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Title: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 07, 2012, 06:06:33 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 08, 2012, 01:28:56 PM
thanks for the class Dennis, after many attempts I was able access the video and sound  :), but my chatbox just didn't want to work.

My questions that I was wondering about.
1. Why draw with a normal pencil and not a watercolour pencil?
2. Can I use a dropper to put water in my pallet instead of using my brush like you showed? How will I know how much water to use?

Thanks again - great camera work. Will start the flowers as soon as the replay is out. :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 08, 2012, 01:35:06 PM
Dennis, I logged in for the class. It said the "website resources have reached their limit"  and I couldn't get on!! :tickedoff:  :tickedoff: What does this mean?   Was so disappointed after waiting so long for it to get here and rearranging my schedule to make sure I was home!  I know this happened to at least one other person.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 08, 2012, 01:39:28 PM
Great show Dennis. Great camera work guy-with-the-earring! Now questions:
1.- If I use paint from tubes, after I've finished, the left-over paint will dry, can I re-use it by adding a drop of water?
2.- Do I leave left-over paint in the palette?
3.- How do I clean my palette?
4.- Is the hair dryer only to save time, can one just wait for it to dry?
5.- How do you make blueberry muffins? (Sorry, wrong forum)

Thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 08, 2012, 01:42:12 PM
I don't want to hear how great the class was!!!!(Just Kidding)  :envy:  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  Now, I know how Val feels!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 08, 2012, 01:42:39 PM
Whew!  I thought I wouldn't be able to get the live watercolor class but finally got on.    :heeha:   It took while before I could get the chat section though but I managed to get caught up on the conversations.

Dennis, you did a marvelous job on the cosmos.   O0  I like how you had the large white border on the paper that showed up just inside the mat when you put the frame on the painting.  It kind of made it look like it had a double mat.

Having the masking tape create the border may also help the paper from buckling?  ...a very nice technique!

Your cosmos are very nice and loose.  I tend to fiddle too much and give too much attention to detail.  Watercolor always looks better painted in a more loose fashion, well, at least the way my eye sees it.

Nolan, you did an excellent job with the camera work.  Thanks so much.

I think our tutors  :smart: :smart: have been working very hard behind the scenes and need a great round of applause!    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 08, 2012, 01:43:07 PM
Thank you to all who participated in the Lesson - even survived a server crash because of the number watching. Thanks also for being so patient while we sorted it all out. :clap: :clap: O0

Here are the promised links:
Some of my paintings (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/watercolour-paintings.pdf)
Introduction (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/watercolours-intro-lesson_1.pdf)
Today's Lesson Notes (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/Watercolours-lesson-1.pdf)

Dennis

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: musika on January 08, 2012, 04:20:22 PM
Thanks for the great lesson, Dennis. Will you be putting up a copy of the finished painting on the website?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 08, 2012, 04:31:02 PM
:bigwelcome: to the site Musika :clap:

Please tell us a bit more about yourself in the About Me (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/board,28.0.html) section  :nosey: ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 08, 2012, 06:07:26 PM
Left it at Nolan's house. Maybe he will photograph it and add to forum?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 08, 2012, 06:28:10 PM
Great Class Dennis,  I have drawn on my flowers and put on the Friskit and am all set to go.  I am going to wait for the replay and paint along, in the meantime I am practicing on scrap paper to try and figure out the colors, especially the background.  First it dried to garish, then to pale, oh well I'll get it eventually..Thanks a bunch  :flowers:   :flowers:
I thought my chat was not working so I made the mistake of hitting 'refresh' and got kicked out of the chat but not the class thank goodness...the chat came back on a bit later after a few tries... :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 08, 2012, 06:51:49 PM
It's all in the name of the game. Experiment, experiment, experiment :sweat: :sweat: Been there, done it, got the Tshirt :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

You can go over the other layer to change the backbround. What   you get depends on the next colours you use. The colours I used for the background were Ultramarine, Aliz crimson and a bit of light red.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 08, 2012, 07:21:04 PM
Thanks Dennis, I'm excited about this... :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thegrindre on January 08, 2012, 09:21:09 PM
I know of two watercolor artists who never 'put up' their paint. They just put everything back in the closet uncovered and just let it dry out. I've seen them start with dried out paint and simply add a few drops of water to it to start painting again. They told me it didn't mater. A little water brings 'em right back to life again... and, they have been doing it for decades this way.
Unless there is something I'm not familiar with, it doesn't matter how you handle your watercolor paints.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 09, 2012, 12:12:23 AM
I was unfortunately also unable to log on, and would now like to watch a replay, but can't seem to find it !!!!  Please help  :help:
Thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 09, 2012, 01:02:19 AM
thegrindre, it is not a problem adding water to the dried out paint in the palette. Also been doing it for decades.

Lyndy. Sorry to hear you could log in - we had a server crash but come on short while later with a much larger server. The replays will only be available in a few days time.    It has to first be edited and then uploaded to the net. We will notify everyone when it is up on the watercolour section of the forum.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 09, 2012, 05:48:00 AM
Dennis  :help: - I started the background and it looks really really  :uglystupid2: It came out all stripy - what am I doing wrong  :confused: I already took off the masking fluid, so no way going over it again? Unless I am really really carefull??

Might need to do a second one on this - and Cosmos is my fav flower

(Ps: this is actually how I found PB, googles cosmos and came across your tutorial  :) )

thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 09, 2012, 05:52:54 AM
I just destroyed it - will make a new one, forgot the leaves from under and over the masking fluid etc  :tickedoff:
Still need to know about the stripy bit - to ensure I don't do it again.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 09, 2012, 05:54:22 AM
Copy and paste the two preceding messages and sign my name. I did the exact same thing.  :-X
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 09, 2012, 06:20:30 AM
What I intend to do is, before working on the real painting, practice on scraps of paper different backgrounds and THEN to attack my "real" painting. This waiting for Dennis to answer since it is 3:20 am in his upside-down world.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 09, 2012, 10:27:27 AM
Claude from the down-side-up world. Also answer to Maryna's problems. If the background wash is too dry it will be too stripy because there is just not enough water to enable the pigment particles to float around easily enough.

One thing about watercolour is the skill in judging the amount of water on the paper. Certain effects require lots of water on the paper while others require that the surface must still have a very slight shine to it and others require the shine to just disappear. What this all means is that the pigment starts to become more controllable the less water there is.

Paradoxically, the less water the harder to control the pigment, such when there is not enough water to get the wet-in-wet effect I got in the cosmos background. Confusing? :confused: Don't worry I know how you feel - been there, done it and even got the Tshirt :2funny: :2funny:

There is no better way than experimenting for your self on scraps of paper and even on the back of spoiled paintings.
The evaporation rate of water is very dependent on temperature. Winter - a problem with taking too long (Hence the hair dryer). In summer - sometimes dries too fast - never a dull moment ;D

Watercolour paints can be left to dry in the palette and can be used by re-wetting for the next session - one advantage over oils!

BTW the leaves can be added in any time - just have to be careful. Once masking fluid has been taken off it can be added on again no problem. Maybe nearer the end of the year I'll do an advanced painting where I add masking fluid over painted areas repeatedly - that's real fun because the end result is a surprise even to the painter :heeha: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aylalake on January 09, 2012, 11:29:22 AM
I too managed to get on in the end, and one of the best parts was seeing how you drew the petals alternately and then putting in the wavy "tops".  I can now draw cosmos!  Now to paint them!  I have also traced up my template and am ready to start applying paint to paper.

Thank you to Dennis and Nolan, and I've booked the next course.  :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 09, 2012, 12:12:36 PM
Like Lyndy, I could not watch either and am looking for the " instant reply" :2funny:



P.S. Here is a link to a very simple  metric to non metric / non metric to metric converter

http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm (http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm)

It's how I converted the mm's to inches  very e-z and simple.
B.

PPS Your going to edit the "show"?? bummer!!  That means that those of us who missed the live show are never going to know what "GOOD" parts we missed, 'cause the folks who did see them will NEVER TELL!

I sure don't want to miss the next one!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 09, 2012, 12:25:10 PM
really sorry that you couldn't get in, I am working with the hosting guys to try ensure the website can handle the growth
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on January 09, 2012, 02:54:53 PM
Replay only comes a few days later, has to be edited first. Dennis will advise by email when ready.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 09, 2012, 08:24:48 PM
Thanks Dennis, I will add more water and try again  :)

@Eftpower I don't think they take anything out, it is just a matter of Nolan adding the intro Paint Basket thingy, any subcomments etc, so doubt that you will miss anything. The camerawork was excellent, but you wait and see, don't wanna give it away   ;)

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 09, 2012, 11:50:06 PM
About the editing: I'm sure you do not want to watch a static picture when we start recording with the cameras about 5-10 minutes before the time so that we do not miss out on the actual beginning of the "Show" as you call it, nor the ending as we continue recording to ensure we don't cut off the ending prematurely. Nor I'm sure you also don't want to spend the time watching Nolan struggling to get the change-over to a new server :2funny: :2funny:

No part of the actual lesson is ever edited out - just the non-essentials. This editing is absolutely essential in order for us to produce the best quality possible video for our members.

As an ex professional engineer I know how to  convert.
Glad you're with us and enjoy the rest of the Course.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 10, 2012, 05:28:15 AM
Actually Dennis is wrong. The watercolour replay is free, the "the time watching Nolan struggling to get the change-over to a new server " and going nuts will be on sale shortly for 6 easy payments of 49,95$ each.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: valweb on January 10, 2012, 09:21:58 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: I can just see him sitting relaxed on his "nice" new chair clicking away...without any panic  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 10, 2012, 10:58:58 AM
Important update on the "cool" Nolan video. MGM has called, they will turn it into a major motion picture starring Rod Stewart as Nolan and Sean Connery as Dennis. Tom Cruise will play me because we look so much alike.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Hazel.P on January 10, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
My Cosmos painting can be seen here - http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=295 (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=295)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 10, 2012, 12:46:32 PM
Good job Hazel! I've been trying for 3 days to look intelligent with watercolors to no avail. I've used up a whole pad of wc paper and am still producing manure. No matter how much or how little water I put all I get is puddles of pale ugly colors. So I figure maybe it's the quality of the paint. So tomorrow I'm going down to the store and gona buy me one red, one blue and one yellow tube of the highest quality watecolor they carry and try for the umteenth time to get it right. My watercolor paintings so far look like they were done by a  4 year old.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 10, 2012, 01:49:45 PM
HazelP,  outstanding! I'm looking forward to the replay so I can try my hand,

Claude,  I think it's a good thing that we do NOT live too close together, 'cause if we did, I suspect we could get into  a lot of fun together!!   and I do see the "rezembalence" between you and Mr. Cruise

 I also am from the  DSUW, about a 1/2 hr SW of Cornwall, Ontario

and Nolan, I think ALL of us who help you overload the server deserve listing at the end of the MGM movie when they "roll" the credits  :clap:

Regards to all
 :nosey: B.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 10, 2012, 03:04:55 PM
Very well done, Hazel  :clap: :clap: :clap: The only thing missing to really finish it off is the very dark moroon mix I used for the shadows underneath the stamen clumps. These shadows are needed because of the solid height.

Claude I think the reason of the very weak mixes is the fact that you are not adding enough of the pigment to the water mix. The less pigment to the specific amount of water the paler it gets. Watercolour uses the white of the paper as a white (mix) - the less pigment the more the white paper shines through. The more pigment added the darker the mix and less light (white of the paper) shines through. Do that first before going out and  buying other paints.

Keep at it as it is a new technique that has to be learned ;) Reasonably soon you will not be falling off the bicycle O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 10, 2012, 03:31:23 PM
Hazel awesome job!  O0
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 10, 2012, 03:52:23 PM
Nice work on the cosmos, Hazel.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Claude, you can turn the paper over and try again on the other side.   :)  The back of the paper is a little different to work on, seems to accept the paint differently I've found, but I've done this many times.  I have a large portfolio full of failed attempts so don't be discouraged.  It takes lots of practice.  There's a lot to know about watercolor painting. 

Thank goodness Dennis is here!!!

Good luck Claude!

I'll probably be  :painting:  mine tomorrow.

I went out and did some errands today, including a trip to the copy shop to get Dennis' documents in my hand.  I read through them and did some work on getting started to paint.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 10, 2012, 04:37:27 PM
 :clap:  :clap: Great job, Hazel!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 10, 2012, 05:30:55 PM
If you are using the 300gsm (140lb) paper and you feel that you have messed it up you can, as mentioned on the forum, use the back of the paper as well. Alternatively you can still use that paper to practice on and even recover it enough for a final painting by holding the paper under running water and gently sponging off the colour as far as you can.

This will leave a feint image on the paper (specially if you have used transparent colours and not staining ones) over which it is possible to paint over again as if you are using the tracing only. This is often done even by professionals to recover spoiled paintings.  Give it a try.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 10, 2012, 06:20:50 PM
Merci monsieur Dennis. I will take all your suggestions into consideration and ATTACK the cosmos, third time, tomorrow at the latest. I did a lot of practice on the messed up paper and am now confident I can lick this or die trying.  :fight:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Hazel.P on January 10, 2012, 06:40:41 PM
I squirted my first background down with the strong jet of a spray bottle and had another try which was more successful and didn't erase the masking fluid.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 10, 2012, 08:45:44 PM
The water jet spray us very useful when cleaning up a small section of the painting. Just need to protect the surrounding areas.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 11, 2012, 02:39:55 AM
Here is my try for the Cosmos. Still need allot of practise, but I really do like it and I was so scared  :2funny:

First time I worked with a rigger brush - love it  :)

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 11, 2012, 04:34:20 AM
Maryna, what a lovely painting! You did a great job! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 11, 2012, 07:21:32 AM
Maryna!   :clap: :clap: :clap:  You did a super good job on the cosmos! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magda on January 11, 2012, 08:52:51 AM
I love the way Hazel's and Maryna's paintings differ: the first one is so moody, the atmosphere is so thick and almost mysterious and the second one is so light and soft... It's beautiful example of how one and the same subject can be done in many different yet still wonderful ways by different people :-)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 11, 2012, 09:52:31 AM
Maryna, I am really impressed. Excellent for an absolutely first watercolour painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Your wet-in-wet background is nice and not stripey at all. My only real comment is that the center of the bunch behind the flowers can be a bit darker to give added impact. Remember that mostly the colour dry lighter than you think.

Don't try and fix this one - keep it as it is otherwise the chances of spoiling the painting is great - rather do another one for practice and to reinforce what you have learned. Also try moving the colours of the flowers around, then it will look like a completely different painting.

Well done - keep it up O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Nanette on January 11, 2012, 12:38:44 PM
Hazel P and Maryna, both of your paintings are so lovely I almost hesitate to post mine, but as it is my first go at a lesson I will.  The background at the top I originally did much better but messed it up with fiddling and had to "fix it". It is much darker than before.  I look forward to the next lesson Dennis and Nolan!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 11, 2012, 02:28:32 PM
When I first started painting I tried my hand at watercolor and it was pretty much a disaster - I could never get my head around the concept of painting from light to dark  :crazy2: I painted two paintings and then trashed the idea.  :'(

So with this course I decided to join in and give watercolours another bash.  :heeha: Here is my cosmos :


I think I tried to add too much detail in - gonna have to work on loosening up some more.
My main problem is that I didn't plan the colour of the flowers until after the masking fluid was off, so the top left white flower doesn't have enough contrast to make it stand out enough - I have left the leaves out for now as I'm gonna see if I can twist Dennis' arm to darken the background around the white flower for me in the next class (so we can all see how to continue working over a previously painted area of course  :whistle: >:D )
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 11, 2012, 03:07:21 PM
Nolan, I love the sunny back ground! So bright and cheery! :clap: Very pretty as it is, but will look even better when you get the leaves in!  O0

It's great of you to jump in there with all of us as a student, too!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 11, 2012, 05:00:15 PM
No wonder the server bombed out on us in anticipation :whistle:  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 11, 2012, 05:37:31 PM
FOR SALE:

Set of watercolor paint, slightly used, 2/3 of one watercolor paper pad.

Reason for sale: going back to my first love.................................. oil.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 11, 2012, 05:38:56 PM
No wonder the server bombed out on us in anticipation :whistle:  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Oi  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: erika on January 11, 2012, 06:02:51 PM
Hang in there Claude..  :coffee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 11, 2012, 06:19:51 PM
Claude we'll :knight: together until we win mate O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 11, 2012, 08:18:53 PM
Well done to all the attempts, like Magda said it is amazing how one concept can have so many forms and touches.

Nolan yours look so soft and gentle.

Claude - didn't you tell me the other day not to give up or you will  :knuppel2: me ??? So now I am telling you, get your behind back at that easel and try again.  :deal:

 :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 11, 2012, 09:18:26 PM
I was away from oils for a few months because of a commitement I had to finish a reno job. I should be finished by week's end and then will be able to go back to my painting (oils). Unlike oils, watercolor is a medium that one can enjoy with little fuss. Grab the paint, a little water, set up on the kitchen table and go. Fast to work and easy to clean up. So I bought a little set and  :thumbdown: . First try on the flowers......... my cat left the room. Second try......... he left THE HOUSE!. So I tried a little scenery. A little lake, a few mountains, a little boat..... not so bad. Not good but not so bad. Then third time on the flowers.............. OMG! My cat will never come back to me. A decision had to be taken and one was taken. I will attend all four classes in the back of the room and I will keep very quiet. I will even sneak in a beer to enjoy while Dennis does his stuff. Now, all of you, GET BACK TO WORK!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 11, 2012, 10:12:46 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lynb on January 11, 2012, 11:15:53 PM
wow wow double wow, wow. I really enjoyed doing this watercolour lesson with Dennis. This is my first attempt and i am now suitably excited ... many thanks.  Now how do i upload this painting to here please?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lynb on January 11, 2012, 11:57:06 PM
 :smitten: :painting: :yippee: my first watercolour, thank you Dennis and Nolan.   :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 11, 2012, 11:58:57 PM
 :clap: wow that is really stunning, way to go  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Helenty on January 12, 2012, 12:04:27 AM
Fantastic work Lynb
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lynb on January 12, 2012, 12:16:09 AM
thankyou very much Helen for your lovely comment, I just loved doing the online lesson and having the followup video to finish the painting. It is fantastic that Dennis is taking the time to pass on his skill.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Helenty on January 12, 2012, 12:19:56 AM
Hazel.P, Maryna and Nanette,i love what you have done i have had problems with my PC and i am only now able to watch the replay, so it will be interesting to see how i go .
LynB i think Dennis is an excellent teacher and we will learn a lot from him.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lynb on January 12, 2012, 12:23:24 AM
You are so Kind, thankyou Maryna, much appreciated   :)  and Helen ... cant wait to see your painting now that you can view the video, it was such fun.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 12, 2012, 12:48:27 AM
Lynb, excellent. Very well done for a first painting in watercolour  :clap: :clap: :clap: Looks like you have taken to it like a duck to water ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 12, 2012, 01:21:42 AM
Lynb...  :clap: well done... looks fabulous. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 12, 2012, 02:05:20 AM
superb job Lyn  :heeha:  :clap: :painting:

to add the photo in after uploading to your gallery, you go view the photo. It then shows you your BBC embed code. You then simply copy and paste that code in. It looks like this :
Code: [Select]
[smg id=number]

here is Erica's cosmos too, I don't recall seeing it in the thread :

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 12, 2012, 04:38:49 AM
Lynb, very impressive! O0 It looks like watercolors may be your medium!

Erica, I love your painiting!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 12, 2012, 08:08:35 AM
Wow!! everyones cosmos looks beautiful, they are all so different and all look fantastik.  I have had a busy week and not had a chance to get back to mine but hopefully tonight or tomorrow evening.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 12, 2012, 08:24:54 AM
My bunch of cosmos have turned out to be one huge cabbage patch  :'( and I haven't even removed the masking fluid yet  ???
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 12, 2012, 09:23:36 AM
Don't worry about it, mine also looked like one big mess before and after I painted in the flowers it started to look like something.  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 12, 2012, 10:02:48 AM
 :thankyou: Thanks for that! I won't give up just yet  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 12, 2012, 10:11:42 AM
Virtually anything you do will look "terrible" until the masking fluid comes off. It's the same with a painting without a frame   and when is it framed it "suddenly" looks beautiful ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lynb on January 12, 2012, 02:07:25 PM
Thankyou Dennis and Nolan and everyone else for your comments. Dennis I now want to do more with this medium, i really enjoyed looking at your watercolours, such inspiration. I'm looking forward to the replay of the online lesson for this coming monday (I cant be online because of prior appt) but need to learn as much as i can. 'There is always something to be learnt everyday'. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 12, 2012, 05:30:19 PM
My attempt at the watercolor. Has some issues, but overall I'm pleased with it.  Not as easy as you make it look, Dennis! :)
There is an issue with it, but I keep telling myself Mother Nature isn't perfect, so I painted my picture to match.  ;D

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 12, 2012, 06:08:59 PM
You have made an excellent job of the cosmos. The missing petal is not an issue, I think it actually enhanced the painting. I've done many flower still lifes with fallen petals on the table and the gaps in the flowers. It just tells one that there is movement somewhere. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 12, 2012, 07:20:56 PM
Thank you, Dennis!   I really enjoyed this lesson. After a few more lessons, I may be a convert!

 :2funny:  :2funny: I almost hyperventilated when I saw I had missed that petal!!! :faint: Then I told myself that not every flower in nature is perfect.  I just let the people who see the painting think I did it on purpose!  I did think about trying to put a "falling" petal in, but..... :-\ no clue!!! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kelley on January 12, 2012, 09:49:13 PM
 :heeha:  Way to go Lynb!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 13, 2012, 06:28:03 AM
 :help: here in the USDW of Northern New York, the weather is a little bit of a challenge. Freezing rain, snow, gusty winds and temps going in to the below zero (F). so travel is not a good option! :D. Which brings me to the "challenge" I'm having!  no frisket!.. I've tried adding nail polish remover to the rubber cement-> Not good!

What I am going to "experiment" with today is attempting to WET the paper up to the pencil lines of the flowers and then doing the background work. I'm assuming I will need to do this in sections. ..The "carving knife" and tape route feels uncomfortable to me.  Any time I have tried that "road", I've cut too deep. ( Including on the dinning room table-Wife NOT pleased!)  It will be several hours before I get to the task and if anybody has any suggestions, please post them.   :thankyou: Regards, Brian

P.S.  Wow, I just noticed it's 3 AM in the RSUW! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 13, 2012, 09:41:37 AM
Well here is my attempt.  :-\ Didn't get to see the last 30 odd min of the video  :( it keeps freezing at that point so the last part of painting the stems and centres etc were thumb sucked  :sweat:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magda on January 13, 2012, 10:56:33 AM
To Claude: the back of the classroom is already occupied by me, so take your rear end, mister, and get back to the front along with your paints and brushes, and continue your work  :cowboy:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 13, 2012, 11:15:14 AM
Lyndy, I think you did a wonderful job with your cosmos painting considering. I don't know why it freezes up at that point.

Only criticism is that the leaves should be very thinner and lighter. They are there only as fillers to the painting (to balance out the overall composition). Other than that- fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 13, 2012, 11:28:30 AM
Lindy, You did a great job on your Cosmos.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 13, 2012, 01:34:02 PM
Quote
no frisket!.. I've tried adding nail polish remover to the rubber cement-> Not good!

I'm a little confused  :confused: here. Please explain to me a little more clearly what you mean here - tell me exactly what you used and how you went about it, then I will be able to answer you properly. I just can't picture this in my mind's eye ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 13, 2012, 02:27:32 PM
Have not been able to get to the store .. so tried using rubber cement (by thinning it with nail polish remover) in place of masking fluid.. DID NOT WORK :thumbdown: It did not thin..they did not mix at all.. also tried thinning with alcohol as a solvent-> same result.

 so I just tried wetting the paper and very carefully painting the background around the flowers by first wetting the paper right up to the pencil lines then adding the background paint, did it in sections.. Not good. very blotchy and grains  of pigment.  The best description I can give is imagine a dry  medium blue background that has dark blue paint applied by running a thumb across  the bristles of a tooth brush.  another part of the problem was i did nt mix enough paint for the whole background BEFORE started to paint.

Part of problem may have been mixing brands and maybe grades of paint.

any suggestions before I try again?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 13, 2012, 03:13:49 PM
Eftpower1, good luck in your attempt at the cosmos in watercolor.

I have the masking fluid on mine and that's as far as I've been able to go.

I'm probably not far from your place in Northern New York.  I'm on the north side of the St. Lawrence River.  We've had freezing rain and wet snow.  Our hydro has been out!   :cold:  Too cold to paint  :tickedoff:
Hubby and I have been sitting around, wrapped in blankets, just looking at each other except a break now and then to go out and do some shoveling and chipping away at ice.  We got power about an hour ago, so things are heating up.   :yippee:  I'm connected with Paintbasket again!!!   :yippee:

I'll try to do my painting tomorrow, but lots to do to get caught up on chores around the house.  :(
I did get to see the re-run before the hydro went out. 

Dennis, you did a superb job on the demo. 

The problem I always have with the backgrounds of things is that I get into trouble with 'cauliflowers' forming.  I've also heard them called 'blooms' or 'backruns'.  Anyway, would you recommend wetting the whole background with water first and then adding the color?  Would this prevent the problems I get into with backgrounds?

I like everyone's paintings.  Nice attempts at the cosmos!   :clap: :clap: :clap: 

WHERE'S VAL  :confused:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Vangie on January 13, 2012, 04:30:13 PM
Congratulations to everybody who did the cosmos painting!!! Everyone of them looked very impressive indeed!!! Well done!!!
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
 :envy:
:thankyou: for sharing.
 :painting: :coffee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 13, 2012, 04:37:42 PM
  :blush: :blush: :blush:I just learned an important lesson;  WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS.. WATCH THE LESSON AGAIN!!!   I think most of my errors might not have happened IF I had watched the video twice before doing the painting.  I can not believe how much I missed the first time that was so plane the 2nd time through,  ( from 1 hour to 1:20 min. answered and showed me  so  clearly what to do and to expect.  A good lesson for me to learn ( which Dennis already stated in the PDF. I.E. take my time, and re read and watch as often as needed) :thankyou:

Hi, Lillian

That's what I tried today, also tried to mix some of the paint on the wet paper.. IT may have been partly the paper, or the kind of paint or ..(maybe even lack of knowledge on the part of the  :painting:). But It did not work too well for me( this time)  Will try again in awhile.

I'm located about 3 miles from the St. Lawrence, just east of Morrisburg

Have not lost power(YET) but we have the kerosene heater ready , lots of candles set up and the oil lambs ready along with forty gal. of water.. and the authorities are asking that folks stay off the roads (shades of '98?)

For those of you from other places, we have had the experience of days without power during the winter with roads UN-passable and cold temps  so we tend to prepare for the worst ;) ;)

I'm going to go ahead and paint the flowers, etc, then turn the paper over and try it again :yippee:

And I am also VERY impressed with the body of work folks are showing.. it inspires me to keep on keeping on  :fight:

Regards to all

And Dennis, thank you for all you do! :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 13, 2012, 05:33:48 PM
Hello Dennis, You sent me an email with the pdf for the next lesson Jan 15th. but I can not get into it. where is it on here. Thanks Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 13, 2012, 05:40:35 PM
Hi Nina, you are too fast on the draw :twoguns:  :2funny: :2funny:
As I sent out the emails I realized that I had make a typo in the file I uploaded to the net so I had to change it quickly - all took but a few minutes. If you try the link now in the email it will work :blush:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Helenty on January 13, 2012, 06:52:23 PM
 Great job on your cosmos painting . Lindy, will have to get busy this weekend and get started on mine.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 14, 2012, 02:20:26 AM
Oh my word  :faint: you all have been fabulously busy with all your cosmos paintings... They all look absolutely fabulous  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I feel so  :envy: because I was not able to do any painting form the courses... my computer was handed in for repairs... Cmos failure and then motherboard failure... Nolan...you will know what this all means... anyhow... I am back up and running w.e.f late yesterday.

Looking forward to do my cosmos painting.  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 14, 2012, 05:10:18 AM
Yes Dennis, I guess I am fired up and ready to go on the lesson.  :2funny:
I will try to be more patient next time.   :2funny:  :angel:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: marianrowling on January 14, 2012, 07:09:21 AM
Here is my first attempt at this one.  I really had a lot of fun and I feel encouraged to get better. Also had ago at signing my new signature with the brush but I think I might have had the paint to watery.  I also wasn't sure whether to put the date on it or not, or maybe just pencil it onto the background?

I also had a question about the little plastic boxes with lids that Dennis had his tube paints in. Would you be able to use them to temporarily store oils, in between painting sessions for keeping in the fridge? I never have room to put my cling filmed palette in but these little boxes would fit.

Well done to everyone else for some great looking paintings, and as always thanks to Dennis and Nolan I always have such a brilliant time.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Artbypen on January 14, 2012, 10:16:17 AM
I very much enjoyed the first watercolor class and have uploaded Cosmos 1 and Cosmos 2 files.  Cosmos 1: I was out of masking fluid so just wet the background and flowed in the color.  Cosmos 2:  I applied masking fluid and found that if one uses graphic transfer paper, all the graphic marks lift off when you remove the masking!  Yikes!!! I had to go back and pencil them in again as best I could.  Better to do it the Dennis way and use a regular pencil on the wc paper if you are going to use masking.  Thanks for a wonderful class!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2012, 11:10:30 AM
This is my first attempt at painting the cosmos.  I don't like it!!!

I had trouble with the background, lots of other things I don't like.   :tickedoff:

I'll try it again, maybe wasn't in the mood to paint, just exhausted from shoveling snow, chipping ice and being generally  :cold:   It's a beautiful sunny but cold day here.  The sun is shining brightly on the ice and snow laden trees, lots of beautiful snow scenes.  I took a few photos.

I hope to do better with the cosmos next time.   :pray:

I'm feeling bad about not being able to get in on the watercolor class tomorrow as friends asked us out.  I'll be looking forward to the replay.

                                             



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 14, 2012, 11:44:39 AM
Lillian, why are you so hard on yourself? From what I gather this is your first watercolour painting as and such is very well done indeed. Remember you are learning a new skill.

From what I see you and many others here on the forum are very fast learners :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 14, 2012, 01:09:54 PM
Lillian,

I'm WOWed,
 I like the way the colors on the top 1/2 of your background flow together and the transition between top and bottom works for me!    The leaves have such a nice light touch.  I would be delighted to be able to do 1/2 as well

Best regards
Brian

P.S.  Those folks "down under" think they got it rough with the crocodiles,  They do  not know how lucky they are!! they do not have to deal with the SNOW SNAKES, like you and I do!!!!   
Keep a sharp eye, and be carefull!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 14, 2012, 02:16:17 PM
Well here is my first ever watercolour painting. Not that great, but it is a start. I will do this again for practice.
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 14, 2012, 03:04:24 PM
Absolutely excellent for a first try. Don't forget that the background is SUPPOSED to be rough and ready to simulate an out of focus background.

Even if you do another one the background will never look exactly the same - that is the beauty of wtercolour - it's a living medium :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 14, 2012, 03:09:05 PM
Marian, Lillian, Nina, you have all done such a terrific job on your cosmos.  They are all so varied and original! It's amazing to me how we get so many different paintings from the same lesson!  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2012, 07:18:21 PM
Well Dennis, I hate to say you are wrong but shamefully, this is NOT my first watercolor painting.    :blush:   
I have done much more but I am still very much an amateur.  I think I've reached a plateau and can't seem to see improvement anymore.  :(   Dennis, I do need your  :help:

Thanks for the kind comments I'm getting.  I think everyone is doing a great job on their paintings and Nina, you did wonderfully well for a first try. 

I just finished my second try at the cosmos.  I will post it in the morning as it is bedtime here  :yawn:  and I'm ready to have a  :coffee:  with my neglected hubby.


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Karen on January 15, 2012, 01:52:28 AM
I'm running late with this one. There are so many good cosmos paintings it's hard to comment on them all so congratulations everyone!! There isn't one you wouldn't put on a wall.
I've just found  the right place to put mine. I hope managing these runny paints will get easier.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 15, 2012, 02:31:10 AM
WoW... I have to comment you all... your cosmos paintings look lovely...each and everyone of them... Totally fabulous.  Looking forward to the class tonite and I intent to start on my Cosmos painting tomorrow...so hold thumbs... Have fallen a bit behind with my laptop that was in for repairs in the week... all my reference material is on the laptop... Incredible how reliant a person becomes of technology in our modern days lol.   However, as Nolan has said before... use everything that is available to make your art work... and that includes technology.  O0

Lillian and co... you are all freezing from the cold... we are dying of the heat this side in South Africa... 30 degrees celcius here today... phew.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 15, 2012, 03:08:51 AM
Yes, I must say, all the cosmos paintings that have been uploaded are beautiful. You have all done a lovely job of it.
Thanks Dennis for your comment, I certainly am going to be giving my cosmos another try as there are many little things that are just not right  :-\ I thoroughly enjoyed doing them though. Looking forward to lesson #2  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 15, 2012, 04:07:56 AM
Nice job everyone!   :twothumbs: I also wanna give the cosmos another try, really excited and can't wait for tonight - believe that the net and server will 'play' along.

A big big thank you to Dennis and Nolan for making these webinars available to us, you are truely an inspiration to us and I really appreciate having you as my mentors/tutors/teachers.

Looking back just 2 months ago I never even thought I would be  :painting: - I am so  :smitten: with art  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 15, 2012, 04:11:40 AM
Sorry, one question. As a result of my not being able to view the whole video of the cosmos, I missed out on seeing how one removes the masking tape without damaging the paper. Mine ended up quite a disaster. Please can you tell me how it is done ?  :help:
Thanks
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thegrindre on January 15, 2012, 05:10:12 AM
I was away from oils for a few months because of a commitement I had to finish a reno job. I should be finished by week's end and then will be able to go back to my painting (oils). Unlike oils, watercolor is a medium that one can enjoy with little fuss. Grab the paint, a little water, set up on the kitchen table and go. Fast to work and easy to clean up. So I bought a little set and  :thumbdown: . First try on the flowers......... my cat left the room. Second try......... he left THE HOUSE!. So I tried a little scenery. A little lake, a few mountains, a little boat..... not so bad. Not good but not so bad. Then third time on the flowers.............. OMG! My cat will never come back to me. A decision had to be taken and one was taken. I will attend all four classes in the back of the room and I will keep very quiet. I will even sneak in a beer to enjoy while Dennis does his stuff. Now, all of you, GET BACK TO WORK!

That's funny, Claude. Funny thing about that is, that I did the same thing about 50 years ago. I learned my lesson as a teen back then. I committed never to touch watercolors again and haven't.

We all have to live and learn, I guess.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 15, 2012, 05:26:22 AM
How to remove masking fluid: Take some masking tape with the sticky side on the outside and wrapping it over the tip of your forefinger, holding a grip with your thumb (see my picture below), sliding you finger over the masking fluid (make sure it is 100% dry) and pull it off. It comes off like rubber. Continue this and if you need, use a new piece of masking tape to complete. Afterwards you can softly run you fingers over the page to make sure all masking fluid is removed.

Just what I experienced - don't apply the masking fluid on too thin, that is a mess getting off  :)

Happy  :painting:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 15, 2012, 05:27:42 AM
Oh Claude you are a trip. you keep me laughing.  :2funny: Waiting anxiously to see your painting.  :yippee:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 15, 2012, 05:34:54 AM
Hi Lindy,
Dennis used a piece of masking tape, using the sticky side out to remove the masking fluid.  It seemed to work well for him.  I tried it but then reached for the little rubber tool I got at the art store specifically for that purpose.  It's not expensive and for me, it works like a charm.

Claude, be kind to your cat but I hope you don't give up on watercolor and I hope you throw in a few laughs at the webinar today.  Wish I could be there.

Here's my second attempt at the cosmos.  I'm not thrilled with the results of this one either, doesn't mean I'm going to give up on watercolor!

                                         
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 15, 2012, 05:40:40 AM
Very nice Lillian, like this background better than the first one (sorry) I also still need to get my background colour to flow into each other nicely :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 15, 2012, 06:01:14 AM
Thanks Maryna, and no need to be sorry.  I find the backgrounds tricky to do.  I think perhaps I need to invest in a larger brush.  This time, I tried wetting the whole paper first, then dropping in the washes.

I love seeing what everyone has done with the cosmos.  There can never be two the same and just like all the other mediums, practice is the key to success.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 15, 2012, 07:05:50 AM
Lyndy, to your question about masking tape. Use your hair dryer.  Hold it toward the tape, following the edge as you peel it AWAY from your painting.  It softens the glue.  :gl:

Lillian, another beautiful watercolor!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kelley on January 15, 2012, 08:56:11 AM
Mirian, Nina, Karen and Lilly, I like your paintings.  I like the choice of colours, the shadowing and your backgrounds.  All of you have done marvelous jobs.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 15, 2012, 09:04:37 AM
 :oops: oh my oh my, sorry I saw a question about masking fluid, back at the ranch it was making tape - so sorry, but now you know  :2funny:  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lyndy on January 15, 2012, 09:30:03 AM
Thanks to all the replys.  :2funny: and to those that misread my question, you are forgiven  :D, but yes it was the final removal of the masking tape around the painting that I was after  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 15, 2012, 10:55:31 AM
Rick... you truly are a treat  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:...so glad you found some watercolours.  Mmm, I am sure your cat will return with your next painting...so please don't be too long  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: just kidding.  :whistle:

Lillian...love your cosmos... absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for the reminders Maryna and C about removing Masking Fluid as well as Masking Tape ...  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: olivia power on January 15, 2012, 12:14:34 PM
Wonderful Cosmos paintings. Well done to you all.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: claude on January 15, 2012, 02:01:38 PM
For those of you who worry here is the latest. I've tried the cosmos 3 times and they make great linings for the litter box as long as there is enougs kitty litter over so the cat does not see the paint. One more try with the little house Dennis showed today and if that don't woik!!!  :censored:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Karen on January 15, 2012, 05:58:04 PM
If anyone is interested - I forgot about the masking tape to remove masking fluid but a bit of blu-tac did a marvelous job of it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Helenty on January 15, 2012, 10:52:00 PM
I just finished my flowers and i found them fun to do but it was a bit harder to adapt to a different medium,i have used wc before but not enough.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 15, 2012, 11:58:42 PM
Very nice Helen  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 16, 2012, 12:20:36 AM
Just like mine :clap: :clap: :clap: It looks like we will soon have a wealth of watercolourists if all keep on as they are doing now. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Karen on January 16, 2012, 02:46:06 AM
You have a lovely delicate background helen.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Karen on January 16, 2012, 02:50:30 AM
Lillian, your cosmos background works very well too. I keep missing bits of the forum - I'm working backwards but there must be an easier way.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 16, 2012, 05:26:14 AM
Your cosmos painting is beautiful Helen.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks Karen,   :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 16, 2012, 12:17:12 PM
Helen  :clap: :clap: :clap: your cosmos painting looks really great.

