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Title: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 03, 2011, 05:06:42 PM
 As I will be majoring more on techniques you must not get too bogged down in trying to match the colors exactly right - the reason? Even trees of the same species standing next to each other will not have the same coloring as you will see in the presentation.

Here is the proposed list of  materials I will be using for the demo and for those who would like to Paint-along:

16 x 20" canvas panel (406 x 508mm) portrait format.
Oil Paints: Cad Red, Cad Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.
Medium size painting knife
38mm Hardware Brush (1 1/2")
Bristle Brushes
#2 Rigger Brush
Medium
Masking tape

Then the normal cloth, paper roll, mineral turps or whatever else you use for maintenance purposes.

Because of time constraints I will be painting relatively fast so if you are a slow painter then rather sit back and enjoy the demo and then afterwards paint at your leisure as you watch the replay on your computer.

I will not be making a preliminary sketch for this demo - working straight onto a blank canvas :heeha:

I am specifically using the primary colors only so that the beginners get used to mixing colors.

Finally: Make painting fun - don't be too serious - don't want you  :sweat: Be  8)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 03, 2011, 05:26:10 PM
 Thank you Dennis, just ask Nolan about above. Wanted to be well prepared. So looking forward to the evening.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: thegrindre on December 04, 2011, 01:47:50 AM
Ah, thank you very much for this list although, I won't be 'painting-along', I will definitely need this for later.

 :thankyou:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 06, 2011, 05:02:12 PM
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this evening being my first ''Live'' tutorial. Can't wait to watch the replay, as I acutally painted my sky and background mountains, who was I kidding to think I could paint along. :idiot2: How wonderful to watch a Master at work, techniques, debth, distance, colour, blending, how the little house came alive, all the tips, and much much more.  :thankyou: Dennis. And..... of course Nolan for his camera work. Looking foward to watching the ''Cherries'' becoming edible! P.S the sound was perfect when not bufferring. Is that due to my poor connection as I live in the sticks, amongst two forestries of Ash, Elm and Oaks! 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 06, 2011, 05:31:44 PM
Glad you enjoyed the class Olivia  :clap:

the video will buffer when your connection cannot receive as fast as the class is being broadcast
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 06, 2011, 05:59:26 PM
Thanks for your reply, much appreciated. I will contact my provider to see if there is an upgrade, they did tell me I had fine local (domestic) connection but if I was downloading a lot of stuff I may suffer. I only have 2GB memory should I upgrade that for faster service too?
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 06, 2011, 08:15:37 PM
the 2Gig memory I am presuming is what your computer has, if so, yes it's more than enough memory.

If the 2Gig is monthly bandwidth, then it will depend on how much you surf the net and what you do on the net. To give you an example - a 2 hour live class will use up between 300 - 500 Meg bandwidth (1000 Meg = 1 Gig)

Hope that helps
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Gloria on December 06, 2011, 09:02:41 PM
Nolan, your camera work was excellent. Dennis, I love how you showed every step of color mixing. I am beginning to understand better this aspect of painting as it is one of my weaknesses. Thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration. Sound and video perfect.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: valweb on December 06, 2011, 11:26:15 PM
 :clap: Well done Dennis.  Now we have got to know you as well.   By watching your method, colour mixes and the explanation of colour saturation is just is another lesson learned in landscapes.  Your painting is awesome.

I would love to see a demonstration on painting mountains your way.   I don't seem to paint them the way I would like to.   Think about it!   :painting:  :thankyou:

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 07, 2011, 12:35:54 AM
Dennis, the Bluegum class was fabulous  :clap:... my first and truly enjoyed it tremendously :yippee:.  I really feel so blessed to be part of this PaintBasket family and to be able to learn so much more.  You and Nolan truly are great teachers and I am very grateful that I discovered this site and all of you.

I have fallen into a terrible rut these lase couple of months with my painting... just couldn't get going.  Now I am so excited... I can't wait... so a HUGE  :thankyou: to you both.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: thegrindre on December 07, 2011, 01:57:04 AM
I find these live on-line web classes to be an excellent way to learn. Even the 'little things' that normally would get edited out on a DVD, are caught live, too.
Great lesson, Dennis.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on December 07, 2011, 04:20:06 AM
Looks like the lesson went down a treat with everyone else too! Although I joined it 50mins late, I really enjoyed it. Like other comment feedback, I agree we learned lots of new tips and tricks. Like the the foliage round back of tree,  use of the scraper and how a white building reflects light of specific intensity.
Congratulations Dennis on a great class and, to Nolan our camera man for the session!
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 07, 2011, 10:55:43 AM
Today I was pretty adament to start my eye on the Portrait Painting course... but have been having problems with the reference photos.  Eventually gave up, went through my album and got a photo.  The drawing is now done for the eye...but that happened bit late this afternoon and I started feeling frustrated, because I sooo wanted to  :painting: today.  Well, that's when the thought hit me out of the blue... What about doing the BlueGum Tree.

Well... just keep the following in mind when viewing the photo :o ... There was absolutely no reference picture, I did not have the computer on, to watch the replay as I am painting...So this is totally, completely straight out of my mind. I just kept reminding myself of a few things Dennis said lastnite in the class.  (So Dennis, while I was painting...I could hear your voice...did the 'replay' in my head while painting.) I did not have the correct brush (seeing that I made the discision to paint this on the spur of the moment) and experienced a few struggles with the palette knife technique.  Used my tile as a palette and used French Ultramarine, Pyrolle Red Deep, Arylamide yellow (which is similar to cad yellow hue) and white... here is the result... took me about 3 hours...

Edit:  Oh yes, forgot to mention... photo not the best quality due to some reflections from the light... will try and do a better one tomorrow in daylight, then re-post.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 07, 2011, 11:06:01 AM
and it came out great Leana :clap: You really did pay attention in the class O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 07, 2011, 11:12:24 AM
Awesome...  :thankyou: Nolan... now I feel very happy... got a thumbs up  :yippee:.  Oh yes, I did pay attention... now you know why my family and friends call me an 'Art-Addict'  ;D... when it comes to art...I am ALL ears, eyes etc.  Just love it and really loved the class.  You and Dennis are truely awesome teachers! :not_worthy: 

I am sure I can do better... but will first focus on my Portrait painting a bit... then the cherries  ;D... will then attempt another one... and spend more time with it.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 07, 2011, 11:48:07 AM
Thank you for your comments and encouragements.
 I also enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to seeing some posts of your versions of the painting.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Retha on December 07, 2011, 11:49:43 AM
Baie mooi werk, daar.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 07, 2011, 11:56:07 AM
Could not open picture - kept on getting index.php even though it is a jpeg file :tickedoff:
Looks like you did very well from what I can see in the small photo. You really are an "art-addict"  :clap: :clap: Glad you enjoyed the lesson.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 07, 2011, 12:00:26 PM
Retha - Baie dankie  :)

Dennis - I think the reason it doesn't open  :( is because it is a very high resolution... 300ppi.  What I will do tomorrow is take a photo during daylight...then there shouldn't be any reflections and then I will reduce the file again, like I did tonite and reduce the ppi to 72... maybe that will work then... we hope.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 07, 2011, 12:09:13 PM
Leana it is not the resolution. It is something else happening in my computer.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: anita on December 07, 2011, 12:11:00 PM
I really enjoyed it too ... I'm still amazed Denis did most of that painting with that hardware brush  :D

I'd love to have a go, do you have a reference photo for us Denis? 

Anita
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 07, 2011, 12:20:02 PM
Anita, I will add the photo of that painting later on in the day. I have a class coming up in a few minutes time.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on December 07, 2011, 01:05:11 PM
Leana, great job on your bluegum tree.  Especially without a reference photo! :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: patindaytona on December 07, 2011, 03:07:43 PM
Love it Leana! Great job...excellant work O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Gloria on December 07, 2011, 03:54:33 PM
Good job Leana on your gumtree.  Tried to post a thank you re your comment on my wrinkle portrait but the post would not go through, dont know why.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Kelley on December 07, 2011, 05:41:57 PM
Very cool Leana  :clap: :clap:. 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Anya on December 07, 2011, 10:52:04 PM
so sad that I missed it,  :(

can't wait for the replay,  :)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 08, 2011, 12:47:59 AM
Don't be too sad Anya....I couldn't get online at all.  :(   Will try to get online for the cherry session  :licklips: ! Seems my best time to get online is between 0300 and 0500 AST ..... good thing I'm up anyway.  ;D
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 08, 2011, 12:55:13 AM
You all make my heart sing and my fingers itch to grab a brush and paint, paint, paint.  Thank you so much for your comments... it is sooo encouraging.  I really was in a rut (a bad one, couldn't paint for a while)...and with the help of PaintBasket, our 2 awesome teachers >Dennis and Nolan, the fabulous members in this forum... You have helped me to get out of that rut... so I would like to say a HUGE  :thankyou: to you all...  :hug:

Dennis, might not be your computer.  I noticed on my computer...when you click on the folder at the bottom of your screen... it brings up in the left margin 'downloads' 'favourites' etc...  normally under 'libraries' you get sub libraries of your 'Documents', 'Photos' etc... mine are gone.  I have to click on the top bar where it shows >libraries>documents etc.  then go to my name...there it shows all my 'libraries'... don't know how that changes... to the link to the photo is pretty long I think...

Not quite sure how to rectify this 'problem' and how it got to be like that  :tickedoff:

I think I need to try and sort the above out first, then upload a better photo taken in daylight...which should not have reflections.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 08, 2011, 03:05:53 AM
Took another photo now... in daylight, so the reflections should be less.  Hope you can open it Dennis  :).


