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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

White tailed doe painting-"Treading Ever-So-Lightly"

I know I could probably improve on the foliage of this painting but I just have no more umph left for it so it will have to do! I need to move on to another painting but just had to finish this one first. Not that I rushed it or anything...

After scanning in multiple pieces and patch working the images together, I had to color correct the image slightly. I really toned down the bright yellow leaves near the deer's face which seemed to strong in the last update.

The previous update was taken with a digital camera and was overly adjusted for contrast. I find pastels so very difficult to match to a photograph or scan, due to the dust reflecting different amounts of light under varying light conditions. Perhaps this has more to do with the fact that I used a dark suede board or maybe even the properties of the suede itself, I don't know.

Oh well, the image above seems pretty close to the actual painting...until you place the painting in a bright room, where it really brightens up considerably! Eeech.

There is an explanation on my website regarding the title for this piece. If you are interested, follow here: http://www.colettetheriault.com/descriptions/paint1description/White_tail_deer.php
and scroll down the page.

Tomorrow I will be framing my deer painting at last!

10 comments:

Peter Brown said...

Colette, it's good to see this one finished at last - I love it! Despite the fact that you were frustrated with the repetitive nature of the leaves (your words), I think there's great depth and variety in the vegetation. The foreground works especially well. Looking forward to the completion of your moose painting!

Colette Theriault said...

Thank you Peter! I am hoping that the next painting I am to tackle will have very little background. Unfortunately, the moose painting I have put away until I feel inspired again to work on it. I am rethinking the brush to the right of the moose and hoping I can "erase" or cover it up with something more subtle.

Peter Brown said...

So, the moose have joined the zebra behind the door? Must be getting crowded back there! All the best.

Colette Theriault said...

Oh, but you forgot the rhino too! BTW, when is that beautiful egret painting going to be finished?? I can't wait to see it.

Tracy Hall said...

This has turned out beautifully Colette, so pleased you got the chance to finish it! I love the vegetation too, and the lighting is wonderful.

Thats quite a menagerie you have lurking behind your door :)

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks Tracy for dropping in and for your compliments! It seems the unfinished paintings will just have to wait.

Kristy said...

Wow this is lovely! I am bet you are glad you finished it. You create such lovely stuff!

Colette Theriault said...

Kristy thank you! Yes, I am happy to have finally finished this painting as I was getting afraid I was going to put it on the back burner for another long while.

Gayle Mason said...

Simply stunning Colette, I love the background.
I know the feeling well of having work hiding behind closed doors.

Colette Theriault said...

Your comments are appreciated Gayle, thanks so much for dropping in!