Thoughts and tangential meanderings on horses, painting, and anything else that captures my interest
Yes, I like him better with the background. It suits your style of realistic painting, I think.
I love the marbled background! What a beautiful painting!
Your recent emphasis on darks is really paying off, and such an effective background. The strengthening of the bird's front edge is very effective too.
Hmmm, my feeling is you've taken it from being an "illustration" to a full-blown "painting." Does that make sense? Neither is superior to the other, just different. Both are wonderful in their own right and serve their own purpose. Super!
Dear Kathryn - I think your choice for background was wonderful. He looks so good friend. Hugs!
Just look at how beautiful he is!lovetweedles
the background make that big tail stand out more :)