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Title: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on July 12, 2017, 10:48:07 PM
A tree I saw downtown one day.  Gotta find the name of it.
A Rainbow Shower tree.
Oak tree I saw last Oct. when I visited Emily's sister at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.  Sometimes trees can look the same, same colors, same shape, so I'm working on different trees. ~Liz
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Post by: dennis on July 12, 2017, 11:28:25 PM
Beautiful work  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: liz on July 13, 2017, 01:23:49 AM
 :thankyou: DENNIS!  I will never forget that you taught me how to draw trees with graphite pencil. You also taught me how to do pen and ink drawings, too!  I never drew anything in my whole life until I found Paint Basket 5 years ago! These are small sketches on acrylic paper.  Hugs to you and Nolan. :hug:  -Liz
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Post by: Gita on July 13, 2017, 02:43:53 AM
Lovely interpretations of all trees Liz! How small are the paintings?
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Post by: Win on July 13, 2017, 04:00:50 AM
Your mini tree paintings are lovely Liz. Awesome colours  :clap:
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Post by: EmmaLee on July 13, 2017, 04:50:31 AM
Beautiful paintings, Liz!
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Post by: liz on July 13, 2017, 07:01:10 AM
 :thankyou: GITA, WIN, EMMA LEE for your encouragement!  These small tree color studies are around 5x6 so not miniatures, though one day I may try 3x4 paintings.  I hope to do some landscape paintings so I'm 'practicing' how to give trees shape and 3 dimensional form.  I can hear Nolan say 'remember the bird holes'.  The other subjects that are a real challenge are rocks and boulders and water in a stream bed.  Hard for me anyway. -Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 13, 2017, 08:23:37 AM
Liz

I love the use of color on these.

We need to have a "paint together" day because I need work on these, too.

Association of Hawaii Artists has a miniature show coming up in the fall.   Maximum size is 12" (inc. frame).

I bought a lot of 3 x 3" boxed canvases at WalMart to practice on.

aloha

mea
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Post by: liz on July 13, 2017, 08:50:46 AM
Maryanne, what do you have in mind, single subjects, still life, seascapes, scenery? Is there a theme? Who likes these- collectors?  I will pick up some this weekend.  Ben Franklin has 40 percent discount and I usually get another tube of paint, too.  -Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 13, 2017, 10:30:16 AM
Liz,

As far as I can tell from last year's miniature show, there is no theme.  It's whatever strikes one's fancy.  Some people bring as many as 10 pieces as there is no limit.  We had about 150 last year.

It's a more difficult show to hang, though.  So much diversity.  It'll be at Ho`omaluhia.  Hope you can come to the reception - not sure when yet.  Or join AHA and put yours in the show, too.

aloha

mea

PS - I like your new avatar - bright smiling face!

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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 13, 2017, 12:03:35 PM
These are really wonderful, Liz! I can see a tree calendar - a tree for every month!  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: liz on July 13, 2017, 03:43:14 PM
 :thankyou: SHARON for your cheerful comment!  Coming from a creative, resourceful person like you does not surprise me!  Today I saw a yellow shower tree which I may try painting next.  I discovered that the young trees and less mature trees or trees that just grow naturally have interesting shapes and are nicer to photograph and paint.  So many of the older trees in the city have been pruned so many times that they grow out too dense before their branches are loped off again. ~Liz
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Post by: TeresaM on July 14, 2017, 12:23:23 AM
Very colourful paintings  :clap:
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Post by: Val on July 15, 2017, 01:26:07 PM
Excellent job Liz! These are an excellent way to break into plein air painting. I hope to do this type of thing with my pastels.  O0

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Post by: Happychappy on July 15, 2017, 03:39:28 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, your trees are beautiful.   Patricia
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Post by: liz on July 15, 2017, 04:18:06 PM
 :thankyou:  TERESA, VAL, & PATRICIA for your kind comments!


