Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mountain Bluebird

 Close ups

Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to The Color of Blue Challenge at DPW presented by  the super talented Qiang Huang. He instructed; Do a painting with a blue object as the center of focus. High key (light value dominant) is preferred. Please try not to use red and oranges to contrast, but still make the blue color look clean, and pop.

This was an interesting challenge...Thank you Qiaing!
Never realized how much ya really miss the complements until ya can't use them. Something like missing the water when the well runs dry.
Hope I didn't bend the rules by that background looking sorta orange-y .  It's made up of yellow ochre plus a touch of purple to gray it. It's a camera thing.

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

My Etsy

1 Chronicles 16:8    “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”

12 comments:

  1. Hi Dean. When I first saw it, I couldn't understand why there were no complements. Now I know. :) That IS a difficult challenge, and I think you have answered it wonderfully!

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn. Glad you think that I succeeded. I would love to have done this on a canvas that was toned red! :)

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  2. Beautifully done Dean, I love the blue and yellow ochre that complement each other.

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    1. Thank you, Steinunn! I was concerned the ochre background looked a bit orange...which was a no no according to the rules.

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  3. What a lovely blue bird!! He reminds me of a dove or a pigeon but I don't know the various bird breeds.

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    1. This is actually a Mountain Bluebird indigenous to the West Coast.
      The Eastern Bluebird has a rust colored breast.

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  4. Love this guy! He just sings right off the page!

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    1. Thank you, Pam...Love your comment!

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  5. You've done a great job on this little guy. Love the expression on his face.

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  6. Thank you, Lokelani. I like doing close up portrait like works on animals.

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  7. Great painting Dean! What a fun challenge this is.

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  8. a really interesting project...I like your solution--great job!

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