It was seriously  :eek: HOT here today 33 degrees celcius... phew... at about 9 o'clock this evening it was still 28 degrees... wanted to start on my cosmos painting today... but just couldn't face it in this heat... was also scared that the water might evaporate before I can paint 1 stroke on my watercolour paper  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ... So I left it till much later. 

I waited till it 'cooled' (not much) down a little bit... then I did the cosmos drawing and laid in the masking fluid... so tomorrow morning as early as possible I am planning to start painting seeing that it looks like another oven like day.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 16, 2012, 04:35:26 PM
Helen, did I tell you already that I think you did a fabulous job on the cosmos?  Well, I think it's A1!  Simply beautiful!   :clap: :clap: :clap:    :twothumbs:

Leana, it's seriously  :cold:  here!  Would you please send me some of your heat?  I'd be happy to share some of this cold!

We had power outages off and on, one for almost 24 hrs after a freezing rain and snow storm and two more since then, one this morning again when the wind got up and did damage to the hydro lines.  Yesterday in the morning, it was -27 degrees, so you can imagine how quickly our house became like a refrigerator.  Thank goodness, the outage wasn't for long and the sun shone brightly through our large window and helped to retain the heat in the house.

This morning, I transferred the template on my paper for the monochrome painting.  I'm looking forward to the replay.

Maybe I'll try doing more cosmos later, perhaps composing a different arrangement.

I'm looking forward to seeing your cosmos painting, Leana.  I hope you can stay  :cool2:     :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Helenty on January 16, 2012, 06:31:22 PM
Thank You all for the lovely comments.
Leana , the weather here in West Aust is also hot we have had temp around 35 celsius and sometimes it gets a couple of degrees hotter.I put on the Air-Conditioner and then paint.We are still having reasonable tempertures at the moment as we do get it into the 40s.I tend to hibernate and do things indoors till the evenings or very early in the mornings.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 12:54:22 AM
Lillian... I'll send you 50% heat and you can send me 50% of your cold weather... then we should be even (if only) :2funny:

Helenty> yes South Africa and Australia's (nd NZ) weather is very alike.  Here it also gets up close to 40 and sometimes bit more ... so we are almost in the same  :boat: ... the only difference is... you have an aircon and I don't  :'( ... turned the fan on (just blowing the hot air around...but at least the air is moving) ... so hopefully it won't dry my cosmos painting out tooo quickly or I might just end up with powder in stead  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 17, 2012, 05:25:44 AM
Leana, that's a  :deal:    :2funny: :2funny:

They're calling for more freezing rain again today, hasn't started yet this morning though, so I  :pray:  it will go around us.  The temp is to be in the 1 degree range all day with mix of rain, perhaps freezing mixed with snow.  We can have extreme temperature changes here sometimes.  It's not unusual to have 30 degree temps in the summer months and usually it's very humid and  :sweat:

I sure hope I can stay connected with Paintbasket,    NO MORE POWER OUTAGES!!!  I'll be watching for the monochrome replay and I want to get right to work on it.   
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 09:50:27 AM
Ok... here is my Cosmos painting... was tricky sometimes because the heat AND the fan didn't help  :crazy2:. So I took the liberty to use the fine spraybottle (with water in it  ;D) on my background.  Other than that...the wet in wet did not work too well for me ... dried too fast today  :'(

I was not able to view the video today...tried, but I was using wireless to connect to my modem... and that did not work too well, however I did not let that stop me from painting.

Now you might ask me...why did you not plug your laptop into the modem... well...the modem is in my son's room and I was painting in our bedroom... so you win some and loose some... the connection also seemed extremely slow today... maybe the heat affected it a bit  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  I really hope my photo will show... first time I am copying and pasting from my gallery  :whistle:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 09:55:18 AM
 :cheering: :yippee: :cheering: ... I did it... it's showing  :heeha: :clap:  I see that you can't enlarge it after clicking on the photo... maybe it's because I made it smaller (had too, the file was too big...maybe due to the 300ppi)... Dennis/Nolan if you wish to enlarge it, please let me know and I will use the larger format and just reduce the ppi to 72 ...
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 09:58:18 AM
Lillian  :pray: that the storm will go around you and your power doesn't go off... stay safe and warm and we hope that you can stay connected  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 17, 2012, 10:03:00 AM
Leana,  I love your cosmos!!! The colors are so soft!  You can be very proud of it!  You would never know you had trouble!!!! :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 17, 2012, 10:15:39 AM
Dennis I have a question. I have always heard that Watercolour painitngs will fade as the years go by. Even if you put them in a glass frame. Also I was told that you have to keep them out of sunlight. Is this true? I would hate to do alot of watercolour paintings and this would happen.
Thanks
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 10:58:55 AM
 :thankyou: C :blush:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 17, 2012, 11:14:14 AM
Wow Leana, very very nice!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 17, 2012, 11:53:41 AM
Leana!  Your cosmos painting is beautiful!  You really do have the touch!  Congratulations on a superb job!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:   Have you done watercolors before now?  ...looks like you're a pro.

So far, no freezing rain and I am connected.  The weather still doesn't look very promising so still  :pray:

I've been drawing cosmos flowers, hoping to come up with a composition of my own.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 12:15:06 PM
Maryna  :blush: Thank you
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 17, 2012, 12:21:00 PM
Lillian... thank you for your awesome comment  :heeha:.  much appreciated.

About 10 years ago I did 1 watercolour... Poppies and it was very small (almost like a paint by numbers painting) and about 2 years ago I painted a watercolour Kingfisher on watercolour paper and turned it into a birthday card for someone... and that is it... never done anything like this before ... must say I had a lot of fun.

So glad you are still connected ...lets hope that the weather doesn't get any worse for you or that you sit without power again... You truly have weather with extremes... freezing in winter and truly hot in summer... hang in there... we will keep you going. :dance:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 17, 2012, 02:35:23 PM
Leana, I'm  seriously jealous, :envy: of your talent.  You did amazingly well, especially being so new to watercolors.

The first time I did watercolor, I got hooked but I do find it a challenge.  Dennis makes it look easy.  I hope to learn from his many years of experience.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 17, 2012, 02:58:50 PM
I finished the cosmos and tried to post it, but the file was too large. How do you folks post the images?
  I was able to post to the gallery
:thankyou:
Brian              http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=item;in=1694 (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=item;in=1694)

I just "cut and pasted"   the gallery URL of the picture here
Wonder whats going to happen when I click "send" :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 17, 2012, 04:52:07 PM
Nina, that is a very good question. They will fade if you hang them right next to a window with strong sunlight. In fact any painting, even oils, should no tbe placed near strong sunlight for any extended period of time because of uv damage
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 17, 2012, 05:25:17 PM
Hi Brian,

You did a great job on your cosmos!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

To post it here, click on the top of your painting in the gallery, scroll down and copy the BBC code including the brackets.  Paste it in your post and it will automatically appear in your post.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 17, 2012, 05:56:30 PM
Lillian,  :thankyou: :thankyou:

here is the 1st cosmos

Had about given up hope of straightening up the background until I watched Dennis work on Nolan's during class 2. 

I had no idea how important masking fluid was until I tried to do the cosmos painting with out it,  I'm ordering the fluid tonight!!

Also, another lesson learned, If Dennis suggest doing something his way, I will NOW follow the suggestions!!
Was sure that because I used "artist tape", I could ignore the "use the hair dryer to remove the tape" suggestion....WRONG :idiot2: :idiot2:  I am very glad I DID follow his advice and both pulled the tape as he did and  carefully watched the edge next to the painting as I pulled.  That saved the painting

Off to cosmos #2 and notans.

Speaking of NO Tans... I just saw the weather forecast for our region, freezing rain more snow and for some of us very high wind gust.. Be safe!!

To you are enjoying summer :envy: :envy: :envy:

Best regards to all
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 17, 2012, 06:15:04 PM
Brian, you did magic on your painting if you didn't use masking fluid.  I can't wait to see how you do when you do use it.     :congrats:

Thanks for the weather report.  I'm thinking of taking a  :flight:  to somewhere in the down under.   
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 17, 2012, 08:11:57 PM
 :)  Great job there, Brian  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 03:39:55 AM
Dennis  :eek: no feedback from the Master Artist re my Cosmos  :-\  :'(  :injured: ... >:D ...  :sweat:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 03:44:06 AM
Lillian  :heeha: :2funny: no need to be  :envy: ... you are doing awesome work and I admire your  :painting: as well as your determination.   :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 03:46:18 AM
Brian, really nicely done  :clap: :clap: :clap: and that without Masking Fluid  :faint: ... you were very brave  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 18, 2012, 04:58:16 AM
Leana

 :blush: Sorry I did not comment earlier, was caught up in "MY STUFF"
two things stand out for me.  1) how smoothly your background washes blend and 2) your brush control.  I am very taken by the way the the "little greeny things" "attach" to the base of the buds and flowers, both the cleanness and precision of the shapes

 When I see the precision of the shapes the word that comes to mind is "draftsmanship"  Just read Bills "rant" in gen. chat-> valuing art :clap: 

Your "draftsmanship" is an inspiration,  I think I'll go invest some "perspiration"   in improving mine  :flowers:

Lilian: hope this post finds you safe, sound and warm,  we weathered last nite with out incident, the ice on our trees melted BEFORE  the big winds came. ( Ice hitting the roof sounded like the trees where falling for about an hour and a half :o :o :o)

Regards to all         P.S. Below is my most recent painting.....A polar bear hunting.
Brian                                  You all know that polar bears hunt on 3 legs, Right?
                                                                   
                                           ----------------           
                                           I                  I          They use the 4th one to cover their noses
                                           I                  I
                                           I..................I                                :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 18, 2012, 06:16:07 AM
Leana,

It looks like Dennis missed seeing your cosmos painting.   :(   Brian put into words, just what I was thinking of about your painting but the words didn't come out.  I think you did the job to ultimate perfection and it's just like I hoped mine would turn out.

There's nothing like getting feedback from the Master though.  I hope  :pray:  Dennis comes by soon to re-affirm what's been said and add any of his thoughts. 

I'll shout for him again, "Dennis".  If he doesn't get here soon, we may have to call the  :police:
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Brian, our lights flickered once and made us nervous but the power stayed on.   :yippee:  The house shook and creeked in the wind at times.  ...couldn't sleep until the wind started to subside around 1:30 a.m.   :yawn: Amazingly, not much visible damage around here except the neighbour's vinyl shed that holds sand for the winter blew apart.  That was the fastest thaw and freeze I've ever seen! 

Now that I see your avatar Brian, you look a bit familiar.  Have you ever taken any art courses at St. Lawrence College in Brockville?

The sun is shining brightly here this morning, a perfect day to get busy with my art.  I'm off to take in more of the lesson #2 video and perhaps start  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 18, 2012, 12:07:03 PM
Leana, sorry I missed your painting. Everything is happening so thick and fast here in my neck of the woods that sometimes I don't know whether I'm Arthur or Martha. :heeha: Eish! this multi-tasking business :confused:

Your painting is beautiful and the wet-in-wet control is perfect - the mist spray does work - I use it often when the temperature is very high - also with acrylics. You have a very nice sensitive touch to your painting and am looking forward to see how you do in the future. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 01:13:38 PM
Aww Brian   :heeha: ...not neccessary to apologise... I can relate to
was caught up in "MY STUFF"
  ;)

 :thankyou: kindly for your lovely comment ...it makes me feel like  :dance: :cheering: :dance: .  I am truly humbled and your words is such an inspiration.  :thankyou: again.  I am but a new born baby to watercolour and still have so much to learn, however am extremely excited about this course. It was just soooo much fun  :clap: I just took my time and did not push it or rush at all to get done  :).
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 18, 2012, 01:17:07 PM
Wow, all great paintings, well done everybody :clap: I will complete mine today and post the final painting
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 01:20:30 PM
Lillian ... you deserve a huge warm  :1hug: ... Thank you for the shout-out to get Dennis...  ;D...it worked  :yippee: so fortunately we don't have to get the  :police:  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: 

Never underestimate your abilities...they sneak up on us and totally surprise us... take a deep breath and have some  :coffee: , then you tackle your  :painting: with much patience or pressure and you will be pleasantly surprised with the result. O0



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 01:28:43 PM
Dennis...mmm or is it Arthur or Martha  :whistle: ... I am sooo glad to see you came back... Lillian was about to get the  :police:  :eek: .  I truly hope things calm down a bit for you, so that you can at least have a break and a  :coffee:... I can imagine with hundreds of students and all would love a reply ... glad I am not in your hotseat.  Maybe Lillian can send over some snow from their side to cool things down a bit for ya  :whistle: >:D

 :thankyou: for the great and positive feedback ... much appreciated  O0...... I was  :sweat: there for a moment   :2funny: ...just kidding ...  :angel:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 01:29:54 PM
Thank you Nolan... :heeha: really looking forward seeing your  :painting: too.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 18, 2012, 11:58:52 PM
 :surrender:  WOW  Took a while to get through this thread....so many beautiful WATERCOLOUR paintings! Can't believe how many of you have never done watercolour before....and the results!
Dennis, you really are amazing. If I can get results 1/2 as good as these....I'm definately making you that hat...I'll even throw in the eyepatch!
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Well done one and all.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Glad to see you joined in the fray Nolan.

Claude.....   :nono:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 19, 2012, 12:43:08 AM
Aye, Aye, Kap'n ...... Aaaargh ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 19, 2012, 10:55:39 PM
Here is my first attempt at a watercolor  (actually I threw out the first 2 lol) I made a lot of mistakes but I learned a LOT too.  Next one should go easier.  We are sitting under a blanket of snow :cold:  so I have been shoveling instead of painting.  I was one of the ones who missed out on last sundays class and had to wait for the replay so I am behind because of that and the snow, hopefully I will get the tonal study done before next class, provided I don't have to paint it 3 times    :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: kmelina on January 19, 2012, 11:13:43 PM

I hope this is the way to post my painting.  I have to wait for the reply as it is on Sunday here, so I am about a week behind.  This was a fun picture.  Hope to start on the 2nd one tomorrow.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 20, 2012, 01:10:02 AM
Both these paintings are exquisite in their own way and well done. It's not about copying my painting exactly but whether you have grasped the techniques involved. I am amazed that with distant learning everyone is doing so well - specially the beginners - both in the watercolours and the oils.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 20, 2012, 01:24:06 AM
SapphireLynn  :clap: :clap: :clap: beautiful cosmos painting...love it... really like the colours you used on your background and how you combined them.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 20, 2012, 01:25:42 AM
Kmelina...  :clap: :clap: :clap: great accomplishment on your cosmos.  Well done.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 20, 2012, 06:25:25 AM
Wow!  More beautiful cosmos paintings showing up here!  I'm really inspired!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 20, 2012, 06:44:33 AM
Saphirelyn and Kmelina you have both done a beautiful job on your cosmos! :clap:  :clap:

Kmelina, I haven't "meet" you yet, so  :welcome: to the Paint Basket.  If I have missed you on here somewhere else, I'm sorry.  We are growing soooo fast it's getting difficult to keep up with everyone as they come in. :) Of course, this is a good thing! You will love the teachers and the members.  Everyone is very encouraging!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 20, 2012, 12:12:02 PM
It seems I've missed a newcomer here.  I always try to welcome folks when they show up here because I love being here so very much.

Kmelina, a warm  :welcome: to Paintbasket.    You did a fantastic job on your cosmos.   :clap: :clap: :clap: 

I too get withdrawal symptoms when I can't make it here to see all that's going on. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on January 21, 2012, 11:29:11 AM
Great job Lynn and Melina  :clap:

:bigwelcome: to the site Melina, great to have you join us
Title: cosmos flower
Post by: Pamela Meredith on January 22, 2012, 02:23:55 AM
this is my first watercolour
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Maryna on January 22, 2012, 03:28:17 AM
 :clap: well done
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Lillian on January 22, 2012, 04:15:08 AM
Amazingly nice work on your first watercolor, Pamela Meredith.    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: NHC50 on January 22, 2012, 06:32:22 AM
Good job.  O0
Nina
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: HayesLinda on January 22, 2012, 06:54:29 AM
Very nice!! :painting:
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: C.Bodine on January 22, 2012, 08:15:52 AM
 :clap: Great job, Pamela!! Don't you just love this hobby?!
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: dennis on January 22, 2012, 08:25:44 AM
Well done Pamela. :clap: :clap: :clap: Your background is absolutely beautiful. You forgot to add the darker shadows underneath the  stamen bundle in the center of the flowers - this gives it 3-D qualities. Try not to make the leaves too dark. Otherwise very nice painting. O0
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Pamela Meredith on January 22, 2012, 01:26:37 PM
thank you all and Dennis thank for the advise
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Bhavna on January 22, 2012, 01:28:53 PM
Very Nice :)
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: eftpower1 on January 22, 2012, 05:09:55 PM
Pamela Meredith

I find the washes at the top very well done and very pleasing, Maybe next time I can come closer to what you accomplished

Regards
brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 22, 2012, 06:18:37 PM
This is my first water color painting ever
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 22, 2012, 06:50:53 PM
Bhavna, Absolutely excellent for a very first watercolour painting  :clap: :clap: :clap: With a start like this I would like to see what you will be doing in the future O0 Well done :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 22, 2012, 06:56:05 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:beautiful Bhavna, really great job
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 22, 2012, 07:31:07 PM
Bhavna   :congrats:  Very nice work on your cosmos!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on January 22, 2012, 08:22:59 PM
Bhavna, you did a fantastic job!   :clap:  I know how exciting it is to complete your first painting! Congrats!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on January 22, 2012, 08:27:21 PM
 :clap: very nice
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 23, 2012, 07:59:00 AM
Special thanks to Dennis for such a wonderful lesson. Thanks everyone. I appreciate all yours motivational comments.  :) :)
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Pamela Meredith on January 24, 2012, 11:12:50 PM
thank you to all for your helpful comments
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Leana on January 25, 2012, 02:47:55 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Great job on your first watercolour Pamela  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Dham on January 25, 2012, 02:45:01 PM
The painting didn't take as long as figuring out how to post it. I tried this lesson twice. The first one i was not happy with  the masking so I tried again. The second one I fiddled it to death. I have to learn to put the brush down! The third picture I did for fun. I am going to try the masking with a squirt bottle instead of a brush.
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 25, 2012, 05:04:46 PM
Hi Dham,  nice cosmos paintings!   :congrats:

When you go to the Forum, scroll down to the orange heading "How To"  There you will see how to post photos.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your paintings.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 25, 2012, 05:19:59 PM
Dham, your painting (IMG 0942) is the one I like the most. It has a very sensitive touch and pleasant rendering of the whole picture. Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Dham on January 26, 2012, 09:43:57 AM
Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. i am thouroughly enjoying the classes. Will you be discussing how they will continue this week?
Denise
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 26, 2012, 12:00:10 PM
Ok... here we go again  :whistle:   Started this painting last week... did  a little bit of  :painting: every day... The  :painting: process will start flowing a bit better from the end of Feb ... setting up my studio then... O0

The only reference for this painting was the 2 flowers... not the best photo either  :eek:, because the highlights, mid-tones and shadows are very poor.  So I had to compromise   

The rest of the painting as well as the  :idea:is straight from my mind/imagination... with Dali as inspiration ...  I am not very happy with the way the cosmos flowers came out  :'( , however I think it had a lot to do with the poor lighting and not great difference between highlights, mid-tones and shadow areas.  Not  making excuses though. So a lot of quess work went into the flowers.  :eyesclosed:

But I will show it anyway...feedback welcome 

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 26, 2012, 12:41:22 PM
Leana, you have quite the artistic imagination!    :clap: :clap: :clap:  I love it! 

I also think you did a splendid job on the cosmos.

You painted a nice soft background and great perspective in the landscape.

Life keeps coming between me and my  :painting:, company coming, obligations, etc.  :( 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 26, 2012, 01:00:04 PM
Oh Lillian  :1hug: ... you really make me feel better about the painting.  :thankyou:  You'd be surprised to see all the imaginative 'pictures' in my head... I said to my husband not so long ago that I so wish I could take photos of them (the imaginative pictures) :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: ... would paint them all  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 26, 2012, 01:25:04 PM
Visions of artwork in your head, huh?   :2funny:   :painting: :painting: :painting: and show us more!!!   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 26, 2012, 06:06:47 PM
Wow! Nearly missed the  flying cosmos flowers  ;)
This is what I like - someone with imagination and initiative - thinking out of the box. Simply GREAT  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 26, 2012, 11:29:26 PM
  :heeha: :blush:   :thankyou: Dennis
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 27, 2012, 06:20:33 AM
Leana,

The sense of Flight you conveyed in the way you did the flowers is fantastic  O0 O0!! the background is pretty impressive also

I think I'll go move mine deeper in the closet :blush:

Actually, you and the other folks who post their work inspire me to keep going, 

and, Lillian, I've got the same disease....Paintinginturuptous!! :'( :'(  If you find a cure , or at least something that slows down the attacks, please share it :help:

Regards from an ice coated St. Lawrence River valley ( and we are NOT talking about the river being ice coated :thumbdown:)

Brian
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 27, 2012, 08:09:04 AM
 :2funny: :2funny:  Funny Brian!!!

But the ice is not so funny.  >:(  ...and it's still raining!!!  I'm not going anywhere!

I have nothing on today, so I'll  :painting:   :yippee: 

How about you be a little daring and bring that thing out of the closet and let us see it!   I'm cheering for you.   :cheering:  If you think it's that bad, try another one, ok?  Maybe the replay will help?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on January 27, 2012, 03:41:21 PM
Lillian having  nothing on is a good way to paint, saves on the washing :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: erika on January 27, 2012, 05:07:26 PM
sapphirelyn LOL! :idea:  :painting: :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kelley on January 27, 2012, 09:24:42 PM
I.. am going to leave that alone.  :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 28, 2012, 04:26:51 AM
You're imagination's running wild here!   :eek:   

I must choose my words more carefully!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bodine2 on January 28, 2012, 05:49:58 AM
Mrs. Leana, your cosmos picture is really great! very creative.

Mackenzie
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 28, 2012, 12:19:34 PM
Brian  :blush:  :thankyou: I am glad you think so. :yippee:

Mackenzie  :heeha:  :thankyou: very much.

Sapphirelyn>  :2funny:


Lillian> ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on January 28, 2012, 05:46:10 PM
You ALL are a trip!! ;D

But does anyone have any bandaids?  I'm biting my tongue :yippee: :yippee:

Will be posting a tonal sketch of next cosmos painting along with two from the tonal class in a few minutes. FEED BACK please!!

Regards
Brian 

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 29, 2012, 01:52:54 AM
Wow! I've enjoyed looking at peoples artistic expression of this Cosmos challenge. I'm very impressed  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 29, 2012, 09:09:39 AM
 :clap: Leana ..... I have been a bit of a Dali fan for years. My brother bought me a print of 'Autumn of Cannibalism' for my 12th birthday.
I think you have done a tremendous job with the cosmos .... you've made them a true part of the ' cosmos' !  ;D
Love it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on January 29, 2012, 02:44:54 PM
Brian...  ;D glad you are going to post it... looking forward to it  O0

Val... I love most of Dali's work... there are the few 'odd' ones I am not too keen on.  Thank you for your lovely comment and I love the 'pun'...
you've made them a true part of the ' cosmos' !  ;D
...great minds think alike... that was my exact thought too when it was finished  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 01, 2012, 12:00:10 PM
Couldn't get the video to load at all today.....  :(

Somewhere...over the Cosmos...flowers bloom.... (helps if you hum the tune)   :2funny:
Title: Re: cosmos flower
Post by: Val on February 01, 2012, 12:42:05 PM
 :clap: Great job Pamela  :clap:  Wonderful background washes, your vivid coloured flowers look striking against the background. Super!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 01, 2012, 04:28:09 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

It could be pretty frustrating for you, Val.   :pullhair: :pullhair: :pullhair:

I know how much you really, really want to see that video!!!   :(

But it's just like you to make light of a bad situation.   :1hug:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 04, 2012, 07:59:23 PM
 :yippee:  I finished the Cosmos painting :painting:  today.  I'm happy with it as a first go round however, something is bothering me about the flower in the top right corner. Dennis said the light is coming from that direction and when I was watching the video it crossed my mind but I thought maybe Dennis was going to change it later on or something.  Anyway, if the light is coming from the upper right towards the lower left, then shouldn't that flower be lighter on the top and darker underneath? :confused: :confused:  It kinda keeps standing out for me when I look at the painting too.  I'm gonna do it again and reverse the light/dark on that flower and see how it looks. Where there is more light the colors are lighter, where there is less light it should be darker, yes?


 :help: Dennis.  Please straighten me out on this.  :thankyou:


It also appears I missed one of the flower centers when doing my final touches of darks and dots.  Oh well, now I really have to do it over,  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on February 04, 2012, 08:31:39 PM
Maria, you did a great job on your cosmos.  :clap:  I had the same question about that petal, too.  I also missed something in mine! I somehow missed an entire petal!!! Friends I showed it to never noticed it was a mistake.  They thought it was intentional, like it had fallen off and blown away! :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on February 04, 2012, 09:28:16 PM
Very nice!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on February 04, 2012, 11:30:36 PM
Maria  :clap: :clap: :clap: well done on your Cosmos painting.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 05, 2012, 04:00:12 AM
 :thankyou: Ladies  :)


C. Bodine - that's very funny about the petal.  :2funny:  It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who noticed about the lighting.   :clap: :clap: I ran out of masking fluid  :oops: doing that  :painting:  so I'm gonna have to make a trip to the supply store before I can do another and compare the two. I'm pretty sure though that it should be the opposite of how we painted it.  You're right about no one noticing though.  I showed my husband after I was done with mine and he didn't notice anything.  :confused:  Even after I explained about the light/shadow stuff, he still said, "I don't see anything wrong, it looks great to me." :2funny: 


Again,  :thankyou: :thankyou:  to all of you who offer your feedback and honest opinions. I really do appreciate it very much!!! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 05, 2012, 04:51:18 AM
Nice job mtmeade1.  O0 I had the same question about that flower on the right. I just had not got around to asking the question.
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 05:56:11 AM
Maria, Nice work on your cosmos painting!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm not sure if you printed out the pdf lesson Nolan put the link to on page 1 here, but if you check the reference photos, you will see that the petals of the very dark red cosmos have very light backs.  They can appear as a light pink.

Also, I'm hoping Dennis will give us some pointers on how to make fine lines with a liner brush so that we can accomplish things like the leaves of the cosmos.   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 05, 2012, 09:21:02 AM
I SAW IT!!!!  Just finished seeing the Cosmos!!!  :yippee:   :clap:  :clap: Fantastic!!

 :oops: I now see where I have made a lot of mistakes in the past. Will be painting again very soon.  :heeha:

Hope the net holds for today's class....  :pray:

Doin' the happy dance   :dance:   :dance:   :wave:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 09:22:56 AM
Oh Val, I'm keeping all digits and everything I've got crossed, hoping to see you in the class!   :pray: :pray: :pray:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aylalake on February 05, 2012, 09:26:11 AM
I have finally finished my cosmos!  The dark maroon cosmos flowers were always the prized ones when we were children as they were quite rare.  I deliberately used radiating brush strokes for the background as an experiment with a new mop brush. Not very successful!

Because I had started this the same day the class was aired, I had an awful time getting the masking fluid off after all this time!

I intend putting a pale blue mount on it - the nasty lavender one was the only one I had to hand at the time.  :thumbdown:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 05, 2012, 09:34:11 AM
Wow!!!  Very nice and delicate!  Nice work!   :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on February 05, 2012, 09:35:40 AM
very nice  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 05, 2012, 09:42:06 AM
Aylalake Wow nice job.  Really like your leaves :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aylalake on February 05, 2012, 09:45:46 AM
Wow! What quick responses!  Thank you very much for your kind comments, Lillian, Maryna and Sapphirelynn!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 05, 2012, 09:50:11 AM
Beautiful job Fran  :clap:  :clap:  I like your background, might have made a difference for you if it had filled the frame but I think its just fine. Wonderful work on the flowers.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 05, 2012, 10:55:15 AM
Fran,
It's just beautiful!  :congrats:   I kind-of like the background.  It's bright and it tends to make the painting look more sunny.  Hey experiments are how we stumble on those "happy accidents" (as Dennis calls them) sometimes. I like how it brightens the whole painting.  The flowers are just gorgeous.  Make sure to be careful how long you leave that masking fluid on.  I left it on one time way too long and it tore the paper. :oops:


Overall a very nicely done painting. Congrats!  :clap: :clap: :clap:


Maria.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on February 05, 2012, 12:31:16 PM
Fran, your Cosmos painting is beautiful and vibrant.  You did a great job on the greenery too...lovely and fine.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on February 05, 2012, 03:48:03 PM
Fran, your painting is very pretty!  :clap:  I really like the dark flower.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: erika on February 05, 2012, 05:14:30 PM
I like it too Fran, esp your lovely buds and the darker flower.. well done!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 06, 2012, 02:14:35 AM
Val, I'm so pleased that you eventually had the chance to see the cosmos painting. I think you need a massive satellite disk on your boat :whistle: Maybe you can use it as a spinnaker as well. :D

About the flower on the top right of the painting you will see in the notes some photographs where the dark reds actually have very light red(pink) undersides.

The Silver Fern of New Zealand looks like a normal green tree fern at first glance. If you turn the leave over you will find that the underside is a very silvery colour - hence the name Silver Fern (Ponga - in Maori).
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 06, 2012, 04:23:27 AM
Thanks Dennis for explaining the flowers. Now I can sleep.  :2funny:
We keep you on your toes don't we.   :smitten:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 06, 2012, 04:35:21 AM
 >:(  I see my post didn't make it....again.  Oh well, to reiterate thanks Dennis for explaining the flower and leaves. I'll print out the notes this morning and if all goes well might even get to paint!!! Haven't done anything for about a month.
Will let you know how it goes....  :P  Lloyd says I must keep my tongue in...I'll either paint it or bite it!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 06, 2012, 04:41:57 AM
 :thankyou:  Dennis!  Good to know I did not mis-interpret the light direction, which is what I thought I had done.  I appreciate you clearing it up for me. :smitten:  As soon as I restock my masking fluid, I am going to do a second  :painting:  of the Cosmos.  Hopefully I will not forget any of the flower center darks on any of the flowers in this next one. :oops:   :2funny:


Also, since I'm out of fluid for now, I am going to move on to lesson #4 next and come back to #3.  You see, there are no stores close to me that sell masking fluid.  I have to travel at least 15-20 miles to the nearest "Hobby Lobby" store where they carry the fluid.  Anyway, Thanks again for your wisdom.  I am so very glad to have you to discuss my art with.  It's very reassuring. :clap: :clap: :clap:


Maria.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 06, 2012, 06:34:41 AM
Maria,
Don't forget to go on the hobby lobby website and get the coupon for so much off of any regular priced item. Usually it is 40% off of one item. I used it for watercolour paints. If it costs me $12.00 for a tube. I get 40% off of that price. Which is the only way to go. It saves you some money.  O0
Have a great day
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on February 06, 2012, 09:09:20 AM
I never go to Hobby Lobby without a 40% coupon!  If my family goes with me, I take three!! :2funny: My husband is a jokster and when he goes through the line with the extra coupon(behind me) he usually goes through speaking very loudly, " I don't know this woman and I am not using an extra coupon for her!" :2funny:  :2funny:  We go in there soooo much the cashiers just laugh at us!

If I go by myslef, I carry an extra and choose someone in the store that may be purchasing a big $$ item and give them the extra. (along with a Paintbasket commercial  :2funny:  :2funny:  )
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 06, 2012, 09:14:33 AM
I take my husband too. He rolls his eyes when I say I want to stop by Hobby Lobby. He says AGAIN. we were just there.  :2funny: It is the only way to buy there. It is a good place to buy frames to. Especially with 50% off.
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 06, 2012, 09:54:51 AM
 :thankyou:  for the money saving tips!!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: 
          I am all for saving money  :clap: :clap: :clap:
  I suppose I will take my husband, my two sons, their girlfriends, and  . . .    :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:   they will just love me  ;) ;)  Yay!


Maria.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 06, 2012, 01:28:34 PM
I really  :envy: you guys with your big art stores and discount coupons.....  :(    :'(

OK, so ..... I have completed my first Cosmos painting ... no applause please ... wait for the end.  :tickedoff: Some yahoo raced by in his dinghy and caused a major water splatter after I had just finished the background  :oops: Its really not nice to rock my studio like that!  :heeha: Anyway, I managed to do a relatively decent recovery except I missed one corner ....  ???  major cauliflower ....bring on the sauce.  ;D  I got so ticked  :tickedoff: I missed a couple of steps and had to guess where to go next. I should have taken better notes when I watched the video the other day. I will next time. It won't run today.
I tried posting the painting but it won't go ... same old story ....  :whistle:  will try and do another one while I wait for the net to improve.   :yippee:     :twoguns:  Going to put Lloyd on the stern with the flare gun!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 06, 2012, 01:37:30 PM
Good one Maria. I did not think of that.   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 06, 2012, 01:40:19 PM
Val so sorry to hear that happen to you. That can be very fustrating. Oh well think of it this way. You get to it again. It will even be better.   O0   I think I would get my guns out too. 
Nina     
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aylalake on February 06, 2012, 02:33:02 PM
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.  :smitten:

Val, there has to be a better way to practice wet-in-wet!!!  ;)   How frustrating, though! (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/Ayla_2/Smilies%20Etc/fighting0068.gif)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: olivia power on February 06, 2012, 02:55:00 PM
Love your Cosmos painting Fran, your colours are vibrant.  Must pluck up the courage to post my attempt, MY THIRD ATTEMPT! My first attempt........... I never used enough masking fluid and had spots on my petals, me second attempt...........well,  talk about cauliflowers! My third attempt..........I will leave that up to the audience! Working on tonal values at the moment. I will persist, albeit after working with oils I am finding W/C a lot more challenging.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 06, 2012, 04:54:29 PM
Val, so sorry to hear you are having a hard time of it.  I think I would keep something close at hand that I could shoot quickly, like those bean bag shot guns the riot cops use! :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:   I wish you much  :gl: :gl2: :gl: :gl2:  at your next attempt.  Maybe try the middle of the night when water is calmer???  It's a good thing you have a good sense of humor about it all.  I would probably be bald from pulling my hair out by now :2funny: :2funny: .  I wish you happy  :painting: !  Hooray for perseverance!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


Maria. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kelley on February 06, 2012, 08:20:26 PM
Nina, an incentive for my wife to let me get more art supplies is I occasionally paint "little stuff" for her and her friends.  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on February 06, 2012, 09:19:17 PM
VAL:

 >:D >:D IF you are interested, I have plans for a " Carbide Canon"  you could mount on both the bow and stern.

And if you put a little flour in them,  it gives a nice big puff o' smoke along with a really big "bang"  :2funny: :2funny:

( My wife told me she would NOT bail me out of jail, If I put em on my boat >:(  dag nab jet skis :knuppel2:)

Back on topic: I'm very inspired by all the painting that are shown. Will be starting Cosmos 2 this week
Regards to all
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 06, 2012, 11:37:10 PM
Cauliflowers result from too much water in the brush relative to the water on the paper .
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 07, 2012, 02:15:37 PM
Dennis, when I get the painting to download I'm hoping you can give me some ideas on how to fix the corner. Caused by a large drop of water I didn't notice until too late.  :(  Too busy with damage control on other parts of the painting..  :eek:   I think I managed to camouflage most of it. When I tried to fix the corner....I made it worse.  :help:

Thanks guys for your support and humour ... it helps keep me going   :run:    :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: nolan on February 07, 2012, 04:11:04 PM
Great job Maria and Fran :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 07, 2012, 04:26:18 PM
Thank you so much :thankyou: :thankyou:  Nolan!  This site is very wonderful. I  :smitten: the support from everyone.  It is very uplifting!! :yippee:


Maria.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 07, 2012, 04:41:13 PM
OK ... Here it comes, I actually call this 'Catastrophic #1' . The bottom corner is the bit I cannot seem to fix.  :-\
My thought is this, how about an oval mat to hide the corner?  ;D

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mtmeade1 on February 07, 2012, 04:55:27 PM
Val, I  :smitten: it!!  What are you worried about?? :confused:   It's beautiful!!  :twothumbs: :cheering: :clap: :yippee:
About the bottom corner, it doesn't look terrible, but if it bothers you take a damp brush with just water and lightly scrub around the edge of the cauliflower where the pigment is to soften it into the rest of the  :painting:   I really think it gives it character.  Anyway, here is a huge  :hug:  for all you went through to paint this picture.  You show emense dedication!!  O0


Maria.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kelley on February 07, 2012, 05:53:19 PM
It looks great Val! :clap: I am not sure it's a good idea to cut into the shape.  See if you can fix the corner as Maria suggested.  I think Dennis had a trick to spray a fine mist over the area and gently pat dry with a paper towel to remove w/c paint.  After that you should be able to repaint to whatever colour you want.  Give it a try Lass.  You're doing a super job!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 07, 2012, 06:34:56 PM
Val, You have made a very nice painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap:  I like the variegated background with the granulation effect. I personally would not bother with the bloom (cauliflower) in the bottom corner as it does not detract from the main composition of the cosmos flowers.