     VAL, I think you could be right about 'an excellent way to break into plein air painting' with small pieces of art like these trees.  I once did a pencil sketch of a little church early one morning around 8:30.  It started getting hot in half an hour or so and I didn't have my hat with me that time.  I was standing on the sidewalk across the street to get a good view and perspiration began running down my face!  I don't have any plein air equipment like an easel, but mostly lack confidence doing art out 'in public'. ~Liz
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Post by: JayJ on July 15, 2017, 10:00:55 PM
What great idea Liz! Lovely series!
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Post by: Val on July 16, 2017, 06:18:04 AM
Liz I understand perfectly. When I first started doing little sketches en plein air, I used to tuck myself away to try and be unobtrusive, if not invisible!
The first time i actually went to a very public place, was too visit Quirigua (Mayan site in Guatemala), baptism by fire sort of thing! The crowds!!!  :faint:   After trying unsuccessfully for a couple of hours to string together 5 min., I finally gave in.  :help: So now I use the available scenery from the stern of the boat, or go bob about in the dinghy. I ofttimes can spend hours at a time without being bothered by people passing judgement, or querying... what is that, why did you, how did you..... on and on.  :crazy2:

So I find it easier to try small quick sketches and paintings.
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Post by: liz on July 16, 2017, 06:17:31 PM
VAL, do you know if there's any info about plein air on PB?  It seems that most of us use reference photos which I actually prefer at this point.  I've heard some say that plein air is to start and finish a painting on location, but without even trying it sounds challenging.  Small sketches and color studies like my trees may be doable though. ~Liz
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Post by: Val on July 17, 2017, 04:13:33 AM
The info is mainly scattered about in comments. To my knowledge, unless there is a lesson in a medium I don't normally delve into, there is no actual lesson regarding en plein air painting. If someone else is aware perhaps they could pipe in.

If you search en plein air painting there is a plethora of information, with as many ideas about what you need. I have read so many it makes my head spin! I take note of all the advice that applies directly to the medium I'm interested in, then make my own preferred kit and away I go. So far I've only used w/c and or graphite. Both are relatively easy since i have my pencil box (rectangle ice cream container) always loaded, and my w/c paintbox only requires me to bring along my collapsible water pot, a few brushes, and rather than paper towels I use an old tea towel. Plus of course my choice of ground.

Some of my efforts have been as small as 3.5 - 4" square. These are usually singular subjects, a tree or structure, and experiments such as the waterlilies. I keep them all for reference and note on the back how it was done and what materials and methods were used.

All in all it is very satisfying to me, and a most enjoyable way to spend some time communing with nature. I find it really helps me to look to see shapes, colour, and shadings. PLUS, believe it or not...work quicker!  :2funny:
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Post by: liz on July 17, 2017, 04:07:26 PM
 :cheering: VAL!  I got so many good ideas from you!  I can see how I might be able to try these little paintings outdoors.  I started picturing in my mind what I could gather like a little organizer box to hold acrylic paints, small plastic pill bottle for water, old wash cloth, etc.; use the lid of the box for a palette. . .This is what I can do: paint on one side of a small sketch pad and it will dry pretty fast; then paint the page on the other side; let it dry; close up the pad and go home happy.  How's that?!  Thanks again for your encouraging words! ~Liz
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Post by: Val on July 18, 2017, 12:41:19 AM
 :yippee:   That's the ticket Liz! Once you start you'll quickly fall in love with en plain air. I have a few that I hope to turn into full size paintings, just need to replenish my paper supply.  :painting:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 19, 2017, 11:10:12 AM
Liz was having trouble posting these, so I came to her rescue.  Here is a DIY pochade box for plein air from a cookie gift box; a pill container can fit in nicely with space in the box that serves as a palette or small stay wet plastic tray for acrylic work.




aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on July 19, 2017, 01:15:44 PM
This is perfect Liz! I'm scrounging a couple of cigar boxes. Just need to find the right size and I plan on turning it into a pochade box for my pastels! There are some beautiful wood boxes about, guess it helps being this close to Cuba!  ;D   

Thank you Mea, I'm a bit sleep deprived otherwise I'd have had Liz send them to me. Not thinking straight.  :crazy2:

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Post by: liz on July 19, 2017, 04:12:58 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: MaryAnne!!!  I hope I won't have future problems posting photos!!! 


