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Ratliff's Ferry in Fog

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I don't really know where to go with this one. I like the ethereal quality but I know that sacrifices detail, but I suspect there isn't much detail anyway. And I wonder if the texture is too heavy/grainy/dark. What do you suggest?
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I really like the composition in this one - and the mood. I feel that the bird however is blown out and somehow needs detail so that it is Not blown out. You might be able to paint it to give it a hint of detail, or add some texture just to it to fool the eye.

Ok, so that's one item. The other item would be to consider adding a hint of color to it coming from the back or back above.

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PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:12 pm
I really like the composition in this one - and the mood. I feel that the bird however is blown out and somehow needs detail so that it is Not blown out. You might be able to paint it to give it a hint of detail, or add some texture just to it to fool the eye.

Ok, so that's one item. The other item would be to consider adding a hint of color to it coming from the back or back above.
Good suggestions. I am not sure how to paint in a bird, but I'll see what I can pilfer from some other bird...
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minniev wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:13 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:12 pm
I really like the composition in this one - and the mood. I feel that the bird however is blown out and somehow needs detail so that it is Not blown out. You might be able to paint it to give it a hint of detail, or add some texture just to it to fool the eye.

Ok, so that's one item. The other item would be to consider adding a hint of color to it coming from the back or back above.
Good suggestions. I am not sure how to paint in a bird, but I'll see what I can pilfer from some other bird...
yep - won't take too much, in fact, don't make it too sharp, just add a speckle of grey here and there - not about being right, just about it not being all white.

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PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:18 pm
minniev wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:13 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:12 pm
I really like the composition in this one - and the mood. I feel that the bird however is blown out and somehow needs detail so that it is Not blown out. You might be able to paint it to give it a hint of detail, or add some texture just to it to fool the eye.

Ok, so that's one item. The other item would be to consider adding a hint of color to it coming from the back or back above.
Good suggestions. I am not sure how to paint in a bird, but I'll see what I can pilfer from some other bird...
yep - won't take too much, in fact, don't make it too sharp, just add a speckle of grey here and there - not about being right, just about it not being all white.
Will see what I can do. I am also trying to turn a decorative plate into a live opera scene. I have a quiet afternoon ahead of me to play.
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I'm loving this one a lot..well done...I am concerned with the upper bird, it is distracting to this simpleton..it won't let my eye go (possibly because of the awkward look)....my suggestion is to eliminate or replace it.

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Post by davechinn »

Piet has some excellent suggestions and is possibly beyond my knowledge. However, I like what you have here as is. The softness draws me in and forces me to explore. I can only imagine this in a very large print hanging in a gallery and while viewing up close searching for hidden details. If none are there, no biggy.
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davechinn wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:54 pm
Piet has some excellent suggestions and is possibly beyond my knowledge. However, I like what you have here as is. The softness draws me in and forces me to explore. I can only imagine this in a very large print hanging in a gallery and while viewing up close searching for hidden details. If none are there, no biggy.
Thanks Dave, and so glad to have you back in the village! There are more details in the original, but I did the softness thing on purpose, along with the high key thing. I am working on a version now where I blend back in a little detail from the original.
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Psjunkie wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:58 am
I'm loving this one a lot..well done...I am concerned with the upper bird, it is distracting to this simpleton..it won't let my eye go (possibly because of the awkward look)....my suggestion is to eliminate or replace it.
Thank you Frank. The upper bird has more detail than the lower one, so I'm in the process of painting back in some of that detail to see whether that will work. I enhanced both the softness and brightness in post, so there is more to go back to unless it darkens the bird too much.
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minniev wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:57 pm
I don't really know where to go with this one. I like the ethereal quality but I know that sacrifices detail, but I suspect there isn't much detail anyway. And I wonder if the texture is too heavy/grainy/dark. What do you suggest?
I'm of the same opinion of the birds, remove them and print it! S-
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