Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wildlife Art- waterfowl..Redheads
















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5"x 7" oil

Due to some requests, I put this together as a demo for
interested artists at-
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=376008

Fun little piece to do...

10 comments:

Lisa said...

Your nature paintings are really beautiful. Do you use a photograph as a reference when painting the animals?

Jon Conkey said...

Larry, I have had some time to read more of your blog, I have really picked up some fine knowledge; namely, "color vibrations", I had hit on it a few times by accident, but never realized that was what I had done; now I'll make a habit of it. It will really help bring my paintings up a notch. Thanks!

Larry Seiler said...

Hey Lisa...
check out this link here

you'll see this one demonstrated step by step.

I have about 20 years worth of sketchbooks...endless sketches from watching freeze frame videos, movements, anatomy...taxidermy mounts, photos I've taken in the field..and so forth. I'll sometimes use multiple photos and create my own. Often, I'll opt to ignore the photo and choose the light to come from another angle just so I pay more attention to making the best painting than copying a photo.

I've learned alot painting outdoors over the past decade or more compared to my first 20 years instudio....!

thanks for your comments.... 8^)

Larry Seiler said...

Hey Jon...thanks for mentioning that.

I was reading Duane Keiser's word blog yesterday, and his criticism of the daily postcard size painting thing that many are imitating him from...and namely his concern that artists are painting for the market and hope to make it as he did...but miss the idea that painting's purpose for any artist should be to experiment, push...try...and the excitement for the patron is to take part in that journey. He cautions not to follow his journey as though it is ours...

My blog has shown all along my journey, my experiments, my wrestlings. I've been challenging myself after 30 years of painting to grow, try new things, learn what yet there is to learn of painting. I guess I can see what Duane was talking about.

Yeah...it is important when the light bulb strikes, and studying Gruppe and Payne this past year, I've come to appreciate what or just how important this "color vibration" is. Something painters of that day understood in a way nearly taken forgranted, but something most painters today don't get. So glad you had that lightbulb moment!!! Honored to have been part of that...

thanks for your comments.

Dean H. said...

Good one, Larry. Like the 3D effect of the redheads against the laid-back background.

Dean

Larry Seiler said...

thanks much, Dean...appreciated!!!

René said...

Wauw Larry!!

To pu it in Dutch:

"Dit overstijgt het werk van Rien Poortvliet!"

If you ever want to swap, this ones for me. :-P

Larry Seiler said...

Definitely will keep that in mind Rene...that would be fun!

I have a book illustrating life in Hollard 1517 by Rien Poortvliet... a wonderfully talented Dutch painter...also of wildlife! Was so sad to hear of his passing...

thanks for the very kind comments!
8^)

Muffin said...

Ai, this one is beautiful! You managed to make it so I feel I'm going the same speed as the birds, and the background is moving. Just lovely! I also really like how you outlined the birds more than you usually do (of what I've seen).
:)

Larry Seiler said...

thanks Muffin...appreciate that comment..

one thing that sorta turned me off from wildlife art after doing it near 20 years (been about 11 years now since that departure), was that there was great emphasis on realism, but it lacked REAL'ness. That is...ducks don't freeze in air where every feather can be counted.

If I can project perhaps what the world appears like from a duck's point of view...that's intriguing. Where time exists in motion..something's got to give...

take care...thanks!