Edit:> Dennis...  I clicked on the uploaded photo... and it doesn't want to 'open' up either... must be something wrong on my side  :( :'(... not sure what to do to rectify the situation.  :banghead:

Edit2> Uploaded the photo in my gallery now...there is a bigger photo and can be 'enlarged'  :dance:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 08, 2011, 03:14:55 AM

Here is the demo painting for those who want to copy it.
(http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx360/artyman/DSCF1069_cropadj400.jpg)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on December 08, 2011, 03:46:36 AM
Leana,   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Your tree trunk looks fabulous, nice and bright.  I love your road that goes off into the distance.  Nice job.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: valweb on December 08, 2011, 05:23:31 AM
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 08, 2011, 07:08:26 AM
Thank you so much Lilian  :)

Oh I can see many little areas where I can improve... for eg... could have brought in more colour variety into the midtones...like maybe some mid-tone yellow and mid-tone brown (ground patches)... also see where I can improve on my tree when I look at Dennis' painting... well... will keep those ideas in mind when I do the next one. :whistle:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 08, 2011, 09:41:20 AM
Hey! don't be too hard on yourself. You did that without the photo and completely by memory :clap: :clap:
Fantastic considering the circumstances.

Anyway, here is the photo (also in the other post)
(http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx360/artyman/DSCF1069_cropadj400.jpg)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 08, 2011, 09:47:26 AM
 :blush:  :yippee: Thank you Dennis  :dance:... and thank you for the photo too... definitely going to attempt another one... I absolutely love Bluegum trees and with this class ...a seed was definitely planted to paint them... will have to keep watering it so it will grow...  ;)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 08, 2011, 02:25:41 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis for the picture to copy. Will we be able to see the live demo video at any stage again? Nothing like seeing the real thing again and your technique, colours, you used. Unlike Leana who done a great job from memory, need more visual  :help:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on December 08, 2011, 02:38:47 PM
Olivia, once you have purchased a live class, you can go back and watch the recording again. (as many times as you want)  O0  It usually takes a couple days for the recording to be made. Nolan normally informs us through post and email when the recording is available. Then you just go to the paintbasket tv where they are saved.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 08, 2011, 02:49:35 PM
Oh that's great news, seeing as it was such a cheap tutorial compared to the previous, I was thinking, maybe the picture to copy was it.  Wonderful Stuff.  :thankyou: What would we do without this great site! Totally addictive.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on December 08, 2011, 04:00:12 PM
Thanks Dennis   :thankyou:

I will have to come back to trying your painting.  I'm working on my portrait right now.

But I did get a lot out of your video.  All those techniques you showed us will stick in my memory bank.  And that's saying something.   :2funny:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 10, 2011, 04:47:06 AM
Can't watch the videos at present but did get the pdf and your painting photo. The colours in those trees are magnificent...just can't beat mother nature!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Pamela Meredith on December 11, 2011, 01:16:15 AM
that was good try Leana it is good and you will get better each time you paint your friend Pam but I do love all your work too
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 11, 2011, 02:48:47 AM
 :) Thank you Pam ... yes I agree, it will get better each time I paint... practise practise practise and  :painting: :painting: :painting:... that is the only way to improve  ;).  I must say, these courses really got me going again and I am sooo happy about that.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 11, 2011, 01:14:41 PM
Excellent work Leana  :clap:  I was amazed when I saw the pdf for the program, incredible trees. Not sure when I'll be able to watch the video but I may just have a go anyway.
Wonderful job from memory.....I happen to have a perfect memory.....just the recall is a bit lacking!  :whistle:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Scoobie on December 11, 2011, 07:55:11 PM
Hi,
I really enjoyed the art class I took with Dennis.  I am not really very artsy, I am rather a computer geek but art relaxes me.  Considering I've only done about 5 painting classes before Dennis's class, I'm very happy with the results even though I know I made a lot of mistakes.  Colour Saturation... My blue gum tree isn't great either but I had a ball and learned a lot.  By the end, I was finally getting the touch of how to use the 'hardware' brush.  I'll get a better one when I hit the hardware store this week.

My painting is posted in my album.

I'd love to see any that others made, too.  Is there a place to post our "Course masterpieces" ?

Thank you, Dennis, for such a fun course. :thankyou:

Kelley Ann
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 11, 2011, 11:31:20 PM
Thank you Val... :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: You are sooo funny Val... when I log onto the net in the morning and start going through my various sites etc... I leave PaintBasket for last... spend the most time here ... and there will always be somebody here making me laugh...  :hug:  :smitten: ya all and simply just love this site! Best place on the net. :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 11, 2011, 11:51:31 PM
Hi Scoobie... I think your bluegum painting looks great  O0  :clap: :clap: :clap: . 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 12, 2011, 12:47:51 AM
Scoobie, your painting of the tree is very well done. The sky and the misty mountains and the cottage as well. Just a pity you made the background trees too dark. They should be very light as they are still in the mist. Now they are competing with the blue gum tree. Gray them down and you will have an excellent painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 12, 2011, 03:03:38 AM
  :wave:  Hi Scoobie and  :bigwelcome: to the forum. You've painted a beautiful Blue Gum tree. I agree with Dennis that the background trees need to be toned down a bit. Well done  :clap:
Dennis & Nolan are the first 'lessons' I've had since a rather disastrous first year of art in highschool.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 12, 2011, 11:53:09 AM
 :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 12, 2011, 12:48:21 PM
here is the pic so it's easier to see :


Great job Scooby, glad you had fun painting it  :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 13, 2011, 12:04:13 AM
My blue gum is in a nz setting I think I need to shift all the background down the canvas but it is too late,
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 13, 2011, 12:14:27 AM
Your blue gum tree trunk colours are bright and the tree stands out well from the background, Leana. I had trouble mixing the dark tree leaves - I think I'll try another ultramarine - you seem to have the colour right here.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 13, 2011, 12:21:00 AM
I've only just found the reference photo! I have still got a lot to learn about where things are on this website! It would have been very useful!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 13, 2011, 12:28:08 AM
Hello
This is my first painting ever. I painted it after the online lesson. I haven't got a password yet so i can't put this in a gallery.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 13, 2011, 12:32:12 AM
Dennis, Kuku didn't get a password last week, though she got a confirmation e-mail that she was joining the class. Last lesson she watched with me - she has the same address as me so perhaps that is where things got confused.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: valweb on December 13, 2011, 12:51:00 AM
 :welcome: Kuku...you have done very well painting this one.  You can be so proud of your first painting.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: valweb on December 13, 2011, 12:53:02 AM
 :clap: :clap: Well done Karen.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 13, 2011, 01:58:18 AM
Karen, I absolutely love your painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:...really beautiful.   O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 13, 2011, 02:01:04 AM
 :bigwelcome: Kuku... wow, never would have said that this is your first painting  :heeha:... really well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on December 13, 2011, 02:05:41 AM
 :thankyou: Karen  :)... glad you think so. 

When I mixed my green... I used ultramarine and arylamide yellow (cad yellow)...then to darken the green I used it's complimentary, which is red, to darken the green... just added a little red at a time, until I felt the colours was right. ;)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 13, 2011, 03:14:23 AM
There is so much information on this site I tend to use the 'bookmark' page more and more. Then it becomes a bit of a scavenger hunt digging through the bookmarks! I really must get a secretary/assistant!  ::)   :2funny:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 13, 2011, 03:52:24 AM
 :congrats: Kuku... First painting? WOW.  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 13, 2011, 04:03:39 AM
Well done Karen. I think your painting is just fine as is, that said, it never fails how we find things we could/should have done.  ;D
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on December 13, 2011, 04:31:19 AM
 :welcome: KuKu. Very nice job on your first painting! Very impressive. :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on December 13, 2011, 04:37:42 AM
Karen,  I think your painting is very nice!  I love to colors. I like the originality of your little hut/cabin. I think it is great just the way it is!  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on December 13, 2011, 05:06:29 AM
Nice job, Kuku    :clap: :clap: :clap:   and  :welcome:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 13, 2011, 08:52:47 AM
How about an octopus  :2funny: :2funny: He'll be able to do all 4 journals for you at the same time :clap: :clap:
4 for the price of one :whistle:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 13, 2011, 09:01:35 AM
Love the light and distance you have achieved in this painting Karen. I can see the Kiwi scenery with the toi toi and the bach, etc :clap:

Great painting  :congrats:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on December 13, 2011, 09:10:00 AM
:bigwelcome: to the site Kuku.

Good depth in the foliage and nice distance in the painting, well done, you are off to a great start  :yippee: :congrats:

Kuku, I suggest you get yourself a gmail email account and then register on the site using that email address, that way when you book a class the system has a unique email address to use, otherwise it will always be credited as a booking for Karen.  :-\
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Anya on December 13, 2011, 09:31:09 AM
Dennis, just saw the Bluegum tree video, it was so good  :yippee: thank you.

I will get to it after the holidays.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Anya on December 13, 2011, 09:45:55 AM
Kuku. congrats on your first painting,  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

I really like your colors, and I especially like the sunlight you captured on the bark.

 :bigwelcome: to Paint Basket. Look forward to your future art work as we all learn and grow together  :hug:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Anya on December 13, 2011, 09:48:53 AM
Karen, I  :smitten: your colors, also great depth of field,  :clap:

How many hours a day do you paint? you are really producing wonderful work so quickly.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on December 13, 2011, 12:53:19 PM
Nice work, Karen, a very nice painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I love how you made the sky so bright and clean.  It really makes your bluegum tree stand out.  I like the way you painted the bark on the tree as well.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 13, 2011, 01:01:12 PM
Well done Karen, you done a wonderful job, lovely colours. :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: olivia power on December 13, 2011, 01:06:11 PM
 :welcome: Kuku.  Your first painting! Wow. Watch this space.  Well done, love the colours.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on December 13, 2011, 03:01:36 PM
Congratulations Karen! Well done. You have made a great rendition of Dennis' painting.  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on December 13, 2011, 03:50:19 PM
Had a small one of those on my foot once...I needed some extra hands to hold off a couple of arms while I untangles the rest!  :2funny: I'm still looking for one that isn't too shy to let me get a picture.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on December 15, 2011, 01:18:26 PM
I have just found this. Your bluegum tree is great. I like the colours you've used for the leaves - it's interesting how many variations people manage to make.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Scoobie on December 15, 2011, 04:09:04 PM
I am hoping it's not too late to fix my painting.  I'd love to re-do the trees but I'm not great at colour mixing and that's what got me in trouble to being with.  I'm just afraid to make it worse.