VAL,  I know someone who made a pochade box from a cigar box that has served him well all year round, especially to capture fall and winter scenes.  He sets it up on a tripod and does many small sketches which he files away.  But if he really likes something he paints it on a big canvas in his home studio.  Yes, a Cuban cigar box would be nice...
 :) ~Liz
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Post by: dennis on July 19, 2017, 11:37:35 PM
Necessity is the mother of invention  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Val on July 20, 2017, 09:34:46 AM
These are two "micro" mini paintings done while splashing about. The first is about 3" square, and the lilies is about 3 3/4". Next venture out will be 5x7 or 6x8 in pastels....if the rain ever lets up!

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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 20, 2017, 11:45:49 AM
So cute, Val.  I love tiny paintings.

aloha

mea
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Post by: liz on July 20, 2017, 03:18:35 PM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  VAL, Thanks for sharing; I think I will like mini paintings!  I have a small square water bottle and tiny mister that can be attached to the side of the Pochade box and removed.  Double faced velcro will do the trick.  And my paint apron has two large pockets or I can pin my small towel to my pants.   :2funny:  This is funny because I'm thinking of a recently retired friend who is gathering everything he needs to start learning how to draw and paint.  I told him to get his butt going because it's nearly a year now and he's still buying his supplies!   :tongue:  -Liz
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Post by: Happychappy on July 20, 2017, 03:24:40 PM
Val, I love your mini paintings.  I have just done the July challenge on 5" x 5.5"  and it is amazing how much less time it takes to complete than bigger sheets. I love the time saving.


Patricia
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 20, 2017, 03:41:42 PM
 :clap: Oh, I like these, Val. I think micro mini is a great way to go when time and space is limited. I"d love to see more of them. Hint hint  :whistle:
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Post by: Val on July 20, 2017, 08:15:44 PM
Thank you Mea, Liz Patricia and Kathy. These were both done on the back of ... shall we say, not wonderful works?   :whistle:

These were record setting for me..... took less than an hour!  ;D   It's great fun to do these, they are just quick sketches. I think I may use this method to get my w/c back on track as well.
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Post by: Gita on July 21, 2017, 07:56:16 AM
Val, I like these mini paintings! I agree, small paintings are fast and can be so satisfying to do.
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Post by: liz on July 21, 2017, 11:06:44 AM
5x7 acrylic sketch using primary colors only and practicing color mixing.  No need to put any Umbers or Siennas in the pochade box!
Eating the last of the Rainier cherries now.


VAL and MEA, I can post from my iPhone but not from iPad.  I'll ask my son to check out the problem with the iPad.
Thanks for always helping me out! ~Liz
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 21, 2017, 11:11:24 AM
 :clap: Great job on the color mixing and cherries, Liz.
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Post by: Val on July 21, 2017, 11:26:41 AM
That's a great little sketch Liz.  O0   I'll have to try some cherries.... I always loved Nolan's lesson on cherries.
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Post by: Happychappy on July 21, 2017, 12:46:22 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Great job on your cherries Liz.  I must say that every time I come to this thread of yours, my eyes are drawn to the first pink tree which is outstanding.  I always stop and take a long look at it before going to the end to see and comment on your latest painting.


Patricia
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Post by: liz on July 21, 2017, 04:11:11 PM
 :thankyou: PATRICIA, my husband likes the pink tree, too!  He sometimes drives slowly on back roads to let me get a photo of a tree  or two.


