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This is a great example of how contrasting colours can really make a painting jump out and grab your attention. Beautiful attention to detail - Kathy used a stippling effect for the background, giving it vibrancy and texture.
I finished the painting by retouching the rest of the bark - make sure the tree at the edges of the canvas are soft, keeping the frog and surrounding bark sharp and focussed. Everyone else's frogs all look fabulous, unique and full of life. If you have been following this painting lesson, I hope you are as pleased with the results as we are!
Remember your light source when doing these chickens. It's coming from behind, so with Ricca, most of the shadow area is facing the viewer. The tail then should be fairly dark, which will strengthen the white highlight that edges the feathers. I'll probably reinforce the highlights again when it is dry with just white paint.
I blocked in the top chicken's feet with a light mix of Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Red with a dot of Cobalt to dirty up the colour. I added some purple to this colour with a little more of the red for a warm shadow. Remembering your light source, I darkened up the left side of the legs and did a few lines for the creases. With the foot that is on the ground, I didn't bother too much with detail and concentrated on tone only as the grass will cover most of it.
As with the bodies, Jo is painting the two chooks at the same time. She had a bit of trouble with that left chook's foot as it looked a little off balance. She decided to move it further left, which looks much better. If something doesn't look right, you don't have to stick to the photo regardless - remember it is only a guide. Whatever works ...
Before putting in some darks under Donna's belly, I added some more different hues e.g. some greens, oranges and yellows. (White reflects colours from the background.) I then went through with the darks to split the feathers up. As you can see, I am now working to make the colours more uniform throughout. I will do this by mixing up our standard purple shadow mix and brushing this through the bird here and there.
I painted the white parts of the tail first, going around the whole edge with a fine brush, brushing in the actual feathers as they contrasted against the background. I then broke up the tail area with sections of the orange light. Next came the slightly darker purples, then the real darks to further break up the feathers. It still needs a bit of tweaking but my colours started to become a little muddy, so I'll leave it till next week.
Now that our froggie is finished, I can see that my bark is too pale. I need more contrast and colour for the frog to stand out. So I am just going over my bark with a richer, darker hue. Of course yours might be fine, so skip this step if that's the case.