I learned so much from  the course and I really enjoyed it.

Thank you so much for your encouragement.   :)

Kelley
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Scoobie on December 15, 2011, 04:29:26 PM
Beautiful painting.  I love it.

Kelley Ann   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Scoobie on December 15, 2011, 04:34:28 PM
That's so beautiful.  Wow!   :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Scoobie on December 15, 2011, 04:43:21 PM
That's a beautiful painting.  Wow!   :clap: :clap:
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Post by: nolan on December 15, 2011, 04:44:09 PM
I would rather do another similar painting, this one looks great as is O0
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Post by: Helenty on December 15, 2011, 05:30:05 PM
Hi All,
       I have done my Blue Gum and looking forward to doing the Cherries,will leave my Portrait till later as i have a few things on at the moment .Hope it comes up okay as i did this pretty well all on one day.
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Post by: thegrindre on December 15, 2011, 05:48:43 PM
Excellent! Very well done, Helen. I actually like it better then Dennis'
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Post by: C.Bodine on December 15, 2011, 06:03:10 PM
Excellent, Helen!  I like how the tree leaves look so "airy". Nice colors. :clap:
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Post by: Karen on December 15, 2011, 08:31:43 PM
This is a great bluegum and you have the misty look perfectly especially in the background trees. I really appreciate how well you've done after making my own attempt!
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Post by: Helenty on December 15, 2011, 08:53:38 PM
 :clap: Well done Leana, lovely work.
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Post by: Helenty on December 15, 2011, 08:56:53 PM
 :clap: Like the distance and the tree on a slope, for a first painting you did great.
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Post by: Helenty on December 15, 2011, 08:59:32 PM
 :clap:  Wonderful painting Karen, great colors, like it a lot.
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Post by: Helenty on December 15, 2011, 09:03:22 PM
 :clap: Good work Scoobie,good distance ,can't wait to see the next painting.
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Post by: Leana on December 15, 2011, 11:05:04 PM
 :thankyou: Helenty and Scoobie, much appreciated  ;)
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Post by: Val on December 15, 2011, 11:46:05 PM
 :clap: Great job Helen. Shows great depth, and yes you have captured the misty effect well.  O0
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Post by: dennis on December 16, 2011, 12:09:30 AM
Well executed painting.  :clap: :clap: I see you changed the colouring to daytime instead of early morning. Still a very good painting.
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Post by: dennis on December 16, 2011, 12:15:31 AM
The colours are beautiful and I like the originality of your painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Well done!
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Post by: dennis on December 16, 2011, 12:20:58 AM
You have done very well for a first painting -I'm proud of you. You have a very nice delicate "touch". Makings of a good artist  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: valweb on December 16, 2011, 06:05:40 AM
 :clap: Nicey painted.
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Post by: valweb on December 16, 2011, 06:08:05 AM
 :clap:  I love the wamth you have in your colours.  Loveley painting.
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Post by: C.Bodine on December 16, 2011, 06:44:22 AM
 :clap: For someone not to "artsy", you did a great job!
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Post by: Lillian on December 16, 2011, 07:52:11 AM
Good work on your gum tree.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: nolan on December 16, 2011, 12:26:19 PM
Looks great Helen, good distance :clap:  :gl: with the cherries
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Post by: olivia power on December 16, 2011, 03:11:52 PM
Well done Helen, love the distance you acheived. Must get back to finishing mine, not enough hours available!
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Post by: Lillian on December 16, 2011, 08:31:36 PM
Very nicely done, Helen.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Helenty on December 16, 2011, 08:34:42 PM
        Thank You for the good feedback,i appreciate it.I have just watched the replay on the cherries so that i will start on Monday .
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Post by: Leana on December 17, 2011, 12:28:06 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: on you Bluegum painting Helenty, you really did great  O0
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Post by: Karen on December 22, 2011, 02:41:05 PM
 :thank you:
Thanks everyone your comments are very encouraging! have a good X'mas everyone :)
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Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2011, 12:05:26 PM
Dennis, I totally forgot to block out the tree with masking tape..i CAN'T believe I did that. I did use some turp to break thru the sky area to give me an idea where it'[s going to be....is it still ok?
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Post by: thegrindre on December 23, 2011, 12:10:26 PM
Pat, you know I paint like that normally. Just regard it as an underpainting, let it dry and use extra/thicker paint to help cover it up.
It'll work out just fine.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2011, 12:21:37 PM
 I know that Dennis will say it's totally ok too. I will most likely end up glazing over the sky anyways before it's done because it might need to be darker etc..so, I may just tape out that tree after all when this underpainted sky is dry, then the added glazes will go over the tape. That's all I did today...7 min. of work.
Dennis, just curious about something....when you have the sun UP as in this painting, is it still possible to have tints of reds, oranges...BELOW the sun on the horizon, or does that only occur before the sun is actually above?
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Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2011, 01:46:30 PM
Beautiful painting Karen!! Love the colors. Really has a nice feel to it.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2011, 02:37:31 PM
Don't be serious Dennis??? Are you kidding me? Ok I won't.
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Post by: claude on December 23, 2011, 03:53:30 PM
Great painting. Love your work.
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Post by: dennis on December 23, 2011, 07:56:25 PM
Nah! I've never known you to be serious ::) 8)
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Post by: dennis on December 23, 2011, 08:05:23 PM
Yes it is possible. But not as bright as when the sun is on its way up at the horizon. As the sun rises it becomes red-orange then orange then yellow-orange, etc
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Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2011, 08:16:07 PM
Ok Dennis...I understand completely. Just wasn't sure if their was any trace of those colors being below the sun.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 24, 2011, 11:08:25 AM
When you do not have that large brush loaded correctly, it's disasterous. When I tried the trees, the paint is more like patches or dots, instead of a nice softness. Probably too much medium. Then, they ended up just like Christmas trees. So........i wipe them out. Anyway, at this point, it's looking more like a Japanese painting with Mount Fugi in the background. Anyone know if they have Eucalyptus trees in Japan ;D

Since it is "going" into another direction like a Japanese painting so far.........i actually like it alot. That is another topic..do many artist just go with it?? and let it go in it's own direction, even if not intended that way?
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Post by: dennis on December 24, 2011, 11:27:02 AM
When using the hardware brush for foliage it is imperative that the paint be very thinned down with medium. If the paint is too thick then all it does is clog the hairs together which then form the clumps you talk about. The whole idea is that the hairs must be "separated" even when they have been loaded with the thinned down paint.

The brush has to then be applied with very little pressure to enable the hair point to "write like a pen". Pressed down too much then all that happens is that the paint becomes blended together instead of forming the impressionistic leaves.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 24, 2011, 11:34:46 AM
Great description Dennis. Thank you. I actually had quite alot of medium. I must have had the hairs clogged like you say..no other explanation. What about sky holes...will that maybe help too after it's dried? By the way, i even bought me my 7th foliage brush today..one made by Bob Ross. I has nice spring to it, but i needed to work on that paint consistency. Makes all the difference.  I had a little dripping of the paint but it had a very nice effect on the painting at least at this stage. I left it. I liked the spontenaeity of it.
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Post by: Val on December 25, 2011, 03:28:47 AM
 :2funny:  :2funny:
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Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2011, 10:28:31 AM
Ok, better? Deleted my words just like my paintings. After complete failure, I got on track again.
When Dennis accidentally put in a little touch of too dark a shadow color in the distant one tree...(no big deal at all), that is where I (ME) would have started my descention in total frustration.  What Dennis DID do there was grab a touch of a lighter color and pretty much left it alone. me...could not have resisted the temptation to get a paper towel and slightly smudge some off..then.........that's where it happens. Will post new one if it turns out better.
I will say..i worked out some underlying principles that are applies here mainly the surrounding areas of shadow/bushes that I didn't understand and just went for it...YES, there ARE principles here even though you might not think it. Made notes. And another thing I made a mistake was by adding more ORANGE to building. You cannot make it bright simply because the more Orange, the darker the value. Orange is a dark value, so their is no choice but to add white and some yellow. The value here is STILL more important.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2011, 12:54:08 PM
Well done Helen. Has a very nice feel to it. Like it alot.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2011, 12:55:20 PM
Very nice Kuku.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2011, 12:56:29 PM
Great work Scoobie. Like the colors alot.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2011, 04:54:22 PM
Hey Claude, can I borrow your knife ;D
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Post by: patindaytona on December 27, 2011, 09:27:42 AM
Omitted a few things, but that's ok
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Post by: Lillian on December 27, 2011, 11:18:53 AM
I like it Pat, nice colors and a great sense of distance.  I like the detail on the tree.  Very nice.   O0
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Post by: dennis on December 27, 2011, 11:21:36 AM
The tree is well done, as well as the background hills and misty trees. You have captured the saturated colors well.

One major fault that spoils the painting is this: In buildings ALWAYS keep the verticals vertical in the painting! The whole cabin is leaning over. All the walls, door and window sides must be vertical. The top and bottom lines to follow the perspective and join on the vanishing points on the horizon.

