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Old 05-16-2019, 03:52 PM
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Cedar Waxwing WIP

After feeling depressed waiting for my last two bird painting's layers to dry... I've decided to start another one! lol I spent a bit more time in photoshop prep arranging the composition, so I hope that will show in the end. I'm also trying to deviate from just copying the ref, and going for a looser feel in the brishwork. Basically making up the branch, and leaves on the fly. (I can't bring myself to drawing individual leaves). Still a bit to go, but I'm happy with today's effort. Now juggling 4 paintings at once! Ah... The mood swings!

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A great start. Looking forward to your update.
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Looking really good. I too, am looking forward to the next posting. Hang in there and have fun.
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This is going to be amazing when itīs finished,I canīt wait to see it.
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I love waxwings. t looks great so far, looking forward to seeing how you progress.
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I wouldn't worry about detailing the leaves as the Waxwing is the subject.Looking great so far....
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Well, is a nice start... I could not handle 4 paintings at a time...
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Re: Cedar Waxwing WIP

A bit of an update on this. I'm trying to iron the edges out.... smoothing everything out, and in the proccess feel I have sacrificed the overall colour a bit. I also felt the sky was a bit too blue, so added a glaze with more orange in it which may have been a mistake... we'll see if I can pull it together I guess!?!
lol Time to crack out a few sables and safflower oil to smoothen all the transitions out.

Thanks everyone for the comments and positivity!

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Well, is a nice start... I could not handle 4 paintings at a time...
Thanks Federico. I'm not sure I can handle them, or even finish them... but I did start them! lol It's funny. I've kind of been reading about other artists technique and practices lately, and came across an old article by Bateman about how he would start another painting when he was unsatisfied with his current one. He sometimes would have half a dozen in rotation this way. This approach makes sense to me especially when using a glazng approach.

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I wouldn't worry about detailing the leaves as the Waxwing is the subject.Looking great so far....
I think you are right Julian.. I'm just going to try and be more suggestive with them.

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Re: Cedar Waxwing WIP

I've been following your progress on this painting and looking forward to seeing the finish. It certainly looks great so far!

I know what you mean about having several paintings on the go at once. I work mainly with Pastels but also like using Watercolor, and other painting mediums, so I always check out my various Forums at the beginning of each month and decided what I'm going to paint in the different Challenges. I usually do 2 or 3 paintings in pastel and at least one in Watercolor for the Watermedia challenge. So I usually have at least 4 half finished paintings sitting about in my Office/Studio at any one time. And if I get stuck on one.....I go on to another....then back to the difficult one etc. Works for me, and stops me getting stuck with only one painting medium!
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I've been following your progress on this painting and looking forward to seeing the finish. It certainly looks great so far!

I know what you mean about having several paintings on the go at once. I work mainly with Pastels but also like using Watercolor, and other painting mediums, so I always check out my various Forums at the beginning of each month and decided what I'm going to paint in the different Challenges. I usually do 2 or 3 paintings in pastel and at least one in Watercolor for the Watermedia challenge. So I usually have at least 4 half finished paintings sitting about in my Office/Studio at any one time. And if I get stuck on one.....I go on to another....then back to the difficult one etc. Works for me, and stops me getting stuck with only one painting medium!

Thanks for your comment Vivien. I'm not so happy with the colour in these later versions of the painting, but I'm trying to eke it out nonetheless. Every paining is a humble learning experience! lol
I agree with your strategy of having multiple pieces on the go. I used to find it hard to stop/leave working on a particular piece midway, but I actually think it is healthy to step away from them now. Like you say, when one gets tough, move on to another until it hits you how to fix the other one.. or you at least feel ready to try something new on it! I'm kind of always working in the same medium, and even that gets tiresome. I think switching between something like pastel and watercolour is prob a great way to stay fresh mentally. Might have to try it.

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Re: Cedar Waxwing WIP

Here's how this one ended up. Not entirely happy with the colour or modelling, but ok with the bird. I think a simple colour study beforehand would have helped in the final piece. I feel I made the foliage overall a bit too green and the bird a bit too pink. I should have employed a bit more cad red in the leaves to harmonize everything a bit.

Thanks for comments and looks everyone!

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fabulous mike what a great subject and color combo.....nice!
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Contrary to your belief, Mike, I think it is simply lovely. Soft and beautiful. I love the colors.
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