 :thankyou: JAY, sorry to have missed you!  Thanks for looking at my simple works of art. ~Liz
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Post by: njnjgirl on July 22, 2017, 09:12:43 AM
Liz and Val, your paintings are great.  What fun. What a great way to practice and get ideas for a larger painting.

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Post by: Val on July 22, 2017, 10:42:53 AM
 :thankyou: Mary Lou... I have wanted to have a go at Monet's lilies for years. After this I decided to try it in pastel first, mainly because the colours stay where I put them! But I will try in w/c sometime.
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Post by: liz on July 24, 2017, 07:33:11 PM
An acrylic painting that ended up an oil painting when I took a tube of WSO titanium white yesterday.  The paints got wonky when I discovered what I did.   :heeha:   This morning it was touch dry so I finished it up with WSO.  ::)  ~Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 24, 2017, 08:59:23 PM
Beautiful plumeria, Liz.

Make more mistakes like this!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on July 25, 2017, 01:48:44 AM
Lovely Liz! Good light capture.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Happychappy on July 25, 2017, 03:13:29 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  So pleased that it turned out so gorgeous.  I love the delicate feel it emits.  Great job Liz.


Patricia
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Post by: Win on July 25, 2017, 12:47:17 PM
 :clap: :clap: great rescue  :)
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Post by: liz on July 25, 2017, 05:39:02 PM
 :thankyou: EVERYONE for your encouraging remarks! I was so surprised that I could 'save' this little painting!  A positive thing about doing mini paintings is that while they do take some thought, they can be done in a lot less time than a full blown composition.  For me it gives me a rest from painting anything serious while letting me practice something I would use in a larger painting later on. 


VAL, are you working on your water lily?   :) ~Liz
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Post by: Val on July 26, 2017, 03:05:29 AM
just finishing up my pastel treefrog... lilies are up next. I think I have come up with a new idea to try the lilies in w/c.  I think I'm going to try a small version and see how it works. Putting all the other stuff on hold and out of site so I can focus on the lilies.
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Post by: liz on August 04, 2017, 09:59:33 PM
Trying a 'looser' style of painting; still eating cherries since they're in season; bought some Bing and will try painting Nolan's red cherries next I guess.  :) ~Liz
Oops, I used leftover WSO for this one. 
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Post by: EmmaLee on August 05, 2017, 05:31:48 AM
Great job, Liz. I love the looser style.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 05, 2017, 08:45:28 AM
Nice work on the cherries, Liz.

Couldn't believe Whole Foods had them for $2.99 a pound this week!!  Love 'em.

aloha

mea
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Post by: liz on August 05, 2017, 08:51:13 AM
Thanks, EmmaLee, these small paintings are good for practicing technique.  I would like to be able to put down brush strokes and not fiddle with them and overwork a painting.   I did not bad with the first, but started to blend with the next two! Hard to break a bad habit!  I think I may have to do a bunch more minis! -Liz
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Post by: liz on August 05, 2017, 09:03:34 AM
Hi MAL! It's outrageous what we pay for Rainier cherries-$5.99 at Foodland on sale and finally down to $2.99 at Times, so you got a good price!  You have to paint Rainier cherries fast  then eat them because they will get brown fast! Not so with Bing which I hope to paint today. They will stay nice and dark red for a few days.  :) -Liz
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Post by: dennis on August 05, 2017, 11:58:11 AM
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Post by: Happychappy on August 07, 2017, 04:49:19 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Another great mini painting Liz.  I now also enjoy painting/drawing on a smaller scale, really a time saver when one is pushed for time.  Patricia
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Post by: liz on August 07, 2017, 04:20:33 PM
Hi Patricia, these small paintings 5x7 or 4x6 save time and save money, too.  I've been painting on acrylic/oil canvas and water color paper and using small photo frames with cardboard backing.  In fact I'm using recycled frames that are in good condition for the small paintings in the assortment of paintings I will give to a fund raiser.  I heard that the donated items will be displayed in a silent auction so who knows what will be offered for them.  Since Nolan said folks like cherries, I hope to TRY to paint some red ones next.
 :painting: ~Liz
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Post by: Win on August 07, 2017, 04:29:25 PM
Love your mini paintings Liz  :smitten:
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Post by: Annie. on August 07, 2017, 06:24:17 PM
I can hardly keep up with those.  Well done and hard for me to beleive you do them quickly.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: liz on August 11, 2017, 08:23:39 PM
I asked my husband to pick up red cherries for me.  He said he can't get a few; when he got home with a pound which he paid $2.75 for, I had a painting challenge!  ::)  ~Liz
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Post by: dennis on August 11, 2017, 08:38:51 PM
Excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 11, 2017, 11:20:54 PM
Liz

