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EmmaLee

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on: March 29, 2019, 05:24:18 PM
Here is a commission painting I have been working on of a macaw that recently pasted away. This one was tricky for a few reasons. The bird was eating and I was told to not include that, the client wanted the posture more upright but the bird was leaning over in the reference photo, and this bird had a habit of plucking out its breast feathers and the client wanted that shown. I’m not super happy with the composition but the client insisted it be painted on a portrait positioned canvas, not landscape. I felt like plucking out my feathers while working on this! Haha!  :pullhair:
Please let me know what you think!



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Reply #1 on: March 29, 2019, 07:01:18 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Better than the photograph  O0
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Reply #2 on: March 29, 2019, 07:16:02 PM
 :clap: :clap:very well done bravo
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EmmaLee

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Reply #3 on: March 29, 2019, 07:38:22 PM
Thank you so much Dennis and Hans!
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Reply #4 on: March 29, 2019, 08:28:24 PM
Very well, :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 10:31:22 PM
Thank you Maria!
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Reply #6 on: March 30, 2019, 02:24:58 AM
The head, face and everything is perfect, except  not eating something.

This is very good, but consider adding the birds favorite food to it’s mouth. Not just what it is eating in the pic.  Ask your customer.

At your suggestion I have added the late Angie to the Cartagena pictures, coming soon.


Excellent work, in any event the owner should be happy.

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Reply #7 on: March 30, 2019, 06:03:44 AM
Another great painting EmmaLee :yippee:
The only thing that I noticed was that yellow/orange coloured feathers in the photo were brighter than in your painting.
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EmmaLee

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Reply #8 on: March 30, 2019, 01:28:37 PM
Thank you Teresa and Charles! Cute idea to include the bird’s favorite treat but the client specifically asked not to include food in the portrait.
I did notice that the yellow feathers didn’t match the reference perfectly. I had them closer to the reference at first but it looked kind of flat to me, so while I was trying to add depth i drifted a bit in color. Maybe I could wash some cadmium yellow over them.
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Reply #9 on: March 30, 2019, 03:07:31 PM
EmmaLee,

I agree with Dennis, your portrait is better than the photo.   I do agree with you about a yellow wash to brighten up that section of plumage.

You have done very well.

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EmmaLee

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Reply #10 on: March 30, 2019, 03:31:06 PM
Thank you Mea!
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Reply #11 on: March 31, 2019, 09:35:22 PM
Love it and I think you have met the brief perfectly. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
If I had to be fussy I would say that the blue feathers on the back of the neck are too defined, but I would offer it to the customer as is. If they don't say anything, then leave it as is. Well done :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #12 on: March 31, 2019, 10:20:12 PM
Thank you Nolan! I actually just showed this to the client and she said the feathers on the back bothered her but she couldn’t articulate why. I guess I’ll try to soften the contrast and lay them down a little. I hope I can make the client happy.  :sweat:
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Reply #13 on: April 01, 2019, 08:17:31 PM
it is the hard dark edges on the back feathers. Lay down a flat base colour, then use a lower contrast to edge and fade the feathers O0


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Reply #14 on: April 01, 2019, 11:32:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very well done EmmaLee.    Patricia
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