The road should also be lightened a little bit more for visual effect.
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Post by: Kelley on December 27, 2011, 11:51:53 AM
Pat, the blue gum looks very well done, but I agree with Dennis' observation.  Will you make the building larger or paint over to make the building "plumb?  Otherwise, this painting looks great to me.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 27, 2011, 12:09:20 PM
Of course I realized the building was not horizontal. Kelley, no, it's done.
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Post by: nolan on December 27, 2011, 01:34:00 PM
looks good Pat O0
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Post by: patindaytona on December 27, 2011, 02:41:51 PM
...I HAVE HAD IT. i am not painting for a very long time. I have to say I'm sick of it from the way I am doing it.
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Post by: Kelley on December 27, 2011, 03:01:10 PM
Good for you Pat.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 27, 2011, 03:34:11 PM
Just what i need
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Post by: dennis on December 27, 2011, 03:51:44 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:There you go , Pat  :clap: :clap: :clap:  Brilliant - just look at the difference  O0
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Post by: Lillian on December 27, 2011, 05:26:52 PM
Pat!  You fixed it!  It looks great now.  Hang in there friend.  You're a very good painter.
This has turned out to be a very nice painting.  You can be proud of it!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Val on December 27, 2011, 11:30:18 PM
Looks great Pat. I like the effect on the tree canopy.  O0
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Post by: Karen on December 27, 2011, 11:50:50 PM
Lovely drippy leaves and they are just the right color  to contrast with the background - the trunk is very real too - your tree makes it a very attractive painting.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 28, 2011, 09:38:59 PM
Got up at 8 am. today worked on it more till 10 o clock tonight. Dont' even want to post it.
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Post by: thegrindre on December 29, 2011, 12:35:32 AM
To support Dennis' claim, I was a carpenter for many years and never did 'we' ever build a building on a lean. All walls were plumb and vertical even on a hill.

Pat, this is a beautiful work of art. I really like it. You did a fantastic job, my friend.  :clap:
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Post by: Val on December 29, 2011, 02:21:23 AM
 :(  Come on Pat....make me  :)   You're in for an eyeful from me once the w/c course gets going. The good, the bad and yes even the ugly are coming your way. Show me your revision so I can have some hope!  ;D
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Post by: patindaytona on December 29, 2011, 06:02:41 AM
Ok, even AFTER i said I worked on it like 10 or 12 hours more..........i continued again till 2:30am last night!! Do you know how frustrated I was and am?? I'm sorry everyone, I tend to get so upset and angry, alot of times I want to take it out on others..I could have really blown it and said some very bad things in here.
One point I want to really make clear here is that when someone posts a painting that WAS good, and then reposts it agian, PLEASE don't ever say, OH, I liked it so much better before (and then maybe add a frowning icon). Once I saw exactly that in here...(i don't think the person still comes to this site though). Don't want to point my finger at anyone..but lets' all be sure to realize how sensitive a person can be with these kind of things.

I got up this morning EARLY and emmeditatly got it out again...well, I covered up things I spend HOURS on last night again, but worked fast. I have a very hard time with that large brush for bushes...believe me, I was sick. Anyway, i took out the distant bush on the very very far right...since the road tilts upwards so much, that bush was an eyesore after all. It's a decent paitning i think, in spite of all of this. Thank you Val for being patient with me. AND Dennis...and everyone here.
I will say that the photo might not be as good as the painting though...their are alot of subtle color shifts etc...that never come out in a photo of a painting mostly the darks, like violets, etc...we all know that.
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Post by: Gloria on December 29, 2011, 06:54:28 AM
I really like how you captured that early morning light. Good job. :clap:
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Post by: patindaytona on December 29, 2011, 09:59:04 AM
Thanks Gloria.    Worked about another 3 hours just now. You are supposed to use a LARGE brush for MOST of a painting. I know that, and I know alot of things, just wish I'd adhere to them all. Now my camera doesn't work. I hope the batteries dead, but usually it tells you...waiting. I'll post it later. I really think it's better now.
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Post by: valweb on December 29, 2011, 11:16:00 AM
Pat your painting is beautiful.   It is the end result that counts.  Pat your are special to us  :-* never forget that!  :hug: 
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Post by: patindaytona on December 29, 2011, 11:21:49 AM
Thanks Rick for your comment, i almost missed it.
Valweb, i am waiting to see if my camera battery is going to make my camera work. I hope it's not broke, or I won't be able to post for a few weeks because I might end up sending it in.

The past hour, i found some improvements. I lowered my bushes about an inch down. They were too high around the house...higher than the house and that helped alot I think. I did have alot of problems using the large brush for them because I quickly lost the crispness of the paint and it became muddy fast. Once you go over that first attempt, it's trouble. God, I have so much persistence and patience in one way, but NO patience at all in another. I won't give up or let go, yet zero patience. just as one example of hundreds, see that back vertical line for the back corner of the house? Rediculously insignificant it seems.....well, probalby did that 30 times? Won't be for a couple week now. I need some HEALING :crazy2: :crazy2: :idiot2:
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Post by: dennis on December 29, 2011, 12:37:14 PM
Pat, I'll be the first to admit that you really have done an excellent rework on the painting. Normally too much reworking does not do any good, but in this case you have clinched it :clap: :clap: :clap:

2 points that really catch my eye is the light reflected off the cabin wall and then that wonderful patch of light high up on the trunk in between the leaves.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 29, 2011, 01:02:34 PM
Dennis, after the first two words of your post here, I had a bad feeling you might tell me something otherwise..whew!!!     
I desparately try to keep the re-working in control and that is not easy.  Every time I start a new painting, I tell myself not to fool with it. Mayby their's a chance I'll keep it at bay ...eventually. But a new painting is a new change at changing things for the better.  Actually the original (not photo) really is better than the photo is. Photos seem to make darks black (which is fixed somewhat) and the lightest lights pop out at you, which I also burned in here and there to darken.
Dennis, their are ALWAYS things that you see in a painting that you want to continue to add. It just doesn't make sense to me to stop. If you see something like...a reflected light or maybe even a deeper blue here or there that you feel sure it'll make a difference, seems you should do it....but I KEEP ON doing these things and never end. I suppose you just have to say, I see it, but i'm not going to put it in.
 I really need to take it easy for a while and think about this seriously. Time off will do good. Thanks Dennis for the good marks.
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Post by: patindaytona on December 29, 2011, 05:48:28 PM
Ok, I worked on it more..so what. I was very very careful..just used some washy glazes instead of thick paint. But I'm worried it might crack ...i didn't let it dry too well a couple times in the past few days and worked on it more...oh well, if it does crack eventually, it might not look that bad..cracks can sometimes add to the appeal I think. As long as they are in the right places :whistle:

So, i took out the whole big branch on the far right side of the tree and it helped alot in focusing on the house. I brightened the sky alot too all over..made it alot cleaner looking. A little more on the shadows of house and tree.......and I re established alot of darks (tree bark) on the lower part of the tree. That helped in putting your eye on it instead of it AND the house as the focal point..of course, it brought it more forward too..so, it is better now.
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Post by: Lillian on December 29, 2011, 07:15:56 PM
Pat it's really nice.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
 Now stop  :painting: on it.  Hang it up by your girls and enjoy the good work you did!  You can be so proud.  Really!!!
Enjoy your break.   :coffee:
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Post by: Val on December 29, 2011, 10:12:03 PM
Pat...you know you really do amaze me sometimes. The tree is now your undeniable focal point, looking bright and fresh, definately pulled it forward. Marvelous job brightening the whole scene.  O0  :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: thegrindre on December 30, 2011, 12:10:40 AM
Ya, Pat, that looks really good.  O0
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Post by: patindaytona on December 30, 2011, 07:13:31 AM
Ok, since i posted THAT one..i took OUT a little more of the darks I just put IN on the base of the tree. Won't post it though..it IS better. I also softened the edges of the roof line on the background house and the middle dark "line" of the road. WOW...I didn't realize till I did those softenings that it was something so profound. Just like you have soft focus on a camera. So, instead of making the background house sketchy like Dennis did (impressionistic), i ended up refining it as you see, so what I had to do instead now, was to just softend the edges to make it "out of focus". That threw the foreground treen INTO focus. And with the added color saturation and the darks on the tree, it made the tree the focal point and didn't compete at all with the house.
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Post by: Val on December 30, 2011, 07:41:37 AM
Oh Pat...you are a tease! Not sure I can stand the strain!  :faint:
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Post by: patindaytona on December 30, 2011, 11:49:27 AM
I go overboard on everything...even my posts and I know that. Val, I am going to retire. This is excutiating. No more for at least week. Heard that before but I mean it this time. The way I paint really saps me of all my creative energy and desire to paint at all. Chore? Much more than that! Sure, the end result is satisfying, ONLY if it ends up the way you are content with. It was like trying to save a drowning person. (probably myself)
Even with all the "involvement"    I sure hope some learning came out of it. It's good to paint, but when you are battling against alot of odds (overworking), it's additional work.   I suppose though that in every painting your tweaking, and correcting things to some extent...so in that respect, I am learning and it was helpful.
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Post by: Leana on December 30, 2011, 01:54:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Pat you did an awesome job on your Bluegum... Well done  :heeha:  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: patindaytona on December 30, 2011, 05:22:39 PM
Thanks Leana. i am not giving up on staying away from over fixing though, even though it's not any better now than when i first began painting. MIght try to paint 5 min. and then leave it. Then come back in an hour and paint 5 min. leave it...do that several times per day. That might be a strategy.
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Post by: Karen on December 30, 2011, 11:00:00 PM
 I find I see things that need changing more clearly if I put things away for a week or two - but by then I'm doing something else and I've learned a bit more. You have improved your tree a lot from the beginning - you should be really happy with it.   
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Post by: patindaytona on December 31, 2011, 05:30:00 AM
Thanks Karen, it was unbelievably tough. But, it's over and something must have come out of it good as a learning experience.
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Post by: Lillian on January 04, 2012, 11:01:06 AM
This was a real learning experience.  I followed along with Dennis' replay for the most part.   :painting:

My pallet got real messy so did my hands and many of my brushes but I enjoyed every minute.

It took me many times longer than it did for Dennis.  Part of the problem is that I didn't take the time to look for the hardware brush in the store.  At times I was   >:(  with myself.  I used an old household painting brush and a couple of deer foot bristle brushes that I used to use when I did tole painting many years ago.

I use a real cheapy pallet.  I got this tip from a friend and I find it works well for me.  I get paper in the dollar store that kids use for finger painting.  I just tape it to a board and it works great.  You can scrape the excess paint off and save it or wrap it with plastic wrap and store left over paint in the refrigerator like Nolan does with his tile.  The paper is easily disposed of when I'm done painting.  My hubby bought me a tile but it's quite heavy and I don't like the cleanup.

