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Old 06-08-2010, 09:06 PM
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I am in no way finished, but I thought I post my progress. I think it will need at least two more times (layers) for me to finish.

If anyone has some kind C&Cs, I welcome them. As I mentioned I need to go over the bird completly, although I was thinking on leaving the background like that.
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Maria, wow! I love your rooster. I agree that the background is completely done. So are his black neck feathers, seriously, unless you study the reference for exact placement of highlights near his face. Don't overwork him.

What you have right now is beautiful and the only thing I'd add to it is maybe to do one more round of refining details on the head. What you have right now grows looser the farther away it is from the focal point -- the rooster's eye and beak and bright red wattles and comb. So keep that focus, don't try to bring the whole body to the same level of detail.

The beak could be a bit darker, look closely at the reference. The under beak was quite dark as I recall and the upper edge of the top beak was a bluish dark a bit like Paynes Grey. Adjusting the values and shading on the beak would be a gentle tweak but would make it come forward by contrast.

Thanks for all the comments on my goat, jilya, jennaboo and Maria! Much appreciated. I used different pens for this one -- six Terra and six Landscape Pitt Artist Pens plus the six-pack of Grays for the shadows under the dark clouds.


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Thanks for your advice Robert! I really appreciate it.

I understand what you are saying, that is way I say is far from done!

I am not sure how others work oils, but I personally work in layers. First a really thin flat one to place the colors, and then I start from there. this is only my second layer, so I will be adding shading and details next. I really have to work that eye!

I wonder how others work their oils?

I love your landscape. I like your bold colors.
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Robert- great work!! Your goat and this last one of the orangy rocks are excellent, some of favorites from you.

Maria- awesome work on the rooster!! pleasure to see.... and its not even done yet... nice!

Sandra- nice work on the rooster, and the rooster that just endured a tornado! Its fun to see your sense of humor come out in your art.
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Thank you, Maria, Jill, Jenna, Robert, for your comment. I had such fun drawing that wacko bird. I think I wouldn't go near one myself in case it chases after me and peck me.

Maria, wow, even at this stage, your rooster look so good. It has a very simple expressionist feel to it.

Robert, you always work wonders with your markers. Simple, direct and expressive. Love the strong colors!
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Wow, Maria, that rooster is excellent! I'd be happy to call it finished just as is. I can't wait to see what changes you'll make. Looking forward to the finish!

Robert, it's a pleasure to look at your work. Those rich colors really make this pop. Beautiful work!
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G'day

Maria - great work on the rooster, a very grand bird, you've done him proud
Robert - love your rocks and sky, a really dynamic and vibrant painting

Here's my efforts, and first of all apologies for all those folks out there who are sick of the sight of snow!
But on first laying eyes on the mountain goat I just thought 'snow'
The sky is inspired by the other rock photo in the challenge
Both are watercolour on A4 paper
First one is "Billy Goat Gruff"
Second one "Lord of the Manor"
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Jill, two extraordinary pieces. The wattle on the rooster is so good and the feathers too! Somehow, I want to say it's all dressed up for a ball. Very pretty piece. What brand of watercolor do you use and what type of paper? I love it that you added snow and icicles from the goat. Poor guy but what lovely sky and horns. Thank you for giving your interpretations. Very inspiring.
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G'day
Sandra - thank you so much for your kind words- I really appreciate your encouragement.
I had alot of fun with the wattle, using salt to get the texture.
This is my first attempt at feathers - which is probably why I went for the 'impression' of them
Mostly I use Rembrandt brand paints, altho' the two umbers are Cotmans -
I was given the Cotmans but will replace with better quality when they run out.
Really want to use W&N, but they're a bit steep at the moment for me.
I use Arches 300gm, 'medium' texture paper.
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Jill, I love your paintings! I am guessing they are watercolors ...

and thanks for your kind comments. I hope to finish my rooster this weekend!
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Desert Reflections

Oil on Panel 9 x 12

I enhanced the colors a bit, more reddish than the image. It was fun to paint! C & C welcome!!

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It's so great to see so many works of art coming in this month!

Jill, both of your paintings are great, but that goat is so proud and strong! Both are very impressive works.

Kindra, what a beautiful painting. That water is so fluid and the reflection is excellent! Great work!
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G'day
Maria thank you for your encouragement
Kindra - fantastic job on the rocks, the warming up was worked out
brilliantly, great reflections too.
makes me want to get the kayak out!
Jenna - thanks so much, the challenges are great for trying new subjects

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kINDRA, what a beautiful piece!
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Jill, your watercolors make me green with envy. Actually emerald green. I love the technique. It is so much fun to look at.
Kindred, great colors. Very beautiful. Talk about the water horizon line on the left. Is it me or is it trying to go uphill? Probably my distorted view of the world. Nice work.
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