Glad you were eventually able to get started.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on February 07, 2012, 07:05:17 PM
 :yippee:   :dance:  :yippee:   :dance:  :congrats: I'm just so excited to see you were finally able to get one finished and downloaded!!! :clap: I think you did a great job, Val! ( I left a petal out of the FRONT flower!!  ;D)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on February 07, 2012, 10:29:11 PM
Val  :clap: :clap: :clap:  well done on your Cosmos painting... nicely done.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 08, 2012, 12:23:31 AM
Well done Val  :clap:  You have done a lovely job of this and, I didn't even notice the 'cauliflower' area until I read the thread! So, goes to show that the focus is your flowers.  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 08, 2012, 12:46:16 AM
Thank you one and all, I appreciate your comments. We'll just have to quietly agree to disagree  ;D  I'm going to start a new thread with an abbreviated version of how this painting came to be. I'm hoping that anyone who has any doubts about being able to paint these flowers will perhaps rethink it and give it a go .... might even have a giggle or two!  :2funny:
Title: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 08, 2012, 01:18:55 AM
All was laid out in readiness, my few notes beside me.  :) The flowers were drawn, masking fluid in place. Background colours mixed .... GO   :painting:
Background is painted ... nice (  O0 ) ...  :eek:  :boat: violent wake as boat roars past! Water splashes and spots all over painting ...  :o  quickly mop as much water up as possible, it's a mess.  :(  Dry painting and assess the damages.  :censored:     :knuppel2: Somebody gonna getta hurt real bad.  :nunchucks:
 :idea: A  :smart: person told me that almost anything can be fixed. Sooo..... I begin to  :painting: over the old painting. I am still not the calmest person  :tickedoff:  , doesn't look too bad, dry it. OK, continue.
I take off the masking fluid .. notice a few steps missing? Forgot to put in the extra stems and leaves   :doh:  , missed darkening the area below the flowers   :doh:  and had missed the corner at the bottom ... cauliflower   :banghead: Heavy sigh. Did what I could to put in the missing steps while carefully painting around and between the flowers.  :sweat:
Although I personally am not pleased   >:(  :(  with the outcome, it just shows that with a bit of perseverance (and being a bit thick headed) anyone can learn to paint with watercolour. Just give yourself the chance.  O0
Now, where's the nearest pub?!  :drink2drop:  :2funny:  :2funny:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Maryna on February 08, 2012, 01:34:17 AM
 :2funny:

oh you are such a good gal. I will be so  :tickedoff: I will just rip it up. That is how I normally do it, but someone also told me to take it easy  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 08, 2012, 04:53:41 AM
 :wave:  Hi Val,

Your painting is lovely!  :clap: :clap: :clap:  That cauliflower doesn't bother me, that's for sure.  Like Dennis said,
it's not distracting.  Also, it is in a good angle on the paper.

It's been my experience that when I go in and try to fix something like that up after it's dry, I run into a worse mess.

 :congrats: on overcoming so many problems to get to the point where you can work on the replay.

Re the sponges mentioned in another thread -- do you get yours from the sea?   :2funny:  All kidding aside, I'll bet you can get some nice ones, at least in the shops.  My daughter and family are on a Caribbean cruise as I write.  I should have asked her to bring me back some.    :)  She sent me a short email message saying her internet is costing her 60 cents/min.  Maybe that's when she's on the ship.  I sure hope it's not that costly for you!

I'm looking forward to the new thread re your painting in the making.   :)



Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 08, 2012, 05:04:20 AM
Ah Ha!  So here's where you tell about your painting in the making!  Lots of movement in your post, Val.   :2funny:

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it just shows that with a bit of perseverance (and being a bit thick headed) anyone can learn to paint with watercolour. Just give yourself the chance.  O0

You proved that to be true!   :2funny:

You can be proud of that painting!

Wishing you the best conditions for  :painting: :painting: :painting:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: NHC50 on February 08, 2012, 05:31:16 AM
Nice job Val. Considering what you have to go through to paint.  O0
Nina
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: C.Bodine on February 08, 2012, 06:08:08 AM
Val, You have to go through a lot to enjoy your hobby!  :'(  Oh, the price cruising around of a boat and soaking up the sun!  ;D

I actually like the background of your cosmos.  It gives the impression of other things going on back there!(more flowers etc...) I think, overall it is a lovely painting! :clap:  FINALLY, you get to paint something!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 08, 2012, 07:31:01 AM
I brought back a lovely sea sponge that I found washed up on the beach near Freeport, I bet Val had a galley full :boat:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: nolan on February 08, 2012, 10:40:59 AM
Your painting looks absolutely beautiful to me :clap: well done Val  :yippee:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Leana on February 08, 2012, 10:55:21 AM
 :heeha: Val... you have done a great job on your Cosmos  :clap: :clap: :clap: ... you can really be proud of it  O0
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: dennis on February 08, 2012, 12:00:24 PM
B thinks his/her painting is absolutely not up to standard and raves about A's wonderful painting.
A thinks his/her painting is absolutely not up to standard and raves about B's wonderful painting.
 
I now ask the question: Who is right and who is wrong? Think very carefully what your answer is going to be :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 08, 2012, 03:57:05 PM
Had some time this afternoon so drew the Cosmos again. Hope to paint it in the next day or so. Will post when done.  O0

I do have a nice little selection of sea sponges....I bought them at Shopper's Drugmart (cosmetic section) in Toronto a few years ago.  :whistle:   :2funny:  :2funny:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 08, 2012, 04:28:05 PM
Dennis,  I say neither is right and both are wrong.

We are all guilty of being our own worst critic.

I believe that even with paintings that we have struggled with the most, there are still positives to be seen.

The crux of the problem, with me at least, lies in the fact that with every painting I begin, I have a vision in my mind as to what the end result should look like.  But I'm disappointed when I don't achieve the quality I hoped for in the end. 

It's then that I have to look at the positives in what I did achieve and be content with that and just accept that with every painting I do, I have learned something and enjoyed the process. 

We tend to set too high a standard for ourselves.  We want too much from ourselves too fast.  Our mistakes stare at us. 

We have to grow in our achievements.  It takes time and practice.  In time, we will be able to look back to our first paintings and see how far we've come.



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 08, 2012, 04:37:09 PM
Val, I'm  :run: to Shoppers!   :2funny:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: dennis on February 08, 2012, 08:28:01 PM
Lillian, you've missed the point. That's why I said think carefully before you answer.
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: valweb on February 09, 2012, 01:18:26 AM
Wow Dennis ....a trick quiestion so early in the morning.  I think they are both right as every painting is unique.   Both paintings have been rated as wonderful.


Val your painting is just lovely.  You don't have a minute of bordom whilst you paint on a  :boat:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 09, 2012, 01:32:06 AM
Lillian .... They came in a little net bag, you can also try the bath section!  ;D
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Leana on February 09, 2012, 05:14:09 AM
I'm still  :idiot2: thinking about that one Dennis  :whistle:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 09, 2012, 05:22:05 AM
Dennis, you have me stumped!   :confused: :confused: :confused:

But if neither think their own paintings are any good, they should come to Paintbasket.   :2funny:

Oh, and do we have to wait 'til your next class to get the answer???   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 09, 2012, 05:34:19 AM
 :thankyou: for that tip, Val.  :1hug:

I do have some sea sponges I bought in an art store a long time ago but none of them give the effect I'm looking for.

So, off to Shoppers I go, then to look for a box to make the shadow box Nolan demonstrated in his last class.

I have my work cut out for me these days.  I also have to do the color wheel from Dennis' last class.

Nice sunny day here in the upper hemisphere and no ice underfoot.   :yippee:

I hope you have success getting into cyberspace today.    :pray:

Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 09, 2012, 07:57:49 AM
We are what we think!!! If we think we are happy-we are.  If we think we are in love-we are. Simple really. Change your thoughts - change your life. 
When I first started to paint I was like a little kid  "Look mommy, look what I did, put it on the fridge"  Then I started to read and learn whatever I could get my hands on...With learning comes the knowledge that you know nothing! and with this  'fear'  set in and I started to become so critical of everthing I did.  In fact I was so intimidated that I did not paint for a long time. :'(   Wow it took me a while to get back to the pure joy I first felt that I was able to produce anything at all that resembled what I was trying to paint. Now I paint and look upon my work as a learning curve.  I know that I am learning and each painting I do I get better.  My work,  for what it is, is a chronicling of my progress to me.  To the untrained eye they look fabulous.  To me they are my report card of what I am learning.
I am not ready to paint the 'Mona Lisa' but I know I will get better and better. Practice makes perfect, and where desire goes so does success.
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Leana on February 09, 2012, 10:08:10 AM
WOW  :heeha: SapphireLynn... Excellently stated  O0 Makes a lot of sense and is so true ;)
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: nolan on February 09, 2012, 11:12:23 AM
I see Dennis definitely has everybody stumped  ;D I know the answer, but will leave it to him to reveal  :-X
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: dennis on February 09, 2012, 11:21:19 AM
The answer is really very very simple.

Your "terrible painting" is just as good as the other person's you are raving about - no more and no less.

That's why I said think very carefully about that little parable.
Type it out LARGE and paste it on top of your easel. Memorize it and read it EVERY day.
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: nolan on February 09, 2012, 11:51:27 AM
in other words when an outsider looks at the two paintings they are equally good, but to you yours doesn't look as good because you are looking at it with biased eyes. O0
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 09, 2012, 01:11:16 PM
Dennis I did  :think: :think: :think:!  :doh:   :2funny:

So,

MY "terrible painting" is just as good as the other person's I'm raving about  - no more and no less.


If you say so! 

Now don't lead me astray.  I'm depending on you!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
 



Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 09, 2012, 05:39:07 PM
Terrible painting .... Moi?!   :faint:  No, I don't think it's a terrible painting ... there are just things I'm not happy with. I think it was Dennis who liked the granular effect in the background, personally in this instance, I don't care for it. (before the water incident it was much nicer) Others thought the tidemark (cauliflower) was not an issue, to me its an annoyance plain and simple. So ... I'm doing another one. (no groaning from the bleachers please)
I managed to get the background done, and a couple of the flowers painted today. Very different from the first one ... but you'll have to wait until I'm finished   :nana:
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: C.Bodine on February 09, 2012, 08:43:00 PM
Such a tease!!!! ::)
Title: Re: How NOT to paint the Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 10, 2012, 03:01:29 AM
I learned that from two pros ..... Nolan & Dennis!  >:D   :-*
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on February 13, 2012, 06:08:56 PM
Well, that was fun!!!  This was lesson 1/2.  A lesson in masking fluid and cauliflowers!!!!  It was fun, though, and I will do Cosmos again....probably tomorrow. I'm gonna have to get some more paints! LOL  I shall file this painting VERY deep in the beginning file.  It was a blast.
Title: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Maria Canino on February 26, 2012, 07:58:23 AM
My first time ever attempt at watercolor painting. :sweat:
Thank you Dennis for sharing the beauty of nature  :thankyou:

Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 26, 2012, 08:50:07 AM
 :yippee:  :clap: FANTASTIC!!!The background is excellent. I really like the change to blue in the central flower.
Are you sure you haven't done this before?  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: lyndacookson on February 26, 2012, 10:01:26 AM
Help requested please  :help:

I scanned this painting as it's raining, darkish and misty outside and the lighting in the house is insufficient for the camera to cooperate and take a pic! (I live in beautiful, but rainy, Ireland)

These are the couple of errors I see and will work on, but I would like loads of crits if anyone has the time please!

Background became muddy with too much over-working, including the dark bit immediately behind the flowers.

I have to get the amount of water I use with the paint correct.

I would like some comments please on how better to separate the petals without it looking too obvious with paint strokes. Maybe this has to do with how much water I use with the paint?

I'm still finding painting with watercolours a little (no, a lot) scary after working only with acrylic and oils for the past decade!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on February 26, 2012, 10:03:26 AM
I  like it, the colors of the flowers are nice and vibrant.  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 26, 2012, 10:17:33 AM
Maria!  You are a natural!  Absolutely awesome!!! :congrats:

You did a splendid job on the cosmos.  I'm proud of you and I know Dennis will be for sure!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 26, 2012, 10:38:53 AM
Lynda, you did a good job on the cosmos.   :clap: :clap: :clap: 

I see no problem with the background.  I like it.  Perhaps you had a bit too much pigment on your brush when you layed in the background right behind the flowers. 

You can always have a test piece of watercolor paper nearby to see how it looks before you put your loaded brush on the painting.  Of course, if your painting is wet, you will have to wet  your test piece in order to see exactly how it will look on your painting.

The only thing I think would improve it is if you had used a fine liner brush to do the leaves.  In watercolor, we can't always look back and change things, but we can always do another one.

As with any medium, we learn as we practice  :painting: :painting: :painting:   :)

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 26, 2012, 10:42:26 AM
Hi Lynda... Your 3 central flowers are super, I'd just watch where your shadows should be (around the centre of the flower). On the outer 3, I think the centers need to be a bit more prominent. Your colours are marvellous, nice and bright.
The overall background is good, I see what you mean amongst the flowers. Perhaps just a bit too ambitious?!  :2funny: I think we all tend to be a bit that way sometimes....practice!
Very well done.  O0  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 26, 2012, 11:51:48 AM
fantastik work..pat yourself on the back :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 26, 2012, 01:06:18 PM
Well done!  :clap: If that's your first, I can't wait to see how you progress this year.  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Maria Canino on February 26, 2012, 01:14:23 PM
Val,
You are just being your usual nice... the flower is blue because I buggered it up!!!  When I noticed, it was dry and too late to clean up. ???

Keep lying to me, I love it. :thankyou:

Maria :painting:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Maria Canino on February 26, 2012, 01:18:30 PM
Lillian, Lynn, Topdog

Am I dreaming?  is this real?  my pic is good?   :blush: :blush: :blush:

I guess all my  :'( and my  :sweat: is paying off...  Here is a big  :1hug: and a  :thankyou:

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 26, 2012, 01:29:04 PM
 :eek:  I'm truly shocked   :o   You actually think I'd fib to you about your painting?  :'(  My feelings are shattered.   :'(  Not really.   ;D  I REALLY LIKE THE BLUE FLOWER!!!  If this is the result of you buggering up your painting....you need to bugger up some more!!   :yippee:
And that's the truth!   :nana:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on February 26, 2012, 01:34:58 PM
Heyyyyyy Maria!  You don't believe I'm telling you the truth??????

I can't believe this is your first ever watercolor painting!!!!!!

Now we're even!    :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

It is hard work in the beginning.  You did amazingly well.

Don't be shy about it.  You can be proud of your accomplishment.   :angel:

Re the blue flower, I think Dennis used a mix of light grey, I forget now but I believe it had blue in it for the shadow color.  A blank white flower would look  :idiot2:  Yours is beautiful!

Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: C.Bodine on February 26, 2012, 01:47:55 PM
Maria, what a beautiful painting! :clap:  :clap: I know it is exciting to see your first painting completed and look good! O0
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Val on February 26, 2012, 01:50:41 PM
Just had a thought....do Cosmos come in blue? If not, they should!  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: dennis on February 26, 2012, 02:22:30 PM
Maria!!  Wow! for a first in watercolours  :clap: :clap: Already painting like a pro O0
Very well done. Don't worry too much about the blue in the white flower - just the white (in the shadow area) reflecting the blue of the sky.           
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 26, 2012, 02:38:37 PM
Very nice and lovely painting here, Flowers beautifully executed - don't try and fine line the different petals as this style (very little detail) lends itself to the way you have done it. Only that brown patch should be a very dark green (shadow area).
Otherwise an excellent painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on February 26, 2012, 03:03:43 PM
Lynda, well done on your Cosmos painting.  The flowers are lovely and bright and I love the background.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Maria Canino on February 26, 2012, 03:40:43 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis...
I am absolutely  :crazy2: about watercolor painting although watercolor is not  :crazy2: about me .. YET.

I follow your lessons religiously and take all kinds of notes in addition to the PDF handouts  :smart: but when I start a painting... all my notes go down the drain :blush:
I am however relentless and don't give up easily.  If you get a chance, please look at my tonal work... 

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: Maria Canino on February 26, 2012, 03:43:28 PM
 :thankyou: C,
This little flower is unexpectedly beautiful in its own way.  Who needs orchids?

Maria  :painting:
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: dennis on February 26, 2012, 04:55:57 PM
Maria, continue taking down the "notes". Why? Because it is the best way of implanting information in your subconscious mind. You may not recall it straight away as you work but those notes are triggers to remembering what has happened in the past. You may get a bit mixed-up now but a little while later you see see the fruit of your diligence suddenly happening before your eyes.

I applaud your positive attitude. "Believe the things that are not as though they were."
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sapphirelynn on February 26, 2012, 10:10:08 PM
nice job Lynda, I find watercolor 'a lot scary' too.  It is a medium that needs a free hand and a light touch. No fiddling...big problem for me but I am starting to catch on.  I think you did a fine job :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 27, 2012, 06:21:11 AM
I haven't joined the water colour sessions yet but, I've followed along with peoples work when I get the time. I've enjoyed them greatly and, this one was interesting too. I waited to see what the comment posting would say. As I expected, very positive. Well done Lynda  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 27, 2012, 12:13:30 PM
Hey lynda nic job on your flowers.    O0
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on February 28, 2012, 01:54:52 AM
Click on the Watch Paint Basket TV Now button (the big blue one in the middle of the Home screen) and it's in the menu down the left hand side.

Scroll down to "Watercolor 1 cosmos"
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on March 04, 2012, 07:09:38 PM
Lynda

Nice job!

Welcome to the neighborhood :clap:

Regards,
brian
Title: Re: Lesson #1 Cosmos
Post by: eftpower1 on March 04, 2012, 07:16:41 PM
Maria!

Very impressive!

I agree about the "Blue flower" , both the color(s) and the tonal range are neat!

Thank you for sharing :thankyou: :thankyou:
Brian
Title: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Sharon Jean on March 07, 2012, 06:01:12 PM
First art class, first time posting a picture.  It took me a long time to get up my nerve!  Thank you for any advice.
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Bhavna on March 07, 2012, 06:47:42 PM
First upload your photo in your gallery . There you will get a code  put that in your post
You can find more info here http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/board,21.0.html (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/board,21.0.html)
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Tony (ASM) on March 07, 2012, 11:02:06 PM
 :welcome: to Paint Basket Sharon! It's good that you have taken the plunge to join in. You will love it here. Just come in as and when 'ya like and, post your paintings if 'ya like. It takes a little while to get used to the forum but, all you have to do is ask the members and they'll be only too happy to oblige. Alternatively, you can always send private message.
I look forward to seeing your picture.  :hug:
 
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Val on March 08, 2012, 02:42:06 AM
 :bigwelcome: Welcome Sharon to the most fun you can have without getting arrested .... (maybe not Claude). You will find loads of help and encouragement and the best teachers around. Patient, witty, and not afraid to get a bit tough  :knuppel2: when required  >:D all in a very lighthearted way of course  :2funny:
Look forward to seeing your painting, don't be shy to ask if you need help ... that's what we're here for.  :wave:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Lillian on March 08, 2012, 05:20:57 AM
A warm  :welcome:  to Paintbasket, Sharon. 

I'm glad you joined us and I'm looking forward to seeing your painting.

Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Sharon Jean on March 08, 2012, 09:20:24 AM
I am so lame at this!  I finally posted the picture in my gallery but to have it show up on the forum, do I just state the picture number "004" in my post?  I saw the paperclip but could not use that to attach the picture.  Sorry for having such a difficult time.   :'(
Title: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: jennylynn on March 08, 2012, 09:53:18 AM
 :help:  well done it!!    taken  the plunge and started the watercolour classes   first one of course the cosmos flowers,  made a bit of a hash in the centre of the flowers I'm afraid.  But all comments positive or negative would be most welcome ,  perhaps I should quit while I'm ahead!!  and stick to my pencil work!   :thankyou:
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: Val on March 08, 2012, 11:04:38 AM
 :clap: Wonderful work Jenny. Splendid job for your first go...and not a cauliflower in sight!  >:D
I wouldn't give up on w/c just yet, you're off to a flying start!  :flight:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Val on March 08, 2012, 11:08:26 AM
Not to worry Sharon, if you go back to your gallery and open the picture, then scroll down and you will see a list of details. Highlight the 'BBC' code and copy (ctrl c), go back to your post and paste (ctrl v) and the code will appear in the box. Just go down a line from the code and you can type in a message. Let me know if this helps.  :wave:
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: jennylynn on March 08, 2012, 11:28:29 AM
 :thankyou:   val  very much for your lovely comment,   this is a great site!!!   and all of you are so helpful and constructive    :hug:
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: Bhavna on March 08, 2012, 11:41:55 AM
WOW You did a great Job. keep it up  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: Tony (ASM) on March 08, 2012, 11:51:51 AM
Don't you dare consider not sticking to Water Colour (WC) painting! You've done a great job. I'm not versed in the art of wc but, I can see it looks very good and, I can't wait to see if Dennis gives some feedback.
Well done!  :clap: ;)
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: dennis on March 08, 2012, 12:05:11 PM
Jennylyn, excellent for a first watercolour painting - please don't give up!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Remember the most brilliant of diamonds first start off as uncut stones! (Motivation for all on the Forum)

You're were correct about the centre - just soften off the outside edges and it will look much better.
When you do another one just paint the leaves not so spread out and lighter in colour so as not to overpower the flowers.
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Sharon Jean on March 08, 2012, 01:56:47 PM
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: jennylynn on March 08, 2012, 02:03:22 PM
 :thankyou:   dennis   you and nolan have definately inspired me!!   I will look again at my painting of the cosmos  and will endeavour to do another one like they say practice makes perfect!!   
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: jennylynn on March 08, 2012, 02:07:07 PM
 :clap:  well done sharon jean, what an excellent painting!!   I am also new to the site and have submitted my painting also of the cosmos flowers, but you make me envious!!!    for your first painting fantastic  :painting:
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: Tony (ASM) on March 08, 2012, 02:33:39 PM
Jennylyn, excellent for a first watercolour painting - please don't give up!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Remember the most brilliant of diamonds first start off as uncut stones! (Motivation for all on the Forum)

You're were correct about the centre - just soften off the outside edges and it will look much better.
When you do another one just paint the leaves not so spread out and lighter in colour so as not to overpower the flowers.

I've noted many fine words of wisdom from Dennis while on the forum. He's a true master and I absolutely take on board what he says. I can see why Nolan is so darn good.  Thank you Dennis.  O0 :clap: :hug:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Sharon Jean on March 08, 2012, 03:29:37 PM
Thank you, Everyone, for your help and for welcoming me.  Jennylynn, your cosmos are beautiful!  I think your colors are brighter than mine and I like your light, soft background better.  What shades of red did you use? 
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: Lillian on March 08, 2012, 04:59:08 PM
I agree!  Dennis, you are such a good teacher and we appreciate you so much!   :flowers:

It never ceases to amaze me what good paintings turn up here for folks who say it is their very first attempt at watercolor!!!

Jennylynn, you did an amazing job on your cosmos.  Keep  :painting: :painting: :painting:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Lillian on March 08, 2012, 05:14:36 PM
Sharon Jean,  I really like your cosmos painting.  You did a splendid job.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

No two paintings will ever be the same.  We tend to think our own painting is inferior to someone else's. 

Jennylynn and Sharon, I'm amazed at how well you did with your first paintings.   :congrats:

Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: sapphirelynn on March 08, 2012, 07:47:03 PM
way to go  Jennylyn  :clap: :clap: :clap: Your cosmos looks great, love your choice of colors.  I had to google cosmos to see what the leaves looked like
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: sapphirelynn on March 08, 2012, 07:49:19 PM
 :welcome: Sharon Jean.  Wow your cosmos are very lovely, hang it up with pride... :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: C.Bodine on March 08, 2012, 07:57:37 PM
Sharon, you have done a fantastic job on your cosmos! :clap:  :clap:  I see it is already framed. Good for you! I started in Aug and have framed everything I have done!  :2funny: Not because they're that good, but because I am just so excited I did them!  ;D  Now, to figure out where I am going to put all these paintings that match nothing in my house. ??? I guess I could start a "Hallway Gallery".  :)
Title: Re: taken the plunge first cosmos painting!!
Post by: C.Bodine on March 08, 2012, 08:01:51 PM
JennyLynn, your cosmos is lovely! Way to go for your first painting!  :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Val on March 09, 2012, 01:37:15 AM
Banner job Sharon  :clap:  The more of these I see, the more I want to do another one!  ;D

C. let me know when the grand opening for the 'Hallway Gallery' is ... wouldn't want to miss it!  ;D Nothing fancy, just tea and biscuits will be fine.   >:D
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: Tony (ASM) on March 09, 2012, 02:50:46 AM
That was worth waiting for Sharon! Very nice ;) I like that you've already set it in a frame. Something about it reminds me of a night scene. Perhaps the reflection in top right like a Moon and the black border and lilac background. Could be a good idea for one?!
Well done. Hang it with pride and show it off.  :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: jennylynn on March 09, 2012, 03:28:10 AM
HI sharon  thankyou for your lovely comment,  the red I used was a brilliant red  then I added white gouche  with it for the pink. 
Title: Re: Cosmos: What could I have done to make it better?
Post by: dennis on March 09, 2012, 11:26:07 AM
First time I've had the chance to look at your painting Sharon Jean. Absolutely excellent for a first painting :clap: :clap: :clap: Fantastic - No, I wouldn't change anything in your painting because you have captured the essence and the style of what I was trying to give over in the Lesson.

Keep up the good work O0
Title: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: jennylynn on March 11, 2012, 07:25:45 AM
redone lesson 1 cosmos flowers taken the shading out of the middle and redone leaves a little lighter   
Title: Re: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: Val on March 11, 2012, 07:36:55 AM
I started a second cosmos....still half done. Got sidetracked...again  ;D

I think to show contour in the flowers you still need just a touch of shading in the center of the flowers. You've done a tremendous job on the stems below the flowers....mine never come out that well.  ???

Great job Jennylynn  :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: jennylynn on March 11, 2012, 07:41:28 AM
hi val the stems on my cosomos flowers were  wait for it    an accident!   put the shading in and painted out the stems so redone them!!   by the way just looked at your drawing fantastic work of martha ann the cruise liner. :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: Val on March 11, 2012, 07:46:09 AM
Don't you just love those 'Happy Accidents' !?  ;D
Thanks re: Martha Ann ... she's a privately owned yacht  :heeha:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: jennylynn on March 11, 2012, 07:51:38 AM
thanks val,  yes why did i put cruise liner?  perhaps it was because whilst i was writing the post i was thinking how nice it would be to go on a cruise and forget about everything!!   yes i am dippy!!!   as my new family  will find out!!! :2funny:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers redone
Post by: Val on March 11, 2012, 07:59:31 AM
Accidental or otherwise, I think they look great!  O0
So, you're dippy, I'm round the twist, and Claude...well, Claude is Claude!  >:D   :2funny:
Welcome to the family, you fit right in!  O0  :nana:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on March 15, 2012, 09:45:50 AM
Sorry for not visiting this lesson for a while :blush:

I am very impressed with ALL the new postings!!

For those of you who are new HELLO!! I'm glad you are here !  I have discovered that I see something in each picture posted that I want to be able to add to my painting skills

Again Thank
 you all for posting, and I also am impressed.
Regards
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 15, 2012, 09:59:43 AM
Put this painting picture next to the original picture and you will the great improvement  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on March 15, 2012, 10:16:15 AM
thankyou all for your great comments!  looking forward to a long and happy relationship with PB  and all new found friends!!   thankyou dennis & nolan for your time & patience!  what a great place to be
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 05, 2012, 07:17:29 PM
Finally did my cosmos. I know I need more practice. Didnt turn out like I wanted. Will have to try again.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 05, 2012, 11:12:49 PM
You have produced a very delightful painting of the cosmos  :clap: :clap: :clap:.

Do another one by all means - remember practice makes perfect. Another point. Even for the professional not all paintings turn out what they want them to be.

That still does not meant that the painting is a failure - on the contrary the majority are still absolutely acceptable. What you  think is a mess is perfectly OK 90% of the time. You've done well. Looking forward to seeing some more  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on April 06, 2012, 01:28:17 AM
gloria i think your cosmos flowers are well done   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on April 06, 2012, 01:54:28 AM
I love your Cosmos painting Gloria... it has a real antique feel to it...well to me at least  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 06, 2012, 04:16:12 AM
Gloria, your cosmos painting is lovely!  I agree with Leana,."...it has a real antique feel."   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on April 06, 2012, 04:50:24 AM
Well I must say everybody's paintings look fantastic. Well done guys  O0 I see some new faces on here. So I will say :welcome: to each and everyone of you.
Happy painting.  :hug:
Nina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 06, 2012, 05:20:09 AM
Dennis and everyone, thanks for the encouragement. It sure helps.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on April 06, 2012, 06:38:00 AM
Gloria,

Now this is coming from  6 FOOT FUZZY BEAR.....the delicacy of your painting is an absolute delight!

 :flowers:

Regards
brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 06, 2012, 08:53:08 AM
Thank you Fuzzybear.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 06, 2012, 11:15:30 PM
Well done Gloria.  :clap:  Finally net is running...so far this morning (everyone here is sleeping!)  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 06, 2012, 11:50:40 PM
Gloria, you are really knocking these beautiful paintings out well! I agree with the other comments too. Well done and, keep up the great work  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on April 07, 2012, 04:22:29 AM
Dennis, I must say, you have to be a top- notch teacher! Look at all the wonderful paintings your students are putting out! :clap: :clap: Wonderful job, everyone! :clap: O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 07, 2012, 01:19:51 PM
Thank you Val, C. and Tony. I have viewed all the classes but up to two weeks ago I did not do anything, so now its catch up time. It looks so easy when Dennis is doing it. Its another thing when I actually pick up the brush. Practising is the best way to learn.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 23, 2012, 09:10:49 AM
This is my 2nd watercolor and my first cosmos. I know it's not the best but it was a learning experience.

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 23, 2012, 11:04:24 AM
Penny, for your 2nd watercolour you have made an excellent job.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Keep on like this and you will soon be well on your way. I like your background - giving it a landscape type look.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 23, 2012, 11:09:34 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis,

You make it look so easy. I know that comes from years of doing it. I hope someday to make it look easy too. lol

Thank you for sharing.

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 23, 2012, 01:09:55 PM
It's hard to believe this is only your second try at watercolors, Penny.  Well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 23, 2012, 01:11:25 PM
 :thankyou: lillian

I will try  ;) ;)

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on April 23, 2012, 03:44:26 PM
Really well done, Penny! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 23, 2012, 03:46:48 PM
Very nice indeed Penny.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 23, 2012, 03:51:18 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: C.Bodine and Goria

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on April 24, 2012, 12:48:57 AM
Nicely done Penny  :clap: :clap: :clap: ...keep it up  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on April 24, 2012, 04:31:51 AM
really well done penny,  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Harald on April 24, 2012, 05:03:30 AM
My cosmos flower at last. It wasn`t that easy. Harald
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 24, 2012, 05:57:30 AM
Harald   :congrats:  Nice cosmos!

You're doing the right thing by  :painting: :painting: :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 24, 2012, 06:22:19 AM
Beautiful Harald love those flowers very nice.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :thankyou: Jennylynn and leana for you nice comments.

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 24, 2012, 09:47:08 AM
Well done Harald  :clap: :clap: :clap:  You have painted what I wanted you to paint  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on April 25, 2012, 12:53:53 AM
Hi everyone

I took advantage of the Public Holiday to have a go at the first Watercolours lesson. Here is the result of my first every watercolour. Let me know what you think.

By the way, I unwittingly ended up doing it on the wrong side of the paper. :hang: Smooth side instead of textured side.

Batman

Cosmos Lesson attempt
Cosmos Lesson attempt
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 25, 2012, 03:39:29 AM
 :faint:  This is your first, Batman???!!!

Amazing work!   :congrats:  Very nice!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on April 25, 2012, 04:25:47 AM
Absolutely beautiful, I love it.

 :yippee: :yippee:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on April 25, 2012, 07:44:17 AM
Penny, Harald & Batman

 :clap: :clap: :clap:

To me, each of your paintings is unique, each shows real talent O0 O0

If you go back to some of the early post, I think ya might find that many of us have had a tendency to underrate our own work.   :blush:

One of the great things about the form is that we get honest feed back about our work, and often others see our progress and talent  before we do.  :clap:

Another great thing is we get to learn, not only for Dennis :knuppel2:, but from each other. :smart:

And I keep being impressed with Harald's washes,  ( even if he won't come to Northern New York to paint mine for me :2funny: :2funny:

I am so glad you are ALL here
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Martina on April 25, 2012, 09:33:40 AM
WOW  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:, so many new wonderful paintings!
I couldn't be online for a few days (business trip) and found so many beautiful cosmos flowers  :)
Penny, Harald and Batman I think you have all done a great job. I agree with Brian, each one is unique and shows the individual strength.

Batman, the colours in your painting are so vivid, I first thought it was an acrylic painting!

Brian, I'm also glad, that you are ALL here  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on April 25, 2012, 10:20:22 AM
Thanks for the nice comments. Wasn't too sure myself.

Martina, I got a little carried away, when Dennis said that the colours would dry lighter.  :2funny:

Batman
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 25, 2012, 10:37:33 AM
Brilliant in more than one way - execution as well as colours especially for a very first.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Although all the other Cosmos Paintings were very well painted I feel that this is the best one so far. Well done  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on April 25, 2012, 12:03:21 PM
Thanks so much Dennis. I have signed it now. Best so far? :faint:

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Gloria on April 25, 2012, 05:11:48 PM
Batman, I agree with Dennis one hundred percent. I think that your cosmos is the best one of all that have been presented so far. Congratulations. I especially love the background.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on April 26, 2012, 11:34:11 PM
Thanks Gloria, and to everyone. It's nice to get a pat on the back and encouragement - especially from your peers, and at the beginning. Encourages, the desire.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on April 27, 2012, 12:53:13 PM
Harald  :clap: :congrats: :clap: well done.  O0

Batman, love it... your Cosmos really pops.  :congrats: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 27, 2012, 04:22:29 PM
Harald, very nicely done.   :clap:

Imbatman...... Brilliant, both in colour and execution.  :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 27, 2012, 04:42:18 PM
Glad to have you back again Val  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 27, 2012, 05:02:28 PM
Nice to be home again .... Dennis, the different flowers here are amazing. Going to go walkabout tomorrow and take some pictures. I'll be sure to post them, Can't wait to get the paints out   :yippee: 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on May 21, 2012, 06:56:25 PM
I tried 20 years ago and gave up.  I'm very happy to have found this course!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on May 22, 2012, 04:04:08 AM
You did a fantastic job on the cosmos, Natalie!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

You won't want to give up now that you're on Paintbasket.   :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 22, 2012, 12:28:38 PM
Hi Natalie, I agree with Lillian. You have a very nice delicate touch to your painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: yuta_tune on June 07, 2012, 03:26:06 AM
I like this lesson very much! Thank you, Dennis, for the nice and very usefull watercolor-painting)) I'm just beginner, so, there are many mistakes in my watercolor.. I'll be working to make it better.. leaves are bad, 'cause I can't (don't know why) make thin lines with brush((
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Maryna on June 07, 2012, 03:36:13 AM
very nice
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on June 07, 2012, 04:09:25 AM
I don't recall welcoming you to Paintbasket, yuta_tune, so here's a  :bigwelcome: from me.

 :congrats: on your lovely cosmos painting.  The flowers are very delicate and I love the background which is so nicely done.  The leaves aren't that bad.  Using the rigger brush takes some practice.

Thanks for posting your work.  I'm looking forward to seeing more.

You'll be amazed at how much help and encouragement you will get here in this friendly community.

Happy  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on June 07, 2012, 04:58:31 AM
 :welcome: Yute_tune!!  You will love all the lessons Dennis offers! He is a great teacher!!!Congratulations on completing your cosmos painting! Nice job!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on June 07, 2012, 06:28:31 AM
 :welcome: TO PB....Nice Job Yute_tune  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on June 07, 2012, 07:15:22 AM
 :welcome: Yute_tune to Paint Basket, I think your cosmos are lovely you've done a great job.

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: yuta_tune on June 07, 2012, 10:09:32 AM
Wow.. Thank you very much! :)  Thank you for the all good words for me.. In fact, it's all for Dennis, he is a very good teacher, it's a pleasure to see his lessons))
It's so nice to see all of you, people, here :) I'll be back with something else (if I have a little bit of good luck to paint something good enough.. ))
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on June 07, 2012, 11:03:59 AM
  :welcome: To this great site Yuta-tune. You did a great job on your cosmos.  You are going to love the great classes that Dennis and Nolan produce for us.  Happy  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on June 07, 2012, 12:26:56 PM
Natalie, you have done a great job on your Cosmos  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Leana on June 07, 2012, 12:27:58 PM
Yute_tune :welcome: to Paint Basket.  Your Cosmos is truly beautiful.  Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on June 07, 2012, 12:49:38 PM
 :welcome: Yuta_tune. I like your cosmos painting. Very good for a beginner  :clap: :clap: :clap: - you also have a very nice delicate touch. Post the other lessons for us to see as well.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on June 07, 2012, 04:37:37 PM
 :welcome: Yuta_tune. You came to the right place. Nice painting you did.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Natalie Nice job on your cosmos too.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on June 08, 2012, 07:22:21 AM
well done to everyone on your cosmos paintings!!   :welcome: to yuta-tune you have certainly come to the right place great teachers and the perfect forum
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on June 10, 2012, 07:30:59 PM
Natalie and Yuta_tune

well done both of you and  :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:

Bye the bye.....I learned that I am the WORST judge of the quality of my work :'( :'(   And this crew of happy  :painting: have gotten me to post every thing... They and Dennis give honest feedback  AND  it is by the suggestions I get that I grow the fastest and the most.

