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Old Wednesday 13th June 2012, 16:52   #1
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Hello All,

I have actually been a member here for some time but just found this sub-forum from a link I saw on another forum! I can't believe I missed it all this time. I've been looking through the work here and it is incredible, some really great artwork!

I did some painting while a teenager and into my 20s, then life got busy with marriage, kids, etc.. Now as the kids are getting older, I have returned to painting in the last couple of years.

I see folks are encouraged to create a thread and then just keep adding their art into it, so in the spirit of that, I thought I would start my thread with a recent painting I did after a week of spring birding here in Ontario with my kids. My daughter managed to get me some great reference photos of one of my favourite birds, the Orchard Oriole, catching him with the light just right. When we came back from our trip I came up with this painting. It's 8"x10", acrylic on hardboard.

All comments and criticisms welcomed!

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Old Wednesday 13th June 2012, 17:05   #2
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Hello All,

I have actually been a member here for some time but just found this sub-forum from a link I saw on another forum! I can't believe I missed it all this time. I've been looking through the work here and it is incredible, some really great artwork!

I did some painting while a teenager and into my 20s, then life got busy with marriage, kids, etc.. Now as the kids are getting older, I have returned to painting in the last couple of years.

I see folks are encouraged to create a thread and then just keep adding their art into it, so in the spirit of that, I thought I would start my thread with a recent painting I did after a week of spring birding here in Ontario with my kids. My daughter managed to get me some great reference photos of one of my favourite birds, the Orchard Oriole, catching him with the light just right. When we came back from our trip I came up with this painting. It's 8"x10", acrylic on hardboard.

All comments and criticisms welcomed!

Thanks,
Steve
welcome aboard- that looks really smart

there's a fair few on here who are returning from short or long lapses from brid painting-the next thing is to start feeling guilty if you haven't painted/posted anything for a week or two...
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Welcome...Steve, and a fantastic start, Did you stipple the board? looks quite rough...mark
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Old Wednesday 13th June 2012, 18:10   #4
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Thanks for the welcome Ed! I will try and keep up with posting new work!

Thanks Mark. The appearance of the board in the scan is odd, it doesn't look that way in person. I didn't sand this one to the extent I normally do, just to see how it would come out. In person it looks much as my other boards that I sand heavily, but in the scan it appears rough which is strange. I guess it picked up the texture as shadows or something.

I may try taking a photo instead and see how it looks.
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Hi Steve..you came back with a very fine work
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Love the background effect - and the foreground!
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welcome aboard- that looks really smart

there's a fair few on here who are returning from short or long lapses from brid painting-the next thing is to start feeling guilty if you haven't painted/posted anything for a week or two...
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Welcome to the arty bit of BF Steve - and what a way to announce your presence. Terrific piece.
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This is really incredible work, Steve. I thought I was looking at a photo. What a beautiful bird, too. I've never seen an Orchard Oriole. Can't wait to see more. tbbilbo.
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Welcome to the arty bit of BF Steve - and what a way to announce your presence. Terrific piece.
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Hi Steve, welcome aboard!

Love the Oriole, nice natural light in there. Don't leave it too long to post more. I, for one, will look forward to it.

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the kind words!

I am working on my first ever entry in the duck stamp competition here in Canada. First competition entry anywhere for me actually so a little concerned but figured it was worth a try.

Once I complete it and mail it off, I'll post it here.

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Hi again folks. I finally got my website up off the ground and thought I would share it in case anyone had any comments, feedback, suggestions,.. I would love to hear them. Still need to scan/photograph quite a few paintings and get them up there, but it's a start.

http://www.stephenjamesmcallister.com

One of the requirements of the national contest that I am entering here was to point the judges to your website, so it gave me the push to finally finish it off and get it out there!

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like the site, great art work....but don't like the frames...mark
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Thanks Mark, appreciate you having a look.

Do you not like the appearance of the frames (too dark, etc..) or just not like them being there at all? I struggled with the best way to display a group of paintings of all different dimensions on a page. I wanted the page to look fairly uniform but without major cropping it would have been difficult. So I thought using same sized frames and then sizing the picture within was the best solution, maybe not!

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Great work! Wish i could "start" like that.
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sorry Steve...forgot about this, I don't like the borders...perhaps just a plain frame will work better...mark
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Cracking way to introduce yourself, very nicely painted and love the airbrushed background...
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Thanks Mark, appreciate you having a look.

Do you not like the appearance of the frames (too dark, etc..) or just not like them being there at all? I struggled with the best way to display a group of paintings of all different dimensions on a page. I wanted the page to look fairly uniform but without major cropping it would have been difficult. So I thought using same sized frames and then sizing the picture within was the best solution, maybe not!

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interesting question about the frames: since you ask, and looking at this line of three

http://www.stephenjamesmcallister.co...ery_Birds.aspx

I would vote for

- having the actual images all the same size (or at least the same longest dimension, if they have different proportions)

- keeping the frames, but with frame quite narrow and confined to a standard margin of x pixels around the image

- that way when you scan across, you see three same-size pictures horizontally aligned and with same amount of visible frame

just a thought: others may have better taste, wiser counsel!
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Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate it.

I'll do some tweaking of the look of the frames.

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Nice pics and good Web site Steve. My personal preference is dump the frames the pictures are crackers & can stand alone
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Back from a short business trip and thought I would post my first attempt into our duck stamp competition here in Canada (deadline was this past week).

The Canadian competition doesn't have the strict rules of many of the U.S. ones (specific species, etc..) so I chose Canvasback ducks as I had a number of good reference photos to use. These are among my favourite ducks and we usually see a few of them each year in late winter/early spring as they pass through on their way to their breeding grounds in the far north.

The ref photos for this painting were a group of photos I had of a female who was sort of dozing on a log as a male stayed very close by, likely a new pairing as they usually choose their mates at this time of year.

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This is great Steve the water is rendered perfect
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Thanks guys!

I am very keen on hearing how I do in the judging, though the timeline for it isn't clear so I may have a bit of wait before I hear.
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