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Post by minniev » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:55 pm

Another dam bird I need your advice and opinion about. I'm considering including it in a contest collection and have never shown it anywhere. It's another dredged from the slush heap. The contest is art rather than photography so the somewhat artistic approach and the use of texture won't be an issue.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:47 am

you have detail in the flying bird, emphasize it (I think). Perhaps make it a bird runway and add a couple more, one in the process of taking off and move the flyer a little to the right (mixed feelings about all that). I am troubled by the hard ugly green water to the front - but don't know what to do with it - but the mood of the lower third is too different from the mood of the upper two thirds (perhaps fog up the bottom front). Perhaps brighten the area they are flying into. Perhaps go to portrait (extend the canvas up) and add God Clouds that they are flying into with the same feel as the center.

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Post by Psjunkie » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:19 pm

Seems quite artistic as is...but I feel that way about all your dam birds.

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Post by Duck » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:12 pm

Paula, you always tend to have a flair for whimsy that I really enjoy seeing in your work. That kind of whimsy doesn't come easily for me and I have to work at that kind of creativity. With your permission, here is an attempt at realizing Piet's idea with a few added elements. Hopefully it starts getting those creative juices flowing. :D

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Post by minniev » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:45 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:47 am
you have detail in the flying bird, emphasize it (I think). Perhaps make it a bird runway and add a couple more, one in the process of taking off and move the flyer a little to the right (mixed feelings about all that). I am troubled by the hard ugly green water to the front - but don't know what to do with it - but the mood of the lower third is too different from the mood of the upper two thirds (perhaps fog up the bottom front). Perhaps brighten the area they are flying into. Perhaps go to portrait (extend the canvas up) and add God Clouds that they are flying into with the same feel as the center.
Good ideas!

I often have issues with the ugly color of the water coming out of the dam or gathering below it. Our water is either brown or green here, so it is always at issue. I sometimes use color or texture overlays to get some different tones in it.

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Post by minniev » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:45 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:19 pm
Seems quite artistic as is...but I feel that way about all your dam birds.
Thanks Frank.
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Post by minniev » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:51 pm

Duck wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:12 pm
Paula, you always tend to have a flair for whimsy that I really enjoy seeing in your work. That kind of whimsy doesn't come easily for me and I have to work at that kind of creativity. With your permission, here is an attempt at realizing Piet's idea with a few added elements. Hopefully it starts getting those creative juices flowing. :D


Damn Airport Birds.jpg
How cool is that? Thanks for the fun idea! I love the runway lights, they are just perfect!

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