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Watercolour Painting => Watercolour Encourager Sessions => Topic started by: polliwag on July 14, 2012, 02:08:00 PM

Title: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 14, 2012, 02:08:00 PM
Hello everyone!  I am new and am trying to learn to use this site.  I have uploaded  one of my paintings that I would like your opinion on and suggestions to improve.  I just started watercolor painting a few months ago so I have a lot to learn.  Your opinions will be appreciated.
Dianne
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: Kelley on July 14, 2012, 03:03:12 PM
Welcome to PaintBasket Dianne.

This reminds me of a project as a youth.  We would press drying autumn leaves between wax papersheets and iron them and frame them.  I love the style and colours.

May I recommend changing your name to something that does not include your private e-mail address.  There are dangers in placing your e-mail in a public arena.
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: Lillian on July 14, 2012, 05:26:39 PM
Ah-ha!  Now I see, this must be the first painting you said you posted.

I really like it and I must say, if you are new to watercolour painting, you are doing very well!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

You are doing well at finding your way around the site and it's nice to see you posting your work.

I agree with Kelly, maybe omit your email address for safety sake. 
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: shasha on July 14, 2012, 05:29:03 PM
Hi Dianne

 :welcome:

I'm new here too and a beginner.  :clap: I like your painting very much especially the colors!
I paint with oils and acrylics since watercolor scares me, lol. So well done!!
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 14, 2012, 05:53:09 PM
Thank you so much!  I have heard watercolor may be the hardest... of course I would learn that AFTER I began.  I knew a couple of friends who were into watercolor for years.  At that time, I owned and operated a florist shop and worked about 60 hours a week, so I never really had the time.  Now that I am retired, I can spend some time with it.  I absolutely love it, but I know I need to learn patience.  I want to try everything right now!  :)
Thanks again!
Dianne
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: Lillian on July 14, 2012, 05:58:08 PM
I'm retired as well, Dianne, and finally enjoying what I like to do most,  :painting:

It's nice to have you with us!   :)
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 14, 2012, 06:06:56 PM
Thank you so much.  It's nice to have this avenue for help and encouragement!!
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Post by: Lillian on July 14, 2012, 06:09:46 PM
 O0   :flowers:
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Post by: shasha on July 14, 2012, 06:52:36 PM
Wow! A florist shop, so you will be used to creating beauty, not to mention you will know flowers and foliage inside out and back to front!

I'm really looking forward to watching your progress.

Personally I think patience is over-rated, lol (because I don't have any), but enthusiasm and loving what you do, now that's useful.

Best of luck  O0
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: NHC50 on July 15, 2012, 03:43:29 AM
Dianne  :welcome: to the family. Nice job on your watercolor.  O0 O0 One thing about being a part of this family. You will learn. Dennis and Nolan are both good teachers.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: Val on July 15, 2012, 05:03:53 AM
 :2funny:  I just saw you on another post Dianne.   :bigwelcome:  once again!   :2funny:

I like the composition and colouring of your painting. You're going to do famously in the watercolour course. Dennis is brilliant. Have you had a look at the free w/c lessons yet? I think you'll really enjoy doing the Cosmos.
Enjoy the site, the family, and have fun painting!   :painting:   :yippee:
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 15, 2012, 05:46:54 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments.  I do think floral design has helped in my painting somewhat... I learned  that the principles of design work in all the arts; however that doesn't necessarily make me a good watercolorist.  I know this is an ever learning process which is a good thing.  When we stop learning, we stop living.  I have enjoyed this site so much thus far.  I have encountered so many nice people.  I wish I could just give you all a :hug: ... consider it done. If I overlook someone who has made such nice comments  to me, please forgive.  I hope I can view all of your work and be able to return the encouragement to you.  The amount of support here is just overwhelming.  Thanks, Val, Sasha, Nina and Lillian.  You're the best! :thankyou: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: C.Bodine on July 16, 2012, 07:47:28 AM
I love this one, Polliwag!!!  Well done!! :clap:
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 16, 2012, 08:07:05 AM
Thanks so much! :blush:
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Post by: jennylynn on July 16, 2012, 09:37:55 AM
firstly welcome to pb polliwag!!  love your first painting, know you will like it here dennis & nolan are fantastic teachers and everybody gives you nothing but support and encouragement
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on July 16, 2012, 10:28:34 AM
  :welcome: to our family of new, not so new and good artists.  You will love this site. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging.  Your painting is lovely.
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 16, 2012, 03:42:17 PM
Thanks ... still trying to find my way around.  I want to look at some of the paintings of each of you, but I am having trouble getting to the right place.  ??
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Post by: Lillian on July 16, 2012, 04:13:29 PM
 :wave: Dianne, if you want to see a member's gallery, just click on their name and on the left, click on "View Items"  That will open their gallery.   :)
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 16, 2012, 04:56:48 PM
Lillian, I must say that you are like my guardian angel :1hug:
You are always there when I have a question!  :thankyou:
Now... I can get that far.. I was just looking for a way to comment on some of the paintings in the gallery... maybe you cannot there.  ???   :confused:
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: musika on July 16, 2012, 05:07:51 PM
When you see a painting in the gallery that want to comment on, don't click on the image but click on the TITLE.
This will then take you to the image with all the information below it. At the bottom, on the L.H. side is the word COMMENT. Click on it and you can make your comment there.
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: polliwag on July 16, 2012, 05:28:32 PM
 :thankyou:
now I remember reading that!  Everyone is so helpful.  I really appreciate it!
Title: Re: seagrape leaves
Post by: C.Bodine on July 16, 2012, 05:59:39 PM
That is what makes this such a great site! :)  O0