Yummy-looking cherries.

I want Wyman to go shopping for me.  He knows a bargain!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: liz on August 11, 2017, 11:50:39 PM
 :thankyou: DENNIS & MAL for your comments! 


Wy figures cherries are cherries.  Right, but where do I find bright RED cherries?  Do you know that there are yellow cherries, too, not the Rainier ones.  And BTW when cherries are shipped here, you find lots without stems and those with stems are not joined together in pairs like in Nolan's paintings.  :(  ~Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 12, 2017, 12:34:55 AM
Maybe Nolan glued the cherries together!

aloha

mea
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Post by: EmmaLee on August 12, 2017, 05:19:15 AM
Your cherry painting is awesome, Liz. I love the background, the color of the cherries, the style of the painting, the whole thing! I have such a hard time with backgrounds (notice most of my paintings have solid backgrounds).
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Post by: Happychappy on August 12, 2017, 07:13:13 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, your painting of the dark cherries is beautiful.  Love your mini paintings which are all gorgeous but my personal favourite is the first tree in this series.  Every time I log onto your posts, I stop for a while to take yet another look at that tree before going onto the latest messages.


Patricia
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Post by: liz on August 12, 2017, 07:16:06 AM
MAL, in the cherry lesson I saw that he had a lot of nice cherries with double stems.  I had cherries that were different shapes and that one that toppled over just when I took the photo so I painted it lying on its side.  It's really hard to see colors on dark cherries but what you do is look at them real good before eating them!  :)


EMMALEE, I usually use a colored ground primed canvas.  This one was a little burnt umber with white.  After I got the cherry shapes roughed in I painted the white background so the cherries would stand out. This painting was on canvas paper.  Also I set the cherries on a piece of white copy paper to get the shadows in a close up photo.  I had tried a white and also light yellow pillow case in a shadow box, but the smooth white paper worked best. Then the horizontal strokes under the shadows helped take away the cherries suspended in the air look.  -Liz
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Post by: liz on August 12, 2017, 07:33:28 AM
HI PATRICIA. I went to a botanical garden yesterday nestled right in the city. I hadn't gone there since I took kids on field trips many years ago. I had a wonderful time seeing some towering trees planted 100 years ago.  There was a tree that was a descendent of the tree Buddha sat under in his quest for enlightenment! I paid $3.00 resident fee, the only garden of several on the island that charges admission.  At least I will have photos of my mini paintings when I donate them to a fund raiser in October. I plan to do 2 or 3 more trees or flowers, maybe no more cherries for now.  I see you've done some pretty awesome art lately. Good for you, Patricia!  -Liz
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Post by: Happychappy on August 12, 2017, 10:02:06 AM
Hi Liz,  Wow, how interesting to see a tree which is a descendent of the tree Buddha sat under. There are so many wonderful things to see and appreciate in this world of ours. Thanks for the compliment about my art. Liz, I just wish I had more time but with the grandchildren on holiday, my time is taken up and I can only do art in the evenings which isn't the best time with ageing eyes!!  Anyway, I so enjoy viewing your mini paintings, keep it up girl.


