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Old Wednesday 16th January 2013, 14:23   #76
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I think you have tackled the sky perfectly Colleen
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Old Wednesday 16th January 2013, 18:53   #77
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I think you have tackled the sky perfectly Colleen
I have big goals with the sky yet to achieve, of all the places in the US I've lived here in Oregon I think the sky is close to what I see in the British landscape painters. The major problem is it changes so fast that I cant really capture it.

Thanks Gaby :-)
Ken, Im printing off your remark, it is probably the meta desire of my work. I think little work has been done to immortalize the Oregon coast seascape, like the artists in the last century did for the Northeast Coast or the Southern California area. I'm overawed at the moment at the task ahead, and hope my skills improve to be able to paint it
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Colleen - we're practically neighbours - I'm just a few hundred miles up coast :) your seascapes quite simply resonate...the colours are wonderful and the light feels just right...can't wait to see the next painting...
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Just lovely, absolutely lovely.

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thanks Mike,
Chris what a nice compliment.
Here is a view out of the box for me...a lighthouse Yaquina, the first one built in the 1800's along the Oregon coast, This is a "postcard" typical view around here but not such a good choice for a painting, this is the best I can do with this impossible composition. I have resolved it as best I can, learned a great deal. learning to mass complicaed areas more...increase arial perspedtive beyond what I see, to stick to my concept even if its out of the box, learned to get some some movement of the eye so the lighthouse does not take over the painting. I paid a lot of attention to the warm cool relationships, of the clouds, the lighthouse, the rocks....and finally I got the bird just exactly as I saw it, a brilliant spot, in a mass of dark rock shining like a light just below the lighthouse......I'm so glad to be done with this one... Its a surprise gift for my bro and his wife.
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Thank you Gaby, :-)

Here is a recent seascape from one of the great places along the Central coast of Oregon
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Great Oregon coast seascape! You've really portrayed that gorgeous area well in your painting(s).
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Thanks John having fun following your progress as well
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Finally getting in some bird work...want to see if I can create a way to do hummerss that is more like how my eye sees them instead of freezing like a camera does I'm trying to get more motion somethiing like Manfred Schatz, the only wildlife artist who really made a specialty of motion.

this is 5x7 oil on stretched canvas it looks better in person, the color is richer
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From my perspective, thats an incredable leap across to a different subject matter, and you done a very good job of it....Its perfectly shows the idea of motion in the wings..well done !
But if I were to make any other comment (From my unskilled eye),im worried about it being bang in the middle (sorry)......?
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But if I were to make any other comment (From my unskilled eye),im worried about it being bang in the middle (sorry)......?[/quote]

Thanks Andrew. Guidelines like not putting stuff in the middle are very useful, but not carved in stone. After you can paint by the rules, you can start to do some pushing the boundaries of the rules.

So lets look this one over. First this is a 5x7 study, and the bird is lifesize. so there's not much choice where it has to fit. Here are some tricks I used to offset it. First notice there is a strong diagonal in two directions. Diagonal movement is the most dynamic of all composition, you can see it in spades in the Baroque Era of art. Second notice there is a strong focal pt, on the eye both contrast and color, and that falls in the area of the picture plane that is near what is called the rule of Thirds, you can look that up, it a way of dividing the canvas in thirds both directions where the imaginary lines cross ( like tic tac toe) is the sweet spot to put your focal pt. Third Ive used the background to create more movement, and melded edges, and used some of the background color in the bird to create more unity, so there is not a pasted on effect of a bird on a background, but a movement of light in space.

All of those things help over ride the bang in the middle thing. But thats still a good rule to follow most of the time.
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greetings- I hope all goes well

beautiful hints of rich colour in the background, especially bouncing SE of its throat
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thanks Ed. I hope to get that even better, I'm still working out the right colors and values to use. I've stared at it many times, with a feeder I had near a window, but dang me if I can really tell what color it is, so I'm just messing now seeing what will work.
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field study of Common Murres and a pigeon guilomont , this is the first one I've ever tried in oil. its small 6x8. there are murres by the thousands out at the headlands, but they are too far away and packed too close. so I did these at a big aviary at Oregon Coast Aquarium.
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oh dear...what a amazing Humming Bird
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thank you Gaby, since I stuck a hangar on the window with a simple feeder I can really observe them what a delight they are.
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what a luck Colleen,

about such guests I would also be happy
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field study of Common Murres and a pigeon guilomont , this is the first one I've ever tried in oil. its small 6x8. there are murres by the thousands out at the headlands, but they are too far away and packed too close. so I did these at a big aviary at Oregon Coast Aquarium.
New birds for me Colleen. I'd be happy to have the chance to paint them, aquarium or otherwise.
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Wow master of the sea turns to hummers with a very successful result
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Change that to mastering the sea :-) just starting to get it
Hummers are a real chAllenge

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lovely work collen, loving those gulliemots
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Your humming bird is wonderful, love the brush work and color!

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