I'm glad I stopped cheating my self out of opportunities to grow. :smiley6600:

Glad you are here
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: yuta_tune on June 11, 2012, 11:08:07 AM
Thanks once more to everybody for the good words))  and.. I've just painted the "Seascape".. made some changes there, added seagails and scratched some light spots in the clouds and in the seawaves.. not sure that it's good, but I'm always trying to make my thing better if I see that I'm almost going to spoil it((
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on June 11, 2012, 11:14:21 AM
Be very careful of trying to "add a bit more". That's the time when you stand a great chance of spoiling what was a very nice painting  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: yuta_tune on June 25, 2012, 05:47:05 AM
Thank you, Dennis :thankyou:
I've been trying not to spoil the good thing  :painting: 
Well, this is new version of my "Cosmos painting":

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on June 25, 2012, 06:19:29 AM
yuta-tune what can i say!!! they are beautiful  the flowers really pop out at you  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on June 25, 2012, 06:30:02 AM
Awesome job girl.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 25, 2012, 06:37:48 AM
I like the dreamlike effect of your cosmos painting Yuta-Tune. Very nice ;)  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on June 25, 2012, 07:35:10 AM
Beautiful painting Yuta Tune O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on June 25, 2012, 01:10:25 PM
Yuta-tune, very nice!  I love your cosmos painting!  Beautiful!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on June 25, 2012, 06:14:28 PM
Yuta-tune  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Top class  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Rkymtnmary on June 25, 2012, 08:06:38 PM
Just lovely!  I especially like your colors!   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on June 26, 2012, 04:52:40 PM
Yuta tune .... this one is really beautiful.   O0   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: yuta_tune on June 27, 2012, 01:32:29 AM
Thank you very much! :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on June 27, 2012, 06:45:44 AM
 :clap: Beautiful job Yuta!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on June 28, 2012, 03:34:31 PM
yuta_tune

Top Dog nailed for me !   had a very similar reaction :smitten: Beautiful job

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on June 30, 2012, 05:06:43 AM
Yuta Tune, your cosmos paintings are lovely!  I really like the second one. The colors are beautiful!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 18, 2012, 10:19:51 AM
You have done a beautiful job with the cosmos :clap: :clap: :clap: The centers could have been a bit more yellow. Lift out and add yellow - this will brighten the flowers even more.

Baie goed gedoen. Ek hou daarvan. Groete.

Looking forward to seeing the other paintings.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on July 18, 2012, 11:01:30 AM
 O0 There you go, Rita! Great job!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 18, 2012, 02:52:36 PM
 Dennis and C. Bodine,  :thankyou: both for your nice comment, I appreciate it.  :smitten:

I just changed the centers of my cosmosflowers, and   :painting: made them more yellow. You're absolutely right Dennis  O0, they look so much better and brighter   O0 :thankyou:.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 18, 2012, 02:55:09 PM
 :yippee:  Rita, just lovely. It's amazing what those tiny touches can do.   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 18, 2012, 03:18:15 PM
 :thankyou: Val for your lovely comment.  :flowers:

Yes, it is amazing to see the differents between both paintings.  I didn't think that so little yellow could make such a great differents.  :yippee: My cosmosflowers really improved, thanks to Dennis.   :clap:  :)

 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 18, 2012, 03:43:50 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on July 18, 2012, 04:11:02 PM
 :clap:  :clap: great improvement!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on July 18, 2012, 07:35:20 PM
Wow!  Your cosmos painting was lovely before, even more beautiful now!   :yippee:

That is a real nice painting.  The flowers are nicely done and I really like the way you did the background.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on July 19, 2012, 01:15:51 AM
rita your cosmos flowers are absolutely wonderful, if this is anything to go by can't wait for the next painting !!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 19, 2012, 02:34:46 AM
C. Bodine, Lillian and Jennylynn,   :flowers: :thankyou: so much for your lovely and encourage comments,  I don't know what to say .

I did some watercolours in the past, and I loved it although I'm not great at it. But I already see some improvement thanks to the  lessons of Dennis I loved painting the cosmosflowers and I'll give it a second try, they are soo lovely. I just started the second lesson, the Monochrome Landscape and it looks nice,  a little to dark but I love how the mixed colour turned out.

I've seen your cosmosflowers too, and I saw some very, very  gorgeous flowers , well done!!! I think there are some very talented people on this community and I'm happy to join this great family.

 :thankyou: :flowers: Have a nice  :painting: day
Title: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: polliwag on July 19, 2012, 05:44:07 PM
I ordered masking fluid from Dick Blick (house brand).  The lable says "DO NOT SHAKE".  Are there some brands that need to be shaken and others that do not?  What's the difference?

I watched the lesson on painting cosmos.  Still couldn't find the template.  Does anyone know how to get it?
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: SunRai on July 19, 2012, 07:20:41 PM
When you go to Paint Basket TV, and find the Watercolor Classes, then find the Cosmos Class, the resource list is under the video when you click on it.  That's where you'll find the template - at least I think that's where it is!  Maybe someone with more experience can point you to it better!  I seem to always go around a few times until I finally land on the right place!

-Pat
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: polliwag on July 19, 2012, 07:26:17 PM
 :thankyou:
I did find it.  Just missed it somehow. 
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: dennis on July 19, 2012, 07:55:04 PM
I have never heard of masking fluid that should not be shaken. All the makes I have bought through the years has had an instruction to shake the bottle well BEFORE use. And that's what I recommend.
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: polliwag on July 20, 2012, 06:53:10 AM
Dennis, I stand corrected on the masking fluid.  It is not the Dick Blick house brand.  The lable says

Incredible White Mask, Liquid Friskit, by Grafix, Cleveland, Ohio.

It definitely says, STIR, DO NOT SHAKE.

This brand has high review on Dick Blick's site.  I have not had really good success with it, but perhaps it's just me.  It has lots of bubbles in it..maybe from the soap on my brush?? 

I'm sure you have used several brands over the years.  Does any one seem superior?
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on July 20, 2012, 04:53:04 PM
I too have the incredible white mask from Dick Blick.  I will try to start wc next week. I will be anxiously watching the answers here. I am starting on the cosmos Monday, probably.  I have read the introduction and will read it again this weekend and try to go at it.   :gl2: on your cosmos and mask.
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: polliwag on July 20, 2012, 05:46:55 PM
I was thinking I had ordered the cheaper brand, which I don't usually do unless I know it's as good as another more expensive one.  However when I looked back at the product on line, it had high reviews.  My teacher in my local art class was surprised at the DO NOT SHAKE thing too.  At this point, I'm assuming most of them, if not all others, must say Shake well.  I did use mine today with good results.  I always have a little trouble in the application, but I used the Incredible Nib to apply it with and kept rinsing between every dip or two in the fluid.  I also put it on pretty heavy.  Seemed to work much better.  I did the background on the cosmos today.  I am trying different colors just for fun.. Not sure yet which colors.  My background is a Bronzy Purple.  I hope I didn't make a mistake choosing that color.. We'll see!   :gl2:
Title: Welcome comments on my Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 10:53:15 AM
I painted this without the aid of the lesson.. only what I could remember from watching it previously.  I wanted to start over, but thought I'd try to salvage it.
Title: Re: Welcome comments on my Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on July 26, 2012, 12:13:24 PM
Dianne!!!  Wow!  This is watercolor???   :confused:

What a beautiful painting.  I like the background and you really have the light showing nicely on the flowers.

I'm amazed at your ability  :yippee:   :flowers:   :1hug:  and all the other suitable icons --

and I can't wait 'til Dennis sees this. 
Title: Re: Welcome comments on my Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 01:33:43 PM
Oh my!   :thankyou: Lillian and Rita.  I wasn't expecting such nice comments.  The background was a mistake; however I tried to make the best of it...and you just made me feel like I did.   :thankyou: :thankyou:
Title: Cosmos in Yellow
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 01:37:23 PM
This is the first cosmos I painted.. Messed the background up on it too... but went with it!(http://)
Title: Re: Cosmos in Yellow
Post by: Lillian on July 26, 2012, 01:46:31 PM
Dianne, I've never seen yellow cosmos.  I just learned they exist.

You have a nice background The complementary color really makes the flowers stand out.

It's great that you are getting in lots of practice and you are doing so well.   :yippee:
Title: Re: Welcome comments on my Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on July 26, 2012, 02:15:06 PM
Dianne this is very nice.  :clap:

I like the marble-type effect of the background. If it is a mistake (or happy accident as Dennis calls them) then you should be very happy with the mistake. And the richness of the flowers is set off nicely by it being so light.

For me it would have been a bit better if there was a bit of variance to the the tones of the individual flowers though.

Also, which direction is the light coming from:confused: The top right hand cosmos doesn't look lit correctly when you compare it to the others. I don't think the far petals would be uniformly dark if the light is coming from above - either top right, or top left. There probably should be some lighter markings in them.

That's just my opinion, see what Dennis say though - I'm still an amateur at this game.

However, love the fact that someone else isn't afraid to throw the full weight of their pigments at the paper! O0

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 26, 2012, 02:51:51 PM
Very nicely salvaged  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just lift out the flower centers and make them a bit more yellow - this will give the extra "brightness" to the painting.

These dark flowers do have the underside lighter than the top face. That is not a mistake.
Nothing wrong with the background.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 26, 2012, 03:00:12 PM
I have moved  some of the Cosmos Posting to Lesson # 1

In order to be able to be easier to find, search and handle the materials posted I would appreciate it if everyone would keep the subjects relevant to the Lesson Numbers and not post at random. This request is at  the top of each Lesson Posting.


Many thanks for your co-operation.
Title: Retouched Red Cosmos
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 03:32:56 PM
Thanks, Dennis for the comments.  I lifted the color in the centers and darkened the lower left inside petals and lightened the upper right inside petals just a bit.  Sorry about posting in the wrong place.  Still learning my way around a little.  However, with your and the other nice comments, I now feel like a star! :heeha: :yippee: :clap:(http://)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 03:55:07 PM
Thank you Rita.  It feels good to get nice comments on my work.  I finally feel like I am making progress.  I have viewed your work, and you have some lovely pieces posted in your gallery  :clap:  :clap: and O0 O0 to you as well!!
Title: Re: Retouched Red Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on July 26, 2012, 04:09:21 PM
Wow!  Dianne, what a difference!  Those lovely flowers just pop off the page!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dennis really knows his stuff, doesn't he!

I'm glad you are enjoying your painting.  You are a star!!!  You're doing beautiful work!

You are very generous with the pigments.  Do you use paint straight from the tube for much of your painting?  Or  is your brand of paint giving those intense colors?
Title: Re: Retouched Red Cosmos
Post by: polliwag on July 26, 2012, 04:17:04 PM
Yes, just that little bit made a difference.  Thank you again!
The paints that I use are all DaVinci paints.  My teacher in Florida strongly recommended them, and I am happy with them; although, I have not really used any others.  None of the painting was totally done with paints right out of the tube, but pretty strongly mixed on the reds.  She (teacher) always stressed not being afraid to put enough pigment on the paper.. Guess that stuck with me a bit.
Title: Re: Retouched Red Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on July 26, 2012, 04:33:09 PM
All I can say is that your work is brilliant and nicely done!   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 27, 2012, 04:32:28 AM
 :thankyou: Dianne for your nice comment :flowers:

I just saw your retouched Red Cosmos... :clap: :clap: :twothumbs: Well done!!! They just looking great, absolute brilliant.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on July 27, 2012, 05:35:03 AM
Dianne and Rita, your cosmos paintings are both very pretty.  Great to see individuality in the posts!! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 27, 2012, 06:50:41 AM
 :blush: Thank you, C for your nice comment.  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 27, 2012, 01:54:31 PM
Gorgeous flowers   :clap:   :clap:  You're doing brilliantly   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 27, 2012, 02:11:23 PM
Thank you, Val!  Where are you now?  Still traveling around the waters?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 27, 2012, 02:45:32 PM
Safely tucked 17 miles up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala for hurricane season. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 27, 2012, 06:29:57 PM
...and do you have a place you call home?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 28, 2012, 03:50:13 AM
Hi Rita, I try to keep our whereabouts up to date in 'About Me' . Look under PJ's Adventures.   :wave:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on July 29, 2012, 02:33:56 PM
Hello,

Here is my Cosmos painting I did this morning. Although I see a lot of mistakes I like how it turned out.


I'm going to do another one tomorrow after work.

Also I want to say great job on everyone's paintings. They look fantastic!! Good stuff O0

Thanks for looking.

Scott
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 29, 2012, 02:52:58 PM
 :bigwelcome:  Hi Scott, welcome to the PB forum. I really like how you've put texture in the petals. The centers just pop out at you. Very nicely done.
I think you'll be even more pleased with the next one. Its surprising how quickly you pick up on what to do and not to do. Looking forward to it.   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on July 29, 2012, 04:30:20 PM
 :welcome: to Paintbasket, Scott!

It's great to see you already posting a painting.  You'll love it here.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 29, 2012, 04:56:38 PM
 :welcome: Scott. I love your painting - very well executed indeed  :clap: :clap: :clap:

To make it even better I suggest you add a bit more red to the bottom petals of the lower right flower. It is too cut in half, as it were. The colour must be lighter that the top petals but not as light as they are now. Post it again next to this one for comparison. Well done  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on July 29, 2012, 06:12:08 PM
 :welcome: Scott. What an introduction. Right to painting! O0 Your cosmos are lovely!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on July 29, 2012, 06:22:13 PM
Scott, "welcome aboard"  It is going to be a fun ride!

Di, Rita, & Scott, Just 'catching up' on things  and am very glad I got to see your work.. I am impressed! 

Don"t see any mistakes, do see a few " I wonder how they did that"

again  :welcome:

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on July 29, 2012, 11:23:38 PM
 :wave: Brian,

Thank you for your lovely and inspirering (if there is such a word) comment. Your paintings and the great classes and lessons from Dennis and Nolan helped me to improve a lot in a very short time.
Thank you for that :clap: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on July 30, 2012, 12:51:47 PM
WOW what a welcome! I think I'm gonna like hanging around here.   :) Thank you all for your nice comments and suggestions. Its dinner time now and right afterwards I'll start the second one.

Scott
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on July 30, 2012, 08:21:10 PM
Nice job, Scott!  I love the  O0way everyone's painting of the same thing turns out very different, each unique!  Did you do the other one?  Now show us what you got!! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 01, 2012, 02:32:23 PM
As promised here is my 2nd painting,


     

(If I did this correctly the first one I painted  should be on the bottom for comparison.)

I like how this one came out  as well. I did try as you suggested Dennis and not cut the flowers in hald. Not sure how sucessful I was.

As you can see I did fiddle alot with the background at the bottom.  I would have liked it to merge together a bit more and not really liking all that brown at the left. I wanted to change that but wasn't sure how to go about it with totally messing it up.

When I remove the masking fluid I have areas where the paint has weeped through. I looks like I it have it evenly applied. It appears dry before I start painting, well sticky anyway but not wet. Maybe I'm lifting it in places when I lay down the washes?

It is nice to see how every one's painting each have their own look to them.  O0

I think I'll do another one but change the design around a bit.

Scott



 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 01, 2012, 04:35:10 PM
I'll let Dennis have the final say, but I think you improved on the flowers in your second painting.   :clap: :clap:

He can probably help you fix your background so you're happier with that.

It's great to see you diving right in and  :painting:  :painting:  :painting: You will progress faster as  you practice.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 02, 2012, 12:25:48 PM
Thanks Lillian, I'm going to practice as much as I can.  I have a sketch done of the next one, going to start that next.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 03, 2012, 12:23:30 PM
Thanks Rita, that's the one I'm going to start tonight. I see that class 2 has unlocked  :)
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: rhcopeland on August 03, 2012, 03:54:59 PM
Hi everyone,  I am a newbie at watercolors and was going through the class on Cosmos flowers.  Everything was going well until time to remove the masking fluid from the flowers.  The paper came off with it.  Not in just a few places, but everywhere I put it.  I was wondering if anyone can tell me what I did wrong?
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: Lillian on August 03, 2012, 04:06:03 PM
Hi rhcopeland.   :welcome: to Paintbasket! 

I'm sorry about the problem with the masking fluid.  I think I heard somewhere here that someone had the same problem.  Maybe someone who had that unhappy experience will come by and help you.

I haven't experienced the paper lifting but I'm wondering if you need to stir the contents of  your bottle of masking fluid or shake the bottle.  The solid portion can settle to the bottom over time and leave just the more fluid portion on top.  Hey!  I'm just guessing here!  Let's see what other feedback comes your way.

I'm glad you joined us.  You'll enjoy it here in this friendly forum where we learn from each other.  Have a look around and you'll see what a happy bunch we are.  Happy to be privileged to be learning from Dennis and Nolan.

Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: rhcopeland on August 03, 2012, 04:32:32 PM
Thank you so much, Lillian, for your quick reply.  I will try shaking and stirring and just test it out of scrap paper before trying on a painting again.  I just love this website.  There is so much for me to learn and believe this is the perfect place.  Hope to chat with you again soon : :thankyou:
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: dennis on August 03, 2012, 04:45:20 PM
Hi rhcopeland  :welcome: to the Paint Basket. Make yourself at home.

The main problem when the paper comes off with the masking fluid is, in most cases,  the quality of the paper itself. It pays to buy good quality paper and even then always do a test on a small portion with the masking fluid before starting a major project.

The other problem occurs when one pulls off the masking straight up from the paper instead of gently sideways across the paper. Use the making tape technique as shown in the cosmos video.
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: Val on August 03, 2012, 05:54:36 PM
Also keep in mind the paper must be 100% dry when you put the masking fluid on, and 100% dry before painting, and again the paint and paper must be 100% dry before you remove the masking fluid.
One of these days I'll end up with a 100% painting!   ;D
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: dennis on August 03, 2012, 11:44:07 PM
 O0 Thanks Val.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on August 04, 2012, 12:39:32 AM
 :welcome:  to pb scott your cosmos paintings are really well done, but the 2nd one you painted is even better  O0   can't wait to see more of your work !
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 04, 2012, 01:20:43 AM
Thanks jennylynn.


BTW, I finally got a bar of soap and was experimenting last night with the masking fluid. I couldn't find the brand recommended but what I got seems to work just fine. Thanks Dennis as well to the rest of the gang who posted similar questions in the other forum.   :thankyou:
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: Val on August 04, 2012, 07:40:31 AM
 :urwelcome:  Just passing along what I've learned here.   O0   :)
Title: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: jonscoot on August 04, 2012, 10:09:13 AM
Hello,

I was debating whether I should post this but decided what the heck. This is where I am right now and there is no point in being shy about it.  ;D


It not actually too far from what I had in mind. I do not like how the cup turned out but I did a little better with the initial washes (before fiddling with it, again). I will definitely do this again a little down the road. Now I'm off to lesson 2.

Thanks,

Scott
Title: Re: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: C.Bodine on August 04, 2012, 10:20:03 AM
Scott, I think you did a great job on it! The cup is rounded like it should be!
Title: Re: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: NHC50 on August 04, 2012, 10:39:54 AM
Scott nice job. I agree with C.B. your cup looks good. And your flowers look nice too.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: polliwag on August 04, 2012, 12:30:17 PM
Scott.. looks very nice.  With reference to the direction the light is coming from, it appears that the left flower would receive light equally on the whole face of it, but you have most of it dark with just a little light on the far edges.  Not real sure about this.. just asking.  Very nice job though.. I like the cup and the flowers! O0 O0
Title: Re: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: Val on August 04, 2012, 12:36:03 PM
I think what is making it a bit confusing is your colour of the petals around the center need to be a little bit darker to increase the cup shape of the flowers. The 'looking in' shape as Dennis calls it. Just a guess here, what do you think?
Title: Re: Cosmos in a cup - Havin Fun with Lesson 1
Post by: Lillian on August 04, 2012, 04:21:06 PM
I love your painting!  You did a nice job on the leaves.  I like the cast shadow on the wall and the background color and execution.

It's all very nice.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Maybe just darken the shadow next to the cup a bit more and have it fading out gradually up to the wall.

First let's see what Dennis has to say.
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: rhcopeland on August 04, 2012, 06:12:22 PM
Thank you, Dennis & Val.  I changed to a better paper and then let it dry completely and SUCCESS! :) You are very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Masking Fluid and Cosmos Template
Post by: Val on August 04, 2012, 06:23:59 PM
 :urwelcome:  Your welcome RH, very happy you got it sorted out.   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 05, 2012, 09:05:39 AM
Many thanks for the nice comments and suggestions. You guys are great!!

Yep I agree about the light direction and values. I new something wasn't quite right but I see it now. Had I not posted I probably never would have even noticed.   

 :thankyou:

 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 05, 2012, 04:39:03 PM
Lovely painting Scott! :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on August 05, 2012, 05:12:41 PM
rhcopeland
 :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:

Scot I am impressed with all 3 of your cosmos. I also noticed how you improved the background tonal value and carried that through into your third painting.  What a difference that dark against light makes.

 :clap: :clap:
Brian

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 07, 2012, 01:04:14 PM
Thanks Natalie and Brian. Well I'm finally able to start lesson 2 tonight. Should be a fun one!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 07, 2012, 01:09:43 PM
Looking forward to it Scott.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: helena12 on August 08, 2012, 12:54:11 PM
Pfuuuhuuhuuu,
I wanted to post my cosmo here. Just couldn't sort out how to get it in here.And that even when Ray send me the thread where I could read how to do it.  :tongue:  But somehow I managed to get the picture into the gallery. First step into the right direction I'd like to say.

Is there a way to post it here afterwards?

Anyway... The cosmo is the first version out of three. I did a lot of washing out and paint it again and so on. Such a wonder that there is any colour left. The colour of the upper background was too strong so that the leaves dissapeared. I tried to do the leaves stronger, but then the picture was dead and I had to take the colour off again..... Lots of work but I liked it. In the past i didn't bother to restore it, I just painted one or more new versions. Now I like this version best even though the stems seem to have eating disorder and are on the thin side. I like the shadow of the white flower.

I hope you take the trouble to look for it or can enlighten me how I get it here so that even I can understand it.

Good night
Helena
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on August 08, 2012, 02:34:03 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Good job Helena!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 08, 2012, 03:53:24 PM
Helena, your did a beautiful painting!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

I really love the soft colors of the flowers and the background looks lovely.  Cosmos have very thin stems so you did them perfectly.

I think Dennis will be happy with your painting.  Let's see if he has any words of advice for you.

Here's how to post your photo.  Once you have your picture in your gallery, scroll down the page and you will see a BBC code in square brackets.  Copy the code including the square brackets and paste in in your message on the forum.  I hope this helps. 

You can even put your photo in your message after you see in in the main gallery.  Click on the top of the picture and you can do the same, scroll down and copy and paste as I said before.

When you've done it once or twice it will be so easy for you.   :gl2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jonscoot on August 08, 2012, 04:42:44 PM
Hello Helena. Fantastic job on your cosmos  :clap: it looks great. I really like your background.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on August 08, 2012, 04:58:07 PM
Helena Awesome job. Very pretty.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: helena12 on August 09, 2012, 01:04:44 AM
Thanks to all of you, for your advice and help and friendly comments. It feels very good. I am quite overwhelmed with  :smitten: And thank you Val for the miracle you did. I'm impressed. And Lillian for explaining. I'll try it again with lesson 2. Sooner or later.  :-*

Have a fantastic day  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 09, 2012, 04:56:36 AM
 :urwelcome:   :gl2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on August 09, 2012, 06:43:02 AM
Helena, I love the colors you have used. They're so soft and make the flowers look so delicate! Beautiful job! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on August 11, 2012, 05:44:58 PM
Henela12, excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Can find no fault with it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 12, 2012, 06:49:07 PM
Always a pleasure Helena, if you have any further difficulties let us know.   O0   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: helena12 on August 13, 2012, 11:01:47 AM
  :thankyou:
Thanks Dennis, can't believe my good luck that you misplaced your glasses. No just kidding - anyway your praise made my day. :yippee:
And thanks C.Bodine for your nice comment.
Val, I will ask for help again (or rather have to  :)) I feel it in my bones.

Helena
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 13, 2012, 03:49:50 PM
Very pretty Helena!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 13, 2012, 06:34:53 PM
Val, I will ask for help again (or rather have to  :)) I feel it in my bones.

Helena, you and me both.   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 20, 2012, 05:29:44 AM
This was a painting started last April while in St. Maarten/St. Martin. I had pretty much written this one off and filed it away in the UFO pile. After mucking about with some of the drawing exercises (thankyou Nolan), I decided that there might be hope for this. So I applied some of the newly acquired knowledge, and I think it came out pretty fair!   :heeha:  There are still a few things I haven't been brave enough to try and fix, but I'm actually quite pleased with the outcome.
Wadda ya think?



Here is the first cosmos I did  ?? months previous. Notice any differences?   ::)

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pnewcomer1 on August 20, 2012, 05:32:03 AM
I think it is lovely Val, nicely done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Penny
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on August 20, 2012, 05:38:32 AM
Val, I love it!  I love the choice of colors! The multi-colored flowers!You did an excellent job on the stems and leaves!  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 20, 2012, 05:53:33 AM
I didn't expect a response so quickly, I was just posting the other recovered UFO!

 :thankyou:  Penny, I really had my doubts.

 :thankyou:  C.  When I started this, I actually scared myself with the purple!   :2funny:  It wasn't supposed to be that intense. I originally made the stems and leaves so 'BADLY', I almost tore it up. Remembering what I always told Pat, 'put it away, come back another day', so it got stuffed in the UFO bin.
Strange as it sounds, it was the drawing course that made me pull it out and have another go at it.
So happy I did!   :clap:   :cloud9:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 20, 2012, 05:59:40 AM
 :2funny:  Rita! We were posting at the same time.

Wow,   :thankyou:  Thanks so much for your encouragement. I was really quite nervous about posting this.   :-\ 

It probably would have been easier to hang it on your wall than to post it here!   ;D  (less critics!)   :whistle:   :2funny:


AND I EVEN MANAGED TO SAVE/STOP (sort 0f) A CAULIFLOWER!!!   :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 20, 2012, 06:52:24 AM
Vibrant painting Val! :clap:

Vibrant Val...has a ring to it.  :) :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on August 20, 2012, 07:54:10 AM
Ladies...Helena and Val.........Outstanding!  I love the backgrounds on both; shading is nice, and I want to 'lean over n smell'.
Great paintings, you guys.  :flowers:    :flowers:
Val...Terrific recovery for your UFO....I have one lurking in the back of the drawer....there's hope!!    :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on August 20, 2012, 09:02:39 AM
Val---- bold and beautiful.  O0 O0  :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 20, 2012, 09:10:14 AM
Val, I say ditto to all the above!

Your painting is absolutely awesome, very well done and great choice of colors!

Dennis and Nolan are right about the drawing course helping us to paint.  You've just proved it!   :heeha:

 :congrats:   :yippee:  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 20, 2012, 07:46:36 PM
 :thankyou:  Natalie .... I have been accused of being 'overly' vibrant at times. I love those tacky wild coloured shirts with birds, palm trees, drinks ...  :eek:

Bella, if you only have one UFO in your closet, consider yourself lucky!   ;D  Thank you for your kind comment.

 :thankyou:  Nina

Lillian, I said I needed to practice colour mixing...boy did I have a time trying to remix some of those flower colours!   :eyesclosed:  Thank you so much for your comments.
Those Clark Boys really are awesome aren't they?   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on August 21, 2012, 07:18:02 PM
Helena - I love your Cosmos - very well done! 

Val - I LOVE the bright colors of your Cosmos - very "out of the box" painting!  It's nice to see a different take on the same subject matter.  I like bright colors also, but am probably a bit too unsure of my painting ability to try doing something that different.  Kudos to you!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 22, 2012, 05:30:11 AM
Pat, this is the second cosmos that I tried. The first one is 'quite' dull in comparison. I added it to the post to show for comparison.
The brilliance of the colours in this one were totally accidental! Happy Accidents...gotta love 'em!   ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on August 25, 2012, 06:30:56 PM
So - I've worked up the courage to show this very first attempt at a watercolor painting, other than little sketches to try out the medium.  I struggled a bit  :( , and overworked some of it   :-\ , but at least I got it done!  :clap:


Comments and suggestions are welcome!  I'm doing another one to see if it's any better, but I've only got the background wash done, and I'm not really happy with it.  I'll finish it for the practice doing the flowers.  Learning how much water, and how much fiddling to do is a challenge!  But, I"m having fun!  My granddaughter is also doing a little watercolor painting - she'll probably pass me up soon!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on August 25, 2012, 08:42:27 PM
Absolutely beautiful for a first watercolour painting. Wow  :clap: :clap: :clap: My only real problem is the thickness of the stems to the buds. Must be much thinner. Keep it up  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on August 25, 2012, 08:50:09 PM
Thank-you Dennis for your nice comments.

Yes - those stems!  I struggled with the frisket, and then didn't know how to fill in the wide white areas!  Should I try to darken the sides of the stems to blend them in better with the background?  Or, maybe just chalk it up to a learning moment, and move on?  I really do need to learn to control my brush better, and I hope that will come with practice!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 26, 2012, 03:40:08 AM
Pat, this is your very first EVER watercolor painting????  WOW is not expressive enough!

You are off to an amazing start!

My suggestion is that if you find the frisket makes too wide a space for the stems, just omit it for the stems of the small buds.  In watercolor, you can paint dark over light, so you should be able to be ok painting those small stems just like you did the leaves.

Have fun!  Happy  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on August 26, 2012, 06:04:13 AM
Excellent job, Pat! Definitely impressive for your firt wc.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 26, 2012, 08:39:12 AM
 :yippee:  Banner job there Pat. Lovely bright colours, shadings look great. Looking forward to the next one.   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on August 26, 2012, 10:22:22 AM
Thanks everyone!  :thankyou:

It's sort of scary putting my work up, especially when i know it's not PERFECT!  :stress:  Of course, I probably will never think I've done a perfect job, that's just the perfectioninst in me - which could keep me from even trying if I wasn't to driven to paint!!

Thanks for the suggestion Lillian. The funny thing is that in the middle of the night I woke up and thought   :idea: "why do I have to put frisket on the stems anyway?"  They are darker, so couldn't I just paint them last?"  Those are the sort of problems I work out in my sleep!!   Probably because I'm not distracted by my insecurities!!  I still need to work on controlling that frisket, but next time I won't bother with the little stems!

I love flowers!  :flowers:  I watched the live Arums class, and am taking the Hibiscus class today.  I thought about trying to paint along today, but am having problems with my internet the last couple of days, so I decided to just watch again, and paint later.  So, I'll see some of you in class later!   :wave:

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jm7445 on August 26, 2012, 10:46:33 AM
   Finally finished and happy to post the cosmos. I learned a lot. I hope it is showing here. All C&C welcomed. On to the next lesson.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 26, 2012, 11:39:58 AM
Nicely done.   :clap:   :clap:  Darkening the shadow edge of the centers will give you more of a 3D effect. I like the fern like quality you've given the leaves. Good job.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 26, 2012, 02:22:02 PM
I love your painting, jm7445   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

It's nice and loose and delicate.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on August 26, 2012, 05:21:04 PM
I agree with Lillian, jm7445.  Loose and delicate.   Great job! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jm7445 on August 27, 2012, 04:59:27 AM
 :thankyou: appreciate everyones comments & suggestions. It truly is a learning process for me and I am enjoying it. Enjoy painting loosely with watercolors would like to master the technique someday  ::)Thanks again. :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on August 29, 2012, 02:51:58 PM
Pat, Jersey Girl, Nice job on your wtercolor painting.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on August 29, 2012, 02:58:26 PM
Pat, First attempt?  Looks great!

Val, I like both of yours!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on August 29, 2012, 03:44:52 PM
Jersey Girl - Nice job on your Cosmos.  I like the light, airy colors, and light touch.

It's really fun to see all the Cosmos paintings - they all are different and all look so nice!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 30, 2012, 03:32:17 AM
 :thankyou:  Dianne.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on September 06, 2012, 02:16:51 PM
Here's my second attempt of the Cosmos.  I tried to get the stems thinner, and was a little successful.  :clap:  The painting is darker, a bit different.  I like it OK, but don't know if it's really much better than the first one!  :-\  I have a way to go still, trying to learn about how much water, paint, etc. to use, and to get my brush to do what my minds wishes  :2funny:  But, I'm still having fun!


-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 06, 2012, 02:20:37 PM
Lovely Pat.   :clap:  Nice colouring and the background really pushes the flowers out and upfront.   O0   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on September 06, 2012, 02:24:27 PM
Thanks, Val!  That was a fast reply!  It's nice to have such fast feedback  :)

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 06, 2012, 02:29:58 PM
 :urwelcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on September 06, 2012, 02:49:56 PM
The colors are really pretty-nicely done!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on September 06, 2012, 03:21:55 PM
I agree! The dark background really makes the flowers stand out!!! Well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on September 06, 2012, 05:09:25 PM
Beautiful painting!  You can be very proud of this!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on September 06, 2012, 08:34:08 PM
Yes.. agree with all the above! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on September 07, 2012, 08:38:54 AM
another great painting pa love the dark background makes the flowers pop!!  well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on September 07, 2012, 10:53:22 AM
Pat...can't add another...everyone has said it....IT'S LOVELY and you did such a great job. It's beautiful.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: lynn p. on September 08, 2012, 03:42:57 AM
Pat--That is lovely and frameable.  Love the varied background and how the whites stand out.  Your should be very happy with this, it must be hard to do watercolor!   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on September 08, 2012, 10:57:47 AM
Thanks everyone!  :thankyou:

I like this one better than my first one.  I guess that should be expected as I learn more about what I'm doing!

Lynn - I thought watercolors would be hard, especially after only painting in oils many years ago.  I really put off even trying because of that!  When I did finally get up enough courage to give it a try, I was amazed that I could actually get something that looked OK!  There are things to learn, practice and trial & error like learning anything.  But the switch from oils to watercolors wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!  Of course, there were about 45 years in between!  I should have tried it sooner!  I really think I like it better than oil painting.  The best part, for me, is that the set-up and clean-up are a breeze, and I can paint in short bursts, whenever I have a minute.  With oils I always had to plan ahead, set aside a good block of time, which I never seemed to have!   This has allowed me to get back into painting again!!

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on September 11, 2012, 05:08:08 AM
Pat very well done.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: tina verpoorten on September 13, 2012, 10:17:48 AM
Pat I love your Cosmos, the background, the colour of the flowers and the stems, really nice.
I didn't paint mine from the replay, because I had already painted cosmos before.
This was an attempt I made before being a member of PB: wed in wed for the background and dry in wed for the flowers.
I'm waiting for your comments.  :-\
 :hug: everybody.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on September 13, 2012, 10:20:46 AM
Wow-eee!  Beautiful, Tina!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: tina verpoorten on September 13, 2012, 10:28:11 AM
 :thankyou: Lillian. Now I'm going to work on th daffodil  :-\ I wonder what I'm gone do ??? ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: helena12 on September 13, 2012, 10:54:32 AM
Hi Pat and Tina,

you both did a great job. Tina your cosmeas look as if they are growing in a fairy garden.

Pat, better start late than never. And it was a clever thing of you to do. Your flowers look really beautiful

 :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on September 13, 2012, 01:45:08 PM
Thanks, Helena  :1hug:

Tina - those Cosmos are lovely. :clap: I really like the wispy background, and the bluish colors.  It's nice to see your own take on the subject!

I'm still working on the Hibiscus, so I"m a few flowers behind!  But what fun we're having, right?! :yippee:

-Pat
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 13, 2012, 03:06:25 PM
Excellent background and Cosmos Tina. Wonderful colourings.   O0   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on September 13, 2012, 04:52:20 PM
Tina, wonderful colors! Really great painting! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: tina verpoorten on September 16, 2012, 01:44:32 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: to everybody  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Riya on September 23, 2012, 05:42:59 AM
Very beautiful cosmosflowers, Tina, I love the pink and blue contrast, it is vibrant and the pink just pops out of the page. Wonderful colours, gorgeous painting.
Title: Hooked On Paint Basket
Post by: Northbound on October 06, 2012, 09:00:24 AM
A few evenings ago I stumbled across this site.  Being I've wanted to learn how to draw and paint above my high school level, I decided to give one of the free lessons a go.  Below is the result and although it's hardly gallery quality, I am very pleased to have produced a painting.  Next I will concentrate on the drawing course then go from there.

Title: Re: Hooked On Paint Basket
Post by: Maryna on October 06, 2012, 09:31:16 AM
Below is the result and although it's hardly gallery quality,

Absolutely beautiful! :clap: never doubt yourself  ;) There are plenty more free classes both in oils/acrylics and watercolors, give them a try :)
Title: Re: Hooked On Paint Basket
Post by: Tousabella on October 06, 2012, 09:44:34 AM
Hi Northbound..... :welcome:    You will certainly enjoy this site....it's even better than the high school course!!  LOL
I, too, wandered around the net last year and found this site. "WOW"  doesn't even come close to how great it is!!  It's such a wonderful place for learning, meeting new and super friends, and being so encouraged when you get 'down' on yourself.  There isn't a question you ask that won't be answered, and, if possible, you will be shown in the tutorials. The live classes are wonderful, too, and you can ask any question during class on the chat box.
I do hope you'll stay around, get to know us, and most of all, have a great  FUN  time learning more and more.  The drawing course is also a great learning tool.  I couldn't get the hang of "drawing" and I've learned so much in just the first half of the course.
Look forward to seeing more of your work soon.
Title: Re: Hooked On Paint Basket
Post by: Val on October 06, 2012, 11:08:07 AM
 :heeha:  You can't slip this one by! You're one of those closet painters aren't you?
This is fabulous. Great colourings and an excellent job on the leaves. I always want to call them ferns. Nice background and the flowers just pop.   :clap:   :clap:  Very well done.   O0
Title: Re: Hooked On Paint Basket
Post by: dennis on October 06, 2012, 11:15:04 AM
Hi Northbound  :welcome: to the Paint Basket. You have painted a nice delicate painting with a nice touch  :clap: :clap: :clap: Hope to see more of your paintings.

