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on: December 24, 2016, 06:42:03 PM
This is the Golden Plover (Kolea in Hawaiian).  It's a small 4 x 6 piece.  I hope to make a bigger, better one to use for souvenir postcards at the Sony Open golf tournament in January.


I think I am still going too strong on the washes.  I can't seem to find the right amount of water.

Please let me know what to do to make it better.  I think the beak is a bit too big, but that's actually the length in my reference photo.  Gotta make the shape better maybe.

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« Last Edit: December 24, 2016, 09:54:14 PM by mea hamo pena »
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Reply #1 on: December 25, 2016, 12:54:21 AM
The Plover is very nicely done Mea. It does take some practicing to get the water/paint ratio correct, do you use a test strip to check the strength of colour? I keep a small piece of spare w/c paper with some ink lines drawn on it to check my colour strength.

It seems your Plover's bill has the same problem I gave Edgar! Keeping the the upper and lower lines of the bill straight is a bit harder than we think!  :doh:
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Reply #2 on: December 25, 2016, 10:33:52 AM
Wash strength aside, it's still very well done!  O0 O0 O0
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Reply #3 on: December 25, 2016, 02:28:51 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely job Mea.  You are doing so well with the P & I.  Love your cross-hatching which has given lovely texture to the Plover.   Patricia
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Reply #4 on: December 25, 2016, 09:18:08 PM
Thanks, Patricia.  My son gave me three Escoda sable round brushes for Christmas.  Hope to put them to good use immediately.

Thanks, Steve.  Will work on the wash.

Val, I am saving the cut off parts of the cropped painting now to use for test trips.

aloha

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Reply #5 on: December 26, 2016, 06:16:22 AM
Very nice Mea, just watch for your horizon line.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #6 on: December 26, 2016, 08:21:27 AM
My son gave me three Escoda sable round brushes for Christmas.  Hope to put them to good use immediately.
Val, I am saving the cut off parts of the cropped painting now to use for test trips.

Mea, you will love those brushes you lucky lady!  :smitten:

Those test strips will help immensely.  O0 Can't wait to see the next one!  :heeha:
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Reply #7 on: December 27, 2016, 10:26:22 PM
Here is the larger piece, 11 x 14 on hemp paper.


I used the test strips as Val suggested and it helped.

With the body of the bird so detailed, it is hard to get the loose wash look that I want.  Guess that will come with practice.

The new brushes helped quite a bit.  Love the #10 round.

Please let me know what else this needs as it needs to be sent to Vistaprint this weekend to make postcards for the Sony Open golf tournament again in mid-January.

aloha

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Reply #8 on: December 27, 2016, 10:34:35 PM
 O0 I think your P&I wash looks great Mea. You have the soft wash look in the background. The deeper tones in the bird help to make him the focal point. I love it on the hemp paper.  :congrats:

It makes me smile  :) to think that you were afraid to try this medium. Look at you go!  :yippee:
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Reply #9 on: December 27, 2016, 11:20:46 PM
Youve done fantastically Mea,  :clap:
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Reply #10 on: December 27, 2016, 11:29:44 PM
Nice work Mea
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Reply #11 on: December 28, 2016, 05:28:06 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautiful Mea.    Patricia
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Reply #12 on: December 28, 2016, 06:12:01 AM
Nnice job, Mea!  :clap: :clap:
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Reply #13 on: December 28, 2016, 06:16:22 AM
Every one gets better Mea. I found with the line and wash the only way I could lose the hardness and loosen up was to take a deep breath, and allow some of the detail colour to bleed just a bit.  :eek:   I actually leave the room at that point so I don't get a panic attack and try to stop it!  :2funny:   Courage Mea, you will find your way.  O0

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Reply #14 on: December 28, 2016, 07:54:48 AM
Thanks, Val, especially for your suggestions that are so valuable if I want to make progress.

Thanks to my cheerleaders and faithful supporters, Steve, Patricia, Trev, Win, and KathyS.  Your positive comments and helpful critiques make me get better and better.

aloha

mea
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