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Title: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 27, 2013, 12:24:22 AM
My friend sent me this picture of a toucan and challenged me to replicate it in watercolor - would love any feedback. The real bird seems almost like a cartoon so the painting seems a little cartoonish as well...I'm attaching the photograph and my painting...thanks!

Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Lillian on July 27, 2013, 12:32:59 AM
Wow!  That's one colorful bird!  You must have used all the paints in your paintbox for this one. 


Well done, Sharon.    :clap: :clap: :clap:


I can see you've been following Dennis' good teaching.   O0
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: BeaSue on July 27, 2013, 12:33:58 AM
Sharon, let's face it. A Toucan IS a cartoon! The only suggestion I might ofer to your excellent painting is to perhaps soften the tail feathers just a bit.
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 27, 2013, 12:36:41 AM
Thanks, Jani - my friend saw the bird pictures I did with Dennis and now thinks I'm a bird painting expert - she's sent me a lot of photos!


And I agree, BeaSue - the tails do seem a bit on the hard side...I'll try softening them...

Thanks!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: njnjgirl on July 27, 2013, 01:18:05 AM
Very nice and what a colorful bird!  I think you did a great job. O0 O0
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Val on July 27, 2013, 01:39:01 AM
 :heeha: Brilliant Sharon!  :clap: :clap: :clap: These are such beautiful birds. The markings/colourings on the bill are like our fingerprints...no two are identical. I had such wonderful photos I took at Macaw Mountain last year, I was sorting them into folders ready to post for use....then the computer died while I was up in Canada. No one here has enough knowledge to access it. The new computer windows8 won't talk to the drive.  :'(

Wonderful painting, very well done.  O0
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 27, 2013, 04:09:02 AM
Thanks, Mary Lou - and ouch about your computer, Val - how frustrating...guess you'll have to go to Macaw Mountain again just to take more photos!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Denise808 on July 27, 2013, 06:17:38 AM
What an amazing creation this bird is - what a character huh?!
Your painting captures this so well Sharon  :clap: :clap: :clap:  super job!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: dennis on July 27, 2013, 07:50:13 AM
Very well executed :clap: :clap: :clap:

Believe it or not, that beak is tough but also extremely light. It looks top-heavy in flight yet the body is perfectly in balance,
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: jrhall036 on July 27, 2013, 12:47:36 PM
Beautiful toucan, Sharon!  The colors are gorgeous, and you have captured the expression of this colorful guy perfectly!  And, like always, your background is fantastic!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

So, if I send you some pictures of exotic birds, will you paint them?   ;D  My pineapple green cheek conure Kiwi would love to be painted, too!   

Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: NHC50 on August 05, 2013, 03:16:15 PM
Another nice one Sharon.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Fencepost on August 05, 2013, 03:51:29 PM
You've captured the brilliant colors and personality of the toucan so well! I love the background.  :clap:
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 06, 2013, 11:57:20 PM
That's interesting info about the beak, Dennis - I can add that to my storyline about this picture! Jani - send me a photograph of your pineapple green cheek conure Kiwi - mind you, I have absolutely no idea what that is!! Many thanks to everyone for the nice compliments!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: scribe on August 09, 2013, 09:05:58 PM
Well done. I love how you captured this bird. :yippee:
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 11, 2013, 04:42:52 AM
What a week this has been - just sold this painting, too!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Lillian on August 11, 2013, 11:44:18 AM
 :congrats:    :yippee:  ...so happy for you! 


Two sales in one week!  Terrific motivator!  Should build your confidence!


 :run: Run, run, Ron to the art store!  You're gonna be :painting: :painting: :painting:
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 11, 2013, 03:59:10 PM
Very much more confident, Lillian - and ready to add "artist" to my bio soon, too! Art stores, here I come!!
Title: Re: Toucan
Post by: Val on August 12, 2013, 02:19:28 AM
 :congrats: Well done Sharon  :yippee:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap: