Saturday, 5 October 2013

FREE GIFT - LITTLE FINCH - ACEO Series - BIRD PHOTO BOOTH

LITTLE FINCH
ORIGINAL ACEO BY SEA DEAN
3.5" x 2.5" Canvas Card
On auction at Daily Paintworks starting at just $11

Buy now, gift wrap and relax with a smile when everyone is still rushing around in December. Everyone purchasing from now till 25th December 2013 receives a free print as a thank you.

To view my Gallery or purchase this painting please visit Daily Paintworks. Larger originals or prints may be available by contacting me. You may also view my available ACEO in my Facebook Gallery here.
LITTLE FINCH IN PROGRESS

I never thought I would become an wildlife and pet painter, but I suppose it's a natural progression. I love nature and I've had small pets since I was a child. I like them and they like me. Cool! 

I read once that painting animals is all in the eyes. I find that when I'm painting birds they just look like a messy blob until I pop in the eye and place the highlight on it. I've discovered that if you rough in the base colours and then start with placing the eye and finishing it, the rest of the bird is much easier to paint. Somehow they suddenly have a personality.

On the right is a progress photo of Little Finch. This was just before the finishing touches and I almost left him like this. I thought the little bird was a good likeness but it looked like a painting, not like a live bird. I think that adding a few darker values and blending the colour in places made him look more alive, as if he was about to fly away. What do you think? Does the extra definition and detail look better or not? Which do you like best?




TIP: - The most important thing about painting animals is to give just enough detail, but not too much. Feathers and fur need to be suggested with brush strokes; putting in every detail gives a frozen look, and above all natural things must appear to move.


BIRD PHOTO BOOTH

I haven't tried this myself, because I don't have an iphone, but I came across this on a website called Houzz some time ago and it looks like a fantastic idea. I may have to add it o my Christmas wish list.


Cat 13246 Little Finch
Photo inspiration Marcus Moller Paint My Photo