This is another one from Australia Zoo, the place I go to photograph difficult to find or unusual animals. I didn’t realise that doves came in such bright colours and I would love to find one in the wild on day.
I was trying to create a nice soft out of focus back ground, which seems is a little more difficult than I first thought.
This time I didn’t use masking fluid, I only saturated the paper where I was planning to place the paint for the background.
I think I may have made the background a little too dark and didn’t realise until I started painting the dove.
I liked painting the dove as I got to use a few colours that I wouldn’t normally use. The blue chest was a little difficult with all the pointy feather patterns but after awhile I was getting the hang of them.
After I painted the dove I realised that the background seemed to be a little distracting and not quite what I wanted.
Sometimes things don’t always work out and this was now a mission to save my painting with a little rework.
In the end I just made the background up with a few nice patterns that resembled banana leaves. I also created darker edges and leading lines to bring the focus back onto the bird.
In the end I think I managed to save my painting as someone also like it enough to purchase it a few months ago along with 3 other bird painting. So in the end the extra little effort paid off.
I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.
My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com
Enjoy, Chris Osborne