04 March 2007

Tinkering on the Junkin's Warbler

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Last weekend with some extra time before the painting needed to be shipped, I was able to tinker with some areas in the piece that had been nagging at me. Here is a bit of description of the changes and additions I made to the final piece, with a side by side view, a larger look at the pre-tinkering view, followed by a larger look at the final tinkered version.

Side by Side (sorry for the major light difference)

Pre-tinkering

Final piece

The biggest and most effective change I think comes from the alteration of the highlights in the belly and flank and where the wing meets the flank. I wanted to see the shadow below the wing, where the primaries lay down over the body, but I think I was a bit overzealous in the first effort. The flank highlight and reworked belly shadow really gives the body of the bird more depth. Previously, there was a flatness to this are that I was really dissatisfied with.
This experience shed some light on another issue with my painting as well. I completed the painting at night, under a good incandescent light on my drawing table but came to realize just how different the highlights and shadows were reading in natural light the next morning. For certain aspects of these paintings, I am realizing how much of an imperative it is to be able to work by daylight. Unfortunately this is a real challenge while trying to complete this work with mostly evening hours to spend.

2 comments:

Zeladoniac said...

Lovely, odd bird, and your painting is a fine treatment of it. Yellow in watercolor is notoriously hard to work with and it seems that warblers need an awful lot of it. Great job!

tyler said...

Is there anyone who might be able to help me understand the edition size of Fuertes lithographs from his Abyssian Expedition? Recently, I was given six lithographs:
Sand Grousse
Gray Headed Kingfisher
Swallow Tail Kite
Helmet Shrike
Black Shouldered Kite
Cape Teal

There are two markings in pecil on the back:
1227
and the other
09344
I want to know if anybody would have information about these picture.

Tyler