I'm moving this thread to Lesson#1 to keep it relevant.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on October 06, 2012, 12:03:37 PM
Oooo, Tina, I like this one!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 06, 2012, 12:04:48 PM
 :smitten: Northbound!!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Northbound on October 06, 2012, 01:39:50 PM
Just sat here and read every post and looked at every painting and I have to say I'm blown away at what I see.  Also, I have got to say, you are all super nice.  Thank you all for the kind things you said about my posies.  Feeling very fortunate that I found this site and all of you.  Okay enough honey, back to work!   8)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on October 06, 2012, 02:21:27 PM
Northbound, Nice job on the cosmos!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on October 06, 2012, 03:57:04 PM
Beautiful Cosmos, Northbound!  Welcome to the PB family!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on October 06, 2012, 05:54:58 PM
Northbound, your cosmos painting is a real delight.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Northbound on October 07, 2012, 05:21:49 AM
Thanks all.  :)  I want to do every course right away, I'm so excited about it!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on October 07, 2012, 07:58:28 AM
northbound love it the ferns and the colours of the flowers awesome,  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Northbound on October 07, 2012, 08:17:39 AM
Thank you Jennylynn.   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on October 11, 2012, 07:41:44 AM
Well Pat, Tina, Faith awesome jobs on your Cosmos.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Carolann2151 on October 11, 2012, 07:53:17 AM
I have finished the cosmos painting and I loved doing it - I just go in all guns blazing :yippee: and hope it turns out Ok if not I start again.  :painting:
 I cannot find how to upload the piccie here so have put it in an album I created.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 11, 2012, 10:01:47 AM
Hi Carolann,  :welcome: to the Paint Basket. Hope you have a long and fruitful stay here.
Here is where you will the answer to your query:

http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/board,21.0.html (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php/board,21.0.html)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 11, 2012, 10:54:19 AM
Hi Carolann  :wave:

I saw your cosmo painting in the gallery-it looks beautiful!  :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 11, 2012, 12:57:24 PM
Hi Carolann,  :bigwelcome: to PB. Thrilled to see another watercolourist in the making!  :yippee:
Your Cosmos looks lovely.  :clap: I took the cheek to bring your painting in.  :whistle:

Carolann's Cosmos
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on October 11, 2012, 01:00:09 PM
Your cosmos are very nice indeed, Carolann.    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on October 11, 2012, 01:16:13 PM
Faith, I love the colors you have used for your cosmos painting!  :clap:

Carolann,  great job!  Both paintings are lovely!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 11, 2012, 03:36:50 PM
A nice cleanly executed painting with lovely colours  :clap: :clap: :clap: Looking forward to seeing the rest of the paintings.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: SunRai on October 11, 2012, 04:18:38 PM
Welcome Carolann  :welcome:

Your Cosmos are lovely.  Have you been painting long?  You have a nice touch with watercolors.

I know you'll love our PB family!  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on October 12, 2012, 05:07:46 AM
Ladies,

10 thousand  :welcome: s

And your paintings are "spot on!!"

nice, nice work
Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 10, 2012, 01:00:50 PM
Uff dah! Finally. I vowed to myself that I wouldn't fiddle. I fiddled. A lot. Things I learned from Dennis: do a study of the plant, and make a reusable resource of shapes, etc. So logical it shouldn't have to be mentioned. Logic was never my strong suit, never thought of it. Setting in that dark earthy tone to set off flowers. Attitude, attitude, attitude. Things I learned about myself: Backgrounds are the bane of my existence. I am the Cauliflower Queen.  :D


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on November 10, 2012, 01:05:38 PM
Nicely done Sarah. Just be careful with one thing.

And that is proclaiming yourself the Cauliflower Queen. A certain other lady around these parts might get a little on the jealous side!!!  :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 10, 2012, 01:15:54 PM
Pfuuuhuuhuuu,
Now I like this version best even though the stems seem to have eating disorder and are on the thin side. I like the shadow of the white flower.

Good night
Helena
Helena, I really like your shadows on the white flower also. Well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on November 10, 2012, 01:26:02 PM
It's beautiful Sarah!  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on November 10, 2012, 01:43:18 PM
It is very lovely, Sarah!   :clap: :clap: :clap: O0 O0 :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on November 10, 2012, 03:02:15 PM
Carolann very nice job on your cosmos.  O0
Sarah, I see nothing wrong with your cosmos, they are lovely.  O0 O0
In case I have not told you both,  :welcome:  to paint basket.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on November 10, 2012, 03:34:21 PM
Carolann and Sarah. Both the paintings are excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap: Don't stress about the backgrounds as it sets each painting in a setting of its own.

What most are missing in the paintings are the highlights in the center of the flowers. I know you don't see it visually in a photograph but it is there. Emphasize it with a white dot as shown in the lesson and see how your painting will suddenly come alive.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 10, 2012, 03:52:05 PM
Thank you, Dennis--sounds easy enough to fix! Thanks Nina, Pollywag, ncwren, and Batman. Good job Carolann. I'm glad someone else is just starting out.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on November 11, 2012, 10:01:38 AM
Ladies!!! :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:

and lovely work :clap: :clap: :clap:

Also batman is right...Do NOT anger "the vegtable lady" :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:

Re "fiddleing"   I am working on full violin concerto re: the steamboat lession  :2funny: :2funny:

"the Vegtable lady" only writes "Songs" ;D ;D

Brian >:D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on November 11, 2012, 04:11:43 PM
Carolann, your cosmos looks very good.  Somehow, I missed it.. sorryl :clap: :clap:   and  :welcome: to PB
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on November 12, 2012, 06:02:40 PM
Sarah, I like your "Cutting Loose with Cosmos" painting that I saw in your gallery.  Didn't see it on the forum though.  Good Job :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 12, 2012, 06:14:33 PM
Thanks, Pollywag. Very pink and purple!! I wonder if a yellow or orange wash would neutralize the purple a little bit. It actually was an ultramarine blue.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on November 12, 2012, 06:19:24 PM
I thought it looked like a monotone painting of very subtle depths of pinks to rose.  I like it!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on November 16, 2012, 01:35:22 PM
Nicely done Sarah. Just be careful with one thing.
And that is proclaiming yourself the Cauliflower Queen. A certain other lady around these parts might get a little
on the jealous side!!!  :2funny:
Batman.
Also batman is right...Do NOT anger "the vegtable lady" :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:
re "fiddleing"   I am working on full violin concerto re: the steamboat lession  :2funny: :2funny:
"the Vegtable lady" only writes "Songs" ;D ;D
Brian >:D
Very well done Sarah  :clap: :clap: Despite there being 'rumours' about a mythical cauliflower queen, let me just say this... I will gladly hand over my crown as soon as I can achieve ONE painting without a cauliflower!  ;D I have found putting my paintings in smaller frames usually hides the evidence!  :2funny:

As for you two...you know who you are...  :knuppel2: :knuppel2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 16, 2012, 02:09:26 PM
Since Sarah means 'princess', I will willingly stand down to Cauliflower Princess until your reign is complete! :not_worthy: :not_worthy: :not_worthy:   Thank you everyone for your nice comments.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on November 16, 2012, 02:11:08 PM
 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Cosmos
Post by: Zilpa on December 18, 2012, 12:27:15 AM
I must admit Dennis, I was a skeptic but now I really loved doing this one and can't wait to try another.  :)
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Denise808 on December 18, 2012, 01:02:50 AM
Oh Zilpa, you will be hooked... ;D
Beautiful cosmos! :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Val on December 18, 2012, 03:07:53 AM
 :heeha: Great job Zilpa  :clap: :clap: The background really brings the flowers forward. Nicely done. Don't you just love splashing about with the paints?  ;D
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: splithairs on December 18, 2012, 04:08:54 AM
wow!!!!  marvelleous work zilpa, welldone indeed  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Zilpa on December 18, 2012, 04:32:13 AM
 :thankyou: for your lovely comments Denise, Val and Splithairs  :flowers:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Sarah (arch) on December 18, 2012, 05:23:04 AM
It is fun isn't it? Paint that will go where it will without controlling every stroke. You'll love it. Nice job. O0
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: C.Bodine on December 18, 2012, 06:10:46 AM
Beautifully done, Zilpa!
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: NHC50 on December 18, 2012, 07:37:40 AM
Very nicely done Zilpa. Colors look very nice.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: polliwag on December 18, 2012, 01:34:01 PM
Great job, Zilpa!  You  are very busy  :painting: !  Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Zach on December 18, 2012, 01:40:20 PM
Looks great.
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Bhavna on December 18, 2012, 02:57:08 PM
Beautiful Painting Zilpa. :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Lillian on December 18, 2012, 04:04:32 PM
A huge WOW!!!  Beautifully done!!!    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Zilpa on December 18, 2012, 05:26:34 PM
 :thankyou: Sarah,Christina, Bhavna, Planesphere, Dianne, Nina and Lillian. Your comments make it all worthwhile. So far I have only been using the basic cheap stuff as we do not have art supplies in our area other than what is sold in our local Browse In store but I am determined that after Christmas I am hunting down some descent art supplies.  :)
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: ncwren on December 19, 2012, 12:47:09 PM
Well done Zilpa!  :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos
Post by: Zilpa on December 19, 2012, 09:44:07 PM
 :thankyou: Natalie :)
Title: My First Attempt!
Post by: Dee on December 22, 2012, 11:28:31 PM
I'm so excited to finally be trying to paint - and while this is no masterpiece I had a wonderful time doing it and I'm going to try again straight away.  I love the videos and I will certainly be going on with them!


On to version 2...
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: doep on December 23, 2012, 02:18:01 AM
I like it very much I am new to painting but it is very nice doep
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Dee on December 23, 2012, 02:38:21 AM
Thanks doep!   :)
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Bev S. on December 23, 2012, 02:43:04 AM
 :clap: Well done Dee!  Way better than my first attempt  :2funny:


Looking forward to seeing version # 2.
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: lynn p. on December 23, 2012, 04:24:19 AM
Dee--If I haven't said  :welcome: , then here it is.  Glad to see you join the fun.  I think this painting is SPECTACULAR especially for a first.  You are a natural.  Keep it up O0 (  :welcome: to you Doep)
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Bhavna on December 23, 2012, 05:33:02 AM
Lovely wee :clap:
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: ncwren on December 23, 2012, 08:51:20 AM
It's lovely Dee!  :clap:
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Red1 on December 23, 2012, 09:51:21 AM
 :welcome: to PB.  Very nice cosmos flowers.  The colors are beautiful.
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Sarah (arch) on December 23, 2012, 10:13:24 AM
How pretty! and exciting for you! And welcome :welcome: !
Title: Re: My First Attempt!
Post by: Lillian on December 23, 2012, 11:35:19 AM
 :welcome: :welcome:   Dee and Doep. 

Your cosmos are lovely, Dee.  Looks like you've made it your very own.  Nice colours!  Nice job on the stems too.  Well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on December 30, 2012, 10:42:49 PM
I like your cosmos, Dee!  Colors are very pretty.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on December 30, 2012, 11:33:01 PM
Lovely painting all round  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 01, 2013, 09:33:15 AM
Lovely colouring Dee  :clap:   :clap:  You've done a magnificent job first time out. Oh, and since the others are a bit shy.....  :bigwelcome:  to the family!   ;D
Title: Cosmos painting
Post by: abhigill on January 02, 2013, 02:03:51 AM
Hi everyone.

This is my first painting. I am excited to get feedback and suggestions for further improvement.

Thank you


Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 02, 2013, 03:30:45 AM
Nice Abhigill, very nice.


Soft and pretty just like the Cosmos in my garden. . . . . . all covered in snow now!
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: polliwag on January 02, 2013, 05:10:49 AM
A beautiful picture of cheer!  Nice job! :clap: :clap: I'm not sure if it needs anything. If this is your first painting, you should give yourself a BIG pat on the back!!
Welcome to PB!! :welcome: :welcome:   Did you tell us about yourself in "About Me"?  I have been trying to get caught up on all the new posts lately, so I'm not sure if I saw you there or not.  I must admit that I have hurriedly viewed a lot of posts.  At any rate, I'm glad you are here showing us your wonderful talent!
 
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 02, 2013, 05:55:54 AM
Nice painting Abhigill :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Lillian on January 02, 2013, 06:01:23 AM
 :welcome:   to the Paintbasket family, Abhigill.  Nice painting!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: abhigill on January 02, 2013, 06:57:23 AM
Thank you all for motivating me.

hi everyone!!

Thanks a ton for motivating me.

This is my first painting. I am learning painting by my own. I really don't know much about the techniques, strokes. I am a beginner.
I love nature a lot and that inspires me to start painting. I have never taken brush before this.
I watched Dennis and Nolan's online lesson of cosmos painting and I thought of doing it.

And this is the beginning!!!
I am really keen to know my mistakes. On the other side i m little bit scared of remarks. Any how, I have to learn by mistakes!!!!

I would appreciate, if I get suggestions from all you so that I can work on my weak areas

Thank you
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Val on January 02, 2013, 07:46:14 AM
 :clap:    :clap:   Well done Abhigill! You have picked up all of the main concepts, colour variation, shading, showing some depth (looking in), and no fear of letting the edges overlap a bit! This will come in handy later!  ;D
You are off to a banner start, I look forward to your next endeavour, keep them coming.
 
 :bigwelcome:  to the family!  :yippee:
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: dennis on January 02, 2013, 09:41:13 AM
Abhi,  :welcome: to the Paint Basket. Glad to see you made it here and  already finished your first painting.
All I can say is that for a first painting you are off to a flying start  :clap: :clap: :clap: You have a fresh delicate touch and handled the medium well for an absolute beginner.

An improvement to the painting would be to darken up the stem area in the center. This will give some contrast and make it look like a bunch.

Well done O0 (Don't be frightened of making mistakes - that is where the learning really starts ;) )           
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: abhigill on January 03, 2013, 01:45:06 AM

 :thankyou: Dennis for wonderful and encouraging suggestions. 
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: jennylynn on January 03, 2013, 03:36:42 AM
Hi abigail and  :welcome: your First cosmos painting is excellent, I too was a beginner in painting when i joined back last year, you have truly joined the best site  O0   don't be afraid to show your work, that is how we all learn, like dennis said, by our mistakes, how true!  really looking forward to seeing more of your work enjoy the ride abigail I have  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on January 03, 2013, 10:14:53 PM
Got up the courage to give the cosmos a try :)


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 03, 2013, 11:00:05 PM
Tania,  nice work with the cosmos flowers  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Nice leaves and a dark center of the bunch. Overall well done, however, if the center background was not quite of the same colour as the flowers it would have made a much better impression. Waiting to see your next paintings  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on January 04, 2013, 06:43:35 AM
Oh Tania-really well done!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 04, 2013, 06:47:47 AM
I don't know if the colors I see are right or are a result of the photo, but I really like them! Nice, Tania.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 04, 2013, 06:56:47 AM
Well done Tania  :clap:   :clap:  Great job, nice colourings and shadings. I have to agree that the center portion of the background colour is a bit close to that of the flowers. Perhaps lightening/lifting it out a bit would stop the competition and the flowers would really stand out.
Looking forward to seeing what comes next.  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on January 04, 2013, 10:12:52 AM
 :thankyou:  I agree with the comments re: the centre background - lol I had told my mom the exact same thing - I needed a different middle background colour - something opposite the colour of the flowers on the colour wheel. :D nice to know my own thoughts weren't way off the mark. :D Maybe I will play with it a bit like you suggest, Val. :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Red1 on January 04, 2013, 10:29:17 AM
Tania,
I really like your cosmos flowers. They look so real. The background is great too just maybe a little dark.  Your flowers would really pop on a lighter background.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on January 04, 2013, 11:11:58 AM
 :clap: :clap:   Dee and Tania lovely job.  So pleasurable to look at.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on January 04, 2013, 11:31:47 AM
Well - here is my attempt at revision - I think I succeeded in muddying it up a bit - I am ready to put it down to a lesson learned and move on - lol! Thanks for the comments/suggestions!


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 04, 2013, 12:14:19 PM
The evening out of the background has made a great improvement. Now there is not that dark band in the center portion that distracted the eye from the focal point. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 04, 2013, 12:24:58 PM
great improvement Tania :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 04, 2013, 12:31:21 PM
Great Cosmos, Tania  :clap: :clap: O0 Everything about it is just lovely! Congratulations.


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on January 04, 2013, 01:00:14 PM
 :thankyou: !!! I learned a lot from doing it! :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 04, 2013, 01:57:22 PM
I'm an idiot  :idiot2: I just remembered that I did the Cosmos lesson some time ago, and I fought tooth and nail with it!  How could I forget to post a picture of my nemesis?




I watched Dennis carefully, read the notes, downloaded the template, and gaily scampered off to collect the various paints I would need. What I envisioned  was a nice vignette effect on a fairly large (12" X 18" [large for me]) piece of paper. This should be easy peasy says I. I painted in Gouache and I washed off the BG so many times that it was finally like painting on blue fur! Then I carried on and messed up some more, so much so,  that the finished picture is just a little over 7" X 9"

And on that pathetic note, I give you;  "Cosmos on a Blue Background" (what else was I gonna call it?)


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Peter. on January 04, 2013, 02:39:00 PM
 :D Yesterday I just finished my cosmos!!!


I'm so happy, even though I think that I ruined the background! Wet in wet is not a easy technique!
I used French Ultramarine for the top and green ( Winsor Lemon + Winsor Blue) for the bottom part. The blue part ended up "stained", maybe I used a lot of water for the wash...  :confused:

In the bottom appeared some cauliflowers, I tried to fix them but I failed and got some hard edges  :tongue:

For the darker center I used green + payne's gray as I only have six basic colors (two reds, two blues and two yellows and payne´s gray). I really like how you can mix a lot of colors from a few basic ones!

Soaking my brushes in soap while applying masking fluid worked like a charm! I learned that if you agitate the fluid before, small air bubbles formed and had a lot of trouble.

I had a lot of fun and thanks to Dennis and Nolan for this great lesson, can't wait for the next one! Also many thanks to everybody for your encouraging comments!

Wish you all a nice new year!!!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 04, 2013, 02:56:46 PM
Dang! That Dennis does know what he is talking about, doesn't he? Good job!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Geri on January 04, 2013, 03:35:10 PM
Okay, here goes! This is the first time I have painted anything other than a flat wall! :) I welcome your feedback!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on January 04, 2013, 04:19:28 PM
 :clap: :clap:  Peter S and Geri, Fantastic paintings both of you.  Isn't it fun?  The Cosmos got me hooked for I had no idea about painting anything.  Beautiful work and this is just the start!!!    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 04, 2013, 04:35:49 PM
Geri and Peter, look how different your two paintings are from each other, yet each has includes the skills taught, and each is beautiful in its difference. Geri your background coloring really is striking in the thumbnail photo. Peter your cauliflowers are endearing in their way.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 04, 2013, 05:11:37 PM
 :o   Oh, wow!!!  Look at all those cosmos paintings appearing!!!   :congrats:   everyone!!!

Tania, I think you made a huge improvement on your cosmos painting.  Look how the flowers pop off the page now.
Roxy, your painting looks fresh and crisp as though the flowers are enjoying a clear blue sky.  I miss seeing the fine lines for the leaves. 
Peter, your flowers are lovely.  You're right, the wet-in-wet background can be tricky, takes practice to get to know how to control the amount of water in the brush and the amount of pigment.  I like the green color on the bottom.  I think cauliflowers aren't always a tragedy in a background.
Geri,  :welcome: to Paintbasket.  You've done an amazing job with this painting.  I really like the impressionistic style.  You're off to a good start on your journey.

Well done folks!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 04, 2013, 09:51:42 PM
Roxy, the painting is well done. the only problem is that it has been painted in Gouache and not watercolours. The techniques are poles apart. I don't want to really comment as it will confuse beginners working in watercolours only. Sorry about that!

PeterS, The flowers are very well done and you have captured the technique. :clap: :clap: :clap: As the lesson was more about the flowers, per se, I have no problem with the background as I think that it enhanced the flowers very well indeed. It was great fun, though, wasn't it?

Geri, For a very first painting you have done very well indeed :clap: :clap: :clap: You have a very delicate touch and with time you will be painting like a pro  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 05, 2013, 01:55:49 AM
Thank you Dennis, for your supportive words!


If I have confused anyone by posting my Gouache painting here, I apologize - pay no attention to me! I do know how difficult and confusing watercolour can be for a beginner - I was a beginner in watercolour just a year ago!  Sooo, that makes me still a beginner! :2funny: ! 

Although the techniques of Gouache & Watercolour are very different, your well taught fundamentals of art; perspective, blending/shading, colour mixing, etc., I believe, cross over all the mediums and thus make  the classes, both yours and Nolan's, valuable to everyone.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 05, 2013, 10:34:16 AM
 ;) Yes Roxy, On the top of the first page of each lesson there is a note saying that anything presented in the weatercolour lessons also, in some way, benefits all the other mediums as well. There are many laws and fundamentals that cross all the boundaries. Yellow and blue make green no matter in what medium.

Another point: We are all beginners in certain aspects. For example, I have an airbrush kit and use it only occasionally - that make me still an absolute beginner in airbrush work. I can go on and on. That is why I continually say that NO ONE has "arrived" in art. There are just too many rooms in the Mansion. I just love exploring those dark passages :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on January 05, 2013, 11:27:55 AM
I just love exploring those dark passages :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:


Likewise. . . . :2funny: :heeha:



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on January 07, 2013, 06:11:00 AM
Tani.  I liked your painting as it was and even better when you changed your background..
Geri, I wish my first painting had looked like yours!!
Peter, even with the problems you encountered, you still managed to create a nice painting.
I can tell all of you learned a lot from Dennis's lesson  :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on January 07, 2013, 07:14:33 AM
love all the cosmos flower painting just goes to show how we all paint it so differently  O0   well done to you all
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on January 07, 2013, 08:23:01 AM
Wow!  :clap: Roxy, Peter and Geri!  :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Happychappy on January 09, 2013, 07:24:32 AM
  :welcome:   Abhigill, Your painting is beautiful.  I too am a beginner as a lot of the members are as well, so don't be afraid to post your paintings because the more experienced forum members and tutors will put you on the right path. Do not take it as an affront if someone tells you what you could do to improve your paintings because believe me, they are right.  Suggestions have been made to me in the past about how I could improve my painting and I have carried out and changed what they thought and very time they were right, for it made all the difference to my paintings.  It is constructive criticism and we all learn from each other.  So relax and just enjoy the wonderful place that we have all come to.   Patricia
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: ncwren on January 09, 2013, 11:11:56 AM
 :welcome: Abhigill

 :clap: Your cosmo painting looks great!
Title: Re: Cosmos painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 09, 2013, 11:21:11 AM
Yes, Abhigill, I hope you are very pleased. So pretty and soft. Welcome!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 10, 2013, 11:29:28 AM
Splendid Tania.  :clap:   :clap:  Great fix on the background  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 10, 2013, 11:31:42 AM
Roxy, the cosmos stand out beautifully against the blue, but....I have to agree they could really use a few leaves in there.  :whistle:
Nice job no matter the medium.  O0
 :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 10, 2013, 11:33:09 AM
Wow Peter  :heeha:  your caulies really worked for you!  :clap:  Mine never seem to.  :tickedoff:
Super work.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 10, 2013, 11:34:20 AM
Very nice work Geri.  :clap:   :clap:  Your painting has a nice serene feel to it.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Enjoylife on January 16, 2013, 10:49:14 AM
It is so wonderful to see so many different cosmos flowers after the same lesson.
Here is mine, it is a birthday present for my mum


(http://i49.tinypic.com/23majrc.jpg)


The thing I found difficult is to understand the light point and how that is reflecting in the flowers (i.e. which petals should be light(er) and which should be dark).
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 16, 2013, 10:53:59 AM
Hi Enjoylife,
Welcome to Paint Basket just in case I haven't said it before. I like your painting. Your mother will be blessed.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on January 16, 2013, 11:43:49 AM
Welcome to PB......Lovely painting :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 16, 2013, 11:54:26 AM
Hi Vivienne,  :welcome: to the Paint Basket. Your flowers are very well done and beautifully framed.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 16, 2013, 12:22:53 PM
Very well done Vivienne  :clap:   :clap:  I was sure I had posted on this...  :oops:  guess not. Love your colouring.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 16, 2013, 01:45:57 PM
Vivienne, I'm sure your Mom will treasure your painting!  Very nicely done!   :smitten: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 16, 2013, 02:23:16 PM
Oh my! They are beautiful, Vivienne. :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on January 16, 2013, 02:25:44 PM
Very pretty, Vivienne!   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Enjoylife on January 16, 2013, 02:30:27 PM
Thank you for those nice words you all, they make me blush :blush:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on January 16, 2013, 02:39:09 PM
 :clap: :clap: Beautiful Vivienne!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Peter. on January 16, 2013, 02:56:12 PM
Wow all of you are painting a beautiful and delicate cosmos!  :D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on January 16, 2013, 05:49:26 PM
 :clap: Lovely cosmos Vivienne, I particularly like your colours.  Good work.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on January 16, 2013, 06:24:17 PM
Beautiful Cosmos Vivienne, it will be a treasured gift!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: globe4 on February 08, 2013, 02:13:29 PM
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DkF03-f9he4/URV3Ad4JYUI/AAAAAAAAAA8/7rlm5tUuWt0/w398-h529-p-k/Cosmos.jpg)

My first painting, please comment :) Critics and tips are very welcome  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bhavna on February 08, 2013, 03:04:21 PM
 :welcome:  to be ....you really did great in your 1st painting :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 08, 2013, 03:59:09 PM
Well isn't that a pretty thing? My only tip is frame it and hang it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 08, 2013, 04:19:26 PM
Globe, excellent for a first painting  :clap: :clap: :clap: Keep it up - and  :welcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on February 08, 2013, 04:36:43 PM
Nice job Globe4.   

What size of paper did you ( This question is for all Cosmos artists) print on before you transfer the drawings? .  I keep printing on 8.5 x 11 and then paint on the larger sheet. Am I doing this painting in the wrong size? Should I be printing the template at a larger size?
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: globe4 on February 08, 2013, 04:40:12 PM
Bhavna, Sarah, Dennis, thank you so much for nice comments  :flowers: And thank you, Dennis, for nice classes :)
My mom has already asked to send the picture to her :) So, I will follow your advice, Sarah, and will try to find where to buy a frame
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on February 08, 2013, 05:17:18 PM
Very nice for your first painting, Tanya.  I know your mom will cherish it! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on February 09, 2013, 12:35:34 AM
 :clap: :clap: Very pretty are your Cosmos, Tanya!
You did an excellent job for your first painting!  :flowers:  Be proud of yourself and keep on painting! We will be waiting to see more of your work!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: njnjgirl on February 09, 2013, 03:06:16 AM
This is beautiful and your Mom will love it!  Welcome and have fun!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on February 09, 2013, 04:47:40 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Excellent painting Tanya.  Your Mom will cherish it.  Carry on the good work.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on February 09, 2013, 04:55:20 AM
your cosmos are excellent for your first painting  O0   your mom will love and cherish it for sure really well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 09, 2013, 06:13:21 AM
 :welcome: :welcome:  Globe. Beautiful job on your first painting.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: globe4 on February 09, 2013, 08:12:17 AM
 :blush: Thanks so much to everybody for all your nice words :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 09, 2013, 10:33:39 AM
Thebryce, the template I use fits the A4 ISO international system. You may use the template and enlarge to any size that is convenient to you. It does not have to be A4 size at all. I have chosen this size as it nicely fits the time frame for my lessons.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on February 10, 2013, 10:36:06 AM
Well done Tanya! Welcome to PB!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on February 10, 2013, 04:13:58 PM
 :congrats:   Tanya!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 11, 2013, 05:55:48 AM
Very nicely done Tanya  :clap:   :clap:   :clap:  You've done very well giving shape to your flowers. I like the looser feeling in your painting. Can't wait to see the next one.  O0
Title: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 05, 2013, 06:32:56 AM
 Hello everyone,


This is my first ever watercolour painting. Thanks Dennis for the wonderful teaching.

Looking forward for your comments.

Somayeh
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 05, 2013, 06:50:40 AM
Wow! Your first, and it is a beauty. Welcome to watercolor!
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: njnjgirl on March 05, 2013, 08:10:38 AM
 :welcome: Somayeh, and that cosmos painting is outstanding! Beautiful.  Great way to start! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Bhavna on March 05, 2013, 08:16:23 AM
 :welcome:  to PB. You did wonderful job with your 1st painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Bev S. on March 05, 2013, 08:19:10 AM
Lovely, lovely, lovely. . . .  your first ever watercolour painting. . . .  wow. . .  I'm sticking around to see what you do after a few more lessons from Dennis. . . . . wow - you are good!!!
 
Oh and and a big  :bigwelcome:  to the Paint Basket family and to the wonderful world of watercolour!!
Nice to meet you and glad you are here!!
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 05, 2013, 09:14:50 AM
Thanks everyone for your lovely and warm comments... this means a lot to me :)  :thankyou:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Val on March 05, 2013, 10:41:30 AM
 :bigwelcome:   somaiiehmr, this is brilliant! Look at the depth in the the flower centres. Banner job on this one. The colouring and shading is excellent. Very well done.  :clap:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 06, 2013, 03:01:08 AM
Thanks a lot Val for your encouragng comment. Can you tell me my weaknesses too?
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Val on March 06, 2013, 03:19:52 AM
I certainly will when I see them.  ;)   All I'm seeing in this one is a lot of strengths to build on.  O0  Keep them coming.  :clap:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: lynn p. on March 06, 2013, 04:30:58 AM
Wow, look at that Someiiehmr.  Can't believe it is your first.  You are a natural!!!
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: Happychappy on March 06, 2013, 04:53:15 AM
  :clap: :clap:      Someiihemr, A beautiful painting for sure.  Isn't it exciting?  When I had finished my first painting, I couldn't believe that I had actually painted a picture!!!  I was ecstatic and that is what put me on the road to explore this medium and I am just loving every minute of my time here as you will too.  Patricia
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: CAROLYN from New Jersey on March 07, 2013, 04:49:31 AM
WOW!  awesome job!  congrats and keep on painting!   :clap:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: ncwren on March 07, 2013, 07:30:17 AM
Beautiful job!!  Keep on going.  :)
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: NHC50 on March 07, 2013, 08:25:56 AM
Well Somayeh for being your very first watercolor. I would have to say well done.  :clap: :clap:
PS.  :welcome:  to Paint Basket.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 08, 2013, 01:47:08 PM
Dear Nina, ncwren, Carolyn, Patricia, Iynn, Val, Roxy, Bhavana, njnjgirl and Sarah,

Thank you very much indeed for ur kind welcomes and comments. This made me think that everyone takes care about my work and progress, big incentive to send my next jobs. Love you all :)))))))
Title: Re: My first ever watecolour painting :)
Post by: dennis on March 09, 2013, 06:09:03 PM
A very well executed painting somaiiehmr :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 10, 2013, 02:29:11 AM
Thank you Dennis for your wonderful teaching :) I can't wait to learn more :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: globe4 on March 12, 2013, 03:50:13 AM
Very cute cosmos, Somayeh   O0
:welcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: somaiiehmr on March 13, 2013, 02:18:01 PM
Thank you Tania :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on March 13, 2013, 02:22:47 PM
Oh my goodness....Somaiiehmr.....Those cosmos are absolutely gorgeous.  I can sure see some fantastic paintings coming from you very soon.  What a wonderful job....they are beautiful.  The background is perfect, and the flowers pop right at you.
Lovely!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:     :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Zilpa on March 14, 2013, 05:47:46 AM
reat job and :welcome: somaiiehmr  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 21, 2013, 12:15:49 PM
I hope this is the right place to ask questions about the Cosmos painting?

This is my first proper attempt at watercolour and it has gone wrong already. :(

I think Dennis calls them "cauliflowers", and I have managed to cause them to happen at the bottom of this piece. Is there anything I can do to recover from this mistake? They do look a bit like hairy stems. :)


Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 21, 2013, 02:29:40 PM
OK, I wanted to keep going with my cosmos, so I decided to try to change the "mess" at the bottom into a green glass vase.


I haven't finished yet, still have the details to complete, but wanted to show what I had done to remedy the "mistake".

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 21, 2013, 02:35:34 PM
Why you clever girl! You can let the paint dry, then rewet the area of the cauliflower and just soften out the edges (hairy stems) with your brush. Watercolor does have a learning curve, but you have solved your own problem. Have fun!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 21, 2013, 02:43:49 PM
Carol, you have solved the background "problem" very nicely - out of the box thinking.
Don't get too hung up about the background as the main thrust of the lesson is in the flowers themselves.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 21, 2013, 03:08:56 PM
Thank you Dennis and Sarah,

I will finish the painting in the morning, it is gone 11pm here in the UK and I need my bed.  I enjoyed this, although it id quite frightening not having the same control over a brush as I have with a pencil.

I realised I had forgotten to get the masking tape, once I got home after my visit to the art store this morning. I got brushes, paper and a plastic palette, but forgot the tape. So my edges are not clean and tidy like yours, Dennis. :(

But for a first attempt I am reasonably happy with the results.

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 21, 2013, 06:35:37 PM
What a clever fix Carol!, looks great too :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 22, 2013, 01:17:17 AM
OK, I think its finished. I don't want to fiddle any more and maybe spoil it.


Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 22, 2013, 04:02:24 AM
Brilliant recovery  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Really very well done. Sign it, frame it, and hang it!  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 22, 2013, 04:12:40 AM
Thank you Val. However, that raises a question. Where would I sign it, and what with?

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 22, 2013, 04:27:58 AM
Well.....you could pick a corner, a spot close to the vase.......
I gave up (for now) trying to use the w/c to sign with. I just use a 2B pencil. Dennis uses pencil also. Some use dip pen and ink...I tend to worry about making a botch job and ending up with blob for a signature. So pencil works just fine for me.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 22, 2013, 04:29:38 AM
Thank you, Val. That is what I will use also then. If its good enough for Dennis, who am I to argue. :)

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 22, 2013, 04:30:20 AM
 :clap: :clap:  Carol, lovely painting of the Cosmos and I like your colour combination. You are on the most wonderful journey of discovery starting out with watercolours which tend to do their own thing but never fail to amaze and excite me when I see it happening.  With regard to signing, I have seen people sign with paint and a rigger brush, I have used a ball point pen which is acid free but the more experienced artists will let you know what to use. Happy  :painting:  and most of all, enjoy yourself.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 22, 2013, 05:30:29 AM
Doesn't that detail make a difference??? Pretty!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on March 22, 2013, 06:19:36 AM
Nicely done Carol.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 22, 2013, 09:05:31 AM
     
         O0 :twothumbs: O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 22, 2013, 09:34:56 AM
Thank you for the encouragement ladies. :)

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on March 22, 2013, 12:01:38 PM
 :congrats:  Well done Carol, well well done!!!
What tremendous "thinking outside the box"! Instead of binning it (as I would have done LOL!) you took it firmly in hand and created a lovely painting.
I agree with Val's comment ;  sign it, frame it, hang it and look at it with pride!! :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 22, 2013, 02:36:20 PM
Be careful with signing with a ball point pen - even if it is acid free. The time will come when the ink will start to fade away. I have done several test over the years and have seen paintings where others have signed with a ball point pen and the signatures were in differing stages of fading.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 22, 2013, 04:36:17 PM
 :eek: That would be disastrous...especially if the painting was sold.  :o    :thankyou: for that Dennis, I would never have thought of that. I'll stick with my pencil.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 23, 2013, 12:11:58 PM
As a brand new member of this Forum and and an equally brand new watercolor painter, I must express thanks, Dennis, for making this so enjoyable and informative. I'm not quite sure how to post an image of my painting yet.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on March 23, 2013, 12:16:43 PM
Nice, delicate flowers, Carol! O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 23, 2013, 12:35:15 PM
I noticed BeaSue that you have been able to post your painting into your gallery. Now just click on the word 'details' right under your painting. Then scroll down to the smg number for that painting. You can either copy paste or type that number into a reply to this topic. Must be [smg id=xxxx] just as you see here, only inserting your numbers instead of x's. good luck. Only confusing the first time.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 23, 2013, 01:09:31 PM
Aha. I think I understand this now. Thank you, Sarah.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on March 23, 2013, 04:47:33 PM
Beautifully done, BeaSue! Lovely painting. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 23, 2013, 04:57:10 PM
 :clap: Wow, that is really pretty BeaSue :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 23, 2013, 05:12:20 PM
Excellent BeaSue  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just one thing: you forgot the shadow in the center of the white flower.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 23, 2013, 05:34:19 PM
Oh good! You made it BeaSue. Congrats on your very successful painting and your successful launch into the forum, too! :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on March 23, 2013, 06:13:46 PM
Everyone does such a good job! Welcome to your new home away from home.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 24, 2013, 03:43:39 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:   Lovely Cosmos BeaSue.  Keep up the good work.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 24, 2013, 04:22:17 AM
Thank you! I must say that I am delighted with my new retirement path. I have tried a number of other creative endevaors in the 9 years I have been retired, but I never would have dreamed that it would be watercolor that would grab me with such energy!

Dennis, your method of teaching techniques and offering gentle guidance appeals to me greatly. I have had other instructors who have been very intimidating and unhelpful ("Paint what you see.").

I lived in Namibia for 6 years, and traveled a good bit in South Africa, so Dennis's accent is very familiar to me and brings back a lot of memories.

I love the support of this forum and the gentle encouragement.

Blessings,
Susan
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on March 24, 2013, 05:25:58 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Beautiful bouquet of flowers! Lovely  :flowers: :flowers: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pappy on March 24, 2013, 07:10:09 AM
I never did post my painting from class #1 So here it is, I did mess up on the green in the center behind the flowers, added just a little to much of it.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on March 24, 2013, 08:30:02 AM
Love, it, Pappy! Love the colors!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 24, 2013, 09:03:03 AM
Lovely painting, Pappy  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just be careful in painting them in one tone only. The three forward looking flowers have sunshine on the bottom halves. Lift some of the colour out to lighten those parts  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 24, 2013, 10:04:05 AM
 :clap: :clap: Gorgeous painting Pappy.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cazza52 on March 24, 2013, 10:51:45 AM
Two gorgeous paintings, BeaSue and Pappy! So delicate.

Regards,

Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on March 24, 2013, 01:18:14 PM
Lovely cosmos here!   :congrats:

Pappy, I love how you made your cosmos sit in a vase.
Title: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: rainbowco on March 24, 2013, 02:54:58 PM
I have OH so much to learn, but I am pleased at how my first painting turned out. I need to study shading much more to give dimension and shape to the petals, also washes,...the list goes on and on. LOL Any and all advice is welcomed with open arms. Regards and smiles to all - Barbara

PS . How do I attach my picture? :confused:
Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: lynn p. on March 24, 2013, 02:58:30 PM
Hi Rainbow.   :welcome: to PB.  Fun here isn't it.  If you have loaded your picture in your Gallery already you just copy the BBC embed code which is under your picture and paste it in your post.
Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: rainbowco on March 24, 2013, 03:11:24 PM
Thank you Lynn - i will find out how to load the picture to my gallery - forgive my ignorance - lol, I will catch on asap.
Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: rainbowco on March 24, 2013, 03:38:52 PM
Hurray! I think I have it!

Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: SunRai on March 24, 2013, 04:10:45 PM
 :welcome:  Barbara!  What a sweet little painting.  You're off to a great start.  I know you'll do just fine here, and learn lots along the way.  You've already learned how to post you photo :2funny:
Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 24, 2013, 04:52:08 PM
You DO have it. Good for you. Your painting is wonderful. I hope you are planning to frame it. Oh :welcome: .
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 24, 2013, 05:21:22 PM
Well done, Pappy! The background is just light-filled!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 25, 2013, 04:33:19 AM
 :welcome:  and well done on your Cosmos, Rainbow.  You have just set out on the most exciting adventure of your life with having joined the Paint Basket and this wonderful forum.  Enjoy the ride as you accompany us on this wonderful experience.  Patricia
Title: Re: Cosmos Paintine - my first class
Post by: rainbowco on March 25, 2013, 01:57:21 PM
You DO have it. Good for you. Your painting is wonderful. I hope you are planning to frame it. Oh :welcome: .

Thank you Sarah, but in all honesty, when I wrote "I have it" I was  meaning that I learned how to post my picture on the site. As to my painting, there are so many things that need work, but for a first try, I am glad
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on March 25, 2013, 03:03:49 PM
Nice job on your Cosmos Rainbow.  O0 O0 :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 25, 2013, 03:11:32 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Pappy and Barbara, those are some nice Cosmos!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ohio1959 on March 25, 2013, 04:02:34 PM
Ohhhhhh .....sooooo Pretty!! Very Nice! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Icy
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 25, 2013, 04:37:59 PM
 :congrats: BeaSue, Pappy, Barbara .... hope I didn't miss anyone. Wonderful paintings, every one.  :bigwelcome: to all you new folks, this is just the beginning. You are all now embarking on a fun and adventurous journey of learning.  :yippee:

Looking forward to seeing many more of your works.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pappy on March 26, 2013, 02:53:09 PM
I did another painting because Dennis noted that I had the forward facing flowers one tone and suggested I lift some color from them. I thought it would be a good idea to paint them again. As you can see I added some butterflies. This was per my wife's request because she wanted the cosmos with butterflies.


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 26, 2013, 03:20:07 PM
 :heeha: Positively gorgeous Pappy.  :clap: :clap: Monarchs no less, someone was really paying attention in class!  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on March 26, 2013, 03:41:13 PM
Great! they are gorgeous  :flowers:  :flowers: Congratulations! Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on March 26, 2013, 06:33:38 PM
Pappy Nice!
Cartoon like.
 Colors are so clear.
I like it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: lynn p. on March 26, 2013, 07:11:37 PM
Pappy, that is just a wonderful painting.  So beautifully executed!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 27, 2013, 04:21:30 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:   Wow, Pappy, what an absolutely GORGEOUS painting.  You have excelled for sure.  I think it is outstanding!!!   It is so very fresh, colourful and happy with the added bonus of the butterflies.   I just love it.  Congratulations.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: pappy on March 27, 2013, 05:18:04 AM
Thanks everyone :) glad you all like it. I've been trying to paint 1 or 2 paintings a day for the past couple of months.  I missed the butterfly class. But, it was only because I watched the watercolor videos with Dennis that I was able to add them. So thank you Dennis without your help they wouldn't be there and I wouldn't be painting every day.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 29, 2013, 05:21:09 PM
 :heeha:  On or two a day????? Yikes! This one is gorgeous.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 29, 2013, 05:24:02 PM
Pappy and Rainbow,  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Pebble on March 30, 2013, 02:35:22 AM
I'm a real newbie when it comes to painting but really enjoyed doing this.  I have truely caught the bug.  So clever of Denis to start with a picture that will look good even if you are a complete novice.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 30, 2013, 02:48:14 AM
You've done famously Pebble  :clap: :clap: You'll be putting out fabulous pieces of your own before long  :heeha:
Looking forward to your next one.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 30, 2013, 04:00:19 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Pebble, your Cosmos are beautiful. Yes, a wonderful choice painting to get us started for sure. Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on March 30, 2013, 10:42:13 AM
Yes, Pebble that's our Dennis. . . . .  a very clever fellow!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mnk66 on March 31, 2013, 06:56:30 AM
Hello,

this is my first picture in the water color course. Since I had no masking fluid at hand I had to paint around the flowers. I drew the sketch freehand from your idea so it looks a little different but not to much.


Greetings
Mike
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 31, 2013, 09:49:54 AM
Really nice job mike :clap: :clap:
Plus, you did it freehand w/no mf??? I'm impressed! :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on March 31, 2013, 01:09:13 PM
You arrived Pebble! Very pretty. And Mike is right behind you. Well done Mike!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 31, 2013, 01:12:33 PM
Really great job Pebble!! The tonal changes in the flower are so pretty :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 31, 2013, 01:45:43 PM
Super Mike  :clap:   :clap:  I'm sure you're super too Mike, but I was actually referring to the painting...  :whistle:
Great job, and freehanding already.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: eftpower1 on March 31, 2013, 04:31:49 PM
I don't get much time right now to check out the form,   I just spent  a very enjoyable 40 minutes looking at all the fantastic work folks have been doing and recalling what I was feeling when i started this journey about a year ago.   EVERY one of you has done an outstanding job.  and you have already discovered we tend to be a very supportive family.    :welcome: to you all!!  I am looking forward to seeing the beauty you ALL will be creating as we all travel this fantastic road

Brian
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Pebble on April 01, 2013, 01:58:12 AM
I'd just like to say a big   :thankyou: to everyone for all their lovely comments and encouragement it really does help.   :thankyou:  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on April 01, 2013, 02:11:45 AM
Really nice job mike :clap: :clap:
Plus, you did it freehand w/no mf??? I'm impressed! :yippee:
Ditto for me. . . . .I am impressed! Freehand is not as easy as it looks!! And to do this with no MF, well, just call me flabbergasted!! :heeha:
Sooo Mike. . . . anyone who can draw freehand like this must be itching to sign up for the Let's Draw Course, or perhaps you have already done a similar one???  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mnk66 on April 01, 2013, 04:25:50 AM
Hello,

and   :thankyou:  :thankyou:  :thankyou: to Denise, Sarah, Val,  Roxy. I hope I didn't missed one.  I'm so happy for your warm  :bigwelcome:  and the  :hug:

This helps me much to continue my just started journey. Here is my second try :painting:. I still have no masking fluid but it's ordered and it's still freehand but closer to the original.



Greetings :D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 01, 2013, 05:15:19 AM
Will you look at that! You have a wonderfully light and airy feel to your work. It just says, 'Happy' !!
This style is going to work incredibly when you get to the florals  :heeha:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 01, 2013, 05:25:11 AM
Hmmmm. You're right Val. Mike gives it a unique viewpoint that could make for some very pretty florals. Nice job Mike!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 01, 2013, 10:37:14 AM
Another pretty bunch! Looking forward to seeing more Mike :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 02, 2013, 07:31:12 AM
Really enjoyed painting Cosmos with Dennis - would love any feedback!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 02, 2013, 08:57:57 AM
 :bigwelcome:    :wave: Hello there Sacgal...sounds like you alread know alot about some of the 'gals' around here (sack gals   :sleep: :whistle: ) up and at 'em ladies...there be challenges waiting out there!  :knuppel2:

Welcome Sacgal to paintbasket. That is one beautiful rendition of the cosmos.  O0 Is this your first w/c? If so you are going to be brilliant. I do hope you'll be stopping in often. There's plenty to learn here, excellent teachers and a heck of a lot of nosey  :nosey: tutors(?)! We'll give you a hand any way we can, feel free to ask any and all questions. There's sure to be someone close at hand to help you out. Have fun  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 02, 2013, 09:16:07 AM
Wow Sacgal, this made me sit up straighter in my chair! Love the background colors and the texture you achieved. It really has greath depth from those dark darks - super well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 02, 2013, 09:47:01 AM
Welcome sacgal. I do have three important pieces of feedback that I think you might profit from hearing:
1. Sign it.
2. Frame it.
3. Hang it.
Well done newbie!!!!!! :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 02, 2013, 01:00:28 PM
thanks, Sarah - you're so sweet! It's actually framed and signed - but I realize the signature can't be seen under the matting so I have to re-sign!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 02, 2013, 01:04:29 PM
Val & Denise - I really appreciate both of your comments. Val - this isn't my first w/c - I've taken a few classes locally the last few months, still getting my feet wet. I just stumbled onto this website and love that the lessons can be replayed over and over again - really looking forward to doing my next painting. It's been so helpful seeing others post their pictures - gave me the courage to do the same! thanks again!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 02, 2013, 01:29:06 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautiful Cosmos paintings Mike and Sacgal.  Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 02, 2013, 04:44:47 PM
 :bigwelcome:   mnk66 and Sacgal!  And to all new members I've missed meeting.

Nice to see new members posting their work.   O0

Well done, mnk66 and Sacgal.  I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on April 05, 2013, 07:18:24 AM
Two very different and lovely paintings!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on April 05, 2013, 12:47:53 PM
Love your background, Sharon!  Nice job, Mike..and  :welcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Baya on April 07, 2013, 04:39:49 PM
Finally gave it a try.

Actually I've enjoyed painting it :painting:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 07, 2013, 10:43:29 PM
Nice bright and lively painting, Baya :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Baya on April 07, 2013, 10:44:43 PM
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 08, 2013, 12:09:36 AM
Such a happy painting! It's so "alive" :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on April 10, 2013, 11:54:43 AM
Sac gal and Baya awesome job on your cosmos.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Baya on April 10, 2013, 12:03:07 PM
 :thankyou: for the lovely comments Denise320 and NHC50, I appreciate it. :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 10, 2013, 12:24:27 PM
Glad the website is back up and running - and thanks for the lovely comments!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on April 10, 2013, 03:47:26 PM
Great job Baya-it's lovely.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 11, 2013, 12:27:23 PM
 O0 Baya,  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 11, 2013, 12:29:53 PM
I like the colors you have brought into the flowers. And those buds!!!! A vase of those would make a pretty painting in itself.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Baya on April 11, 2013, 12:36:24 PM
 :thankyou: all for the lovely comments :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: wiledw6479 on April 13, 2013, 07:30:36 PM
First try at lesson one. Hope I am making good progress.



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: lynn p. on April 13, 2013, 07:49:24 PM
Oh Baya, this is beautiful.  Love your whties.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 14, 2013, 02:02:47 AM
Well done  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on April 14, 2013, 06:12:40 AM
First try at lesson one. Hope I am making good progress.

I'd say great progress!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: More, more, more!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 14, 2013, 09:05:20 AM
This is pretty Wiledw! I especially like the background color againt the flowers :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on April 14, 2013, 09:43:22 AM
Wow....real eye poppers.  Congratulations, 'painters'....you are well on your way.  Beautiful jobs and look forward to more of your work.
   :bigwelcome: y'all to the fun part of painting..      :party:   ..we really have a great time and learn so very much from our tutors and from each other.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 14, 2013, 10:07:10 AM
Oooooh, Wildw. This is really pretty!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: wiledw6479 on April 14, 2013, 11:36:12 AM
 :thankyou: Thanks everyone for the comments and its nice to meet everyone.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 14, 2013, 04:28:52 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wiledw, You are making great progress and this is just the BEGINNING!!!!  Wait awhile and you won't believe what you can really do with our fantastic tutors and forum members who are the greatest.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tammy on April 15, 2013, 07:23:52 AM
I really enjoyed painting the flowers :) any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 15, 2013, 09:51:22 AM
Very nicely done Tammy  :clap: :clap: :clap: You've got a very nice 3D effect happening there, and a very light touch. That is a lovely bouquet. Welll done.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 15, 2013, 12:04:49 PM
 O0 O0 O0  Well done Tammy.  Aren't you proud of yourself?  Good job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tammy on April 15, 2013, 05:46:30 PM
 :thankyou:  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 15, 2013, 06:08:03 PM
How pretty, Tammy. The cosmos are certainly in full bloom here on Paint Basket!!! :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 15, 2013, 11:33:15 PM
I told you you'll receive good support here on the Forum  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 16, 2013, 10:46:37 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Light and Lovely :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on April 16, 2013, 12:39:23 PM
Tammy very nicely done.  O0 O0 :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tammy on April 16, 2013, 06:09:40 PM
 :D  Thank you!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on April 21, 2013, 08:56:12 AM
Lovely Cosmos Tammy!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tammy on April 22, 2013, 04:25:17 PM
 :thankyou:  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on April 26, 2013, 07:06:35 AM
Look at all these new cosmos flowers!!!  Lookin' Good!!! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on April 29, 2013, 08:08:32 PM
Hi everyone!  I just finished my first watercolor painting, and I'm so excited!  I think I need some help with paint mixing so that I can get the colors right, but I still feel a great sense of accomplishment that I did it. It was fun, too!  Here's a picture:


Thanks,
Jani
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 29, 2013, 09:59:59 PM
Very pretty Jani! You've created nice details with the leaves too :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 29, 2013, 11:09:12 PM
Jani, an excellent first painting :clap: :clap: :clap: A lesson or two further on there is a lesson on colour mixing. Looking forward to seeing what you will do with the other lessons.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 30, 2013, 03:12:09 AM
Brilliant Jani  :clap: :clap: :clap: what a great beginning  O0 Also...  :bigwelcome: to Paintbasket  :yippee: the perfect place to learn and amaze yourself. Come often and enjoy, you're going to love it here.  :wave:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 30, 2013, 05:46:54 AM
Well done!! I'm not exactly sure how, but Dennis' lessons are uniquely designed to experience success while still executing a well-developed composition. That's what teaching experience does for you I guess. Keep it up! The excitement continues.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on April 30, 2013, 06:13:16 AM
Your FIRST???   O0   Fantastic!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
 :welcome:  to Paintbasket.  You'll learn lots here.  I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on April 30, 2013, 08:58:57 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on April 30, 2013, 11:25:52 AM
Thank you so much!  Everyone here is so nice and supportive! I really look forward to continuing my studies. Learning is awesome!!

Hugs,
Jani
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on April 30, 2013, 11:28:37 AM
 :bigwelcome:  to the Paint Basket Jani, and congratulations on your very first painting! Marvelous!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on May 01, 2013, 03:35:05 PM
here is my rendition of this lesson. I am not very happy with. for sure is going to be a re-do  ::) Doina

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on May 01, 2013, 05:10:03 PM
That's ok Doina, I'm very happy with it! ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on May 01, 2013, 05:39:02 PM
Doina, that is BEAUTIFUL!   :clap: :clap: :clap: Stellar job!  I love the tonal ranges!

Hugs,
Jani
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on May 01, 2013, 05:41:30 PM
Very nice, Doina!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sarah (arch) on May 01, 2013, 06:15:05 PM
It's quite pretty Doina. Delicately painted.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: polliwag on May 01, 2013, 07:05:25 PM
Wonderful, Jani..and welcome to pb.
Doina... you should be very happy with this painting.  Not too shabby! :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 02, 2013, 03:16:11 AM
I think you did very well Doina....AND...not a cauliflower in sight!  :heeha:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on May 02, 2013, 03:52:43 AM
Thank you everyone for encouraging me. Maybe I'll just "improve" this one. My objection to this watercolor is that I do not have a smooooth/graduated color change in some of the flowers. I'll take a look again, and consider all the good parts of the painting. You know: don't trow the baby out with the water!   :2funny:  :2funny:  :thankyou: again for the encouraging reviews. Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on May 02, 2013, 04:23:37 AM
Beautiful Cosmos both Jani and Doina.  Lovely to see.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on May 08, 2013, 11:23:29 AM
Thank you  :thankyou: for helping me not to throw the child out with the water! I just twick here and there, added a little more color, and here I am with my final version of the Cosmos. Doina

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on May 08, 2013, 12:27:09 PM
Wow, Doina! Once you added more color, the white flower really "popped" out. Awesome job!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 08, 2013, 01:25:17 PM
Sometimes that's all it takes. Looks fabulous in the frame Doina.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on May 08, 2013, 03:31:07 PM
A very lovely painting and a great choice of frame.  I'm sure glad you didn't give up on your painting.  You can be proud of it.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on May 08, 2013, 03:52:51 PM
 :thankyou: everyone. I am so happy I listen to all of you  :yippee:  :yippee:. I realy like this one. Lillian, I am kind of stubborn and I try until I have it my way. My bosses called me "determined" Ha! Whenever something was hard or needed patiece guess who got to solve it!?! Thanks again :flowers: Doina
P.S The frames I am buying from Joann fabrics and their are called LA Collection.Last 2 weeks they had it on sale 50% off(4.99 each and they are different colors and with mats. Regular price 9.99). I bought few of them.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on May 13, 2013, 08:45:39 AM
Well done, Doina!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 13, 2013, 09:40:06 AM
Beautiful, Doina :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on May 13, 2013, 11:01:50 AM
Thank you Dennis, it means a world for me. I can't believe it is not even a year that I started painting. Your support and everyone else keeps me doing, doing and doing again. I appreciate everyone's comments. I am so glad I stumbled on this site. I learn so much with every painting/class that is presented. Thanks for teaching us. Thanks, :thankyou: :thankyou: :smitten: :smitten: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Zilpa on May 18, 2013, 04:43:55 PM
Beautiful painting Doina, you should be very proud of yourself. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mark on May 30, 2013, 01:02:03 PM
Just recently came across this site, and the wonderful lessons. Here is my first painting. I would like to improve on the wash in the background...

Can't wait for lesson 2!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 30, 2013, 01:05:14 PM
Beautiful painting, Mark. Well done - nice strong colours and don't worry too much about the background as it adds an outside atmosphere to the painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 30, 2013, 01:22:32 PM
 :bigwelcome: Hi Mark, tell me you've painted watercolour before. This is gorgeous! Love the bright colours, the depth in the flowers, beautiful.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on May 30, 2013, 01:28:56 PM
Beautiful cosmos, Mark!  :clap: :clap: :clap: And just as important:  :bigwelcome: to PaintBasket!!!!!!  You're gonna love it here!   :smitten:  Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings!!

Hugs,
Jani
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on May 30, 2013, 02:26:35 PM
Well done, Mark! And welcome to the Paint Basket. I am rather a newbie here, myself. This is a marvelous, supportive community.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mark on May 30, 2013, 02:39:47 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments and words of welcome! Val, I've been experimenting with watercolours for a couple of months, but am now looking to learn and understand the techniques involved.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on May 30, 2013, 03:00:36 PM
 :welcome:  to Paintbasket, Mark.  I see you are a fellow Canadian!  There are more of our kind around here.  :)
Your cosmos painting is fantastic!!!  You look to be a seasoned watercolorist!   :congrats:  It's hard to believe you are just starting out.
The teaching is great and the members are helpful and encouraging.  You'll be amazed at your progress.
We often give a warning to new members, BEWARE, THIS PLACE IS ADDICTIVE!!!  (In a good way, of course)   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 30, 2013, 03:40:56 PM
Val, I've been experimenting with watercolours for a couple of months, but am now looking to learn and understand the techniques involved.

Mark you are most definately in the right spot  for that.  O0 Dennis is a superb (master) watercolourist, and you just won't believe how much patience the man has.  :heeha:   Would you believe he had a head full of luscious locks before I arrived here?  ;D   As you can tell, we all enjoy a good dose of humour and it helps to let off the tension when things don't always go as desired.

So come often and relax, enjoy and most of all  :painting: , or you'll find the  :knuppel2: after you!  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on May 30, 2013, 03:56:05 PM
 :bigwelcome: Mark! I guess you can tell by now that you really are welcomed here! You have a very nice bunch of cosmos :clap: :clap: :clap: look forward to seeing more .....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on May 30, 2013, 05:21:03 PM
 :welcome:  Mark! You have done a beautiful job on your painting!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on June 03, 2013, 11:20:15 AM
Mark you did a beautiful job on your cosmos. Also  :welcome:  to the family. We are here to encourage each other and help in anyway. You came to the right palce. HAPPY PAINTING.  O0 O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: scribe on June 03, 2013, 12:38:32 PM
 :welcome: Great first painting Mark. Aren't watercolors fun!!!
 O0
Title: Cosmos flowers
Post by: Ray3 on July 13, 2013, 10:54:08 AM
This is my very first attempt at watercolour painting any help would be very appreciated at this point at where I can improve if that is possible

Title: Re: Cosmos flowers
Post by: doina on July 13, 2013, 11:07:59 AM
Congratulations Ray. It is very well done. Has a more masculine flair to it, and that makes this painting very personal. It expresses your approach to art. I would not change anything! Frame it and write on the back "my first watercolor painting ever" and sign and date on the front!  :clap: :painting: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on July 13, 2013, 12:30:10 PM
Thank you Doina your comment was most welcome I realise I must be a bit more delicate with my brush but I will do as you suggest and frame it and date it  :thankyou: once again
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 13, 2013, 12:46:16 PM
HELLO!!!!!  Ray...  :heeha: ... your cosmos are perfection in themselves! Wonderful colourings and the textures!  :doh:    :congrats:   Positively brilliant!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Have you been practicing in the closet?  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on July 13, 2013, 01:10:56 PM
Ray, your Cosmos are just too beautiful.  I love the colours and the slightly different look about them.  Good for you.  Patricia  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on July 13, 2013, 01:18:31 PM
Ray, your cosmos are LOVELY!!!! Congratulations on a job well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on July 13, 2013, 01:29:34 PM
Val, Happychappy & jrhall036 your comments are very up building and I thank you for them
I know I have along way to go but you have to start somewhere and this medium is one
I find very absorbing and a lot of patience is required  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 13, 2013, 01:36:27 PM
So looking forward to seeing your next!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on July 13, 2013, 02:59:24 PM
Ray, your painting is simply lovely. And I will bet Dennis has already hooked you, right?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on July 13, 2013, 05:07:59 PM
Ray your cosmos are nicely done.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 13, 2013, 05:31:24 PM
Ray, very good for a very first watercolour painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on July 13, 2013, 06:00:28 PM
Your FIRST?????  Amazing!!!  You've taken a flying leap into watercolor painting, Ray!!!


Awesome work!!!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on July 13, 2013, 06:23:39 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: NICE Ray!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on July 14, 2013, 12:18:20 AM
 Once again I like to thank you all for your kind encouragement and yes Beasue I am hooked on Dennis watercolour course, and Dennis I am so grateful for your training and your easy approach to painting I might have mentioned before that my father was a very good painter in oils and watercolour and he use to teach retired ones to take up painting but I was never interested myself thinking was only for oldies I now wish that I had taken it up a lot earlier in my life but then I might not have met all you kind people  :'(  :smitten:   Ray
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Daisyblue77 on July 14, 2013, 05:00:24 AM
Hi Doodleman .....  I'm so impressed by your first water color painting.  You did a fine job.  I think you are going to do extremely well with the water color course.  I'm so happy for you.   :yippee: 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fencepost on July 15, 2013, 10:15:34 AM
Here's my attempt. I love white cosmos, so tried to do all white flowers. It didn't work terribly well, but I learned a lot in the process.


Judie
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 15, 2013, 10:24:57 AM
 :heeha: Judie! You've done a super job here.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Painting white, especially flowers is one of the hardest things to do. You my love have done a great job with it.  Very bright and fresh looking.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on July 15, 2013, 10:26:39 AM
Judy, I do not agree with you. It is a lovely painting and white flowers are hard to do. Congratulations and welcome to PB.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 15, 2013, 10:31:33 AM
Excellent gallery  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on July 15, 2013, 11:46:48 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Judie, You did an awesome job of the white cosmos.  It is so strange for only this morning I was looking at a painting hanging on my wall of white cosmos which my late cousin painted for me some 20 years ago and thought how lovely they were and now I see almost the identical one in yours.  Congratulations, you did a fine job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Daisyblue77 on July 15, 2013, 12:09:18 PM
Congrats to you Judie.  Beautiful painting.  Love the white.  Fresh and alive !!   :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jrhall036 on July 15, 2013, 05:03:26 PM
Beautiful cosmos, Judie!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on July 16, 2013, 03:50:18 PM
Judy your cosmos painting does you proud  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fencepost on July 16, 2013, 03:57:36 PM
 :-*  You are all too sweet! You give me confidence to keep going. It's funny how a painting seen through the eye of the painter is full of blemishes, but through other eyes it is seen as well done. I just love it here!
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on July 16, 2013, 07:48:27 PM
Very pretty Judie, so refreshing!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on July 18, 2013, 08:15:20 AM
Judie nice job on your cosmos. I might suggest that you put some shadow on the shadow side of the center of your flowers, it would help them pop.   O0 O0 :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fencepost on July 18, 2013, 09:04:32 AM
 :thankyou: Nina. Great feedback!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 18, 2013, 04:56:41 PM
Judie, well done :clap: :clap: :clap: just add the shadows as Nina pointed out O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on July 18, 2013, 07:01:20 PM
Judie, having painted a White Whooping Crane I know all too well how hard it is to work in white.   :sweat:

Great Job on your White Cosmos   :painting:   :clap: :clap: O0
Title: cosmos flowers
Post by: brony on July 25, 2013, 06:48:16 PM
 

my first water colour attempt

brony
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: scouserl41 on July 25, 2013, 08:48:02 PM
Very nice Brony, the shading gives real depth to the flowers.
Brian
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: Fencepost on July 25, 2013, 09:35:32 PM
Really lovely, Brony. You're on your way!  :painting:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: Val on July 26, 2013, 02:38:04 AM
Very well done, like the shadings and colourings.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: doina on July 26, 2013, 03:52:03 AM
Very nice painting, I like the coloring variation.  :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: njnjgirl on July 26, 2013, 04:27:58 AM
I think this is really beautifully done.  Way to go.  Seems like you are a natural! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: jrhall036 on July 26, 2013, 04:44:53 AM
What pretty cosmos, Brony! Congratulations!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: Lillian on July 26, 2013, 05:32:39 AM
 :congrats:   Well done!!!
Title: Re: cosmos flowers
Post by: BeaSue on July 26, 2013, 05:35:37 AM
Lovely! There is a gentle softness to this painting that is very appealing.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 26, 2013, 02:05:20 PM
Brony, excellent for a first attempt :clap: :clap: :clap: Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Title: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: cyril on July 29, 2013, 08:02:05 PM
hi .... :yippee:


 :D   
Title: Re: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: BeaSue on July 30, 2013, 03:45:36 AM
Welcome to the Paint Basket, Cyril!  :welcome:

Your Cosmos painting is lovely.
Title: Re: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: Lillian on July 30, 2013, 03:57:42 AM
 :bigwelcome: to Paintbasket, Cyril!  Your cosmos painting is stunning! 
 
Leaving the white around the green leaves and stems gives a real nice effect.
Title: Re: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: Val on July 30, 2013, 04:16:39 AM
 :bigwelcome: Cyril!  :wave:   Now be honest.... this can not be your first painting!  :coolsmiley:   The colours, shadings, background....all wonderfully done!  :congrats:
Title: Re: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: jrhall036 on July 30, 2013, 05:29:13 AM
Beautiful cosmos, Cyril!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Cosmos watercolour painting
Post by: njnjgirl on July 30, 2013, 06:42:36 AM
 :bigwelcome:  Cyril....and your cosmos painting is beautiful to say the least.  Lovely background, depth and details.    O0 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on July 30, 2013, 07:45:32 PM
Wow Cyril! such lovely effects on your cosmos - really like the frilly edges, background and lighting - gorgeous! I'm assuming you are not a total beginner!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: brony on July 30, 2013, 08:58:04 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: to all of you. really enjoyed working with water coulour for the first time!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on July 30, 2013, 10:55:47 PM
Well done Cyril with your fantastic painting of the Cosmos flowers and also a big welcome to Paint Basket look forward to seeing more of your work keep it going  :clap:  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cyril on July 31, 2013, 10:26:11 AM

 :thankyou:   :thankyou:    :thankyou:   :thankyou:   :thankyou:    :thankyou:    :thankyou:   :thankyou:
 

i hope to learn more from  the lessons and from you all .... :D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on September 06, 2013, 07:21:38 AM
I finally did my Cosmos Watercolor  :painting: 
Had some issues:  :tongue:
#1  I messed up the flower on top right of painting. (put dark color in wrong place and tried to fix it making it a mess.   :fight:
#2  I still don't have all the colors Dennis uses. (no Cad Red Light, and one other color)   ::)
#3  Liquid mask didn't want to come off of the bottom right flower, so paper texture is bad there.   :fight:
#4  low quality paper on this one, so it rippled.   :heeha:
#5  Paper tore as I removed it along bottom of picture (only visible in white areas, did not go into painted part thanks to Dennis's  directions to pull tape away from picture.  I did use hairdryer, think this was due to an old roll of masking tape being used and the poor quality paper too.    :sweat:

Despite all those issues, it was a good learning experience and I do think it came out OK, although I am not happy with background on lower half of painting behind stems,  too 'dirty' looking.  Time for my  :coffee:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 06, 2013, 07:24:39 AM
Sue,

Your cosmos is very good.  I never even attempted the ferny leaves on mine.  Yours are excellent.

Way to go, girl.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on September 06, 2013, 07:33:54 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, the leaves on top left I washed out and redid, they do look better today then they did last night when I did them  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on September 06, 2013, 08:31:35 AM
Well done for such a short time doing watercolor. By the way thank you for detailing all the trouble area, because I could not see them. The "flower mess" is just some other cosmos flowers in the background that gave the pinkish hue. Guive yourself some credit. You did good  :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 06, 2013, 08:38:28 AM
Good job Sue  :clap: :clap: :clap: I think one of the best things I have learned about watercolour is ....

                DON'T PANIC  :heeha:   LET IT DRY !!!

It's uncanny how what looked like  :eek: when wet...suddenly looks well, quite different when dry. Don't be too quick to make changes unless it REALLY looks  :envy:     ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on September 06, 2013, 09:02:12 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: Everyone!    :)
Val, you are right, it looked 'Yucky' last night (I finished it at 11PM) wasn't even going to post it.   :heeha:

This morning, 'Not so bad' but I can still see things I would like different.  But at least I am not considering burning it anymore   :2funny:

I am signed up for Sundays 'Poppies' class, so I will give watercolors another try (besides, I have all that paint and paper I purchased, have to use them up)   ::)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on September 06, 2013, 12:09:03 PM
Sue, in spite of all your problems it is still a very good painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
You have captured the technique which is much more important than the actual act of painting itself - if you know what I mean. O0   One thing to remember is to always try to get the best quality paper you can afford without stretching the budget too much.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on September 06, 2013, 05:12:56 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis, Yes, I do know what you mean.  I do have a good block of Archer paper (which I did not use for this painting)  I had purchased this before I could find the Archer paper.  I now see the difference for myself, so lesson learned there.  I will use it up for something, but will be using the Archer Block for classes, from now on.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on September 07, 2013, 06:59:18 AM
Excellent, Sue!!!  Well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on September 07, 2013, 08:24:32 AM
Have to save my 40% coupons for my Archer Paper Blocks at Michaels,  :cost: otherwise
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 29, 2013, 07:48:37 AM
Marion,

Your cosmos painting is so beautiful!!!!!  Light and delicate!!  Love how you did the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting - My first watercolor
Post by: Alice L Lemke on September 29, 2013, 08:41:34 AM
Hi! Everyone's painting is great!  Here is mine, done June 29th, 2013.  This was my very first painting since 1978 or so. I didn't know we could post them here, so I'm a little late.  Thanks for all the encouragement! -Alice-

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 29, 2013, 08:58:04 AM
Alice,

Your cosmos painting is really beautiful.  The darker blue in the background makes the flowers look so vibrant.

Great job.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on September 29, 2013, 09:10:57 AM
Gorgeous, Alice! Those cosmos flowers really pop! Lovely colors and execution.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ray3 on September 29, 2013, 09:21:37 AM
Absolutely fantastic Alice beautiful flowers and very colourful well done.  :clap: :clap:  Ray
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on September 29, 2013, 02:59:27 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Alice, Your Cosmos are magnificent.  So bright, neat and well done. You are such a good artist and I admire your work.  Keep them coming for us to feast our eyes on.  Wonderful job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on September 29, 2013, 10:01:42 PM
 :)  Girl, you got SKILLS!  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on September 30, 2013, 07:03:24 AM
Beautifully done! The flowers really stand out and show a lot of dimension!  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 01, 2013, 09:19:48 AM
Nice shadings and depth on the flowers.  O0 Like the foliage, and background colourings.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 01, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
An excellent painting, Alice :clap: :clap: :clap: You have not lost your touch after such a long break O0 ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 01, 2013, 01:23:17 PM
 :urwelcome: de nada.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on October 02, 2013, 10:24:31 AM
Alice I must say these are beautiful. I love the depth in them. frame them.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Everybody you are doing a fantastic job on your cosmos.  O0 O0 :yippee: :yippee:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Rick Bell on October 11, 2013, 03:26:42 PM
Hi Alice,

Very, very fine image.  I just found this site and did lesson 1, came here to post my feeble attempt but saw yours and thought better of it.  Excellent painting.

Rick
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 11, 2013, 05:09:28 PM
 :bigwelcome: Rick, and yes we want to see your cosmos!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Some people here have painted before, and many haven't. Don't let it deter you. You will see some amazing works, and well, then there's mine!  :heeha:   Seriously, post your painting and give the  :smart: ones a chance to help out if need be. As I've said before, post them all... good, bad, ugly....warts and all ! We're here to help you along the way, the only competition you have here is you yourself. After a couple of months look back at that first painting and you'll see what great strides you've made. Followed by a rather rowdy cheering section!  :yippee: :cheering: :goofy: Never mind the last one....someone's left the back door open again......   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on October 11, 2013, 05:35:47 PM
Hi, Rick!

A very warm welcome to you! I see that we are neighbors. Well, sort of. I live in Mebane, which is between Chapel Hill and Burlington.

By all means, don't be shy about posting your cosmos painting. That was my first painting here. I have been painting only about 10 months, so, really, a beginner who is learning and making mistakes along the way. But having fun, and learning so much from the encouraging folks here.

I hope you stick around. You are very  :welcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fencepost on October 11, 2013, 08:06:18 PM
Hey Rick! When I joined this nut house...er art house, I made a commitment to post every effort, warts and all. I specialize in warts it seems. :D  But I have never been put down, compared, or otherwise abused by anyone but myself. :banghead:

Show us your cosmos!  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Alice L Lemke on October 11, 2013, 09:04:15 PM
Hi Alice,

Very, very fine image.  I just found this site and did lesson 1, came here to post my feeble attempt but saw yours and thought better of it.  Excellent painting.

Rick

Thanks, Rick! Don't let the image of my painting keep you from putting yours up. Everyone is at different levels and everyone gets encouragement here - I need it and so do you!  I was told many years ago that women could not expect to be artists, so I put away my paintbrushes knowing that I would go back to it when I was older and had grown thicker skin.  That day is NOW for me, just today is for you.  If you don't want to be compared, you can do what I did: I put mine in my own photo gallery on the website until I had the courage to post it on the forum.  Good luck with your next painting!
-Alice-
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: lynn p. on October 12, 2013, 04:56:58 AM
Alice, I just love this cosmos painting and really all your paintings. When I grow up I want to be able to handle watercolor like you :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 12, 2013, 12:03:23 PM
 :bigwelcome: Rick, to the Paint Basket. Please DON"T be afraid to post your paintings here on the Forum.
EVERYONE here started at the same place you are at now :)  You know, Even Einstein, at one stage, could not even add 1 + 1 and get an answer ;) 


It is by posting your paintings that you will progress at a much faster rate than if you do it on your own. We have many members who will vouch for that :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Alice L Lemke on October 12, 2013, 10:01:33 PM
:bigwelcome:  Never mind the last one....someone's left the back door open again......   :2funny:


Val, I don't know what you mean by that as no one is treated like they don't belong here.

When I did the Cosmos, I had a tiny little set of Cotman watercolors - 12 tiny half pans in a miniature little palette and 2 Cotman 111 rounds and was painted on piece of Strathmore 300 that I had given my daughter years ago that she hadn't used. The painting looks like this because I was trying to keep up with Dennis and not really trying to copy what he did exactly, just trying to do what he said.

I'm so thrilled with the response from this little painting: I've had friends who want prints and my mom thinks I should be working for Hallmark.  Well, I know different, and it's copyrighted, but it's nice that they like it and have something I can frame.

I am far from the best artist here as I've only started painting in July and I see many people who blow me away. Dennis says that you will be better faster and become a "master artist" if you take his lessons.  I'm trying very hard and the Cosmos lesson got me hooked, as it probably did with many others.  I also have invested in good paints, brushes, paper and books - I'm keeping Merriartist.com in business - I even bought a Kolinsky sable #8.

This little painting is still my favorite as it gave me the success I really needed or I might have just said "forget it" and never tried again. I might have saved a bunch of money, but I would never have known that I CAN DO IT!
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 13, 2013, 05:45:53 AM
After a couple of months look back at that first painting and you'll see what great strides you've made. Followed by a rather rowdy cheering section!  :yippee: :cheering: :goofy: Never mind the last one....someone's left the back door open again......   :2funny:

Alice, the 3 emoticons are meant to be the 'rowdy' cheering section. The third one is just a nut whose managed to slip in. (Most likely me!) It has no bearing on you or anyone else or their work. Just my odd humour.  ::)

Alice you are an excellent artist, no one here will ever attack you or your work. Our job is to make sure you become the self assured artist you should be. You've definately got the talent factor down, so no excuses... don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. If they do, send them my way..  :knuppel2:    ;D    :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 13, 2013, 09:07:53 AM
 ;D Val!

The Cosmo lesson will always be my favorite lesson Alice!

Post your painting Rick!  This is the best place online to step out and show your work-I was intimidated before Alice!  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on October 13, 2013, 10:12:46 AM
Alice beautiful job on your painting.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap:
 :welcome: Rick, Don't be afraid to put your work on here. We all had to start somewhere. in fact when I started I knew nothing about watercolor.  :'( :confused:  I was one of the first on this site. NOT!! Val was first. I think I came in 4th or 5th  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: But needless to say we are all here to help and to encourage.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on October 14, 2013, 04:09:20 AM
Rick, a very big warm welcome to our painting community.  Please post your work for that is the only way you are going to progress.  We have the most fantastic tutors and the best forum members you could ever wish for and who will come to your aid with constructive criticism and help when needed. There are artists of all levels here and remember, we all had to start somewhere.  I am pretty new to the art world but have progressed beyond my expectation and you will too.  So don't be shy, nobody is going to "down" you for trying in fact, they will uplift and encourage you in your endeavours.  Patricia   
Title: LESSON #1 -The Clark's Cosmos Reference Photo
Post by: CraftyPease on October 16, 2013, 11:44:00 AM
Hi everyone. In the video series on YouTube, Dennis and Nolan paint some beautiful cosmos flowers and I was so amazed. I managed to find the PDF of the lesson along with some of their reference photos. There was one in particular that really amazed me and I had to try to paint it (BOY DO I LOVE WATERCOLOR. and am having so much fun painting things I had trouble painting in the past.)

