Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Great Egret - Stage Three - Work In Progress (Final?)

It's been just over a week since I've posted to my blog. What a slacker I've been....well, not really, I've had a rough time of it with my eyes. They have been feeling very sore and strained since I set up the three computers so I haven't been able to stare at a monitor screen for too long because the glare starts causing my eyes to water. Thankfully, they are getting better, albeit slowly.

Today, I think I finished the Egret art card. See Stage Two here. I'm not sure if I'll tweak it a little more yet.
Great Egret - 2½" x 3½" art card - Derwent Coloured Pencil/Matisse Acrylic - © Serena Lewis

27 comments:

  1. It´s a great work. Nice job.
    ¿what is great egret in spanish?
    i like your pics.
    Kisses Serena.

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  2. This is really lovely :D I love the purples you have put on the bird and the way you have drawn the wing feathers. :)

    garceta grande ??

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  3. Gracias, Jou Mike! Google dice que la traducción de 'Great Egret' en español es 'Gran Egret'. :)

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  4. Oh this is lovely. You always do such wonderful work with your animals. The feathers look so soft and the egret looks so majestic.

    Becky

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  5. Serena, I LOVE the colours you've used & the way you've captured the light:)
    Beautiful!!
    Hope your eyes are getting better too!
    cheers, Maria

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  6. Thank you, Becky & Maria! :) I did enjoy getting back to my painting table to finish this one.

    My eyes are feeling a little better today, thanks Maria ~

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  7. It is very beautiful Serena. I know the feeling of not knowing if I want to do a little more or not. But what more could you do to make more beautiful? I love the semi-soft look. Colors are really neat too. I hope your eyes get better.

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  8. hi i saw your comment onsuziblus blog and checked out your art the bird artr is beautiful ive been painting for 13 years now in allmediums i have derwent pencils and prizmacolors i may have to try them now your art inspired me as suzis does too love gina im 48 also virgo aug 27 1959

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  9. Thanks for the reassurance, Boyd. I've decided to call it finished. Glad you like it.

    Thanks, Gina. I'm glad you dropped by and that my art has inspired you also. I left a comment over on your blog. :)

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  10. The shadowing is beautiful, Serena, and you have him lit perfectly. Much detail for a small painting - just beautiful!

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  11. This is so beautiful Serena! the colours are so delicate, yet there is nothing bland about it and your touch is just perfect!I love your colours
    Ronell

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  12. Thanks, Ronell. I'm glad you like it ~ :)

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  13. Wow, this is beautiful! I like that glow in the background too. Do you find the pencils and the acrylics blend well together or are they used separatly - like foreground and background?

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  14. Serena this is coming along beautifully. that whiter really glows. Don't touch it anymore; it's done.

    :)

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  15. Serena, he is bautiful!! I really like the fact you painted the bird on a dark background. I just love the whole effect!

    Thank you for commenting on my 100th post ;)

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  16. Thanks, Felicity. :) Yes, I did the background with the coloured pencil and the egret in acrylics. The rocks are based roughly with coloured pencil and enhanced with acrylic.

    Thanks, Jessica. :) I decided to call it finished.

    Thanks, Bonny. :) I thought the dark background worked well too.

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  17. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your Egret is lovely.

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  18. Serena,
    Good to see your creative juices flowing again. This is a beautiful art card...Ro

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  19. Oh this is really gorgeous Serena! The background makes the egret glow! What a wonderful use of lights and darks! I love it!

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  20. This piece is just beautiful, I wish I was on the receiving side of your Artist trading card as this is such a beauty. I loved how you shared your progression from stage one to this the final stage. By the way how is your daughter and son doing after the accident???

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  21. Txs. for stopping by my blog and I'm glad I looked you up because you have such a beautiful style of creating.

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  22. why do you need help with pencil? Have you ever read - Bet Borgenson books? She was the first to publish in USA, about using CPs. My first attempt at art school, my portfolio was mainly CP. And Graphite. The college still laughs at me about my first attempt art school.
    I had no oil paints or canvases.
    Just paper of various brands.

    Oh my iPhone would not let me have a bite of that cake. Did you make it. Loved the sleeping arrangements.

    Sherrie

    (( circle of hugs)))

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  23. What I find most fascinating is how small this card is! What a grand painting on such a small card! What are you going to do with it now that it is finished?

    BTW, how are your daughter and her boyfriend doing after the accident?

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  24. This is absolutely beautiful, Serena. I think the most difficult part of making art is when to decide that it is finally finished. I am sorry to hear about your eyes. I hope they are better now.

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  25. Thanks, everyone. I so appreciate all your comments.

    Greg & Kate - Michelle is still in a lot of pain and the doctor has given her until the end of March off work. He gave her a stronger pain medication but it kinda had her tripping so she quickly stopped taking it. She will ask for a different prescription when she goes back next week. Thanks for asking about her.

    Kate - I'm hoping to sell the card on eBay or similar site. One of my goals for this year.

    Sherrie - I love working with graphite and acrylics but coloured pencils are very new to me. I bought the Pavlova base pre-cooked and then decorated it myself. Pavlova is like a delicious meringue...crusty on the outer edge with a soft centre. Traditionally, it is decorated with fresh whipped cream, kiwi fruit, strawberries and passionfruit.

    Luci - My eyes are still not 100% but they are much better than what they were. :)

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