Now I'm going to clean up my den and make way for Dennis' watercolor classes.    :yippee:

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Post by: dennis on January 04, 2012, 11:46:46 AM
Well done, Lillian.  :clap: :clap: :clap: You have captured the saturated colours in the tree very well. Just blend the shadow colour with the orange colour a bit more (soften) as it makes too much a solid line. This gives the impression of a corner. The cabin and the surrounding vegetation is very nicely defined and the colours are good.

I just have a problem with the 2 background trees. The closer trees have been taken out of the misty area (darkened too much) If you want to leave them as such then you will have to darken up the trunks (not the middle one) as well to bring the trees in line with the tonal range.
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Post by: Lillian on January 04, 2012, 11:59:19 AM
 :thankyou: so much Dennis.  It always amazes me how fast you and Nolan are at posting your thoughts after we put our paintings on the forum.  You guys are my heroes!!!     

I see what you mean now that you mention it and I will make the adjustments.

I really appreciate all you and Nolan do for us.     :smitten:

I hope your new studio is coming together well for you.
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Post by: Leana on January 04, 2012, 11:59:35 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Great job you did on your Bluegum painting Lillian  ;)
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Post by: anita on January 04, 2012, 12:56:10 PM

Here is my really wide bluegum tree  ;D


Dennis,  I have had another go at trying to fix the little cottage but it still doesn't look right, do you have any suggestions?

Thanks

Anita
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Post by: dennis on January 04, 2012, 01:31:02 PM
Hi Anita. Very nice painting  :clap: :clap: I does not matter about the width of the tree - I seen some very large diameter trunks! You have captured the misty mountains and the background trees very well indeed.

What's really missing from your painting is the yellow and the orange on the sun side of the trunk and the cabin needs to have a much brighter light orange glow on the wall - it is still too dark. Do this (to add the sparkle in the eye ;)) and re-post for me to check it out again. Otherwise, well done O0
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 04, 2012, 01:38:03 PM
You've done a great job of that painting so far Anita! I look forward to seeing if you put in the additions that Dennis has advised then, post the update comparison for us to enjoy.
Well done  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Leana on January 04, 2012, 01:41:35 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  :heeha: great job Anita... Looking forward to see the after...after the before  :heeha: :heeha: :whistle: mmm this sentence could boggle my mind a bit
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 04, 2012, 01:43:40 PM
Lillian, Lillian, you've really come on a treat! That Artist in 'ya is really starting to come out and blossom. Keep up the great work and, I look forward to seeing if you are able to add in Dennis's suggestions on the trees.  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 04, 2012, 01:46:41 PM
Hey Scoobie, I like your rendition of this subject taken from what seems a lower view than others I've seen. It's a nice sunny result of a area people could go for a walk. Well done  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 04, 2012, 01:57:29 PM
Thanks Leana and Topper,  you're such  :angel: :angel:

I'm working on it  :painting:, yes, painting away.  So far so good.  I'll post a new pic when I'm done.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 04, 2012, 03:00:01 PM
 O0 It's looking really good, Anita. I always like to see something a little different in everyone's painting. I like the size of your tree.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 04, 2012, 03:04:36 PM
Lillian, I love the warm color on the tree. I see you have also put the shadow on the road.  I don't remember seeing that in the others.(could be wrong) It looks great! :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 04, 2012, 03:50:33 PM
Great work Anita...  :clap:  You've done a super job on the background and trees. Can't wait to learn how to do all this 'stuff' in w/c.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 04, 2012, 03:55:07 PM
Marvelous painting Lillian. See you in the w/c class  :clap:   :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 04, 2012, 08:18:25 PM
love the tree, love the bark on it, really great stuff!!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 08:52:48 AM
You did a nice job on your gum tree painting Anita.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Your trees look nicely in the mist.  I've been re-working mine as well as doing a few other adjustments.  I have found that it's a lot easier to do it right the first time around. 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 11:03:22 AM
 :thankyou: C. and Val.

C., in my mind I thought that if the sun was shining there had to be a shadow.  I struggled with it, thought it was the wrong color, too dark so I fiddled with it some more.

Dennis, do you have any suggestions re that shadow?  Also, how do the distant trees look now.  They're not so airy not that I re-worked them but I thought they would look better lightened which was one of the options you gave me.  I'd appreciate any more advice that would improve things.  Otherwise, I will clean my brushes and have my watercolor brushes handy for your next class.   :)

My pictures always go off to the left of the page.  How do I centre them   :confused:

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 11:05:17 AM
 :2funny: :2funny:  I just noticed all my posts are starting to go to the right of the page.   :2funny: :2funny:

Now I'm really  :confused:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on January 05, 2012, 11:24:47 AM
There you go  :clap: :clap: :clap: Now look at the difference  O0

Don't worry about centering the small image - the larger image comes up in the center for nice viewing.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 11:30:59 AM
Thanks Dennis.  I take it the shadow is ok then?
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on January 05, 2012, 12:05:04 PM
Nothing wrong with adding the shadow - it just shows the direction of the sunlight - more added interest O0 Just be careful to follow the undulations of the road profile -   it makes it look more realistic.

I did not add one in because I did not have time to really look at all the other smaller tings that could still be done. At least I got the main teaching across. It is an encouragement for us to see all the various posts on the lessons we give on the live online classes. It shows we are not just talking to "fresh air" ;)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 12:35:16 PM
Ok, I'll add a little more of the track in the shadow.

Again,  :thankyou: and  :thankyou: again.   :)

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 05, 2012, 12:48:18 PM
 :yippee:  I just did it!  I put  darker tracks in the shadow and it does look more realistic!  Not only that but it makes the tree shadow not look so prominent.   It's amazing that a few little touches can make such a big difference.

I won't post it again but just know that I'm very pleased with my painting.

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: anita on January 05, 2012, 01:48:47 PM
Definately an improvement with your background trees lightened Lillian, and the cottage with its little garden is really pretty  :clap:

Anita
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on January 05, 2012, 06:47:30 PM
Your blue gum looks good Anita and I like the misty effects - I'm interested in what happens with Dennis's suggested changes too.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Karen on January 05, 2012, 06:55:53 PM
Lillian I like your painting and the way the colors turned out - I looked at it for quite a while because something didn't .seem quite right, then i decided it was the planting behind the house - it looks like a bit like a hedge - which is fine - it might be a hedge! Would changing its shape and moving some of it to in front of the left hand tree give you more distance and integrate the tree a bit more? Anyway it's pretty good the way it is
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on January 05, 2012, 07:55:44 PM
you are adding the image in incorrectly. You don't need to click the image icon first before pasting your BBC embed code in, you just need to paste the code in and the forum software will do all the linking for you
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 06, 2012, 06:42:16 AM
Ohhhh, I see.  Thankyou Dennis.  I'm learning something new everyday,  great for the brain of this old girl.   :)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 07, 2012, 09:34:38 AM
Lillian.....please post your final painting. I'm on pins & needles to see it  :nosey:  Your changes made such a difference, I've learned a lot from watching this progress.  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: thegrindre on January 07, 2012, 10:44:18 AM
Now, Pat, I want to see the final painting.  O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Kelley on January 07, 2012, 11:30:26 AM
Your new strategy seems reasonable Pat.  Perhaps set a five minute timer to remind you when to walk away.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 07, 2012, 12:39:04 PM
Sorry Val, I see it doesn't show up any different now.     :thumbdown:   Use your imagination ok?      :smitten:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 15, 2012, 01:39:56 PM
Not to worry Lillian..... I'll imagine it along with the watercolour classes.... :(    :whistle:

Hope to see a replay of #1 sometime soon.   O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 15, 2012, 03:04:40 PM
Val! You're connected now?  Nice to see you show up here.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 16, 2012, 01:02:49 AM
Hi Lillian, its very hit and miss...more miss than hit  ;D  I just read and type as fast as I can whenever I get a connection! Beware....mad typist!  :2funny:
Will be losing the net today or tomorrow when we move up to St. Pierre and on. Internet is even more uncertain in Dominica and Guadeloupe. Must get as much PB in as I can!   :wave:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 16, 2012, 04:52:41 AM
Val,   :wave:  I'm always looking for you here, happy for you when you can connect.

Have a safe and enjoyable voyage.   May your  :boat:  find calm waters. 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 18, 2012, 10:42:41 PM
Lillian....I wish someone would pay attention to your wishes!   :boat:  I could really use some calm waters today! Unfortunately we'll have some 9-10' swells today... not bad.... just a 14 hour roller coaster ride!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ImBatman on November 18, 2012, 10:00:17 PM
Hi everyone

Here's my efforts at the Blue Gum Trees.

The colours are a  mish-mash of Dennis's and referenced from my backyard, where there I just happen to have a gum tree over 20 metres tall. There's heaps of them in my neighbourhood.

Blue Gum Trees in Acrylics - Aussie style!
Blue Gum Trees in Acrylics - Aussie style!


Let me know what you think.

Batman.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Maryna on November 19, 2012, 01:49:28 AM
Oh I absolutely love it batman!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I also loved doing this one, but did mine in oils, it is one of my favourites to day, and almost a year ago  ;)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on November 19, 2012, 04:49:31 AM
Great work on the tree Batman  O0 Nice textures, love the leaves/treetop  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: lynn p. on November 19, 2012, 04:58:00 AM
Batman--You have been very productive lately!!! This is a very pleasing painting and yes, agree with Val, great texture in the tree O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: polliwag on November 19, 2012, 06:23:19 AM
Good job, batman!  I like the sky color and the light on the background trees/bushes.  All the colors look great, and your tree..front and foremost!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Riya on November 19, 2012, 08:35:51 AM
Looking great, Batman, love the vibrant colours. I will start this one this week or the next, still busy with an other painting and the portrait course still isn't finished. But maybe doing some other colours helps with the skincolours, they started to look all the same.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ImBatman on November 19, 2012, 10:01:14 PM
 :thankyou: Maryna, :thankyou: Val, :thankyou: Lynn, :thankyou: polliwag, :thankyou: Rita.