Unfortunately, in this picture, I can really see how the lesser quality paper really stinks...
(http://www.lesliepease.com/images/2013/painting/watercolor/cosmos-01.jpg)

None-the-less, I certainly hope you like.  ::)
Title: Re: The Clark's Cosmos Reference Photo
Post by: jennylynn on October 16, 2013, 12:27:04 PM
leslie yes really like  O0  fancy finding the lessons and pdf's of these lesson's good find  :yippee:
Title: Re: The Clark's Cosmos Reference Photo
Post by: Val on October 16, 2013, 12:28:08 PM
Great work Leslie. I must say right off that the background is superb!  O0 Love it.  :clap: :clap: :clap: The main flowers look good, but could be knock your socks off gorgeous with a little deeper colouring and not forgetting to darken the shadow areas. Look out everyone....we've got a masterpiece in the making!  :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: The Clark's Cosmos Reference Photo
Post by: Happychappy on October 16, 2013, 01:43:34 PM
 O0 O0 O0  Wonderful painting Leslie.  Doesn't it make you feel so good?  Watercolour has a way of creeping into your heart.  A fantastic medium.  Patricia
Title: LESSON #1 - Re: The Clark's Cosmos Reference Photo
Post by: Denise808 on October 16, 2013, 04:14:47 PM
 :) This is soo very pretty Leslie! Love the "out of focus" look and that particular green/pink color combo  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fencepost on October 16, 2013, 05:20:14 PM
Very nice entry into the world of watercolor, Leslie!  :clap: Lovely colors!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on October 17, 2013, 08:41:40 AM
Leslie very pretty, I agree with Val on the petals. Once you do that you will see it really pop. But over all I like it.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Rick Bell on October 19, 2013, 07:35:07 AM
Did lesson #1, was not happy enough with my result to post it although I did receive a nice email from Val and shared my result with him.  I've not gone away but have taken Dennis' advice about the necessity / benefit being able to draw well brings to the watercolor endeavor, so I'm devoting some time (a few weeks hopefully) to enhancing my drawing ability before I go on to lesson #2.

Rick
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 19, 2013, 11:05:07 AM
 >:D I don't know how I'll break the news to Lloyd ... "I have something I simply must tell you..."   :2funny:

That's ok Rick, I shall change my avatar to something more recognizable. Everyone seems to think I'm Blackbeard!   :heeha: I can live with that.   ;D

I'm glad you are keeping on, and yes the drawing practice is a necessity with me as well. I think my main problem at the moment is too many irons in the fire!  :eek:

Look forward to seeing your works, post whenever you feel comfy to do so.  O0    :gl2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on October 19, 2013, 01:20:21 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: Poor Lloyd, What a shock this will be to his system.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 20, 2013, 10:06:00 AM
Wow Fran!  :heeha: You have done this before...yes? No? Either way, what an excellent start. Great colouring, nice depth, NO cauliflowers!  :sweat: I'm going to have to put in extra hours to keep up with you.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on October 20, 2013, 02:26:55 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow Fran!! First of all, a very warm welcome to our painting community. You will love the time you spend here with us. Our tutors are the best in the world and our forum members are just the greatest crowd of artists you could ever hope to meet.  Your Cosmos are just gorgeous, brilliant colours, lovely background.  My word, you  have done a fantastic job. 


Denise, bless your heart and thank you for taking Fran under your wing and showing her the ropes so to speak. It is always daunting starting out in something new and strange and it does make it so much easier to have someone help you into the transition as such.   You are a good friend for sure.


Patricia
Title: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: RosieBenz on November 01, 2013, 09:01:11 PM
I decided about 4 weeks ago to give water colour painting a try, with no prior experience other than painting the walls in my house with a single solid colour.     :)
I have fiddled around with the paint and brushes enough to now have a 'feel' for them but wow,  it is way harder than I anticipated.

This is what I produced from the first lesson.(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/p480x480/1384235_10151963572573291_193554107_n.jpg)
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Val on November 02, 2013, 02:36:10 AM
 :bigwelcome:          :wave: Hi Rosie, and welcome to PB. It only seems difficult because you haven't done it before! Easier already eh?  ;D It is a bit difficult to see in this photo, but looks like you have some nice textures in the petals. A few darker shadings around the centers of the flowers would add dimension, a bit darker shading on some of the shadow side petals will give you that 'looking in'/cup effect.
From what I can see, you've done a good job first time out. Keep them coming, you're off to a great start.  O0

If you have any queries, just holler...there's always someone about to lend a hand. Dennis is a real wizard with the w/c, so follow his lead and you'll be painting beautiful paintings in no time.
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 02, 2013, 06:03:54 AM
Very pretty Rosie! You are on your way. The one thing I have learned about watercolor, if I have learned anything about watercolor is that it does not want to be controlled and the more I think I can be in charge, the more frustrating it becomes. But when watercolor takes control it can produce wonderful results.
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Happychappy on November 02, 2013, 08:30:08 AM
 :welcome:  Rosie, I am sure you are going to love it here for you will learn so much more than you ever thought you would. Our tutors are the best and our forum members are wonderful.  We have artists of all levels and they will come to your aid with helpful suggestions and advice when you feel you are stuck.  So welcome aboard and enjoy the ride.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steven on November 02, 2013, 04:49:51 PM
Water color is new to me, this Cosmos Lesson was an up hill battle the whole way...
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: jillh on November 02, 2013, 07:27:32 PM
Welcome to PB Rosie.  It won't be long before you will feel at home.  The members are so friendly and helpful and Dennis and Nolan are awesome teachers. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on November 03, 2013, 01:34:48 PM
You've done very well Steven.  O0 I like the soft mottled background, and good job on the flower centers. You have them looking quite 3D! As you get used to working with the w/c, you'll find you gain better water control and your colours will pop right out. Super start.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on November 03, 2013, 02:40:04 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely painting of the Cosmos Steven.  I think you have done an excellent job and I like to softer colour pinks.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on November 03, 2013, 02:55:36 PM
Fran: great job! The only suggestion I would make is to soften and lighten the background a bit. It is so vibrant that it competes with the flowers.

Steven: Welcome to PB! We are glad to have you here. Don't be intimidated. Many of us, including me, are still relative newcomers, and the only way we improve is to keep practicing. I like your painting. You have done well. I suggest that you consider going back and pumping up those colors a little. Be bold! One of my teachers has said that a common mistake newbies make is to be too tentative with using deep colors and shadows. Study the reference painting, and see how yours can be enhanced to match it.
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: nolan on November 04, 2013, 11:11:49 AM
:bigwelcome: to the PB family Rosie - you are off to a great start  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on November 15, 2013, 08:32:01 AM
Steve  :welcome:
I am catching up on my posts after being away a while...
You have done a wonderful job on the Cosmos :clap: :clap: :clap:
It gets easier to follow Dennis with each class that you do, keep up the good work  :painting:
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: topjars on December 27, 2013, 02:59:23 PM
Good to see another Aussie here and excellent painting too! Im too scared to try water colours :blush:
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2013, 06:04:52 PM
Topjars,

I was afraid of watercolors, too.  Now I do more of them than oils.  I did a few of the PB classes last fall with Dennis and I got hooked!

I think they take a lot more planning than oils because it's more difficult to fix a mistake.

What I love about watercolor is that you can do a painting today and have it to give away as a gift tomorrow.

Hope you give watercolors a try.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Steven on December 27, 2013, 06:49:48 PM
Nice job on the cosmos!   :clap: :clap:  This is the lesson that hooked me...   ;)
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Denise808 on December 27, 2013, 07:28:32 PM
Me too!
 
:welcome: Rosie! 8)

And your cosmos look great for a first lesson!!
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: ImBatman on December 27, 2013, 09:40:17 PM
 :welcome: to the PB club Rosie. Good to get another Aussie on board. :gl2: with your progress, most of us have benefited IMMENSELY utitlising Dennis and Nolan's tutelage and the help from our forum  :hug: .

Keep on painting and posting!

Batman.
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2013, 09:53:22 PM
Rosie,

Welcome to the PaintBasket family.  Pardon me for replying to Topjars' comment about being afraid to start water.  I should have welcomed you first, before I replied to his comment.

Ditto to everything that the others have said.  This is a great place to learn.

You did well on the cosmos painting.  I enjoyed doing that one, too, except for the fact that I had some beginner paints that had the same packaging for both oil and watercolor.  YES, I mixed them up and did the flowers in pink OIL paint.  Oh, well, it looked pretty and I learned about "mixed media."

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lidiya on December 28, 2013, 09:38:56 PM

Hello Everybody, :wave:

This is my version of the Cosmos painting.

I cannot say that this one is my first ever watercolour, I tried this medium before (not too much though).
Recently, I bought several watercolour lessons (thank you Dennis and Nolan for such a wonderful sale). The decision which one I should paint first was tearing myself apart. Finally, I went to simple conclusion that it has to be the first one!  :idea:
I really enjoyed this lesson and looking forward to paint next one. :smitten:

All the best. :flowers:

Lidiya.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on December 28, 2013, 10:07:42 PM
Only seen your painting now, Steven. Excellent for a beginner  :clap: :clap: :clap:  If you add a bit more contrast for the shadows then it will be even better O0


Lidiya, your cosmos painting is also excellent with the right amount of contrast. Leaves and background lovely :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steven on December 29, 2013, 12:16:17 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis, I really enjoyed this lesson.  The fact that you managed to walk a complete beginner through the basics well enough that I was able to turn out something passable is a tribute to your teaching!  :clap:

I love Lidiya's exercise, it's a perfect example for you to reference about the need for contrast!

My first effort turned into a gift for Mom this Xmas...  turns out I'm never too old to do refrig art for Mom!  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on December 29, 2013, 02:57:05 AM
turns out I'm never too old to do refrig art for Mom!  ;)

 ;D    Actually Steven, having your work displayed at 'Mom's Fridge Art' gallery is the highest compliment an artist can get!  :clap: :clap: :clap:       
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on December 29, 2013, 03:00:58 AM
Lidiya that is a beautiful rendition of the cosmos.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:

I remember when I finished this first lesson, I was so amazed that I had painted this masterpiece.  ;D Now I can look back at it and it makes me smile.

You are going to excel in w/c .... I can feel it.  O0     :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on December 29, 2013, 03:17:21 AM
Lidiya, what a great job you've done. Great color and contrast. Congratulations,  :clap: :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on December 30, 2013, 04:27:04 AM
Lidiya, I haven't been looking at the watercolour section as I have been concentrating on the drawing dog course but have just now come in and had a look.  Your cosmos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and you have done them so very well.  You can be very proud of yourself.  Patricia
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: V on January 01, 2014, 07:02:14 AM
 :wave: Rosie,  :welcome: .
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Luba on January 01, 2014, 09:01:04 AM
 :welcome: Rosie, I like your picture. Not bad for your first try. take care
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Lillian on January 01, 2014, 07:45:54 PM
 :welcome:  Rosie!  I'm glad you posted your painting.  Keep  :painting: :painting: :painting: and you'll be amazed how quickly you progress.



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lidiya on January 02, 2014, 07:49:43 AM
Happy New Year to all PB members :santa: !!!

 :thankyou: very much Dennis for your encouragement and support.  Much appreciated. :smitten:

   :thankyou: Val,  :thankyou: Steven, :thankyou: Doina, :thankyou: Patricia for your lovely words of encouragement.

Val, I know what you mean by mentioning your first lesson. I tried my first Cosmos several months ago (wasn't brave enough to post it). It is a quite difference between this one and previous one. It makes me keep going and practicing more.

All the best.

Lidiya. :flowers:
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Ray3 on January 03, 2014, 12:11:11 AM
 A BIG warm  :welcome: to PB it's not a easy medium to do watercolour but it looks like you have got off to a good start keep it up and look forward to seeing more of your work here we are a friendly bunch and if you need any encouragement we have that as well.  Keep  :painting:   Ray
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 03, 2014, 03:59:44 PM
Denise, Steven, Lidiya great job on your Cosmos.  O0  O0  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 03, 2014, 04:13:17 PM
Wow!!!  I've missed seeing a whole lot of cosmos here!


...all so beautiful and all so well done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:    :congrats:
Title: Re: RosieBenz in Sunny Australia
Post by: Tousabella on January 04, 2014, 03:56:25 PM
 :welcome:   Rosie, and am so happy to see you join this awesome 'family'. We have such fun which makes it easier to learn,.....and, believe me......we sure have learned!!  Our tutors, Dennis and Nolan, are such wonderful teachers, explain so much, and, if you still don't understand, you can ask them.  They are great, as are our many members who will surely help you, too.  I know you'll be happy here, and we really look forward to seeing more of your work.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ai Ke on January 13, 2014, 12:42:37 PM
Hurray, I managed!

Besides asking for your comments and recommendations on the flowers, I do have a question for the more experienced folks.

I wetted my paper all over, except the flowers (as I did not have masking fluid when I did this painting), because I cannot seem to create a nice background on dry paper. It all becomes stripey, not matter how big my brush is, even with a flat huge one. But even with all over wetted paper, the paint does not spread equally. :-\
Would that be the type of paper, or did I not wet it evenly? Any suggestions on how to get better at a non-stripey background on dry paper?

Thank you!  :parachute:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on January 13, 2014, 08:38:58 PM
Water painting is fun because it is unpredictable.  Your painting is  good.  Wet paper is not always the answer to a smooth background.  Mooving the paint in a wave or bead down the page , inch by inch works better. You need a brush that holds a large quantity of water for the best uniform background.  In my opinion when you don't use masking fluid you need to be extra careful.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on January 14, 2014, 04:53:32 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Aike, a BEAUTIFUL painting of the Cosmos.  I too am background challenged and for the life of me, can't seem to get a smooth background all the time.  Sometimes I get lucky but generally speaking, I struggle with it.  So good luck to you although your background in the Cosmos looks fantastic.  I love your painting.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 14, 2014, 05:32:10 AM
Very nice colourings, good job  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 14, 2014, 07:30:21 AM
Very nice!  I really like what you've done!   :clap: :clap: :clap:


Now that your painting is dry, you can now go back in and put the dark shadow under the centres of the flowers and the the shading on the petals as Dennis shows in the demo.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 14, 2014, 10:31:35 AM
Very nice, Ai Ke. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Lillian you just beat me to what to do to the flowers O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on January 15, 2014, 07:46:17 AM
 :thankyou:  Dennis!  I learned that from you!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on January 21, 2014, 11:28:03 AM
AiKe nice job on your cosmos. Once you get the shadows in, you will see a big difference.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: richkay on February 03, 2014, 10:31:44 AM
This is my first watercolor painting on PaintBasket.  I learned a lot painting this one.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 03, 2014, 11:33:34 AM
Rich jay you did a very nice job on your cosmos.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 03, 2014, 11:44:56 AM
A lovely strong and bold slightly stylized painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: richkay on February 03, 2014, 06:39:33 PM
Thank you for commenting on my painting.  This is the first painting that I really liked when I finished it.  I think I watched Dennis demonstrate the cosmos painting 5 times. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 03, 2014, 10:44:13 PM
Rich Kay,

I love your cosmos.  It has a unique style!  I like the subtle colors in the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on February 06, 2014, 11:27:42 AM
 :clap: :clap: Very nicely done!! A lovely vibrant twist on an old favourite. Way to go Rich!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on February 06, 2014, 11:52:50 AM
 O0 richkay.

I agree with Dennis's comments about bold and stylized. It certainly wouldn't look out of place smack bang on the front of a Mother's Day greeting card.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on February 17, 2014, 05:47:17 AM
Well done richkay. I think most of us were quite surprised to see an 'actual' painting when we did this one.  ;D Keep going you are truly going to love what you see in the next short while.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on February 20, 2014, 04:56:41 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow Richkay, I love your Cosmos.  The Cosmos were what got me hooked onto painting.  Just love them.  Good job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Stina on February 24, 2014, 02:00:09 AM
Hi there
This is my version of the cosmosflowers. There is definetly room for improvement, but since I'm a beginner I'm quite pleased with it anyway.   :)

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 24, 2014, 06:17:40 AM
Stina,

I really like the way you did the cosmos.  It's your own sense of style.  Nice background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: MSWcrane on February 24, 2014, 10:19:22 AM
Stina, as I posted on your Album site...

I really love this rendition of the Cosmos.  I especially like your background.  The flowers look so fresh and ready to pick to put into my vase (beware)   ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on February 26, 2014, 06:16:09 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Stina a very good job on the Cosmos.  I absolutely loved that lesson, in fact, I painted the picture three times, two of which went to my children and I have one hanging in my family room.
 
Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bev S. on February 26, 2014, 09:29:21 AM
 :clap: :clap: Nice, nice, nice, Stina! I love your background and wish I could get those kinds of backgrounds!
You Are doing great and I cant wait to see what you do next!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Stina on February 27, 2014, 09:07:40 AM
Thank you so much! You are all so sweet =)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: May lynn on February 27, 2014, 04:16:30 PM
Dear Stina;

I very much like your bouquet of Cosmos.  I can see myself picking
them for my cabin on a long summers walk in the wild.       :painting:

May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on February 27, 2014, 09:56:03 PM
 :welcome:  Stina, to the Paint Basket. For a beginner your flowers have a lovely atmosphere to them. :clap: :clap: :clap: 
Study the video and you will see that you will need to add the shadow below the pollen clumps in each flower to make them stand out and up.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on February 28, 2014, 10:39:11 AM
 :welcome: Stina, to our growing family. I think you did a fine job on your cosmos. Just do what Dennis suggested. Isn't it fun to learn.  O0 : :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 30, 2014, 06:38:29 PM
Hi Dennis, I have posted my cosmos flowers that I actually made a few month ago  while following you on the video.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all those free water colour courses. They have been a great help for my techniques.   I did all the free painting which I will post for your comments.
 Also some of my own paintings, where can I put those for your comments. 
   :thankyou:  :thankyou:  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 30, 2014, 07:08:02 PM
Danielle,

Your cosmos painting is so beautiful.  Incredibly appealing background.

It good use some shading on the flowers, though.

Aren't cosmos such pretty flowers to paint.

I always put my paintings that I want advice for as their own topic in the "Encourager" section of whatever medium is appropriate.  Hope that helps. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 30, 2014, 07:10:59 PM
Thank you Mea for your advice, i will look into it.   :thankyou: also for the info.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steven on March 30, 2014, 09:49:40 PM
This was the water color that lead me to believe  there was something to this painting stuff...  I like your rendition Danielle, I like the way you left the edges of the pink flowers white and the ferns are very delicate, your centers have nice shading too, makes them stand up nicely. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 31, 2014, 03:18:10 AM
 :heeha: Excellent rendition Danielle!  O0   One of the best. Well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Daisyblue77 on March 31, 2014, 04:42:08 AM
Absolutely stunning Danielle !     :twothumbs: :dance: :twothumbs: :dance: :twothumbs:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on March 31, 2014, 05:59:01 AM
Love this Dannielle.  O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 31, 2014, 07:39:27 AM
 :thankyou: Steven, Val, Didwaud and Nina for your encouraging comments.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 31, 2014, 12:43:10 PM
Wow, this is really beautiful!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jillh on March 31, 2014, 01:38:19 PM
Simply beautiful Danielle!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 31, 2014, 03:32:36 PM
 :thankyou: Jill and Denise.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 31, 2014, 07:39:11 PM
Danielle, an excellent painting. Looking at your other paintings as well I see you have a good handling of the brush. Keep it up :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on April 01, 2014, 03:51:26 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis, for your encouraging words.  Much appriciated.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magova on April 05, 2014, 11:23:34 AM
Dannielle, This is so pretty! Incredible job  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on April 06, 2014, 04:01:44 AM
 :thankyou:Magova for you comment.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magova on April 07, 2014, 08:22:32 AM
Here is my painting of cosmos. :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on April 07, 2014, 09:10:02 AM
Beautiful, Maya!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Paulaj on April 07, 2014, 09:23:28 AM
What a lovely printing, just in time for Spring.  I would frame it and get it on your wall ASAP.  :smiley6600:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on April 07, 2014, 09:38:32 AM
 :smart: Maya on your lovely, very well done. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on April 07, 2014, 10:46:05 AM
Well done Maya, nice and bright and light. If this is your first, you are off to a great start. O0

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 07, 2014, 11:14:14 AM
Beautifully done Maya  O0 looking forward to the next one  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jennylynn on April 07, 2014, 11:50:17 AM
well done on your first painting maya, so looking forward to seeing the rest  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 07, 2014, 12:11:14 PM
Magova, an excellent painting and very neatly executed. Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 07, 2014, 04:25:46 PM
Magova,

Beautiful cosmos.  Love the background too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on April 08, 2014, 06:20:46 AM
Great job Maya!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magova on April 08, 2014, 08:08:54 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: so much everyone.
This is my first painting, aways wanted to learn. Thanks to all of you I am on a great journey. Can't wait to try the next lesson.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 08, 2014, 01:08:36 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Maya, just seen your painting of the Cosmos.  Absolutely gorgeous work.  Congratulations.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magova on April 08, 2014, 04:41:55 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia, so kind of you!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Zilpa on April 08, 2014, 05:05:16 PM
I love everything about your painting, well done Maya. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: magova on April 09, 2014, 06:26:48 PM
 :thankyou: Zilpa, I appreciate all your kind words!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Verpin on May 24, 2014, 10:53:17 AM
 :yippee: I made it!
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x2YGMNLFGxw/U4DqT5PtZnI/AAAAAAAALmI/FeWiyI_JSIM/s640/20140524_182413.jpg)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 24, 2014, 11:01:47 AM
 :bigwelcome:   Verpin!  :wave:   Very well done on your Cosmos  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 24, 2014, 11:37:11 AM
Verpin,

Lovely work on the cosmos.  your background is really nice.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ImBatman on May 24, 2014, 12:39:23 PM
Great work Verpin.


All up, very pretty and nice background.


Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on May 24, 2014, 02:06:46 PM
 :bigwelcome: to PB Verpin,   Well done your cosmos painting. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 24, 2014, 06:10:37 PM
Verpin,  :welcome:  to the Paint Basket. Nice first painting :clap: :clap: :clap:


To improve the painting just lift out some of the colour from the lower petals to show the reflection of the light hitting them - top ones are in shadow. You painted the stem after you painted the flower because there is a gap showing. Bring the stems right up against the edge of the flower to indicate them going BEHIND the flower. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: CBusche on June 28, 2014, 06:15:39 AM
Hi everyone  :) .  I've decided to try my hand at Watercolor painting.  I've used watercolors before and found it quite ....um....challenging. Dennis's classes seem like just the thing to help me learn the proper techniques  :clap: .


Here is my try at the Cosmos Flowers. It is my second try  :whistle: .  I really messed up the first one.




Any help would be appreciated.


I've also done the tonal ranges exercise.  I'm heading over to that thread to post that one.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on June 28, 2014, 07:02:07 AM
Nice work Carol!  Dennis will get you going on watercolors in no time-look at your start already.  :yippee:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: CBusche on June 28, 2014, 12:05:42 PM
Thank you so much Natalie  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on June 29, 2014, 04:40:34 PM
Very nice painting, Carol :clap: :clap: :clap: To improve the painting just soften up the edges of the green background to the flowers so that they merge into the main background. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: CBusche on June 30, 2014, 03:44:59 AM
 :thankyou:  So much Dennis. I will get that done  :) .
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: JANDWEDWARDS on July 02, 2014, 09:03:09 AM
Dennis, what size is your rigger brush that you used in this lesson?  I have a size 3 and lines are too big for background leaves. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 02, 2014, 04:07:46 PM
I used a #2 rigger brush. If it is an old brush then the tip will also be splayed out too much and will not give you thin lines - even with a #2 brush.

If it is a script brush then the point tends to form a chisel point. In this is the case then pull along the thin side.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: JANDWEDWARDS on July 03, 2014, 12:33:18 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis. It was a new sable #3 brush.  I have ordered a #1and #2 brush.  Will try cosmos again next week.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 03, 2014, 01:42:56 AM
Nicely done Carol  :clap: :clap: :clap:   Rigger brushes can be a sticky wicket  ::) I bought two #2 rigger brushes from different manufacturers, one brush is almost 3x the size of the other.  :D Go figure!  :crazy2:
Title: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: IlincaotGramesti on July 22, 2014, 12:57:05 AM
Hello evreyone

Here is my first try. The result is very modest but the pleasure of working was huge.

Any suggestions, advice would be welcome.
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: ncwren on July 22, 2014, 06:44:17 AM
You forgot to post your painting:


Nice work.  :clap:
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: IlincaotGramesti on July 22, 2014, 07:00:06 AM
 :blush:
 :thankyou:
 :flowers:
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: BeaSue on July 22, 2014, 07:03:55 AM
Very pretty!

And welcome to Paint Basket! What would you like us to call you? You can add a signature to your profile, if you like.
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: NHC50 on July 22, 2014, 08:05:31 AM
I think it is very pretty. You did a great job.  O0

By the way  :welcome: to the family.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 22, 2014, 08:11:40 AM
Well done on your first painting and welcome to PB! My only suggestion would be to post this in the class section of the Cosmos lesson on the forum...
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: Juan Carlos on July 22, 2014, 08:45:06 AM
Beautiful flowers and welcome to PB!!! :clap:
Title: Re: My first try, first lesson, Cosmos flower
Post by: IlincaotGramesti on July 22, 2014, 12:06:17 PM
Thanks all for the warm welcome. I feel like I got a great family.

Val:

My name is Ilinca.
I am very beginning. I do not know what's right for me. For the moment I will continue with watercolors and drawing required.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on July 22, 2014, 05:55:25 PM
Very nice flowers Carol. :clap: :clap:


Very nice flowers Ilinca. :clap: :clap:
 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: doina on July 23, 2014, 02:46:54 AM
Very nice rendition of the cosmos flowers Ilinca. Congratulations, :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on July 23, 2014, 09:20:26 AM
Watercolour and drawing!  :heeha: My favourites!!  :whistle: Couldn't have made a better choice to start.

AND... your first go at the cosmos is a great start. Very well done.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on July 26, 2014, 11:24:32 AM
This is the very first class that I took when I first started PB. I still love this picture and think it is one of the best I have done. Thanks to Dennis for making it such a wonderful easy to understand class. He is such a sweetheart.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 26, 2014, 06:38:48 PM
dnaleri3,

This is the prettiest of all the cosmos paintings I have seen.  It is so delicate.  Love the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on July 26, 2014, 08:22:08 PM
I agree with Mea. Outstanding work!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on July 27, 2014, 09:35:06 AM
(http://www.paintbasket.com/members/webkit-fake-url://41A1D9A8-A6EA-44EA-90A7-667DBA458461/imagegif) Thank you Mea and Natalie.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on July 27, 2014, 04:26:50 PM
Kris you did a very nice painting  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on July 27, 2014, 09:11:49 PM
 :whistle: :blush:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on August 01, 2014, 06:15:37 AM
Kris this is a beautiful watercolor. I love the background. Job well done.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on August 04, 2014, 09:33:21 AM
Thank you Danielle and Nina.



Kris   (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/webkit-fake-url://77E90E5B-E132-4406-ADD7-85B8DBE07509/imagegif) 

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 06, 2014, 03:58:53 AM
Beautiful work Kris. Love that background.  O0  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on August 06, 2014, 04:09:19 AM
Thank you Val.
Kris
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fiona on August 09, 2014, 04:11:07 AM
Here is my addition of the Cosmos Flowers. I really enjoyed doing this one   :)

(http://www.paintbasket.com/members/MGalleryItem.php?id=16720)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on August 09, 2014, 04:13:26 AM
Fiona, I love the multi-colored flowers! Very original background! Very nice painting!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on August 09, 2014, 04:30:50 AM
Very beautiful, Fiona. I love your background. The colors just seem to flow into each other.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 09, 2014, 07:11:00 AM
Very feminine  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 09, 2014, 08:56:09 AM
Beautiful cosmos, Fiona.  Love the background, too.  So delicate.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on August 09, 2014, 02:52:19 PM
Fiona, very, very pretty. Background is lovely.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Lillian on August 10, 2014, 05:39:43 PM
Lovely, creative use of colour in your rendition of the cosmos.  Well done!


 Love it!  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on August 10, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
Beautifully done Fiona ,i love the soft colours of the whole painting. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fiona on August 11, 2014, 01:04:19 AM
Thank you lovely people for your lovely comments   :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: CarolHorvath on August 15, 2014, 01:57:07 PM
I finished this today while with my painting buddies. I didn't have Dennis' video with me, but I did have his pic. This is on a 9x12 wc paper.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 15, 2014, 03:13:10 PM
Carol,

Lovely cosmos painting.  This is one of my favorite lessons to look at.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 15, 2014, 03:39:58 PM
Looks good Carol.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on August 15, 2014, 04:40:42 PM
Great painting, Carol :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: CarolHorvath on August 15, 2014, 05:57:29 PM
Thank you Dennis, Natalie and Mea..you keep me going..
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Zilpa on August 16, 2014, 01:28:05 AM
Beautiful  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 16, 2014, 04:16:37 AM
Hey!! Who's that new dapper young gentleman 2 spots above Zilpa?!  (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50136/1507124.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)   
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on August 16, 2014, 04:21:08 AM
 (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50109/1506715.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)   Sorry Carol... I was so enamored with the 'new' guy I forgot to comment on your painting!  :doh:      ;D

Very nicely done!!       (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50437/1508987.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:   
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on August 22, 2014, 11:16:38 AM
Nice :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on August 22, 2014, 03:34:18 PM
Nice flowers, like the background.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kedde on August 30, 2014, 10:15:43 AM
Hi all,

My first lesson. Looking forward for comments. And on with then next lesson , here I go .....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on August 30, 2014, 10:27:36 AM
 Hi Kedde  :welcome: to PB

Great job on your first watercolor!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 30, 2014, 11:24:57 AM
Wow, Kedde, you are off to a good start.

Welcome to Paintbasket.   We are the best art site on the Internet!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on August 30, 2014, 01:16:01 PM
Nice start on the watercolours Kedde and welcome to PB.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: sally13 on August 30, 2014, 02:31:27 PM
Your cosmos look terrific Keddie. Well done
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on August 30, 2014, 11:15:40 PM
Well done, Kedde :clap: :clap: :clap: Welcome to the Paint Basket :welcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kedde on August 31, 2014, 08:41:46 AM
Tx for all your replies, you make me feel at home ...  :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on September 15, 2014, 07:36:40 AM
Pfff... I did it... made a water colour, my first one.

Just need some more practise ;)


Thanks Dennis, for all those secrets you give away in a free class!!!

Paper: Schut Terschelling 300g/m²
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kedde on September 15, 2014, 07:40:47 AM
Beautiful! Can't wait to see the next one  :) ...
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on September 15, 2014, 07:50:45 AM
Awesome!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 15, 2014, 07:57:41 AM
Germa,

Great cosmos.  See, you are just as good in watercolor as in oil!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on September 15, 2014, 08:11:43 AM
Maybe it's the teachers?  :smart: ;)


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on September 15, 2014, 08:17:59 AM
Germa, You did a nice job on your cosmos. Especially being your first one. Way to go.  :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 15, 2014, 11:07:45 AM
 :yippee: Excellent job Germa  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on September 15, 2014, 12:34:19 PM
Germa, for a first watercolour it is brilliant. You're off to a jet-speed start :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on September 15, 2014, 01:03:31 PM
Wow, thank you guys!
It was great fun and I'm sure I keep on doing wc,  next to the oils.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Fiona on September 15, 2014, 01:16:26 PM
Beautiful Germa - keep on with watercolours, you obviously have a knack for them   ;)  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on September 15, 2014, 03:00:32 PM
Germa you have done a very nice cosmos painting.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on September 17, 2014, 10:14:16 AM
 :smart: Thank you!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 17, 2014, 02:11:06 PM
Lovely cosmos, Germa - arent' WC fun?!?! Keep posting more of these - you're good!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on September 17, 2014, 11:56:43 PM
I will, it's sure a lot of fun.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Judylh on September 18, 2014, 07:24:37 PM
Working and playing with watercolours is a whole new experience for me ... I thought pastels were challenging when I  joined PB at the end of July ... I tell ya I have a whole new appreciation and respect for any artist no matter if they are a newbie like me, an accomplished master, a born natural or any where in between!

I know I have soooo much to learn but am having so much fun exploring this "living medium - watercolours"!

I am so grateful I discovered this website! All the classes are just brilliant and amazing thank you again Dennis and Nolan for creating this wonderful experience and for all the members who share all their creations and take the time to comment!


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on September 18, 2014, 11:15:28 PM
The flowers are well painted, Judy :clap: :clap: :clap: Just missing the definite stems of the flowers O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Judylh on September 19, 2014, 03:41:31 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis!!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on October 03, 2014, 08:32:57 AM
just finished my very first watercolor  :painting:, with bandaged cut finger and all  :(.  Anxious to start a new painting.  I had to take a break from my drawing and found holding the paint brush was easier than the pencil while my finger is healing.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: jillh on October 03, 2014, 09:44:28 AM
Excellent first watercolor.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 03, 2014, 12:09:21 PM
 Nicely done Robin!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 03, 2014, 03:31:15 PM
Bella,

I love your cosmos.  Beautiful.  That was one of my favorite lessons, even though I did it with oil paint AND water - thinking I was using watercolor.  DUH!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on October 03, 2014, 06:33:18 PM
Beautifully done Bella.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 03, 2014, 07:15:22 PM
Robin, excellent for a very first watercolour painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on October 03, 2014, 10:36:21 PM
 :thankyou: paint basket buddies, your encouragement means a lot to me.  Mea, that is such a funny story about you using oil paint and water :2funny:.  Please tell me more.   
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on October 04, 2014, 03:22:34 AM
Adding acrylics to oil paint is even more fun ;), just try it, with little dabs, you don't loose to much paint and you'll never forget the result; best lesson ever in what not to mix.

I'm sure Mea looks twice on her tubes, nowadays, so she is sure she has the right paint, aren't you Mea?
 >:D :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on October 04, 2014, 04:17:44 AM
Robin beautiful costmos painting. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 04, 2014, 05:16:44 AM
Actually, Germa, all the tubes and brushes are now labeled "O" or "W and are stored in different "stations" in my studio.

aloha

mea (taking no chances)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on October 04, 2014, 05:22:36 AM
Good Morning Mea, thanks for your complements.  I am wondering how long after you started your cosmos painting that you realized you were using oils?  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 04, 2014, 07:06:43 AM
I hate to admit that during the painting I did not notice I was mixing oil and water.  Came out pretty good, though.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on October 04, 2014, 07:34:09 AM
 :2funny: You might just well be on to something.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: cdvdsn on October 07, 2014, 04:25:40 AM
Here is my first watercolor painting!

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 07, 2014, 04:43:45 AM
Really nice work Cathy!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on October 07, 2014, 04:52:45 AM
Be proud of yourself.  Nicely done
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 07, 2014, 05:14:31 AM
Well done Cathy :clap: :clap: :clap:   Keep following the lessons along and you'll learn how to blend and fade those shadings and you'll be painting beautiful paintings just like Dennis. Then when you look back at this your first accomplishment you'll amaze yourself with all that you have done.  O0

You're off to an excellent start, looking forward to seeing many, many more masterpieces!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on October 07, 2014, 05:47:05 AM
Very nice  :painting: and very good for a first wc painting Cathy.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 07, 2014, 06:45:54 AM
Cathy,

Great cosmos on your first watercolor try!!!

Keep going!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Germa on October 07, 2014, 06:48:17 AM
 :clap:
Nice painting; well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kedde on October 07, 2014, 09:56:21 AM
You are off for a very good start. Well done.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dnaleri3 on October 07, 2014, 10:21:00 AM
Beautifully done. What a great start!
Kris
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tania on October 08, 2014, 06:33:31 AM
Nice job, Cathy!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on October 10, 2014, 10:28:57 PM
My first watercolor lesson.  I found the use of watercolors very challenging.  Oils are much different.  I joined the Watercolor Club and am looking forward to improving and getting much more at ease with this medium.

Suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Thanks Sherri



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 11, 2014, 03:00:57 AM
Sherri,

The cosmos painting is lovely.  If you could blend out the gray background to soften the hard line on the left, it would give more focus to the flowers.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on October 11, 2014, 04:41:59 AM
Mea,  the background is what I had so much trouble with.  I just couldn't seem to get it blended and it that soft look.  Not sure what I am doing wrong.  Any suggestions?

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 11, 2014, 04:59:54 AM
When painting a large area it is imperative to keep a wet edge, then when you lay your next colour next to it they will merge and blend on their own. Getting the correct water balance just takes a bit of practice. You've done very well, looking forward to your next adventure!  O0    :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on October 11, 2014, 06:17:02 AM
Great start Sherri  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on October 12, 2014, 11:36:39 AM
Thanks Natalie and Mea.

Val thanks for the tips.  I will keep pushing on.  I think that I was afraid to use too much water.

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on October 12, 2014, 12:10:03 PM
Sherri, very good for the first time in watercolours :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mucciad on October 18, 2014, 01:34:02 PM
Here is my cosmos... My first painting ever :)..... I know There are multiple issues with it but I'm still happy with it and enjoyed doing it soooo much! Can't wait to improve on my next one! All constructive feedback is welcome :) :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on October 18, 2014, 02:00:01 PM
Andrea your picture did not get posted with your post.  I have posted it for you.  You did a wonderful job for your very first painting!!  Can't wait to see your other lessons!!!


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on October 18, 2014, 03:16:45 PM
(https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50396/1508575.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)  Just look at those bright colours!!!!  :heeha:     8)   Nicely done Andrea!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on October 18, 2014, 06:03:28 PM
Ohhh....I love the bright colors!  Really pops.  Great painting, Andrea.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: C.Bodine on October 18, 2014, 07:36:24 PM
Wow, Andrea! How bright and beautiful!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 19, 2014, 02:40:55 AM
Andrea,

Beautiful cosmos painting.  delicate.  Nice background, especially the blue section.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on October 20, 2014, 07:30:51 AM
Sherri and Andrea you both did a very nice painting of the cosmos.    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: king.mark on November 02, 2014, 02:23:00 PM
http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=2026 (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=2026)

Love to know what people think.

