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: Heron and Egret


Susan Mulno
02-04-2016, 11:05 PM
The start of my latest.

Susan Mulno
02-04-2016, 11:08 PM
Oops, forgot to edit the photo!:vs_smirk:

just
02-05-2016, 08:03 AM
Great start. May I suggest that you keep the paper on the pad and clip the open end to the clip. Why do you tape the individual sheet to the board?

Susan Mulno
02-05-2016, 08:34 AM
Thank you for the compliment.

I don't know why I use the paper on the board, never gave it much thought. I know I like the hard background so that is how I did it.

Not sure I understand the "clip the open end to the clip", could you please explain or maybe a visual? I am always willing to try suggestions.

TerryCurley
02-05-2016, 08:55 AM
You do birds so good. These are coming out fantastic.

just
02-05-2016, 09:48 AM
Thank you for the compliment.

I don't know why I use the paper on the board, never gave it much thought. I know I like the hard background so that is how I did it.

Not sure I understand the "clip the open end to the clip", could you please explain or maybe a visual? I am always willing to try suggestions.

If you like the hard surface of the board, then I suppose that you should remove the page from the pad. I find that the hard surface makes drawing more difficult.

What I meant by "clip the open end to the clip" was taking your pad with it opened up to the page that you are going to draw on. Then you clip the open end of the pad to the board by using the clip I see on your board.

Susan Mulno
02-05-2016, 10:56 AM
Thank you Terry.

Ok, I see what you were saying Just, for some things I do that would be easier. Thank you.

Susan Mulno
02-05-2016, 06:55 PM
A little more...

dickhutchings
02-06-2016, 10:16 PM
You certainly have a knack for birds. I love the coloring of the beaks and little hints of color in the feathers.

Susan Mulno
02-06-2016, 10:38 PM
Thank you Dick! :vs-kiss: Still much work to do.

Liz
02-08-2016, 09:32 PM
They are coming along great! Looking forward to seeing the finished picture

Susan Mulno
02-08-2016, 10:11 PM
Thank you Liz!

Haven't had any time to work on them because of working this week. I need daylight to get the colors right. Hopefully I can get some more done on my upcoming days off.

Susan Mulno
02-17-2016, 01:30 PM
Finally got some time to work on it.

just
02-17-2016, 01:33 PM
Great job. It's amazing how many colors it takes to make a white bird.

Susan Mulno
02-17-2016, 01:53 PM
Great job. It's amazing how many colors it takes to make a white bird.

You're right! It certainly does.

TerryCurley
02-17-2016, 03:03 PM
Wonderful Susan. Your work is beautiful.

Susan Mulno
02-17-2016, 05:24 PM
Thank you Just and Terry.

Susan Mulno
02-17-2016, 06:34 PM
The last bit for today, light is fading....:crying:

Susan Mulno
02-18-2016, 05:17 PM
Slow but sure....

FanKi
02-18-2016, 06:26 PM
Already looking soft and beautiful as always :3

Susan Mulno
02-18-2016, 06:50 PM
Thank you FanKi.

Liz
02-20-2016, 08:10 PM
Oh yes color makes it more lovelier than it already was. Are you using colored pencil? I don't recall you mentioning what medium you're using.

Susan Mulno
02-20-2016, 08:34 PM
So far I have used graphite, chalk pastels and color pencils.

dickhutchings
02-21-2016, 08:14 AM
Very good technique. It's not surprising that it's taking a while. Your attention to detail is beyond me.

TerryCurley
02-21-2016, 09:06 AM
I love how you are creating the foliage! This is one of your best drawings I think.

leighann
02-21-2016, 09:33 AM
This is going to be a stunning piece. You have such a wonderful talent. :wink:

Susan Mulno
02-21-2016, 02:05 PM
Thank you Dick, Terry and Leighann! I am nervous about all the grass and brush but you all encourage me! :vs-kiss::vs-kiss::vs-kiss:

Susan Mulno
02-23-2016, 10:40 PM
A little more contrast work.

Susan Mulno
03-08-2016, 11:43 PM
Have a lot more detailing to do on the greens. Then I will spray it with fixative and add the water in pastels.

leighann
03-09-2016, 12:33 AM
Wow...that looks really great Susan. :smile:

just
03-09-2016, 04:20 AM
It looks so realistic.

dickhutchings
03-09-2016, 07:19 AM
Very very nice Susan. Can't wait to see it with water.

Susan Mulno
03-09-2016, 08:15 AM
Thank you Leighann, Just and Dick! You all encourage me!

TerryCurley
03-11-2016, 10:15 AM
Amazing job Susan. You get better and better. I love the grass in this one and can't wait to see it with the water.

Susan Mulno
03-11-2016, 07:58 PM
Thank you Terry!

Susan Mulno
03-13-2016, 10:53 PM
I am not at all happy with the water! :plain: Any ideas?

just
03-13-2016, 11:36 PM
The water looks fine at first but after a while their appears to be something off. I think that it might be because the water was added last. The appearance at the edge of the bird is disrupted. Also the lines in the water should be closer to each other as the water gets further from the shore.

dickhutchings
03-14-2016, 07:37 AM
I have an idea for your next one. Sketch the whole thing and put the water in first and let the water run into the birds just a little. One of the reasons I went to painting is because it allows me to paint light over dark. There's no going back for me.