Working my way through Acrylics course, now that I've caught up with Watercolours.

Still need to finish Cherries. Tried adding the shadows twice already and washed off as not turning out right...

Batman.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 20, 2012, 06:21:29 AM
Very pretty light!!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on November 20, 2012, 07:31:53 AM
Very nice, Batman! I love all the little flower bushes around the cottage!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ImBatman on November 20, 2012, 09:47:29 AM
 :thankyou: Saraharch and  :thankyou: Christina.

I was actually a bit unsure starting out on this one, with no pre-drawing onto the canvas and all, but I like how it turned out too.

Batman.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on November 23, 2012, 12:40:21 PM
great texture on the tree  :clap:

I wonder if the house doesn't look a bit small, would it look better if you hide the back edge by overlapping the trees in that area? Let's see what other say?
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on November 23, 2012, 06:14:48 PM
I can tell this is a "Batman".  Your painting is brilliant!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

I agree with Nolan's suggestion.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on November 23, 2012, 06:37:25 PM
Lovely painting Batman  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ImBatman on November 24, 2012, 01:53:56 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan, :thankyou: Lillian,  :thankyou: Bhavna.

Unfortunately, I would need to remove the final (turps based) varnish, and the gloss layers to modify it... :heeha:

Batman.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: JoyV on January 13, 2013, 05:14:26 PM
1st time working with water mixable oils or any kind of oils for that matter ;D
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 13, 2013, 05:32:09 PM
Hi Joyv, Nice job on your tree.  O0 O0 :clap:  Water mixable oils are not to bad to work with. Keep up the good work.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 13, 2013, 05:34:23 PM
Lillian I did not see this one. Good job girl.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: JoyV on January 13, 2013, 05:52:59 PM
 :thankyou: Nina. Just getting started lots to learn :)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 13, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
Your tree is gorgeous!!!!! You have been a busy girl!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on January 13, 2013, 07:13:06 PM
For a first time you have made an excellent job  :clap: :clap: :clap: Keep it up O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: lynn p. on January 13, 2013, 07:24:29 PM
Joy--This tree has a very nice feeling.  Love the light on the trunk :smitten:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tania on January 13, 2013, 07:48:35 PM
 :clap: :clap: Good job, Joy!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 13, 2013, 08:23:33 PM
Very nice painting Lillian.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 13, 2013, 08:26:13 PM
Beautiful painting O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: JoyV on January 13, 2013, 08:42:19 PM
 :thankyou: everyone :blush:
Dennis this was my first class with you  :thankyou: for the wonderful lesson. Looking forward to many more :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: jennylynn on January 14, 2013, 02:28:52 AM
joy beautiful painting of the bluegum well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: jennylynn on January 14, 2013, 02:33:42 AM
lillian missed this one , you did a great job on your painting love it, but there again , like tony said you are a "blossoming artist"  so true  O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: LanieT on January 14, 2013, 04:14:17 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Nicely done.  How did you like the water based oils?
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 14, 2013, 04:20:20 AM
 O0 O0 O0 Another winner from the drawing Champ!!
I was going to ask the same question, Lanie did,  . . .  how do you like the water soluble oil paints?
I couldn't possibly work with the smell of turps, but would dearly love to try my hand at oils. . . . someday. . . sigh! When I finish drawing squirrels (bit of an inside joke there, sorry)!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2013, 05:40:10 AM
 :)   Nina, Bhavna and Jennylynn  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:   I learned a lot in this class.

It seems to be a long time ago since I painted this, yet 2012 seemed to go by so fast.   :confused:

Thanks again for your encouraging comments.   :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 14, 2013, 06:29:43 AM
Okay Roxy, now you're getting a little squirrely in Joy's forum topic. Gotta stop horsin' around!  :2funny:  Joy you don't know what you let yourself in for when you started with the Let's Draw class. Roxy is going to be painting squirrels in her blue gum tree.  :nosey: At least she will know how to sketch them in properly. Still a nice painting, Joy.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: polliwag on January 14, 2013, 07:23:45 AM
Joy, Your blue gum painting is gorgeous!..The light on the tree got my attention right away.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: polliwag on January 14, 2013, 07:38:52 AM
Lillian.. I love the warmth on your tree.  Even though we can't see your finished painting with the adjustments, I think your painting looks marvelous, and I would definitely hang it on my wall!
 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2013, 09:19:27 AM
Hmmm, I guess I must have deleted the wrong photo from my gallery.   :doh:

Anyway, the small adjustment did make a difference.

 :thankyou:   Dianne.   :1hug:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2013, 09:38:48 AM
Fantastic, Joy!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on January 14, 2013, 12:15:37 PM
Great job Joy, especially so because it is your first oil painting. Just imagine what your 5th, 10th and 20th paintings are going to look like  :heeha:

Just one comment - the building looks like it is leaning - it may be the way the photo was taken so just check. The verticals need to be 100% vertical
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on February 24, 2013, 01:25:22 PM
Here is my try on blue gum tree painting. I totally enjoyed painting this one :)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 24, 2013, 02:15:37 PM
Awesome job. I love it.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mal.T.H on February 24, 2013, 02:18:09 PM
 :thankyou: for sharing .......love it....
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 24, 2013, 02:24:56 PM
Bee-a-u-tiful!!!! You are doing such nice work.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on February 24, 2013, 02:59:13 PM
 :thankyou: Nina
 :thankyou: Malth
 :thankyou: Sarah
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tousabella on February 24, 2013, 03:09:25 PM
Oh Lady.....absolutely gorgeous!!!  I love that....it's so soft and lovely....just like walking up the path to the tree. Beautiful!
 :clap:    :clap:     :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on February 24, 2013, 06:42:12 PM
 :thankyou: Tousabella
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: brony on March 29, 2013, 03:41:29 PM
really enjoyed painting myfirst  blue gum tree! :-\ :-\


regards brony
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Harald on March 31, 2013, 04:35:16 AM
My try on a bluegum tree. 30x20cm painted with acrylic.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on March 31, 2013, 05:15:37 AM
Beautiful painting :clap:

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Harald on March 31, 2013, 05:34:00 AM
 :thankyou:
 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Harald on March 31, 2013, 08:12:52 AM
Fine painting  :clap: :clap:
Harald
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Harald on March 31, 2013, 08:14:18 AM
Real fine  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Rkymtnmary on March 31, 2013, 09:01:15 AM
Bhavna - B E A U T I F U L!!!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: brony on March 31, 2013, 03:48:39 PM
love it!! the colours r great
brony
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: brony on March 31, 2013, 03:49:32 PM
 :thankyou: harald
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Harald on March 31, 2013, 11:01:17 PM
many thanks; it was a fun challenge.
Harald
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on April 01, 2013, 04:26:14 AM
 :thankyou: Harald and Mary :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on April 01, 2013, 12:29:11 PM
Very good Harald. Just increase the contrast between the two walls on the house to show the two angles better. A quick colour wash will do the trick  O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on April 01, 2013, 12:32:38 PM
Very neat Brony.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

The only part that bothers me is the base of the tree - as all the grasses are going outward from the tree, it makes it look as though the tree is about to take off like the space shuttle  ;D add a few more upright grasses in that area to balance the angled ones.   O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Germa on April 01, 2013, 12:39:51 PM
Well done!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 06, 2013, 08:47:30 AM
very nice O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 06, 2013, 08:50:53 AM
its great,i love everything in it :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 06, 2013, 09:22:48 AM
Great! I love the depth you created with the trees and the mountain. The main tree looks awesome :yippee:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Germa on April 06, 2013, 10:31:07 AM
Great job!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 06, 2013, 11:08:13 AM
An A1 job and five stars *****[/size]  from me, Bhavna.  That's a very nice painting!   :smitten: [/size]
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 06, 2013, 11:09:22 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bev S. on April 06, 2013, 12:10:19 PM
 :twothumbs:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bev S. on April 06, 2013, 12:12:59 PM
I totally enjoyed painting this one :)
It shows, Bhavna, it shows! Congratulations :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on April 07, 2013, 06:32:59 AM
 :thankyou: Aniz
 :thankyou: Densie for wonderful comment.
 :thankyou: Germa
 :thankyou: Lillian for five stars
 :thankyou: Roxy
I really appreciate everyone's  motivational comments. Really feel lucky being part of Paintbasket. :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: jennylynn on April 07, 2013, 07:17:55 AM
bhvana great brilliant awesome job on your painting love it  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 07, 2013, 08:14:57 AM
this is my try of a bluegum tree,i just finished the lesson,it was exiting painting this :welcome:
maria
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bhavna on April 07, 2013, 11:39:56 AM
 :thankyou: Jennylynn
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on April 11, 2013, 02:51:19 PM
Very nicely done Maria  :clap: :clap: I like your colouring, and nice lighted effect. Had to pop over and see who else was painting blue gums, hope to have a go at this one in the oils class. That will have to wait until I can get some water soluable oils. Perhaps in a couple of years!  ;D
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on April 12, 2013, 01:37:38 PM
beautiful shading of the tree trunk  :heeha:

Overall you have done a great job Maria  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Only suggestion I have is the roof of the house - it tapers downwards too quickly, reduce the angle by half and the perspective will be correct  O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 15, 2013, 01:57:04 PM
 :thankyou:VAL and Nolan i will fite with the roof :fight: :yippee:
maria
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Maevelene on August 10, 2013, 04:55:24 PM
Hi Dennis,

I really like the trick where you used the rubber-head brush to scrape off the area you'd later paint the branches.  :clap: I didn't catch the name of the brush. Was it scraper brush or something else? I couldn't find anything like that in my local art stores. Where may I find it? Thank you Dennis.  :)
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: musika on August 11, 2013, 12:25:36 AM
Do a search for "colour shapers"

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Alice Huang on September 26, 2013, 01:56:11 AM

I really enjoyed painting this tree, love the color mixing process.