Mark
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: Danielle123 on November 02, 2014, 03:20:02 PM
Mark you flowers are very beautiful and vibrant.  Nice colour combo.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: dbald8 on November 02, 2014, 03:48:35 PM
Your painting is very nice. I like the way you did the background.
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: Marsha (Pita) on November 02, 2014, 08:05:10 PM
Great use of colors - I'd keep this picture close as a reference, I think maybe it might be defining your style - definitely not a copy of the class.  I liked all my first paintings from that class, but not the one I truly tried to make it "good"... I started in January, at 61 years old.  Best thing I ever did!   Welcome aboard - Marsha
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: njnjgirl on November 03, 2014, 03:16:36 AM
I like this.  You did a great job.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: Tania on November 03, 2014, 05:11:27 AM
Great  :painting:! Look forward to seeing more of your work!
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: king.mark on November 03, 2014, 01:00:10 PM
Thank you to all for your comments, the painting and drawing have made a big change to my life, I will keep trying and hope to post some more paintings soon.
Mark
Title: Re: Just started painting and drawing, my first attempt
Post by: Mariep on November 03, 2014, 09:13:57 PM
Whow Mark, well done. great colors
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on November 05, 2014, 01:22:06 AM
Mark, wonderful bold use of colours - I like it very much :clap: :clap: :clap: You are well on your way! O0

BTW  I moved your post to Cosmos Lesson #1 to keep all the relevant paintings together.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on November 05, 2014, 08:17:22 AM
Beautiful Mark. Love your colors

Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: king.mark on November 09, 2014, 08:50:51 AM
Many thanks for all your kind words, especially from our esteemed Tutor Dennis. I will try to do the same with the mono picture of the old cottage.
Regards
Mark king
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: bhageman on November 09, 2014, 01:06:37 PM
Here is my first watercolor painting.  Had fun doing it.

http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=media;in=18320;preview (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=media;in=18320;preview)

 :thankyou:, Barbara
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 09, 2014, 01:46:48 PM
It's lovely, Barbara.  This has always been one of my favorites and you painted it well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: May lynn on November 09, 2014, 04:51:23 PM
Dear Bill.King

Here is your cosmos painting.

It will be easier for members and guest to view.


Nicely done indeed!!!


May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: May lynn on November 09, 2014, 05:03:56 PM
Dear bhageman;

Here is you Cosmos painting.


If you copy and then paste  the

Smgid= number assigned to your posting
in the relevant topic all members and guest will
be able to view you masterpieces.

I know it takes a little time to master but, you can
do it.   

PS.  It took me 6 months to figure it out.   :gl:

May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: bhageman on November 10, 2014, 11:08:06 AM
Thank you May Lynn.  I kept looking and looking and couldn't find that BBC code.  I just found it now.

Barbara
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Tousabella on November 10, 2014, 03:29:03 PM
Barbara and Mark....wonderful flowers!!  I love the bold look.  You did a wonderful job.  :clap:    :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on November 10, 2014, 04:57:03 PM
Well done, Barbara :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: bhageman on November 11, 2014, 10:04:05 AM
Thank you all for the kind words.  It helps me feel like I can actually do this.  Just wish I wasn't still working full time so that I had time for this.

 :thankyou:  Barbara
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on March 13, 2015, 11:18:41 AM
i can see that for long time nobody asked any questions,but i did this lesson yesterday night and i have some ;

1.why after drying the colors look so washed,i mean they lost the brightnes
2.is it correct that pencil drawing you can see
Title: cosmos
Post by: Aniz Oniro on March 13, 2015, 11:40:06 AM
this is my try to do the lesson,i used the watercolor paint for schools for the kids on a watercolor paper A4
I found that lesson very interesting,painting with watercolor is complitly different than in oils  but i did it,
Title: Re: cosmos
Post by: wyldheart on March 13, 2015, 01:31:49 PM
Ah! Just beautiful. I love Cosmo's. Great Job! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 13, 2015, 02:12:37 PM
When using watercolour, you must make your mixes stronger than you think they should be, as they do get lighter as they dry. If the colour looks right when you first lay it on....it is going to dry too light.  Not to worry Maria, you'll get better with practice. It took me a while to finally figure out the correct amount of water to paint to get the result I wanted.  :crazy2:   Just keep painting!  O0
Title: Re: cosmos
Post by: Val on March 13, 2015, 02:16:14 PM
Maria you have done very well, you can go over the petals again to bring out the colour.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: cosmos
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 13, 2015, 09:33:18 PM
Maria,

Your cosmos is lovely - simple, unfussy (if there is such a word).  Nice background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Oxygen on March 14, 2015, 10:35:05 PM
Thought I'd have a play with watercolour before getting back to the drawing course.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Oxygen on March 14, 2015, 10:43:39 PM
And why not do two...

This one nearly found the bin. I thought I'd try a different brand of masking fluid as an experiment.

And very different it was. Watching Dennis on the intro lesson I started removing the masking fluid (that I thought was dry/cured). When I looked down I'd managed to tear into my wash and rip great chunks of paper from the surface all over the place.

Lesson learned.

Using cheap and cheerful 190 GSM A3 paper probably didn't help.

Glad I persisted though I had nothing to lose.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 14, 2015, 11:56:11 PM
John,

Considering all the trouble you had, this second one turned out pretty well.  Background color is good and the flowers and buds look well shaped.

Don't feel bad, I had the same problem you had with the paper ripping.  Yup, cheap paper.  Hey, I even made the mistake of doing some of the cosmos in oil before I realized they were supposed to be watercolor.  But, oil and water actually mixed quite well.  (Don't tell the scientists!)

hang in there and let's see what happens next.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 15, 2015, 12:05:30 AM
John, they both turned out very well. Lovely colours :clap: :clap: :clap:  Yep, masking fluid and wet paper are not friends with each other :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on March 16, 2015, 02:07:40 AM
Nice work john, i hope you enjoyed watercolors, my favorite
Title: Re: cosmos
Post by: Bellarina on March 16, 2015, 02:09:27 AM
Maria, this is simply georgeous
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: aprilquilts on March 19, 2015, 05:13:35 PM
This class was amazing.  I have never done anything with watercolors, and I'm inspired to keep trying. Thanks so much.  I can't seem to figure out how to link a photo. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: aprilquilts on March 20, 2015, 04:55:47 AM
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on March 20, 2015, 05:54:35 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Because of this lesson, I now am in love with watercolors.
Nice job!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 20, 2015, 06:18:48 AM
Lovely, April!!! I'm so glad you found it inspiring, and that you will continue with watercolors. You will have a great time.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 20, 2015, 07:18:58 AM
April,

Your cosmos painting is lovely - soft and delicate.  Love the background, too.  I flip between watercolor and oil, but if had to choose one, it would be watercolor.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: aprilquilts on March 20, 2015, 08:33:42 AM
Where should I go from here?  Any advice on classes, tutorials, etc?  I was thinking about working on learning to draw, but I really want to keep painting too.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 20, 2015, 08:54:07 AM
I think everyone's artistic journey is different. Some people find that drawing is essential to painting well. Others would rather work from photos and work hard to develop their painting techniques. And, of course, there is the issue of how much time you have to devote to your art. Since you loved doing this painting, perhaps you would prefer to continue on that road for a while with several more lessons before adding drawing. The experience of learning how to work with the paints and receiving good feedback here on PB will certainly advance your journey.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 20, 2015, 11:43:39 AM
April, your painting is excellent for an absolute beginner :clap: :clap: :clap: Take BeaSue's advice and first stay with watercolours for quite a while until you start to feel very comfortable with them. Remember the old saying? Jack of all trades but master of none. I spent a lot of time on each medium before going over to another one.



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: aprilquilts on March 20, 2015, 01:05:46 PM
Thank you so much, Dennis.  Your tutorial is fantastic.  My quest to draw was really only in reference to painting, but you're right, I would like to move beyond Jack of all trades.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 20, 2015, 05:29:34 PM
April,

What medium you use is just a matter of time and need, I think.

I started in oil for about five months until I found Paintbasket.  I took a couple watercolor classes and found that watercolor worked really well for me because I can have a small painting to give away as a gift in a few hours. It also gives me something to paint while I am waiting for a layer of oil paint to dry.

I signed up for the Let's Draw course because I could not draw at all  - so how could I be an artist, I thought!  Drawing is great because the supplies I can have in my bag at all times.

But, it was confusing trying to remember which technique went with which medium.

Good luck on your quest.  Enjoy the journey.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 20, 2015, 07:15:50 PM
Very nice flowers April, i myself love watercolours. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: AJFear on March 27, 2015, 03:14:59 PM

My attempt at the Cosmos.

This was a great lesson, I really enjoyed it and looking through everyone's fab paintings.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: ncwren on March 27, 2015, 04:12:46 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 27, 2015, 05:22:56 PM
AJ, Excellent painting, nice and clean :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 27, 2015, 06:02:25 PM
Aj beautifull bouquet of flowers.,  nice pastel looking and soft.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 27, 2015, 07:25:01 PM
A J

Lovely cosmos.  Dazzling whites!!  pretty pinks.

Love the way the stems overlap so nicely.

You are doing so well!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 27, 2015, 07:44:01 PM
Great Cosmos, AJ!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 28, 2015, 01:50:21 AM
 :heeha: Excellent go AJ! You are going to progress very quickly, keep those brushes wet!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on March 28, 2015, 02:30:52 AM
Beautiful cosmos, love your background AJ
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: AJFear on April 01, 2015, 03:47:59 PM
Wow thanks everyone for the lovely feedback.  Looking forward to sitting down to my next painting, just need to find some time  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 02, 2015, 06:31:12 AM
just need to find some time  :)

I'm afraid most of us suffer from that.... but let us know if you find some and we'll know where to look!  ;)    ;D
Title: Cosmos-2
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 02, 2015, 07:49:09 AM
my new Cosmos in watercolor ,21x29,7cm
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 02, 2015, 07:56:24 AM
Val,i add more dark colors,but still is not what i have in my mind,the colors are not so strong,what to do to rech stronger colors
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 02, 2015, 10:06:43 AM
Maria,

Your cosmos painting is lovely.

One thing I learned from Dennis's advanced class on flowers is that you need to keep layering washes until you achieve the brightness you want.  Just be sure the layer below is dry.

Also, I learned that it's important to buy good watercolor paint.  MaimeriBlu (Italian) and Golden  (American) are two brands that I have found with brilliant color.  Not sure if they are available where you live.

Try the layered washes on your cosmos to see if you can see the difference.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 02, 2015, 11:37:13 AM
 :thankyou:Mea
in fact I did it but when i stared to put another layering the down color started to move,I dont know  i was trying with a little bit of water but it was happening again.

I remember from Dennis lesson that if you whant to paint with watercolor you have to buy good once,for today i cant affored for them

Those two pictures i did with school watercolor,the once  you can get for kids  in supermarket :blush:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 02, 2015, 11:56:19 AM
Really, Maria, those cosmos are darn good for just using kids watercolor.

Work with what you have and as you can, try to buy at least the three primary colors in better paint.  You can use those to mix most of everything else you'll need.

That's what I did.

Maybe your paper is not heavy enough.  I started on 90lb. paper and it was terrible to work with.

Hope that helps.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: NHC50 on April 03, 2015, 06:45:57 AM
Maria all I got to say these are darn good just using kids watercolors. Just think what is going to happen when you get artist quality paints. I use Windsor and Newton watercolors. Good job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on April 03, 2015, 07:12:49 AM
Love the softness in your cosmos Maria. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 03, 2015, 08:12:30 AM
in fact I did it but when i stared to put another layering the down color started to move,I dont know  i was trying with a little bit of water but it was happening again.

Maria, just remember when you start to layer, the paint and paper must be dry. Be sure the paint you add has less water and stronger pigment and you will eliminate (for the most part  :whistle: ) the shifting/cauliflowering in your colours. Water control is the key. It has taken me many sessions to finally understand and be able to work the paints properly..... and sometimes I even get it right!!!  ::) :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 03, 2015, 12:58:56 PM
Thanks, Val.  Your info to Maria helps me to understand the layering process better, too.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 04, 2015, 12:59:36 PM
 :thankyou:Mea and Bellarina and Val ,.

Mea i am using paper 250g A4-that what is written on .

Val thanks for the explenation how the process of layering is going,for sure i have to practice to control the water,probably i am using still to much of it,i am prepering next one,so i wil see

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 04, 2015, 01:39:39 PM
Hmmm, Maria.  I tried to convert 250 grams to pounds to see if I could compare it, but I don't think I used the right
conversion chart.

Hey, gram-user folks, can you help us out here please - What would 250g -A4 paper be equal to in the pound system?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 04, 2015, 05:52:21 PM
90lb=190gsm, 140lb=300gsm,200lb=425gsm, 300lb=640gsm  for watercolour paper
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 04, 2015, 06:21:46 PM
Thanks, Dennis.  I copied the info and put it in my notebook.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 04, 2015, 07:48:46 PM
 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on April 05, 2015, 02:14:50 AM
Good info, thanks Dennis
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Aniz Oniro on April 05, 2015, 11:47:48 AM
 :thankyou:Denis for info

Mea i had no idea in pounds ,but now if we know, my paper is good enough or not
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 12, 2015, 03:39:49 AM
My very first water colour ever and I am so chuffed. :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on May 12, 2015, 04:04:01 AM
 :yippee: Louisa 
 :yippee: I knew you could do it.
Awesome work!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 12, 2015, 04:09:55 AM
Thanks Robin, it's not nearly what it's suppose to be but I tried and that is all that matters. :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on May 12, 2015, 04:15:07 AM
Well done Louisa, is in it fun, water colour, i love WC.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 12, 2015, 04:24:24 AM
Danielle I still need to get used to it, but Dennis's way of presenting the class is absolutely fantastic, I love it. With Nolan and Dennis nobody can go wrong. And before I go on raving and raving, thank you for the nice comment. :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on May 12, 2015, 05:29:11 AM
Great job Louisa, you are going to do very well with w/c. It is still my favourite medium and sharing the ride with Dennis is a real treat for us in the back seat! Beep-Beep!!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 12, 2015, 08:07:29 AM
Welcome to the BEST medium, Louisa! I ended up doing this first lesson 3 times when I first started to get it right - you're almost there...just lost a few of the petals that curve inside. I know you're going to be a watercolor expert in no time!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 12, 2015, 08:37:07 AM
This is my 4th attempt to comment on this - last three ended up floating in cyberspace.

Glad you found watercolor.  Nice cosmos and good job on the background.  Knowing you, you will study it against the original very closely and see how much better you can make it the next time.

This is one of my very favorite lessons!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Bellarina on May 12, 2015, 08:38:43 AM
I didn't like my first attempt as well as the second.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 12, 2015, 11:59:12 AM
Louisa, An absolutely excellent first in watercolour :clap: :clap: :clap:  If this is your first then you will soon be breezing along to top class O0 Do them in order for fast progression.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 12, 2015, 10:38:43 PM
Thank you SO much Dennis, I am really going to try each painting from beginning to end. Lesson no 2, The tonal painting is much worse than the cosmos. Already 4 sheets in the dustbin, but not giving up at all. The colour wheel, the sixth attempt landed in file 13 as well, but soon you will see that as well on the forum. Thank you again for such excellent classes.

Val, Sharon and Mea, thank you too for taking the time to comment and encourage me, much appreciated. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on May 13, 2015, 01:16:06 AM
Louisa, don't be too hard on yourself and don't try to be too perfect. No painting is ever perfect - big secret is knowing when to stop before the painting is overworked. Keep overworking to an absolute minimum in order to keep the freshness and the translucency of the painting.


Another thing - post your painting, even if you think they are no good. I cannot help you if I do not see the paintings O0 One can only learn from making mistakes. Mistakes are just stepping stones to a higher level
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on May 13, 2015, 01:37:45 AM
Ok thanks Dennis, I'm  going to put the tonal painting on now. :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sherri on May 18, 2015, 12:55:41 PM
Louisa - Lovely Cosmos.  I find watercolors very challenging!!  I am so envious of the talented water color artists  They make it look so easy!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Cynthia Danielson on August 13, 2015, 09:17:50 AM
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on August 13, 2015, 05:18:36 PM
Looks good, Cynthia :clap: :clap: :clap: What happened to the white flowers?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Cynthia Danielson on August 17, 2015, 11:52:47 AM
I jumped into the painting and didn't do my research first.  I didn't know how to just pull the color up.  White would've really made it.   Now I have 5-6 colorwheels and have just made the green charts (just 5he charts - no green yet).  I love color wheels.  The different colors are virtually endless.  I need to paint an actual picture!  I'm rolling around in colors and becoming acquainted with them like separate people.  Mauves, dusty roses, lavender, purple.  Love that field!  I've been an artist for 6 months...  GOOD life choice.  I work on something every day.is
Title: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: 1Grannah on August 20, 2015, 02:41:15 PM
This is my first attempt to post a painting to PB so I hope this will work.  I really enjoyed the Cosmos lesson and look forward to more watercolor lessons.  Comments are welcomed.
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: lorraine54 on August 20, 2015, 03:06:20 PM
Lovely work !!
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 20, 2015, 03:14:22 PM
Grannah (love the name),

Happy to see your work.  Cosmos painting is lovely.  Really good background.

Keep at it.  We want to see more!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: lynn p. on August 20, 2015, 08:11:49 PM
Judy, this is quite expertly done.  You are going to be a whiz at watercolor.
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: Marsha (Pita) on August 20, 2015, 11:21:36 PM
Judy - that is fantastic!  Better than any of my attempts.  The only thing I saw that was amiss (please, paint basket family, chime in if I am wrong) is how the sun would hit the picture.  You have nailed the sky and the earth, the flowers are beautiful but some have the sun coming from the bottom, some have the sun coming from the top.  Judy, please don't take this wrong because truly you have painted this lessons better than I could have ever dreamed of. 

Go for the monthly challenges, they are the best learning tool and the feed back is always positive! (Okay, my input wasn't completely positive, but in the one art class I took the teacher was brutal, most of the men really couldn't handle it, but I learned, I learned a lot.  Sometimes complete positive input (which the substitute gave) turns you away from learning...this is my input from being very tired and way too much tequila.. .)  With the three categories of the monthly challenge, (pencil, paint, mix) my knowledge exploded and my learning excelled with the opportunities! 

Welcome aboar d Judy- this truly is one fantastic site.

 Marsha (Pita) from San Diego Ca.
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: Val on August 21, 2015, 02:54:35 AM
Hi Judy  :wave: , You have done a beautiful job on the cosmos. You need to put a bit of cast shadow under the yellow center of the flowers.
Very well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: ncwren on August 21, 2015, 08:50:08 AM
Lovely work Judy!  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: dennis on August 21, 2015, 03:48:20 PM
Excellent painting, Judy :clap: :clap: :clap: The bottom left flower should not have a highlight in it as it is in the shade. O0
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: 1Grannah on August 22, 2015, 09:04:31 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions.  I can now see that there shouldn't be a highlight on that bottom flower.  I will correct but won't repost.  I am excited to move on to the next lessons.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: dragonmiroff on September 26, 2015, 02:50:21 AM
Heres my attempt. On the cheapy paper as I only have a few pieces of decent paper. I am really pleased overall.

Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 26, 2015, 03:05:04 AM
I like your cosmos pai ting.  It is simple and has its own style.

aloha
mea
Title: Re: Lesson#1 - Cosmos
Post by: Val on September 26, 2015, 04:52:44 AM
Nicely done  :clap: :clap: :clap:   The paints definately have vibrancy, nice and bright.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on September 26, 2015, 03:15:07 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Great job Leanne.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on September 26, 2015, 03:25:35 PM
Lovely painting Judy,  nice colors.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely painting Leanne  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on September 29, 2015, 02:32:32 AM
Judy, I missed your painting and have now had a look which is so very well done.  Keep up the good work.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: thebryce on October 16, 2015, 02:00:13 PM
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ribezla on November 02, 2015, 01:22:41 AM
Hi,

I watched the watercolour lesson and tried to paint cosmos too. It is such a lovely flower and it grows in my garden so I could't resist. It is not my firs aquarelle painting, but I had some problems - I tore the paper a bit, when I rubbed off the masking fluid. Thanks for the free lesson, I learnt many new things. I am an autodidact and this lesson helped me much.

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on November 02, 2015, 03:55:44 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sarlota, you are a natural.  Your Cosmos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 02, 2015, 07:07:43 AM
A beautiful bouquet, Sarlota! Nicely done! If your paper is tearing and you can afford it, buy artist grade paper will help you avoid the tearing...
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 02, 2015, 11:25:01 AM
Sarlota (lovely name)

You did wonderfully on the cosmos.

I am sure you now know how important it is to be sure the paper is thoroughly dry before removing the masking fluid.  happened to me, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on November 04, 2015, 02:41:38 AM
Very well done Sarlota  O0
You are in good company, a lot (if not most) of us here are self taught and then found PB to take us all to higher levels!  :yippee:

 :bigwelcome:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: KPinAK on November 30, 2015, 11:08:51 PM
 This is my very first post. In an art trading group I'm in, a handful of us decided to spend US Thanksgiving weekend "virtually" learning more about watercolor.  We chose 5 videos to focus on, and this Paint Basket Cosmos lesson was one of them.  I painted a couple versions 2.5x3.5 inches and a 5x7" that I cut into 4 pieces.  I'll try to post later when I figure out how.  After that first free class, I bought 9 lessons and have been through 2 of them in the last 2 days.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 30, 2015, 11:17:55 PM
Welcome, KP.

Glad you chose Paintbasket to learn about watercolor.  Dennis is a master of his craft.  And many of the PB members are quite proficient in watercolor.  We are all here to help each other be the best we can be.

We look forward to seeing what you do.  Go to the bottom of the FORUM page to the Techie section to find the HOW TO topic on how to post a photo in your gallery.  Most of us had a bit of a learning curve, but it comes easy after the first couple postings.

Hope to see your work soon.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: KathyKuz on December 01, 2015, 11:24:28 AM
Sarlota:  Your cosmos are beautiful.  You have a good eye for color and shape. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Ribezla on December 01, 2015, 12:18:27 PM
Thank you Kathy.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: KPinAK on December 02, 2015, 09:14:40 AM
I just started taking PB classes about 5 days ago.  I do a lot of trading in ATCs (artist trading cards), so this is 2.5x3.5 inches
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2015, 09:52:28 AM
You're on a roll now, KP.

Love the cosmos.  Nice job on the background, too.

Nice sense of depth in the bouquet.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Straynative on December 02, 2015, 01:24:50 PM
Just finished my first real experience with watercolours. I loved it! Note to self - use smaller brush when applying masking agent to for the stems and receptacles of the flowers. I was left with big fat white areas to try fill in which took away from the final result. But to be honest im surprised and happy with it overall. Dennis thanks so much, I really learnt a bucket load and my interest in watercolours is definitely piqued.

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2015, 01:38:59 PM
Trev,

There's a lot to like about this cosmos painting.  I like that you choose your own color scheme - like the orange and yellow flowers.

I like what you did with the background - has almost a mosaic feel.

I feel your pain on the masking fluid ordeal.  My first attempt with it was a disaster.  Ripped a layer right off the paper!

Keep at it, Trev.  You are on the right track.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Straynative on December 02, 2015, 01:58:40 PM
Thanks again Mea, you are very encouraging.  :blush:

Goodnight from a rainy Johannesburg!

Best
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: JGJ on January 24, 2016, 12:03:35 PM
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Here is my first WC painting after the 4th try...what advice can you give me Dennis?  Thanks so much for sharing you talent with us...much appreciated for the time you & Nolan took to make this. :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 24, 2016, 01:07:57 PM
JGJ, a beautiful painting of the Cosmo flowers. Different background but the techniques are correctly done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 24, 2016, 04:26:20 PM
JGJ

Lovely work on the cosmos.  Fabulous background.

Welcome to PB.  You are off to a good starty on a wonderful journey.

aloha

mea

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on January 24, 2016, 04:49:19 PM
Beautiful cosmos paintings, KP, Trev and JGJ! Welcome aboard Paintbasket  :welcome: you are in for a marvelous experience and a whole new chapter in your lives.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: JGJ on January 24, 2016, 09:21:44 PM
Thank you everyone...it gives me encouragement at age 69 & just beginning WC.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 28, 2016, 05:48:48 AM
 :confused: For some unknown reason this thread is showing up with a strong turquoise background making it impossible to see anything other than the actual paintings and avatars! Anyone else seeing this?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 28, 2016, 06:20:07 AM
No, Val, it's showing up perfectly fine on my OPERA browser.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on January 28, 2016, 10:39:19 AM
Val, my screen is also doing the same. Will check with Nolan how to revert it to normal.  I think someone pressed a wrong button somewhere.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on January 29, 2016, 02:36:18 AM
 :sweat: Thanks Dennis, was beginning to think old crazy eyes here was in for yet another pair of lookers!!!  :coolsmiley:    :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on March 18, 2016, 08:50:52 AM
Thank you Dennis for this wonderful lesson. I enjoyed myself very much.  I know you will say 'Jack of all trade, master of none' but this is a little side line I am doing with a friend who is about to join us on PB.  I will return to my oil lessons when I go back home.  Have to say WC is a charm to travel with.

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 18, 2016, 09:01:02 AM
Beautifully painted, Annie :clap: :clap: :clap: Very clean and neat work O0 You must also do more watercolour.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on March 18, 2016, 09:17:13 AM
Annie, that's so beautifully done!
Looks like you'll have to add wc to your repertoire! ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 18, 2016, 09:25:23 AM
Lovely, Annie.  So delicate.  Love the subtlety of the background.

Look forward to meeting your friend.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Danielle123 on March 18, 2016, 11:50:01 AM
Excellent Annie.    :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 18, 2016, 04:44:13 PM
 :heeha: I'm with Dennis, you really must do more w/c! This is absolutely lovely.  :clap: :clap: :clap:   Far better than my go was....and you don't even have cauliflowers!!!  :faint:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 19, 2016, 10:50:42 AM
Great job, Annie - and now there's no way you can just do oils anymore. You must continue with WC!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: JBroxup on March 19, 2016, 01:00:20 PM
Hi Everyone,
I am new at PB and a friend of Annie.

I wish to learn all about watercolor.

I did my first lesson with Annie this week, and will post later in 'All about Me'.

Judy

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 19, 2016, 02:17:52 PM
 :heeha: Wow Judy! Great job on the Cosmos...  :-\ ... and not a cauliflower in sight!  :eek: I'm beginning to think I'm the only one with this affliction!  :doh:

 :bigwelcome:   You are going to love w/c ... and no I'm not the least bit biased.   :whistle:   Ask anyone!  :knuppel2:     :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on March 19, 2016, 02:32:35 PM
He Val, we cannot see Judy's posting. Awaiting moderator approval as new member.

Agree, she did a wonderful painting.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 19, 2016, 02:33:42 PM
Approved with my pleasure!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 19, 2016, 03:11:43 PM
Lovely work on the cosmos, Judy.  So happy Annie introduced you to PB.

Your cosmos is soft and delicate.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 19, 2016, 03:42:47 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Oh! My word Annie, you have done an exceptional job on the Cosmos and I definitely think that you should give watercolour more thought for your painting is just too gorgeous. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on March 19, 2016, 03:47:25 PM
 :wave:  Judy and  :welcome:  to our Paint Basket family.  We are so happy that Annie introduced you to us.  Your Cosmos painting is excellently done ... much better than what I did, that's for sure.  Looking forward to seeing more of your artwork. You will enjoy your time spent with us and will really learn a lot.  So a warm welcome once again. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 19, 2016, 05:53:02 PM
 :welcome: Judy, to the Paint Basket. May your stay be a very pleasant one.
Excellent for a very first watercolour painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on March 19, 2016, 09:51:13 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis, you encourage me to learn.

 :thankyou: Denise,
 :thankyou: Mea,
 :thankyou: Danielle, 
 :thankyou: Val,
 :thankyou: Sharon, 
 :thankyou:  Patricia

You all lift me up to new hights.  Thank you so much for your kind words of support.  PB would not be the same without your ongoing contributions  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 09, 2016, 08:29:23 PM
 :painting: I'm painting!  :yippee: It is so much fun!
 :thankyou: Dennis for a fabulous introduction to watercolor.
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 09, 2016, 09:52:31 PM
 :clap: :clap: Kathy!!! Your cosmos look marvelous! No putting that paintbrush away now!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 09, 2016, 10:13:21 PM
KathyS,

You did it!!  What a great first attempt at watercolor.

The blending of the background is so well done.  All that drawing practice paid off because the flowers are so well shaped.

I am so happy for you.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 09, 2016, 10:19:17 PM
Well done, Kathy :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Happychappy on April 10, 2016, 02:30:17 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:  Kathy, just look at you ..... you have jumped from pencils right into paint and have done an absolutely wonderful job.  I am so proud of you.  I feel that you will just excel with all art for your heart is in it.  Fantastic.  Looking forward to seeing many more paintings from you. 




Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 10, 2016, 06:52:35 AM
 :thankyou: Sharon. Watching the amazing things you do with watercolor is one of the reasons I chose it as my next medium. Your work is so beautiful and versatile.  Definitely keeping those paint brushes out and in easy reach. One painting and I am hooked!  :D

 :thankyou: mea. The background was scary at first as I am kind of a control freak   :P :whistle: but then I let go and just had fun.  :D I am so thankful for all the drawing practice and support from you and the other PB members.  I agree, it did help me to understand how to accent my flowers.

 :thankyou: Dennis! I appreciate the detail of your lesson. I needed and followed each step to learn. I'm looking forward to many more of your classes.  :yippee:

 :thankyou: Patricia! It did feel like quite a plunge but oh how exciting to do my first painting. I really appreciate your strong encouragement and support.  :-*

Time for a group hug  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 10, 2016, 07:32:56 AM
Beautiful painting, Kathy.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 10, 2016, 07:52:11 AM
 :thankyou: Steve! The watercolor is fun. How is the acrylic going? Would love to see your painting.  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 10, 2016, 12:05:36 PM
:pullhair: :thumbdown: :( That's how things are going with the acrylics. I'm struggling a bit with it. My major malfunction is with learning how to apply the highlights. One thing I'm doing wrong is putting too much yellow or blue in the white. Both of the highlight colors should only have a tinge of color. That and I need a lighter touch.

Anyway, I'm putting the paints aside for a couple of days so I can finish my drawing of the old stone church. Better days are coming! :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 10, 2016, 05:45:26 PM
 :heeha: KATHY!!! If I was a valley girl... I'd be saying, Like WOW!!!  Nothing like jumping in the puddles with both feet!  :yippee:   Well done you!

I'm going to need another crystal ball to keep tabs on you ... you are on a rocket ride to stardom! Hope you're not afraid of heights...  :o     ;D

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 10, 2016, 06:49:07 PM
:heeha: KATHY!!! If I was a valley girl... I'd be saying, Like WOW!!!  Nothing like jumping in the puddles with both feet!  :yippee:   Well done you!

I'm going to need another crystal ball to keep tabs on you ... you are on a rocket ride to stardom! Hope you're not afraid of heights...  :o     ;D

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

 :2funny: I'm laughing out loud again, Val.  :2funny: ;D :2funny: Thank you so much. Puddles I'm not afraid of. Heights?!? .... terrified :eek:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 11, 2016, 04:30:09 AM
Puddles I'm not afraid of. Heights?!? .... terrified :eek:

 :think:      :idea:   Right then, we'll start you off with the step stool.... just a short leap of faith!   ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 11, 2016, 05:49:23 AM
 :) Step stool, yes Val. I can do a step stool!  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 11, 2016, 09:46:27 AM
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Denise808 on April 11, 2016, 04:09:47 PM
Beautiful cosmos Kathy!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 11, 2016, 07:38:17 PM
 :thankyou: Thank you, Denise. I loved the lesson. I want to paint more flowers soon.  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on April 12, 2016, 03:49:34 PM
Kathy, you did such a beautiful painting of the cosmos.  Keep painting now!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 12, 2016, 07:56:27 PM
Kathy, you did such a beautiful painting of the cosmos.  Keep painting now!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :thankyou: Annie! I really appreciate your encouragement.  Oh yes, I am excited to continue painting. Getting ready to start lesson 2 which is painting tonal values. It does not look as fun as the cosmos but I'm sure it will be a valuable class.  :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on April 13, 2016, 02:25:07 PM
Actually it is fun.  I enjoyed it very much.   And you will need it to do the third lesson... although someway into the third painting I forgot it was about 'simplifying a scene' and got caught into details.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Win on April 17, 2016, 11:03:17 AM
Everyone said dont be afraid of Water Colour so I tackled the  Cosmos,   I dropped paint everywhere and the paint blead under my masking tape  and its no where near what it should look like but I am intrigued and am now looking forward to exploring this medium further.   Thanks Dennis for your interesting and informative class  :)

Sorry its a bit of a murky photo

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 17, 2016, 11:07:41 AM
 :clap: your cosmos are very nice, Win. I just finished this lesson too. I'm glad your intrigued and going to continue. It's fun, isn't it?  I look forward to learning along side you.  :deal:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Win on April 17, 2016, 11:33:57 AM
Thanks Kathy  :)

Your painting is very well done and I think that you are going to be producing amazing paintings very soon.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 17, 2016, 12:25:02 PM
Win, your painting is also well done - nice and neat and a good background :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 17, 2016, 11:14:07 PM
You are off to a good start with watercolor, Win.  The cosmos painting looks good.

My worst beginner's mistake with this painting was when I mistakenly used oil paint for the white and all the other colors were WC.  Fun thing is - it came out really well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Win on April 18, 2016, 04:19:50 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis, I enjoyed the informative tutorial of this class.

 :thankyou: Mea,   Oil and water!! Lucky you it worked out.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on April 18, 2016, 03:30:45 PM
Great job Win. You know, it amazes me how you newcomers to w/c manage to paint this without any cauliflowers!  :D    ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on April 18, 2016, 10:40:29 PM
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on April 19, 2016, 05:16:35 PM
No worries Val,  cauliflowers will come later when we stop copying each of Dennis brush strokes  :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Win on April 21, 2016, 12:46:15 PM
 :2funny:  :2funny: Val 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on September 24, 2016, 01:36:17 PM
Well, I finally decided to jump in the watercolor pool. This is a lot different from oils or acrylics, but Dennis made it look easy. All  I can say is I learned a lot with this first lesson and have a bunch more to learn.

I tried taking this photo with my tablet, but it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. :)


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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on September 24, 2016, 02:29:03 PM
 :heeha:       :bigwelcome: Welcome to the 'Wellies' club!  ;D

It is quite a change from the acrylics and oils isn't it? May I say you have made that jump into your first 'puddle' picture with great elan!  :attacked:

Great job Steve  O0   I can see you've learned your blending techniques well, it's just more practice to get the balance between water and paint just right and wow...it is such a rush when you nail it. You are well on your way already by the looks of this. Bravo!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Kathysutterlin on September 24, 2016, 03:11:53 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Yeah Steve! I'm so glad you've joined us in the WC club!  :painting: You did great on the cosmos.  O0
Watercolor is exciting and fun.  Sometimes frustrating too.  :pullhair: Being a living medium, it can take its own course.  As someone who  likes to micro manage everything, watercolor is excellent "let it go therapy". Dennis gives a lot of valuable detail and instruction. I love that he has fun with it, laughs at his "mistakes", and turns them into gems.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: May lynn on September 24, 2016, 03:25:15 PM
Dear Steve;


The cosmos watercolour painting it STILL one of my favourites!!!!!
When I think of my Paint Basket early days I think of the 'COSMOS'


You did an excellent job.   :painting:


May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 24, 2016, 04:12:16 PM
Yay, Steve is now a watercolorist, too!!

Beautiful cosmos, Steve.

Hey, when I did this as my first watercolor, I mixed up my tubes of watercolor and oil and used both.  Believe it or not, it came out pretty good.  Looking at it now, I know I can do much better. [Limit reached]
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mea    (Challenge to self: do it again.)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on September 24, 2016, 04:44:59 PM
Thanks, everyone! I had a lot of fun doing this...and made quite a few mistakes along the way. Color mixing is a bit different. Some of my pinks turned out a nice peach color. And I went way too dark on the stems. But I was able to  lift out a lot of it  and make it look better. Oh, well, it's all part of the fun of learning! :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: liz on September 24, 2016, 07:51:50 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: You did real good, Steve!!!  I haven't done water color yet.  Maybe one day. . .
~Liz
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: TeresaM on September 25, 2016, 02:05:46 AM
Great start Steve and yes w/cs are so different to the other mediums
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: EmmaLee on September 25, 2016, 04:19:20 AM
Great job!! Looking at the painting I wouldn't have guessed it was your first time with watercolor.   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on September 25, 2016, 10:51:07 PM
Actually very well done for your first try at watercolours, Steve :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on September 26, 2016, 05:57:13 AM
Thanks, everyone!

And, thank you  Maestro Dennis.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: robynann on March 28, 2017, 06:27:51 AM
This is my second try with the Cosmos. I messed up the top right flower bad, lol  I guess I'll go on and practice a lot

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 28, 2017, 08:05:51 AM
Robyann

Lovely cosmos.  Delicate petals.  Nice background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Val on March 28, 2017, 08:18:26 AM
Robynann, I really don't think its as bad as you think it is. You've done a very good job overall and you're ready to move on.   :clap: :clap: :clap:

I find that sometimes when things don't work out, I move on and not long down the road something clicks and it all makes sense. That's why it is important to follow the plan .... not jump about like ahem someone we know  ::)
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: dennis on March 28, 2017, 11:53:23 AM
Well done, Robynann  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 28, 2017, 01:03:50 PM
Looks fine to me, Robyn!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: robynann on March 28, 2017, 02:13:03 PM
Thanks so much
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: Annie. on March 28, 2017, 02:35:53 PM
Robyn,  I think this is a very nice painting, don't listen to that little voice in your head.  Just compare with the one you did in October, which was already good, and see the big difference.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Cosmos Painting
Post by: BeaSue on March 30, 2017, 04:24:55 AM
Nicely, done, Robynann. There is a lovely softness and delicacy to your painting that I really like a lot.

Don't get discouraged. I think you will develop into a fine watercolor painter.