Try Your Hand at...

Avocet on the Shore

You tried and here are some of the results

Thank you for sending in your paintings of Avocet on the Shore following Paul Apps’ demonstration in the January issue of Paint. Here is a small selection with comments from Paul


Paul Apps’ picture, featured in the January 2012 issue of Paint Magazine

Maureen Bishop
This shows lovely value changes across the image but it is a little too large for the canvas size. The areas around the legs appear messy as though you had trouble with contaminated brushes picking up undesired pigment. A tip here is to paint all the foreground over the legs and then paint in the legs afterwards, as long as your paint is not too thick it will be easy tosspot your drawing underneath enabling you to complete the legs, thereby avoiding all those paint round marks. Avery good effort all the same.

Paul Townsend
I liked the use of warm tones quite possibly on wet mud in an evening sunset. Although the Avocet has warmth in its lower body they are of different colour family than those in the mud. It should have shown more reds in these values and not yellows. Similar to those you rendered in the area under the tail. The body of the bird is a little heavy, but overall appeasing image.

Kerry Bennett
Wow! I love this image. There awesome issues with the length of the bird at its tail end and I feel that the legs are a little too heavy, but what remains is well proportioned and well painted. The rendering is crisp and somewhat stylized and very different from all the other entries.

Barbara Taylor-Harris
Something completely different. It is nice to see a varied interpretation of my challenge. Mixed media - indeed I see the grasses growing as I type this reply! The drawing of the bird is fine except I feel that it is a little hunched up at the front making it a little awkward. Being really picky the legs should be pink not so grey. Other than that the whole idea is radical, organic and enjoyable to see.

Sue Baker
It was really great to see a new product being used from the SAA shop on this project. Oil bars can be great fun, and very expressive. You did a good job on this image. I felt that the bird was a little too large for its surroundings, and a little monochromatic, but it was well drawn, there is good graduation in the water as it recedes. I am glad you had fun with the oil bars.

Jackie Harris
My first reaction to this painting was wow! Now, I immediately knew that the shape of the bird was slightly off. Then I realised that it was the contrast in the white areas of the Avocet’s plumage - as the shadows appear, you have rendered them in deeper values and stronger hues. The effect is photo real and just like a sunny day, it packs a visual punch. You have dragged the colours of the mud up to suggest grasses, though none existed. They might have, but then you should have refined the strokes to make them more convincing. The water could have managed some more varied hues front to back to suggest greater distance. But overall this is a lovely image.

Jenny Ellacott
I love the water; it is well rendered front to back and shows spatial value. The bird is good though perhaps a little heavy in the front, and the head a little too small for the body. The bird is quite monochromatic and the use of chromatic greys or midtones would give it a greater degree of form, replacing the black grey you used. Otherwise the painting works – well done.

Jean Hemming
This is a delightful painting well drawn and well rendered throughout. The feathering of the Avocet is superb and the form of the bird is spot on with warm and cool values where they should be. Maybe the legs could have been a little less grey. The mud loses its clarity especially at the bottom of the painting and could have been a little more detailed. Otherwise a great effort, and I hope to see more offerings in the future.

June Townshend
I like this painting - the overall look is balanced and the colours reflect the essence of the scene. The head is a little large and deep, and the beak and legs are perhaps too thin and need to be heavier. Other than that the mud shows great definition and clarity and the water is spot on. The bird’s feather details are nice with rounded values in the bottom shading.
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Try Your Hand at...

Avocet on the Shore

You tried and here are some of the results

Thank you for sending in your paintings of Avocet on the Shore following Paul Apps’ demonstration in the January issue of Paint. Here is a small selection with comments from Paul


Paul Apps’ picture, featured in the January 2012 issue of Paint Magazine

Maureen Bishop
This shows lovely value changes across the image but it is a little too large for the canvas size. The areas around the legs appear messy as though you had trouble with contaminated brushes picking up undesired pigment. A tip here is to paint all the foreground over the legs and then paint in the legs afterwards, as long as your paint is not too thick it will be easy tosspot your drawing underneath enabling you to complete the legs, thereby avoiding all those paint round marks. Avery good effort all the same.

Paul Townsend
I liked the use of warm tones quite possibly on wet mud in an evening sunset. Although the Avocet has warmth in its lower body they are of different colour family than those in the mud. It should have shown more reds in these values and not yellows. Similar to those you rendered in the area under the tail. The body of the bird is a little heavy, but overall appeasing image.



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