View Full Version : Reworked Woodpecker

01-17-2008, 11:49 AM
Tried to give the old dead tree a little more definition and depth.. Perhaps I overcooked it??

D Akey
01-17-2008, 12:02 PM
Hi Rick,

The thing you probably might bear in mind is what you're painting. If it's a tree trunk, then think first about the overall volume of that cylindrical shape. It's essentially a tube (probably) with some texture and a few bumps. (Depends on the type of tree).

All the emphatic detail in the tree becomes a distraction from what it essentially is: a prop for showing off your woodpecker. And that is where your choosing how to show off the bird comes in to play. Your selectivity of the elements in your pic is really at the heart of the matter.

Also, as a stretching artist, it's a good idea to push it to see how far you can go with it occasionally. That's a way to grow. But it seems a little cooked, as you say.

Hope this helps.

:D :D :D

01-17-2008, 12:17 PM
Me thinks this is true.. Also I learned a valuable lesson.. ""Don't delete the original"" .. Which I did.. Well you live and learn, don't you..

D Akey
01-17-2008, 02:59 PM
Just from the opinion of someone who has had to change art regularly, it would be a relatively easy thing to paint over this tree thing on another layer.

The bird is so good, I think it would be worth it saving the pic, as well as getting some mileage on rodeo roping of your picture. It's needn't get away.

But that's my opinion as a kibitzer from the peanut gallery.

It's a really nice piece, Rick.

:D :D :D

01-17-2008, 03:08 PM
In other words, who's gonna look much at the stump with that wonderful bird there. :) Well done Rick and take it from me, never throw any version away.

01-17-2008, 03:14 PM
For sure, the bird stays.. The tree thingy is on two layers, so I can make that go away and be back to just the bird and a green background.. I was just moaning because of the work I had in the original tree, and I went ahead and dumped it.. So really, not all is lost I have the bird and the background, and I will start a tree thingy anew.. Thanks for your good thoughts D, they are always appreciated by me..

01-17-2008, 04:01 PM
Thanks Robert, much appreciated..

01-19-2008, 07:38 PM
That's very beautiful bird painting and well painted. :)

01-19-2008, 09:24 PM
It just gets better each time. That is amazing work Rick. Beautiful. :D

08-04-2008, 06:17 PM
WOW! I looks so realistic, and I like how you choose to have a blank background. It makes the perfect contrast.