Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA  

The Itch by Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA

January 2022 - The Itch

January 2022 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an image from our last birding outing last month at a local refuge area Prado Dam Park. This image was from across the lake and quite some distance away, I didn’t realize what I actually captured until I got home. I loved the gesture the Great Blue Heron was exhibiting and thought I would paint it. I kept the original about the size I saw it, so you saw the distance factor.
Settings were with my Lumix. Lens at 800mm f63 ISO 1250 and 1/2000
Process: First I took the image into Photoshop and added a white vignette. I selected the Heron and put it on its own layer. I then lighted the background to provide more separation between the Heron and the background by reducing the background. On a blank layer I painted the Heron using Photoshop Mixer Brush, controlling the tones of light and dark paint to bring more contrast to the actual image.
Should I rework the eye? I could barely see it in the original. I did have to add some white and dark to make it more noticeable. Also do I need more highlights? Is there enough separation and contrast between the background and the Heron?

1 comment posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Wow. this heron was sooooo small in the original. You turned it into a great work of art. Love the vignette and how you have painted the heron and grasses. I know the eye was hard to replicate, but I would try to work on it a bit more. For me, there is plenty of contrast between heron and background. I do have one more suggestion: I would eliminate the blade of grass that is behind the upraised leg of the heron and his body. Paint in more of the body here. It seems strange that the grass would get into this tight a space. I hope this helps. What a great rendition. Love all your painting stroke choices.   Posted: 01/16/2022 13:56:11


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