Jen, this is nice. Your swan looks good and all his head needs is to be a little more bulbous at the top. I like the colors you used in the white shadows. Also, I like the water splashes as he lands and stirs it up. The choice of colors for the bg are good since he stands out so well against them. Nice painting.
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My wife walked by while I was looking and pointed at this painting and said beautiful I agree
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Jen - I love the drawing of your mum…. it was spot on. I should try one of my mother. I have several old photos… yours is so nice.your swan is beautiful…. Sandy - your fishing boats are so inviting and colorful. looks like they are outfitted for fishing and already to go. nice ocean color and very nice sandy beach, reminds me of Monterey bay… hmmmm homesick again…..
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Well folks, I finally got to sit down and do something, Mi Teintes Cranson grey 10x12. color pencil and watercolor, ....
I wanted to try out this paper, I think Iike it. I will have to try some other colored papers as well. This is a swallowtail on Cone flowers. I just wanted to do one with the wings open.
Marsha, I'm so glad that you have managed to find time to create another charming piece of art. The color combination is very pretty. You have great detail on the butterfly and it looks so good. I don't blame you for wanting the wings open. The flower that he is sitting on has good values and color. You used less detail on the other two so that the focal point is strong. I like the background. Very nice.
I often use Canon Mi-Tientes for colored pencil and I prefer to use the smooth side. It looks as if you used the smooth side on this piece.
Marsha- Very nice painting.The swallowtail is perfect and has good proportion with the open wings. It is in the sweet spot and I like that you used stronger color for the flower to add attention for the butterfly. Well done.
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Marsha this is excellant the swallowtail looks ready to fly at the slightest movement gorgious James
Thank you everyone I loved working on it. I will have to try another butterfly to compliment it, I have a great picture of a Monarch in our back yard. I will try that to go with the swallowtail.
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Jen--My heart goes out to you. Dealing with sorrow is tough by itself. Dealing with business is tough too. Maybe you guys need a business consultant . Anyhow good luck to you in this matter.
LTHANKS FOR HOSTING FOR APRIL, JEN! What a great job everyone did. I am still working on your swan - I will post it eventually.
I'll be posting the new May Challenge in just a little while and then I have 2 VERY SPECIAL photos to post over on the Chatter thead.
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Hi Folks - I started this swan back in April but put it asside when I started having so many problems. This is the second one I finished that I had set aside. It makes me feel good to be painting again and even better that I can actually get up the stairs and still breathe.
It's 11x14 oil on canvas board. There's a glare on the upper right - I wish I could figure out what I'm doing with the camera!
Wow! Holly, when you come back, you come back strong. This is a wonderful painting and I am so glad that you finished it and that you feel well enough to finish it. The swan is exquisite and the wonderful golden-brown background is so perfect for setting off those spread wings. The lighter foliage works well behind the black beak. The color of the water is beautiful with good variation of values and hues. You did a good job with the splashing water, too. Very well done and beautiful.
If I didn't have paintings under the bed, behind the doors, etc., I'd ask how much it costs. This would be an asset to anyone's decor.
Thanks, Sammy - This one made me feel pretty good too - - it was just sort of ho-hum when I left it in April. I have finished your December 2011 truck in the snowy field, too. (I will post it just as soon as Courtney finds this thread to number it - I figured if I posted my swan to make the thread jump to the top, then she could find it . . . at least she got December and January #'d for us).
Holly, the old truck in the snow reference photo is in Challenge #14 - November 22 - December 2011. I did find # 18 once but can't fine it now.