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Saphire
02-18-2012, 01:22 PM
Mink from a photo taken with permission of a friend Hugh Smith.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6893954949_d562af2c0d_b.jpg

screenpainter
02-18-2012, 01:58 PM
beautifully done Sapphire. quite wonderful painting. it could benefit hugely from a crop to enhance the focal points and balance the negative areas. see what you think.

Saphire
02-18-2012, 10:13 PM
Thank you screenpainter for your imput.
The original painting is done 2048 x 2048, the Mink and the log are the only thing I copied from the photo the water and reeds were done to fill the empty space.
The 8x10 crop is to make for easier printing onto canvas.
I see where you are coming from about the empty space, your crop is great apart from cutting off the tip of the tail.

New crop keeping to 8x10 added wiskers
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7208/6903258297_cd43c275e4_z.jpg

limey-g
02-19-2012, 01:36 AM
Very nice indeed Saphire, I just love your animal paintings they are an inspiration to us all.
Geoff

Saphire
02-19-2012, 02:38 AM
Thank you so much for your nice comment Geoff.

Caesar
02-19-2012, 01:11 PM
Your paintings are always spectacular!

chinapete
02-19-2012, 02:58 PM
The light on the fur is so delicately painted, at first you don't realize how much work it must have taken ... And the word "balance" comes to mind, how the painter has insisted on strong horizontals in the water, verticals in the grasses, curves everywhere, and the diagonal-poised mink, energy at rest ...

justjean
02-19-2012, 04:23 PM
Christine, he is a delight in his lovely surroundings :)

coops
02-20-2012, 02:19 AM
Awwwww he is so delightful, you can almost see his whiskers twitching in the air,well done Christine:)

silvy
02-20-2012, 03:47 AM
Stunning work Saphire:):), great detailed and texture. Love it!

Saphire
02-20-2012, 04:07 AM
Thank you Ceasar for your very kind comment.

Thank you Chinapete, in the original photo there was to much going on with broken logs grasses and reeds, the log was perched on the edge of the water so thought I would expand on that theme.

Thank you justjean for you kind comment.

Thank you so much for you kind comments coops, there is a big whoop's here:(, you have pointed out the one thing I have missed the wiskers. Lol!, not for long I will add them in.:D

Thank you silvy for your very kind comment.

jibes
02-20-2012, 06:06 AM
Well done Saphire!

gxhpainter2
02-20-2012, 08:05 AM
Saphire.. a beautiful pose.. all of your wildlife images are really a joy and treat to see..

Saphire
02-20-2012, 08:12 AM
Thank you jibes, gxhpainter for your kind comments they are much appreciated.