's image and highlight it more to set the attention in it.
Respect textures, my experience is that you should build them with many layers. Normally I would paint the under layers with strong sharp texture shapes, and some covering layers that give a mean tone to the textured surface.
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Old 02-06-2020, 02:53 PM
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Re: Playing with Textures

Thank you again Chammi, I think removing the tree made a huge difference. I still have some lines to clean up etc.... but here is what I have so far.

Fredrico- I truly appreciate your critique and think you are spot on with the egg! I like the egg because it inserts a little bit of my quirkiness into the piece but it definitely needs to be toned down. I had a hard time with lighting on the bird because my pictures are dark. I'm working during the day and painting at night and the lighting in my house is not so good. This weekend i'll have a chance to work on it and take pictures in good light and then i'll have a better idea of what it may need.

Thank so much for the help!
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I liked both versions, with background trees and without.
I might tone down the broken egg as it pulls my eye away from the mama bird.
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I wasn't bothered by the background trees but yes the bird stands out more now. How about a few highlights on the bird's wing to suggest feathers in depth?
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It is lovely Suzie. Such a delightful little bird. I love it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:46 PM
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Re: Playing with Textures

Thank you for all the helpful comments I worked on this more this weekend and took some artistic license. In the end I felt like a Robin was too dark of a bird for this piece. (After continually trying to lighten it up without losing the Robin) In the end I ended the struggle and made it a lighter bird. The opinions I've gotten so far are 50/50. I miss the Robin but like the lighter bird too. I also got a picture in more natural light though I did notice when I looked at it the picture was a bit out of focus. Oh well, I tried Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking.
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