Alice
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 26, 2013, 07:16:53 AM
Nice, blue gum tree, Alice.  very nice.

It has a serenity about it.  The little cottage is so inviting.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on September 26, 2013, 12:38:48 PM
lovely painting Alice  :clap: :clap: :clap:

One suggestion - the grass overlapping the road on the bottom left - just vary their lengths or add one or two longer ones with your rigger brush to break the straight line.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on September 26, 2013, 04:37:41 PM
Well done Alice.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Alice Huang on September 27, 2013, 01:42:51 AM
Thanks all. And thank you Nolan, I like your suggestion, I will add some.
 :hug:

Alice
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Germa on September 28, 2013, 09:18:43 AM
I really like your colours on the foreground!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on October 28, 2013, 04:51:09 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:Alice
maria
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: V on November 15, 2013, 02:09:44 PM
 :D  It took a life on its own  :whistle: : Here's my version of Bluegum Tree.
 
 
 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on November 18, 2013, 12:04:32 PM
very nice vjay. I like the "stylized" tree in the foreground :clap: :clap: :clap:

add a few flicks of the foreground grass to overlap the road so that the grass does look mowed and a suggestion of leaves at the top will complete this painting nicely  O0
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: V on November 18, 2013, 05:09:44 PM
 :thankyou:  Nolan....added some flicks to grass and dared to put more color on bark. Since I'm still intimidated to paint trees and leaves, I will wait for it to completely dry.  Hopefully when I get to landscape portion of the course I will be better :) .
 
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 18, 2013, 09:41:47 PM
Vjah,

Nice!  I really like the way you do doors and windows.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on November 19, 2013, 11:04:43 AM
can you see now how much more natural the grass looks  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: V on November 19, 2013, 05:16:39 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Nolan.
Nolan: Yes  ;D ..no buzz cut.
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: njnjgirl on November 21, 2013, 05:16:55 PM
Here is my attempt and only my third time in oil paints.  I had fun and thank you Dennis, I learned a lot.  I still feel a bit intimidated by oils.  I didn't have the rubber stylus to make the branches, so I did the best I could.  My colors seemed to have become muddy especially around the little house.   I am not using the best oil paint, either.  I didn't want to commit the money in case I do not care for oils.  I also have the wrong type of pallet knife but the right one is on order. 

Any, and all comments and helpful suggestions are welcome.  I used water soluble oils and a canvas panel to do this piece.

Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on November 22, 2013, 12:17:34 PM
I think you have done a great job Mary Lou and have no problem with the colour of the house or the rest of the painting for that matter. You have good distance in the receding trees and lovely sun on the blue gum. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: njnjgirl on November 22, 2013, 01:47:35 PM
Thank you so much Nolan, that gives me the encouragement to move forward!
Title: Re: Materials for Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on November 25, 2013, 12:26:33 PM
can't wait to see your cherry painting  :heeha:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 19, 2014, 01:07:48 AM
I absolutely loved doing this!   :smitten: :yippee:

I am happy but as always if there is somewhere I can improve and learn more please share  :pray: :twothumbs:  8)

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 19, 2014, 02:07:38 AM
Lisa

This bluegum tree painting is lovely.

Good work, girl.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 19, 2014, 07:41:58 AM
Nice work Lisa  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 19, 2014, 10:35:23 AM
 :thankyou: Mea and Natalie, much appreciated  :) :flowers:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on October 19, 2014, 11:52:51 AM
looks great Lisa :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
You can probably add a bit more contrast to the top foliage as they are in shadow O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tania on October 19, 2014, 03:57:32 PM
Great job, Lisa! Nice  :painting:!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on October 19, 2014, 09:39:27 PM
Lisa, do what Nolan suggested and you will have a great painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 19, 2014, 10:43:31 PM
Hmmm just so I get this right when you say contrasts do you mean lights and darks or just darks? Or maybe just lights  :whistle: :blush: :confused: sorry and thanks for the feedback.  :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 19, 2014, 10:44:22 PM
 :thankyou: Tania  :flowers:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on October 19, 2014, 10:54:14 PM
Lisa, contrast means the interaction between light and dark. Put another way: You cannot have a dark shadow without a bright light. The tree is in full sunlight. In the painting we see only the underside of the tree foliage which is in the shade - this means you have to darken up the leaves to make them in shadow. Your foliage shows as in full sunlight.

The same comment applies to the tree posted by Mary Lou
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 19, 2014, 10:57:25 PM
Wow quick response Dennis. shouldn't you still be on holiday  ;). Thanks for that I will post once I have adjusted the contrast.  :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: V on October 21, 2014, 06:44:57 PM
 :clap: Looks great Lisa!
 I attempted this and it ended up looking like something else ;D . I'll probably revisit after I finished with landscape course.  O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on October 21, 2014, 06:56:38 PM
You did great Lisa, once the correction is done it will be awsome. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 21, 2014, 06:58:32 PM
  :thankyou: Vjah

:thankyou: Danielle, appreciate the support  :) trying to find a little bit of time to get the contrast done and then I will repost
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 22, 2014, 02:28:21 PM
Ok contrast added, I think  :blush:

How is it now, what else needs doing?


Just so everyone knows I love and appreciate all support and constructive advice and will not take offence. Wanting to learn as much as possible to be the best I can be. So thanking you in advance  :hug: O0 :1hug:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 22, 2014, 02:31:07 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 22, 2014, 05:52:32 PM
Lisa,

You did a great job on this bluegum painting.  All aspects seem well done.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 22, 2014, 08:01:14 PM
 :flowers: thanks Natalie and Mea  :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on October 23, 2014, 04:54:55 AM
That tree is prominent now.  Great painting Lisa.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 23, 2014, 08:44:56 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on October 24, 2014, 07:31:30 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Lisafromoto on October 25, 2014, 12:19:31 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis. Hoping this means it is dark enough or has enough contrast now and I will hang it in my lounge  :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 02, 2014, 08:52:59 AM
My lesson submission.  I am not happy with the little building.  I got the roof messed up.  Any suggestions for improvement??

Sherri

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on November 02, 2014, 10:02:27 AM
Sherri, and excellent tree :clap: :clap: :clap: The slope of the roof on the left is too straight up. It must be at least parallel to the right side to be optically correct.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 02, 2014, 10:26:46 AM
Thanks Dennis - I will try to fix the roof.  I love this painting.  It is so vibrant.

Sherri
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 02, 2014, 08:21:42 PM
Beautiful paintings Sherri and Lisa xxxxx
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 04, 2014, 07:59:39 AM
After studying my painting, I decided that the best way to fix the roof of the house was to extend the tree/bushes over it.  I think that I like it and I like the way it pushed the house back and really made the tree the focal point.  What do you think?   ::)

Sherri

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 04, 2014, 08:35:03 AM
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 04, 2014, 09:03:44 AM
Mari,

Love the vibrant color of the bluegum tree painting.

Well done!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 04, 2014, 09:07:47 AM
Sherri,

Good thinking.  If you can't fix it, hide it.  Looks like a win-win to me.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on November 04, 2014, 09:49:44 AM
Well done Sherri  O0   I myself am a strong advocate of the if you can't fix it hide it theory  :whistle:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 04, 2014, 11:34:05 AM
Thanks Mea and Val.  Glad you guys approve of my choice!!! 

Mari, Great painting!!

Sherri
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ncwren on November 04, 2014, 12:57:46 PM
Well done Sherri  O0   I myself am a strong advocate of the if you can't fix it hide it theory  :whistle:
;D
Nice work Sherri  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tania on November 04, 2014, 01:01:12 PM
The fix worked Sherri!  ;D


Nice painting, Marie! O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 04, 2014, 07:07:40 PM
Thanks Tania, Sheri, and Mea. I am a real fiddler....tends to mess up and the struggle to fix...
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on November 05, 2014, 12:54:06 AM
Sherri,  you have just qualified to be the Scarlet Pimpernel - master of disguises :clap: :clap: :clap: :2funny:

Marie, well done :clap: :clap: :clap: You changed the type of trees in the background which do not fit in with the scenery. It is easy to change them O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 05, 2014, 04:57:12 AM
Oh my Dennis, i will fix it okay... :doh:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 05, 2014, 08:14:33 AM
Thanks Natalie and Tania

Dennis I am honored to be a Scarlet Pimpernel!!!!!!  :2funny:  :2funny:  :cloud9: :cloud9:

Sherri
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 06, 2014, 01:28:42 AM
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 06, 2014, 01:42:12 AM
I will rather do this again...the trees looks duuuuuu to me.. :whistle:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on November 06, 2014, 01:55:06 AM
Marie, they are more in character now :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 06, 2014, 07:38:26 AM
Marie,

The painting has a lot of good parts - the house, gum tree trunk, and foreground.  I was distracted by the blue patch to the right of the gumtree.  It cut off parts of the trees behind it.

Seem to be too much color either in the lower flowers near the house or the higher ones in the back.  If it's fall, the colors would be up high in the trees.  If it's summer, they'd be down lower near the house.

It's really quite good, just needs a bit of tweaking.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Tania on November 06, 2014, 07:05:39 PM
Good job, Marie!!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on November 06, 2014, 08:00:33 PM
Very nice painting Marie
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on November 07, 2014, 01:56:35 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: Danielle and Tania. Still in a learing process...crawling slowly... :sweat:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on December 23, 2014, 12:45:19 PM
Dennis you are too quick for me but I did and enjoyed this painting, thank you. :thankyou:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ncwren on December 23, 2014, 12:56:17 PM
 O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 23, 2014, 03:07:06 PM
Louisa,

I like the mistiness of this.  Nice shapely trees.

The house is a bit askew - like it's trying to twist sideways - but it's still a very cute little house.

