Cindy Gosselin  

Surveying the Marsh by Cindy Gosselin

March 2020 - Surveying the Marsh

March 2020 - Cindy Gosselin


About the Image(s)

How it was done: This Kingfisher was taken at the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. The background was cluttered and distracting, lending it to a painting. I’ve painted it a couple of times, but this is my favorite version. I had already created this background “ it was just waiting for an image! The background was hand painted following the style, and using the brushes, of Melissa Gallo. The background tall grasses were added via a PS “stamp” brush. This kingfisher and a cattail, from two separate images, were then composited onto the background. Both the kingfisher and cattail were painted, pixel by pixel, in PS with various mixer brushes (mostly fur brushes).

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6 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Congratulations. You did well to capture a kingfisher as they are quite elusive. I'd love to know how you got that close to the bird with him taking off.   Posted: 03/05/2020 20:53:20
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Hi Larry. When I shoot at Chincoteague, I actually shoot from the car, as this creates a sort of "blind" and the birds then don't see a lot of movement. The original shot for the kingfisher was near the road and the shot was taken with a 400mm lens. I was then able to crop it significantly to add it to the painted image.   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:35:32
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Your kingfishers are not as smart as mine in Florida. If I even slow the car down, they take off. If I just park the car and sit they will gather on trees or post about 200 years away and I swear I can hear them laughing. Where is Chincoteague, I should come visit. :-)   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:43:57

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Put me down as a fan of yours! What you have done in creating a background, setting the bird against it, and then painting the bird is outstanding - you even drew the feet! Definitely an award-winner!   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:48:12

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Cindy, I love this image of the Kingfish. I truly appreciate your narrative on all the steps you took to create this. The textures of the background and the feathers are exquisite and add to the overall impact. Every step really added to the overall impact of this image. I want to know more about Melissa Gallo's brushes and did you do this in Painter? Congratulations on another fabulous painted image. Did you take MP fur class?
  Posted: 03/19/2020 15:10:14

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Wow, the images side by side, are as different as night and day!!! Changing the drabber color of the background to complement the Kingfisher's coloring really is a great enhancement, not to mention losing the background entirely. You have created a fantastic fantasy background and perch for it. Good job with all your special creative brushwork!   Posted: 03/26/2020 16:44:16