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Old 05-14-2010, 09:51 AM
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This study is 14"x 11" oils on hardboard. Thanks for looking, C & C welcome.

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Old 05-14-2010, 12:23 PM
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Re: Silver Pheasant

Here's a bit better photo of this study. This hen has just come off her nest and is a little ruffled.

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Re: Silver Pheasant

Outstanding light in this one Gracie,the bird does look a bit off balance to me though.

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Old 05-15-2010, 09:34 AM
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Thank you Mike for taking the time to comment. The bird's position in my reference photo is one of the things that interested me about this image, she does look off balance, I think it must be her tail feathers needed it be pointing more to the left, here's the reference photo.

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Thanks for the ref.Gracie,yes think it is the tail,still love that light though!

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Thank you Mike.
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Nice work Gracie. I agree with Mike, very nice lighting. I just bought a whole stack of books on oils, kinda like jumping off a high dive for me. But I'll do it.
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Thank you Tazz, for taking the time to comment and good luck with that. Are you going to post your work?
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I too love the light in your painting!
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Thank you jody007, I shall correct the position of those tail feathers.
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Re: Silver Pheasant

The balance issue I think is a combination of the right leg and the tail feathers. In the ref, a close look reveals that the top half of his leg is actually visible, angling down/left, and then the red part of its leg of course is very clear. Clarifying the top portion of the leg might help that.

Also note the distance between the leg and tail in your painting; they're closer together in the ref, so the leg looks more "under" the body, with the obscured leg looking more centered too.

Easy fixes for sure, and an interesting bird! I'd not heard of the silver pheasant before. I thought it was going to be an albino Chinese pheasant .
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Here's the revision.

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Great work, I think you have solved the balance issue - Im in agreement with everyone else, great lighting!
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Lisa M The balance issue I think is a combination of the right leg and the tail feathers. In the ref, a close look reveals that the top half of his leg is actually visible, angling down/left, and then the red part of its leg of course is very clear. Clarifying the top portion of the leg might help that.

Also note the distance between the leg and tail in your painting; they're closer together in the ref, so the leg looks more "under" the body, with the obscured leg looking more centered too.

Easy fixes for sure, and an interesting bird! I'd not heard of the silver pheasant before. I thought it was going to be an albino Chinese pheasant .

Thank you for looking Lisa and for taking time to critique.

The male silver is an awesome bird if you're interested I have some photos on my site at web.me.com/monal1/Site/Digital_Photos.html
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Here is a better photo of this revision.


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