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Reply #15 on: March 18, 2016, 05:45:28 AM
WOW!  The branch is fantastic  :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:     Now, I have only experimented with this a few times so you may want to hold on for some guidance from Dennis. If you soften, take away the hard edges of the smaller twigs/branches, blend/lift out into the background, that may just give you the effect needed. I don't think I'm explaining this very well am I? It's plain as can be in my mind!.... but that's one place you definately don't want to go!  ;D
This painting is coming on famously, take your time.  O0
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Reply #16 on: March 18, 2016, 09:07:21 AM
Val is correct. Just lift out the colour with a damp brush. To push them further into the background just give them a light purple glaze to indicate a shade colour.
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Reply #17 on: March 18, 2016, 09:16:00 AM
Thanks Dennis, Val and everyone - i'll work on this over the weekend..a bit worried about fiddling and messing things up!
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Reply #18 on: March 18, 2016, 09:37:21 AM
Looking great Sharon, you got this!  :fight: :smitten:
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Reply #19 on: March 18, 2016, 03:36:21 PM
Sharon, try one of the smaller background twigs first before doing the whole lot at the same time.
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Reply #20 on: March 18, 2016, 05:27:37 PM
Thank you Dennis for the reminder.   My first initial thought Sharon was to put some water on the small branches at the back an remove by applying the tissue to remove the paint.  Why did I change my mind and said to darken.  :confused:  the farther the lighter.
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Reply #21 on: March 19, 2016, 03:33:33 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Oh! Sharon, this is MAGNIFICENT.  I am sure that once the bird is completed and with all the other minor tweaks suggested, you will have another masterpiece. I think that the main log is fantastically done, it is better than the photo.


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Reply #22 on: March 19, 2016, 08:31:43 AM
Sharon,
I reread my comment and hope you don't think I meant that the big branch that the bird is sitting on is the one that is distracting.  No, no.  I meant the hanging twig-like thing to the right of the bird.

The big branch is very well done and provides the perfect setting for the bird.

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Reply #23 on: March 19, 2016, 10:28:19 AM

Thanks my friends for the encouragement and nice comments. Here's the most recent version.  Do the back branches look more distant now? The bird is now painted. Another complicated element to this picture!! Any thoughts on next steps? I'm so grateful for everyone's feedback!
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Reply #24 on: March 19, 2016, 12:26:41 PM
Sharon

Love the beak!! 

And still marvel over the realistic texture you gave to the big limb.  I want to practice doing that.

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Reply #25 on: March 19, 2016, 01:59:02 PM
I still think you need to lift out/lighten the twigs and background around the central area. It will add depth to the painting and not detract from the bird which is after all...the star! *  ??? Not the best star there is it?!  ;)

He's a gorgeous little fella....really show him off!  O0
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Reply #26 on: March 19, 2016, 02:16:11 PM
Thanks Mea and Val. And I did lighten those twigs and branches in the center. I'll try scrubbing some more. Worried about tearing the paper.
Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #27 on: March 19, 2016, 06:02:47 PM
Don't touch the twigs any more - don't want to damage the paper.  What still worries me is that the tip of the beak just "touches" the one twig. Carefully lengthen the tip of the beak so that there is a slight overlap - say to almost in the middle. This will push the twig further in the background. As it stands, it looks as if the twig is right there at the tip of the beak. :flowers:
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Reply #28 on: March 19, 2016, 06:34:09 PM
Thank you Dennis. I'll do that tomorrow. I'll see how much lighter I can take the twigs without damaging the paper.
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Reply #29 on: March 20, 2016, 02:09:51 AM
 :eek: Crikey! Don't damage the paper!  :eyesclosed:   I agree with Dennis, overlapping the beak over the twig will help give you the desired effect.  O0

As Elmer Fudd used to say... "Be vewy, vewy careful"   ;D
Cheers, Val

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