Patricia
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Post by: liz on August 14, 2017, 07:39:18 PM
That's it!  I quit for now anyway.  Nearly all the cherries are eaten and now Wy bought a bag of 4 cherry plums 'for me to paint'! MAL, $.80 each!   I should have told him I'm going to do a couple of flowers.  Then I should be done with mini paintings for the fund raiser. ~Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 14, 2017, 08:47:21 PM
Liz, these are beautifully done.  Shiny and juicy looking.

Of all the beautiful botanical gardens on Oahu, Foster is still my favorite, although I spend far more time at Ho`omaluhia because of the art gallery.

aloha

mea
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Post by: liz on August 14, 2017, 09:48:17 PM
MAL, I spent my youth in the Ho'omaluhia park area; learned how to drive on an old army jeep with 4 wheel drive on the dirt road through there, before the flood catchment and park were developed and subdivision built.  So I have fond memories of that place, now a garden with FREE public access. We raised two steers at our friend's chicken farm, ate mountain apples, wild plums and guavas and best of all played in the mountain streams.  BTW, the cherry plum I just ate was sooo sweet and juicy!  Did you do the cherry painting?  I liked painting the Rainier ones the best. ~Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 14, 2017, 10:39:24 PM
Liz,

I am embarrassed to say that I do not remember doing a cherry painting.  Every time I open my art bins, I find many paintings I do not remember doing!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: TeresaM on August 15, 2017, 12:14:36 AM
Liz your cherry paintings are so good. The last painting of the single cherry is excellent I  had to open the picture  to see if it was a photo or painting  :clap: :clap:

I have never heard of cherry plum. Hope they are nice to eat
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Post by: Happychappy on August 15, 2017, 04:46:51 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, you have become an expert at painting cherries.  They are all so very well painted.  I love that some of the small white high-lites are in the shape of a heart.  Just beautiful.


Patricia
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Post by: Win on August 17, 2017, 06:05:08 AM
Great cherries Liz  :clap:  you not suppose to eat the "still life "  ;D
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Post by: liz on August 18, 2017, 09:26:12 AM
 :-X Win, that is kinda funny about eating your still life! I told my husband I felt bad cooking a large purple eggplant last night. It was delicious even after carrying it back and forth to my studio to study it over a couple days and the stem started turning brown. -Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 18, 2017, 09:54:13 AM
I thought I was done, but looking at the photo I could do some 'touch ups' or add more color tint to the background?
The small fruit is called 'Five Finger' or star fruit.  Not easy to paint!  ~Liz
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 18, 2017, 12:20:44 PM
Nice still life, Liz.  Happy to see the exotic star fruit being used.  I love those.

Not sure just where to add more dark (or light) to give the eggplant more roundness.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 18, 2017, 01:50:12 PM
Thanks, MaryAnne!  I should get more roundness by filling in the dark paint up to my pencil line on the left side of the eggplant.  When something has curves I think it helps to get closer to the painting rather than work on the easel.  I should bring out my table easel for these mini paintings.  I totally missed painting the contour.  Do you see the rough edge? ~Liz
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Post by: Mysti Vale on August 18, 2017, 01:58:10 PM
Very pretty.  The star fruit looks exceptional.  :clap:   :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 18, 2017, 02:21:44 PM
Yup, I see it, Liz.  You should be able to fix that easily.

aloha

mea
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Post by: TeresaM on August 18, 2017, 02:32:58 PM
Another nice painting  :clap:
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Post by: Val on August 19, 2017, 02:50:59 AM
 :heeha: You have been busy Liz! I think these are going to do well at the auction.  O0 Beautifully painted, well done you.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: dennis on August 19, 2017, 03:17:48 PM
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Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 19, 2017, 06:50:34 PM
 :thankyou: EVERYONE, for always encouraging me!  I appreciate you all, Paint Basket and Dennis and Nolan!  I think I have nearly 10 mini paintings now that just need to be signed.  I am getting used wood frames in good condition from a thrift shop run by the church which happens to be the one sponsoring the fund raiser.  So I don't suppose I will be paying much for them! And I will certainly be surprised if folks like the cherry paintings as Nolan said they do.  :) 


MAL, I did the touch up on the eggplant!

~Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 19, 2017, 09:13:21 PM
So proud of you, Liz.

When is the silent auction?  Where?

Hey, I worked with Jack Lee today to hang the Association of Hawaii Artists show at 1132 Bishop St. today.  Our reception is Friday night from 5 to 7.  I have two paintings.  I feel honored as they were put into the display case instead of on the walls.

aloha

mea

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 20, 2017, 04:55:32 PM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Good for you, MaryAnne!  I don't have the details yet, but I know it's in Oct. at Central Union Church.  I was told about this annual event too late last year to donate anything. -Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on August 21, 2017, 03:37:32 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, you are doing wonderfully well.  Just love to view all your paintings.


 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  Congratulations Mea on your work being placed in the display case. 

[/size]Please let us know how both events go and wishing you both much success.           Patricia[size=78%][/size][size=78%]   [/size]
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Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 21, 2017, 04:48:21 PM
Thanks, Patricia.  My placement in the display case was probably because my paintings were small and we were running out of wall space!

Still, though, they look mighty nice as they are the first thing to view when one enters the gallery.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 21, 2017, 09:49:44 PM
MAL, did you post those 2 small paintings on PB? Or did I miss them?  Did Jack have any work to exhibit, too?  I love his Chinatown water color. ~Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 21, 2017, 11:09:57 PM
Actually, I had posted them quite a while ago (Hokulea at Kahana Bay - line and wash)  and Schooling Bannerfish - watercolor.

Jack entered a couple paintings.

Will take photos at the reception on Friday evening.
aloha
MAL
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: Val on August 26, 2017, 01:54:04 AM
How was the event Mea? A raging success no doubt!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Liz, be sure to let me have a boo when you get them all framed!  O0
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 26, 2017, 12:06:25 PM
Thanks, Val.

Reception went well.  Just posted photo in FORUM section on Selling Your Paintings.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: Val on August 27, 2017, 09:26:53 AM
 O0
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on August 31, 2017, 08:05:19 PM
Tough one to paint!  Guess I chose a difficult angle to try. ~Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 31, 2017, 08:11:00 PM
Beautiful, Liz.  Soft petals.

Love how you did the background, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: Val on September 01, 2017, 02:13:47 AM
Beautifully painted Liz.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: EmmaLee on September 01, 2017, 05:35:42 AM
Great job Liz. You captured the delicateness of those petals well.
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on September 03, 2017, 01:55:51 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, your yellow Hibiscus is BEAUTIFUL.  You have done a great job.     Patricia
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on September 03, 2017, 03:42:48 PM
 :thankyou: MEA, VAL, EMMALEE, & HAPPY CHAPPY for helping me to feel good about the hibiscus I almost trashed.  All of the mini paintings have been painted on acrylic/canvas paper, but I don't even like to waste cheap supplies.  I had to rough it with this one because the reference photo had thin red and light orange lines like veins on the petals which I didn't like so I had to wing it.  I was glad to finish it because it brought back memories of my dad grafting yellow hibiscus on his neighbor's old hibiscus hedge that never had any blossoms before!  The yellow hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower. ~Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on September 04, 2017, 08:09:36 PM
I tried doing the water from 2 different reference photos,but it wasn't a good idea.  I wanted more wet water on the sand but had too much white water coming from the surf making it too rough so I repainted it that part and added more sand instead.  :P ~Liz
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 04, 2017, 09:01:18 PM
Great job, Liz.  The water looks really good.

Is that Rocky and Kaimana?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mini Paintings
Post by: liz on September 04, 2017, 10:13:28 PM
 :) Yup, that's momma and her baby, Rocky and Kaimana! ~Liz