Can you lighten the water? Your birds looked much better before the water. Sorry.

Susan Mulno
03-14-2016, 08:51 AM
Thank you Just, I tried to keep it from "halo-ing" and it's not terribly so, but I still see it. As for the lines being closer as you leave the shore, the reference photo is just the opposite, I believe because of the winds that day. I will research different water photos.

Thank you Dick, you need not be sorry I know the water, I won't say ruined, but lessened the picture. I am totally considering lightening it, more like a suggestion of water in the background or I may try a re-do. Not sure.....

dickhutchings
03-14-2016, 08:54 AM
Don't stress about it too much Susan. It's still a fantastic rendering and a wonderful scene. I'm sure you could sell this if you wanted to.

Susan Mulno
03-14-2016, 10:47 AM
Thank you Dick!

Oddly enough I don't stress over them, perhaps because nothing is on the line. If this were a commission? I am OCD (diagnosed) however, so I will probably change it. One way or another.

Bushcraftonfire
03-19-2016, 05:45 PM
Susan..

May I ask what media this is done with? I'm hoping watercolor.. cause then I have a suggestion.. I think it's really well done.

The water is a bit confusing.. because it's hard to tell if it's water.. or the sky. Nothing really wrong with it.. I think it may need to be toned down just a bit to it doesn't pull your eyes away from the birds.

Just my $.02

Susan Mulno
03-19-2016, 08:30 PM
Pastel mostly Bushcraftonfire with graphite. The water I did with my new PanPastels, still getting used to them, they are very vibrant.

Bushcraftonfire
03-19-2016, 09:52 PM
Well if you can tone the background out a bit so that it's almost just an afterthought.. it might help. I tried it on the tablet and it looked pretty good. just a thought

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Susan Mulno
03-19-2016, 10:56 PM
I have been mulling it over and have come to pretty much the same conclusion. Now I just need time to do it. :biggrin:

abt2k15
03-20-2016, 05:13 AM
this one is really great. you can lift the halo effect event more if you get mor contrast into the painting i believe.

Susan Mulno
03-21-2016, 12:10 AM
It is a women's prerogative to change her mind, and I have! I am totally re-doing the water. So far it is coming along nicely. Didn't get a picture of it yet, coming soon........:laugh:

Susan Mulno
03-21-2016, 12:12 AM
Thank you abt2k15. :smile:

Susan Mulno
03-22-2016, 09:49 PM
This is it, I am happier with the new water.

just
03-22-2016, 09:55 PM
I like it a lot.

Mel_Robertson
03-22-2016, 09:57 PM
it's beautiful :vs_whistle: and inspiring x thank you Susan

Susan Mulno
03-22-2016, 10:01 PM
Thank you Just! I appreciate that! :vs-kiss:

Mel_Robertson
03-22-2016, 10:05 PM
This is it, I am happier with the new water.

your painting is SO beautiful it makes me want to paint nature I so appreciate your work Susan and everyone's on here who paints what I used to consider mundane objects, I feel so lucky to have found this forum I really do :vs_love:
it's sparked a side of me I din't even know I had and I'm shying away from the darkness now!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usfiAsWR4qU

Susan Mulno
03-22-2016, 11:25 PM
Thank you Meli! I needed the chuckle and the inspiration, welcome to the day! :vs_sun: :biggrin:

Bushcraftonfire
03-22-2016, 11:28 PM
That IS a lot better Susan.. I'd love to see it in a matte!

Susan Mulno
03-22-2016, 11:32 PM
That IS a lot better Susan.. I'd love to see it in a matte!

Thank you Dave!

I was just considering what I would put on it for a matte. :vs_worry:

Bushcraftonfire
03-22-2016, 11:44 PM
Something that offsets the Egret's colors.. IMO. Maybe a light blue or grey? I would lean toward the grey

dickhutchings
03-23-2016, 06:22 AM
What a huge difference you made. The extra contrast was all it needed. Beautiful!

TerryCurley
03-23-2016, 09:33 AM
Susan your water looks so very realistic, and the grassy part is perfect. And the birds are the best of all in the drawing. You have a really great picture here.

Susan Mulno
03-23-2016, 09:44 AM
Thanks a lot Dick!

Thank you Terry but remember, if you praise my work too much I won't be able to fit my head through a door! :biggrin:

For the matt , I was looking at what is left of the white around the edges, maybe white? Or a pale sunny yellow to compliment the heron's bill and the yellow highlights in the grass? Any ideas from my fellow artists?

TerryCurley
03-23-2016, 02:55 PM
I think the yellow is a very good idea for a matt.

leighann
03-29-2016, 09:13 PM
I'm seeing it with a matte from the yellow family. Maybe pull one of the colors from the grass. Then maybe a black frame?

Butterfly88
04-02-2016, 05:14 PM
Love it!!!!!!

Susan Mulno
04-02-2016, 05:21 PM
Thank you Butterfly88!