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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Tea Rose and the Swallow ...


I kept looking at this rose, and thinking it was too insipid.  So I have pumped it up, and played with the background a bit. I must admit I like the background - dark where it needs to be, and softer elsewhere. 

I am still darkening the feathers, but basically it is done. Now I'd like to try something different.


As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome!

21 comments:

  1. So sorry you've been sick Kathryn, but so glad you are better. I love the background of the rose and the rose itself, your barn swallow is beautiful too. love to you,Diana

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  2. Both paintings are great. I like the way you emphasized the center of the rose which gives it more dimension. Darkening the background tied it all together!
    The Swallow is charming and its cool the way he is backlit!

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  3. The pumped up background on the rose made all the difference - it comes forward so much more and is quite majestic! The bird looks so inquisitive - he wants to know why you keep fussing with his feathers! :)

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  4. Great finish on that rose and the background on that swallow is wonderful.

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  5. they are great, so cheerful this winter - can't believe you painted thru the cold and yukky flu.

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  6. Here I am- I came to see the magic paintbrush working-- and I see it has been soo busy- cause these paintings are gorgeous!
    love
    tweedles

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  7. I love the silver green background of the Rose and light warm gold one of the Bird painting. Great job Katheryn!
    Thanks,
    Irina

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  8. Wow - that has made so much difference to the rose! It looks so 3D now and the light is singing from it! Beautiful! :0)

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  9. That is my favorite Rose, Kathryn!!! SO beautiful!!!! You should be SO proud of this one!!

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  10. The background on the rose, has good depth and adds dimension to the rose, which pushes forward. The swallow does need a bit more defining, but the limb and the background are done beautifully.

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  11. I love all your progress shots- in this post and those below. I learn so much from them! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Het is een prachtige roos geworden ik weet hoe moeilijk het is lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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  13. The rose is really beautiful,the bird as well.
    Your background is always really gorgeous.I learn a lot from your work.

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  14. Great job on the background of the rose and the petals. The Rose emerges from the sheet.
    What a sweet bird, beautiful !

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  15. Kathryn, your rose is exquisite ! I love the color and and the emphasy ( wrong spelling I know )on the center, a super job ! xx

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  17. I thought I had made ​​a comment, but it must have got lost in the maze of the Internet.
    You perfectly highlighted your rose with this background.
    What a lovely bird !

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  18. Kathryn both of these are beautiful!! I love the background on the rose too, it's perfectly graded in just the right places. Now that takes some skills my friend! No easy feat. And I also love the way the little bird is illuminated. He's darling. Hope you're feeling better my friend.

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  19. The rose is coming along so nicely! I love the very delicate and fresh color of the flower center, which contrasts nicely with the more muted background. Interestingly, you used quite a bit of color yet the flower still speaks of delicate pink... The balance is nice. I also like the rim lighting of the little bird -- which speaks of back lighting. My only suggestion (maybe) would be breaking the rim lighting around the bird in one or two areas and integrate it into the background, and tune down the value of the background near the tree branch so that it seems to be growing out of the background. However it is just my two cents and since I am by no means an expert of painting animal subjects, it may not be the best way of dealing with the subject... Anyway, it is turning out beautifully. I'm curious what journey you will take next!

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  20. Just beautiful! I especially like the rose.....wow!

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  21. Wow Kathryn:) Your rose is amazing so beautiful! The background just goes perfect with it. You did such a great job on the heart of the rose. I'm still in love with the beautiful background of the barn swallow. The barn swallow is a cuty!

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