Cindy Gosselin  


Katmai Catch by Cindy Gosselin

August 2019 - Katmai Catch

August 2019 - Cindy Gosselin

Original 1

August 2019 - Cindy Gosselin

Original 2

About the Image(s)

There is one original, and then two painted versions. Version A is the painted version and Version B is also painted, with a texture also added. These two versions are referenced in the “how I did it”, below.

How I did it:

This image was taken in Alaska some years ago. I recently decided to see what it would look like as a painting. I hand painted it entirely in Photoshop, using various mixer brushes. After painting was completed (version A), I added a texture from my files to the water to give the perception of depth and dimension (Version B). Do you like this as a painting, and if yes, which version do you prefer?


6 comments posted

Cyril Mazansky
Cindy, I like the combination of the smooth texture of the water & the move prominent texture of the bear. It makes it stand out well.
A well-timed image to have the salmon in its mouth 7 the water dripping. All well brought out in the painting.   Posted: 08/08/2019 08:01:36

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
What a fabulous image and it looks like this bear is posing for you. The recent painting here I like a bit better. In looking at Original 2 in the water, there is a texture that isn't here. That texture may have been a type of canvas look and while a canvas texture might add to a painted piece , you could add it again but not so heavily. I think this this new painting looks more painterly. Your water drips look very good from the fish but the spray above might be removed as it isn't real clear to my eye at first that it is spray of water as visible in the original 1.   Posted: 08/08/2019 16:33:12

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
What a fabulous image and it looks like this bear is posing for you. The recent painting here I like a bit better. In looking at Original 2 in the water, there is a texture that isn't here. That texture may have been a type of canvas look and while a canvas texture might add to a painted piece , you could add it again but not so heavily. I think this this new painting looks more painterly. Your water drips look very good from the fish but the spray above might be removed as it isn't real clear to my eye at first that it is spray of water as visible in the original 1.   Posted: 08/08/2019 16:44:45

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
Terrific portrait of the fisherman,er, fisherbear. Painting fur must be one of the most difficult challenges, and you've certainly mastered it. Good for you for adding catch lights to the bear's eyes and also to that of the fish. I was confused by the diagonal line of spray above the bear; maybe just a few tiny bubbles would be more effective. Oh, yes, I prefer the final version.   Posted: 08/11/2019 20:20:48

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Your final painting is excellent. You handled the fur very well. As a suggestion you could reduce the background opacity and still have the painterly effect in the water. Well done.

PS I love doing animal paintings as well.   Posted: 08/16/2019 03:10:56

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Cindy, I like the way you brightened up the straight-at-me gaze in the bear's eyes and a terrified look in the fish's eye you brought out in the final painting. The smooth rush of water in the background is the perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous rough bear fur. I definitely like the final product more than the texture of "Original 2". Boy, he looks wet and you caught a magnificent pose while the bear caught a magnificent fish!   Posted: 08/21/2019 18:09:12

 

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