Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rest On The Rocks-Pelican

Close up



Oil on 6x6 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Bonnie was the great hostess. Thanks for the terrific reference photos.
I really like working from photos. But never copy slavishly. Turn the photo into a painting!
Here's the original photo to illustrate the changes I made in cropping and color.

Pelicans are fascinating critters. There is a prehistoric manner about them.

First I answered Bonnie's challenge to crop. Then I challenged myself to push the chroma and texture in this one. I also changed the lighting in order to dramatize the color. As of now, I'm pretty satisfied with the results.

Available ... If interested, contact me at kkayangel2(at)yahoo.com

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1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear ... "

19 comments:

  1. Really nice. I love the amount of paint used in this one.

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  2. Love the strong highlights.

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  3. Dean.. I love pelicans.. and yours is gorgeously done!

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  4. Beautifully painted, Dean. I love the colors in the water and the feathers are beautifully painted as well..

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  5. Your interpretation of the photo is beautiful, Dean. I think the pelican itself is beautiful and the way you've handled the background is both inspired and magnificent.

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  6. Excellent painting Dean! wonderful brushwork

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  7. Dean, I LOVE the colors you brought into the pelican, and how you used your brush-strokes with the feathers. It's a real beauty!!!

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  8. Tim...Thanks for noticing. It's inspiring when it goes down more or less right.

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  9. I had noticed this type of lighting in one of my previous paintings as I looked through my blog. I'm glad I tried it again.

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  10. Ooops...the previous statement is in reply to Pam...I hit the send button too quick....Thanks, Pam.

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  11. Thanks very much, Catherine!

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  12. Thank s, Hilda! I was afraid I might overdo the strong color. Glad you like it.

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  13. Thank you, Sherry! I'm very happy that you like the changes I made from the photograph.

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  14. Thank you, Brad, my friend! I appreciate your kind comment.

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  15. Kathryn...Thanks for those much appreciated supportive words!

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  16. Hi there Dean!... You certainly transformed this fellow drastically... and more interestingly as a subject by cropping!

    Everything necessary to read pelican... is there... front and centre... on a postage sized format!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  17. Love the pelican. Your painting sure inspires me.

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