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Friday, December 2, 2011

More Bird Feathers

Painting realistic bird feathers can be challenging at best and working with pastels is no exception.  I, for one, have come to realize that I have grown to dislike painting feathers, especially more so after working this piece to death!   I consider this another exercise; one that has forced me to practice something I dislike and truly frustrates me. I hope this bird painting does not find it's way in my "behind the door" pile...



8 comments:

Laurene said...

I sense your frustration, but this is much too good to go "behind the door"!!
Those fine little feathers that are like hair between the eye and the beak are often ignored, I think because of the difficulty factor, but yours are absolutely amazing!

hmuxo said...

Your patience is incredible, Colette! It's beautiful ..each stroke adds to the beauty of this bird.

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks for your encouragement ladies. I really need to put asside my frustration in order to complete this piece.

john said...

Since I've never tried pastels, I have no way of knowing about it's particular challenges. I know that when I paint feathers in acrylics, I concentrate on the underlying form. Feather details are added almost as an afterthought, and usually only take minutes to replicate once the surface contours are right. Your eagle looks really good to me. As does all your work.

Colette Theriault said...

Much appreciated John! I think I need to tackle bird feathers using a different medium or change my approach with pastels.

paraskevi malouxou said...

perfect eye...

Raspberry Doodles said...

This is beautiful, please don't give up. I am enjoying watching your progress

Colette Theriault said...

Paraskevi and Raspberry Doodles, I am too stubborn to give up. Thanks!