Challenge 59. I really loved painting this pic of the seagull Richard chose to paint for his workshop. I had such fun painting it. 10 x 12" oil on canvas board.

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Comment by Glenys Jones on October 14, 2016 at 15:47

another thanks Dor <^-^>

Comment by Dorian Aronson on October 12, 2016 at 17:47


Comment by Glenys Jones on October 12, 2016 at 17:01

thanks Gunther, maybe I should, I'll give it some thought.

Comment by Gunther Andree on October 11, 2016 at 21:32

Hi Glenys, could it be you forgot to tag your beautiful paintings with workshop59?

Comment by Glenys Jones on October 7, 2016 at 17:45

many thanks Jon, Mario and Robin.   I love anything with water and reflections, they are such a challenge and a struggle. I will never get them true, but aim instead for atmosphere and balance.  Good point re my watercolours Jon.  I liken watercolour being on the stage (get it right first go) and oils with films (you can re-take and re-take). Glad you picked up that tip Robin, now you will know what to do <^-^> (smile)

Comment by Robin Sage on October 7, 2016 at 5:44
Appreciate your tips Glenys - especially looking twice and putting down once confidently! I find that so difficult after years of puddling! Thank you x
Comment by Mairo Piroue on October 7, 2016 at 0:29

This is a beautiful painting. I really like the colours and values you have chosen; lovely contrasts and harmonies. The feathers have come out really well. I think the slightly blurred effect and dazzling light reflections really enhance the overall effect. This is a painting I would very much like to have hanging on my wall! And thanks for the tips on your brushwork.

Comment by Jon Main on October 6, 2016 at 21:20

Thanks, Glenys - good tips. Maybe your watercolors also helped you be decisive!

Comment by Glenys Jones on October 6, 2016 at 16:40

thank you so much everyone for all of your complements.

well Jon, I could probably write a page on your question, however to keep it short, I'm trying to follow Richard's techniques as much as possible. I start with the darkest, then mid tones and finally the lightest tones. a few tips I've learnt here, be confident, it makes for stronger impact, put enough pigment on your brush, I try to keep my strokes fluid, ie, try not to dab dab .  do it in one stroke if possible, so look twice at your subject, and put down  once. I don't know if that helps at all but if you watch how Richard does his, he's one of the best I've found to follow. 

Comment by Cristina Mihailescu on October 6, 2016 at 14:17

Gorgeous, love it! 


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