Christmas aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bellarina on December 23, 2014, 03:49:37 PM
Nice work Louisa :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on December 23, 2014, 06:05:12 PM
Louisa, a very lovely painting :clap: :clap: :clap: Take your time, don't try to keep up with me. I have to paint fast to be able to finish in the 2 hour period. Take the time to master the techniques.
The left hand wall face should be in shadow. You have both walls in sunlight and that make it look as if the house is twisted - an optical illusion O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Mariep on December 29, 2014, 08:54:09 PM
Louisa, are you a paint-a-holic....whow you are producing paintings like the speed of light. Well done on this one toooooo!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on December 30, 2014, 07:33:48 AM
Thank you all you lovely people, Natalie, Mea, Robin, Mariep and last but not least Dennis, I fixed the house and looks much better. BIG :hug:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on January 01, 2015, 02:24:21 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 11, 2015, 03:28:28 PM
I have done this in December just before the fun challenge.

It was the first time that I felt I had to 'do some little parts of it myself' and could not fully copy the instructor.  I thought I may not manage to complete the painting, but I did.

I don't have to tell you that I struggled with the bark at the bottom of the tree... and with the grass in the front.  It falls under my definition of 'loose'.  The rest may not be great but I am happy with what I managed to do.

How do I relax and do grass, or bark foe that matter?

Many thanks in advance for your time providing critics.  It will be much appreciated.

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Bellarina on February 11, 2015, 04:42:13 PM
Annie, your painting is very nice :)
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: ncwren on February 12, 2015, 07:22:16 AM
 O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on February 12, 2015, 12:34:17 PM
Looks good Annie, and well done for using your artist license as well :clap: :clap: :clap:

I usually do the bark using a knife as the thickness of the paint gives you that peeling away effect.

I feel you can still add more contrast to the wall in shadow in order to show the angle change better O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 13, 2015, 06:16:07 AM
Thank you Nolan.

1) I will add more contrast on the shadow wall.  It is scary to go back and try to make corrections... this is a good one to start with!  A transparent wash correct?  That means the correct color but with lots of oil.   I have been looking at my 'realistic roses' and ...

2) I need to find a lesson where I can learn how to use palette knifes... I did try in this painting, but could not get the right amount of paint on the canvas.  Perhaps trying to do a full painting would get me started. 


Thank you Bellarina and Natalie, you are encouraging me to persevere.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on February 15, 2015, 02:17:08 PM
a wash has no oil, just a thin layer of neat paint
a glaze has lots of oil in it
both do roughly the same job

you can do the autumn walk class and the flowers in a meadow class to learn some more knife techniques O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 15, 2015, 08:26:48 PM
 :thankyou:
Will do.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: cyril on April 03, 2016, 08:45:01 AM
hi
here's my version of the Blue Gum in Acrylic medium.....

Any comments and critiques are most welcome!. 

thankyou.

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on April 03, 2016, 10:03:47 AM
 :clap: Great technique  Cyril lovely colours.    :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 03, 2016, 10:33:37 AM
 :heeha: This is a gorgeous painting, Cyril!  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: dennis on April 03, 2016, 11:40:30 AM
Cyril, you have surprised me :clap: :clap: :clap: This is a beautiful painting. I simply love the trees in the background. The whole painting has a delicate touch about it. It is the best of this lesson I have seen so far. Build on the techniques you have here and you will excel in no time flat :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: cyril on April 03, 2016, 06:56:16 PM
 :thankyou: so much  Danielle , Kathy and Dennis  :flowers:

  :thankyou:  Dennis for the  great lesson and compliment.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 03, 2016, 10:30:19 PM
Wow, Cyril.  What a great painting.  It looked textured almost like a pastel.  What a compliment from Dennis!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 04, 2016, 04:04:06 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Amazing painting Cyril. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, so soft and gentle looking ... almost has the feel of an old Master having painted it. Acrylics seem to be your medium Cyril so stick with them.


Patricia   
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: cyril on April 04, 2016, 09:31:00 AM
 :thankyou: Mea ,  :thankyou: Patricia ..  glad you liked it so much!!..
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on April 06, 2016, 02:18:30 PM
 :heeha: Beautiful painting Cyril! Great depth of field, colouring, wonderful atmosphere. Excellent.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on April 07, 2016, 11:53:59 AM
Very very nice!    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: cyril on April 08, 2016, 11:40:07 PM
 :thankyou: Val , Annie.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: liz on May 15, 2016, 08:04:00 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: SUPER JOB WITH YOUR BLUE GUM TREE, CYRIL!!!   You sure have come a long way in becoming an accomplished artist!!!
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
-Liz
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: cyril on May 17, 2016, 08:38:26 AM
 :thankyou:  Liz  for your compliment.. it is all due to great mentor's Nolan & Dennis  and all the great  PB  mates. :hug:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 15, 2017, 05:24:20 PM
Here's my go at the Blue Gum tree.

Comments and critiques always welcome. :)


Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 15, 2017, 09:40:11 PM
Nice work on this, Steve.

Hmmm, I wonder why it is called "blue gum."  Any idea?

aloha

mea

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: JayJ on February 16, 2017, 01:56:40 AM
Beuatiful  Gum trees...Cyril , Steve!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: EmmaLee on February 16, 2017, 04:15:50 AM
Looks good Steve.  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on February 16, 2017, 07:02:06 AM
Nice texture on the peeling bark. Well done Steve.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 16, 2017, 07:06:34 AM
Dennis could likely give us a full lecture on these trees.

But here a few facts:
-blue gums are a subspecies of eucalyptus
-blue gums are name by there location, Australian blue gums, Sidney blue gums, etc. 
-they come from Australia but a similar tree is present on the West coast of US and the Canadian Golf Islands.
-the sap is medicimal, used as decongestant
-the bare wood, stripped of bark, takes all sorts of beautiful shades or reds, blues, oranges, etc.  It is said that on warm summer evenings, one can hear the bark craking
-"Many species of eucalyptus, though by no means all, are known as gum trees because they exude copiouskino from any break in the bark (e.g., scribbly gum). " (ref. Wikipedia )

Here is a photo I took of a blue-gum-like tree from the coast.   There is a concern on some islands that those trees make take over other vegetation.

Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 16, 2017, 07:23:53 AM
Steve,  your blue gum tree is well done, lovely sky and vegetation  :clap: :clap: :clap:

One little thing, your pine tree on the left side competes with the focal point.  I think it is because it is fairly symmetric, or perhaps the shadows are a bit to dard or too regular.  It catches the eyes instead of blending in like the other 2.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 16, 2017, 10:15:09 AM
Thank you, everyone. :)

Yes, Annie, I wasn't too happy with the left and middle background trees, either. One problem, as you said, is symmetry. The other is that they should be more mist shrouded. The one on the right, I'm happy with....more practice pays off. Thanks for pointing that out.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 16, 2017, 12:24:21 PM
Yes Steve, I agree the one on the right is very beautiful.  I actually struggle a lot with that same (left) tree myself... and I could not do the front grass properly but you did well with it  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 16, 2017, 01:30:32 PM
Thanks, Annie, thanks for the bluegum lesson.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Annie. on February 22, 2017, 06:12:26 PM
 :)  barely a lesson, little info I learnd.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 11, 2017, 09:45:34 AM
Tweaked the bluegum a little.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: nolan on September 12, 2017, 03:07:48 PM
Your tree came out beautifully, good textures and contrasts :smitten:

The house perspective is a little off. The easiest way to fix it is to bring the tree to the left of the house "forward" so it overlaps the house so that you can't see the left edge of the house anymore. That way the house will recede into the distance correcting the perspective O0
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on September 13, 2017, 01:40:59 AM
Great bluegum Louisa, love the colouring in the bark/trunk.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 21, 2017, 05:56:24 PM

So fun to take an oil class from Dennis!! And I loved that it was done without the need to trace from a photo. Learned a lot from this lesson.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 21, 2017, 08:39:49 PM
Oh, no.  Looks like the "missing picture gremlins" are at it again.  I saw Sharon's painting a minute ago and now it is gone from the FORUM topic message.

I did like it, though, Sharon.
aloha

mea

UPDATE - I t came back when I posted this message.  WEIRD!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 21, 2017, 08:55:42 PM
Those gremlins are pains in the tushy!! Glad the photo returned and glad you like it, Mea!!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: robynann on September 22, 2017, 03:50:35 AM
I like it a lot Sharon. You did great work. Love that front tree!!

 I did this one when I was just starting on oils it would be fun to do it over again to see how I do.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 22, 2017, 08:48:08 AM
I appreciate that, Robynann! And I'd love to see your redo. I remember I redid a number of the watercolor classes, especially in the beginning. It's fun to see how much we can progress in a short period of time.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 22, 2017, 12:12:58 PM
Great job Sharon, I will post my redo soon.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 22, 2017, 12:15:20 PM
Nolan I hope the perspective of the house is OK now. Thanks for the advice.
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 22, 2017, 01:04:30 PM
Louisa,

Beautiful job on this.  All the details so perfectly executed.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on September 23, 2017, 09:47:51 AM
 :heeha: Banner job Louisa  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on September 23, 2017, 09:50:10 AM
Sharon, I think you have a bit too much slope on the rooftop of the house. (front to back). Has more slope than the eaves. Tree looks fabulous!  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 23, 2017, 09:53:36 AM
Thanks Louisa - your redo is excellent!

And I see what you mean about the roof slope, Val - I'll try to fix that. I also like how Louisa added more vegetation around the left side of the house - I may try that too...
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Val on September 23, 2017, 06:05:32 PM
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Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 19, 2017, 08:20:14 PM
Forgot to post this last week before I left for PV. Fixed the roof and added more flowers. Definitely looks better!
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 20, 2017, 06:02:41 AM
Sharon

Looks great.  You are really excelling in oil.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Neil Todd on October 20, 2017, 08:12:31 AM
Beautiful work Sharon and Louisa I’ll have to have a go at this one day  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Blue Gum Tree Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 20, 2017, 08:55:23 AM
Thanks Mea and Neil. Glad I went back and did the revisions Val suggested. I’ll be working on more of these classes when I return from PV and finish that last Mark Hopkins portrait!