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Title: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on January 19, 2013, 12:06:54 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 be of benefit to you now as well as in the future. Thanks

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Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on January 20, 2013, 01:24:49 PM
 
 
 
 
  hi all here is my offeringbs from tonite's class. really enjoyed it  :yippee:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 20, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
WOW Jenny-you have them all!!!  :clap:   I got too distracted playing around to get three of them!  ;D


Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 20, 2013, 01:34:02 PM
I`m really impressed, beatuful clear colour.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 20, 2013, 01:36:14 PM
jennylynn and Natalie, I like the top full page paintings of each of your submissions.

Gonna give mine a go later.

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on January 20, 2013, 01:46:06 PM
way to go natalie  :yippee:  love em O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on January 20, 2013, 02:26:13 PM
I love what you've done, Jennylynn and Natalie.   :smitten:

These classes are so much fun!   :yippee:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 20, 2013, 02:47:43 PM
Jennylynn, I can tell you had fun! These would make a good grouping!   Good job :clap: :clap:
Natalie, Two, Three??  What difference does it make.. It's quality, not quantity and you certainly have the quality.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: NHC50 on January 20, 2013, 02:49:04 PM
Well Jennylynn I knew you would be one of us doing the paintings. Good job.  O0 O0
Natalie I like yours. especially the first on.  O0 O0 My hats off to both of you.  :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 20, 2013, 02:56:30 PM
Oh my goodness. So well done, you two. I'm jealous. Thought about everybody during class time, but my paints are packed for tomorrow. I love the techniques Jenny. Good job, Dennis. Natalie that 'garden' is just stunning!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 20, 2013, 03:15:52 PM
Thanks all-can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!  :)

Dennis you mentioned next year classes for pastel....could you please give us a heads up on what kind of supplies we can gear up for so we can pick up things throughout the year?  :thankyou:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 20, 2013, 03:34:47 PM
Well done Jennylynn and Natalie :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Tania on January 20, 2013, 05:58:14 PM
Looks like it was a fun lesson! I may have to pick it up, too...


Jenny lynn and Natalie - awesome work!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on January 20, 2013, 06:42:25 PM
I love them all, Jennylynn and Natalie!  Fantastic colors!  Great jobs!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: JayJ on January 21, 2013, 04:46:15 AM
Beautiful colours and effect...love all of them Jennylynn and Natalie :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on January 21, 2013, 07:15:36 AM
Astoundingly great paintings Jenny & Natalie  :clap:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Love all the colours and the movement. Can't wait to have a go at this one, love the effects created with the clingwrap.
Absolutely brilliant lesson Dennis...not sure how this will transfer into my portraits though....   :heeha:   ;D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 21, 2013, 07:24:09 AM
I`ve tried this too, I find something well but I think I`ll take my time to try once more. It is pretty fun.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 21, 2013, 08:22:00 AM
Looks great Harald-like the misty look of it.  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 21, 2013, 10:10:04 AM
Harald, I see a pretty lotus flower floating about....
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Red1 on January 21, 2013, 10:13:59 AM
Here is my abstract using the alcohol and salt.  I was disappointed in the reaction of the alcohol.  It wasn't anywhere near what Dennis got.  :(   I also wasn't sure which way to turn it.   :-\   I flipped it around several times and finally decided I liked this way better.  You decide.


This was using the saran wrap.  The colors were really bright before I put on the plastic but then they came out kind of muddy when I took it off.  :confused:



Jenny, Natalie, and Harold--I really like all your paintings.  All so different with such vivid colors.  Very nice.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 21, 2013, 10:36:25 AM
 :clap: Red1

I think Dennis said that whatever he used was close to 100% alcohol-definitely a much bigger reaction to normal drugstore stuff.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: NHC50 on January 21, 2013, 10:53:08 AM
Ok here is my VERY, VERY, VERY first Abstract. I did it in 10 minutes.  :2funny: :2funny:
Now question what does it look like to you??? What do you see???
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on January 21, 2013, 11:11:17 AM
wow nina this is great what can i see?   two faces and a dog  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Red1 on January 21, 2013, 11:34:03 AM
I must have missed that part.  All I heard was alcohol.  Maybe a little "red eye" or some "shine" would work better.  Maybe a couple of shots would help my painting also.   :D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 21, 2013, 11:37:47 AM
Great jobe Harald , Read And Nina :clap: :clap: . Keep it up O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on January 21, 2013, 11:46:42 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Nina!  You did it!  I see ALL kinds of things but I'd need more space than this.... :2funny: I love it!  Great job!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 21, 2013, 12:14:58 PM
 :thankyou: for the encouragemets.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 21, 2013, 03:19:42 PM
I see swirly lights Nina!  :smitten: The thumbnail looks like a soft floral.

 ;D Red1
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 21, 2013, 04:11:51 PM
Harald, I see flags, golf clubs, a howling wolf, a bat with wings spread, a rocking horse and a few other things.  Good job!  Fun! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on January 21, 2013, 04:21:30 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Gorgeous abstracts everyone.  The colours are vibrant.  Really good.  Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 21, 2013, 04:44:37 PM
Red1, I don't know how the alcohol was supposed to work, but looks like your colors worked.  Looks good to me!
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 21, 2013, 04:45:07 PM
Nina, I see a girl and a Florida Gator!  Very nice!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Tania on January 21, 2013, 06:08:42 PM
Awesome, Nina! What I find interesting is that every time I start seeing something, I suddenly start seeing something else! Really gets the eyes and the imagination moving - well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Karen on January 21, 2013, 07:24:50 PM
Jennylynn Natalie, harald and Red1 - I love the colour in all of these postings. It's very hard not to see things in them and leave them alone and I couldn't resist it.  In one of these the flowers just leaped out and shouted. I have to take the green out of the top left corner but i don't know why - it's bothering me.
I had more self control with my cling wrap one.




Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Karen on January 21, 2013, 07:28:09 PM
I've forgotten how to copy two pics at once!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Red1 on January 21, 2013, 07:54:00 PM
I like the green in the left corner.  It looks like it belongs with the flower bouquet.  It's kind of like my red blob in the middle of my painting.  I was going to try and remove it but couldn't figure out how without messing everything else up.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 21, 2013, 10:15:59 PM
Nina,

I think you've nailed the concept of "Abstract" perfectly!

There's lots of 10 minutes in a day, you could make a fortune.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 21, 2013, 10:17:29 PM
Harald and Red,

Same as with Nina, I have seen stuff like that in doctor's waiting rooms. Abstract and obviously purchased...

 O0 O0 O0

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 21, 2013, 10:20:18 PM
Karen, a great explosion of colour.  :yippee:

Only thing is I think it possibly leans more towards the "semi-abstract" of the last lesson, but great brighness none the less.

And who would know except when you put into the context of the lesson.

It's something I could see putting on my wall.

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 22, 2013, 12:50:05 AM
 :thankyou: For the nice comments, here follow an other try.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: JayJ on January 22, 2013, 02:09:12 AM
Hararld love both of them.....first one  has mystical feel to it.
Nina...swirls really work well .....10 minutes...like Batman  says, u are on your  way to fortune:)
Karen.. Beautiful...... I was thinking of doing a planned  leaves.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 22, 2013, 05:33:40 AM
Harald why are there little people sitting on your motorcycle rider?  ;D

 :clap: Looks great everyone!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 22, 2013, 07:57:53 AM
Love your abstract flowers Karen :clap: :clap: .
Harald you are too Good :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 22, 2013, 11:21:58 AM
 :2funny:  Natalie... good point... Love it, Harald!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 22, 2013, 11:35:02 AM
Harald,

Glad I don't smoke any happy herbs. This one could really mess with the mind!  :tongue:

Nice work O0

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 22, 2013, 11:36:27 AM
Hello everybody

Here are my efforts at Lesson 46 - Abstract Paintings.

Chaos
Chaos
Miracle
Miracle
Swirling Emotions
Swirling Emotions

Let me know what you think. Various things I used were, bubble wrap (instead of cling film), masking fluid, methylated spirits, a straw, bamboo skewer and Epsom Salts.

And no lack of colour.

Of course... :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 22, 2013, 12:22:38 PM
Wow lovely painting....I didn't know your swirling  emotion is so colorful  :D . It came out really nice. Love the colors of miracle :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Karen on January 22, 2013, 02:14:19 PM
Posted the wrong one before.
Harald - I see people on the fence too - and a landscape - that one begs to become a semi abstract. Imbatman, I particularly like the bubbles in the chaos (how were they made?) and the fact that it seems to have a sort of focal point. Swirling emotions is the next choice - I like the movement. Miracle has a nice distribution of colour but no focus - isn't it interesting how these unplanned ones turn out?
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on January 22, 2013, 02:34:52 PM
Karen - LOVE your colors....and Batman - wow - you really have a home with the abstracts!  Great paintings, everyone, for those I missed!    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 22, 2013, 06:21:30 PM
Very nice painting Karen :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 22, 2013, 06:35:38 PM
 :clap: :clap:
Karen, I like your flowers, and I like the green in the corner
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on January 22, 2013, 06:36:49 PM
Batman... your bright colors continue to make very nice paintings!!  Good job :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on January 22, 2013, 08:26:34 PM
Sorry, have not had a chance to comment yet, but what I've seen looks like all have been having a glorious time  ;)
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 22, 2013, 10:47:27 PM
 
I was really looking forward to these abstract classes - it was worth the wait! ;D
Thank you Dennis :thankyou:
I love seeing everyones creativity in this - beautiful, fun, colorful and interesting pieces of art :D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: JayJ on January 23, 2013, 01:11:02 AM
Beautiful colours and effect...Dennis,Karen,Batman. like the bubbles in Chaos!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on January 23, 2013, 02:30:51 AM
all good works and so many different effects love em all  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 23, 2013, 03:20:56 AM
 :thankyou: Bhavna, Karen, Mary , Dianne, Zayn and jennylynn.

For those wanting to know, Chaos was made by painting the bubble side a sheet of bubble wrap with all different colour swatches and then gently laying it bubble side down on the paper. Sort of an under painting if you like. Then I went over it with some stronger paint with a brush that I then sprayed with water mist, an allowed to merge and semi-dry then fiinally the bubbles came from Metho dropped on from a pipette drop by drop.

Nice work Karen. Bright!

Very nice Denise. Even though I prefer reds and purples, the blue one of yours has a little something extra!

Hee, hee, no one has asked why the second one is called "Miricale" yet. I thought that would be the first question asked!

Maybe you've all worked it out already...

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: NHC50 on January 23, 2013, 04:53:31 AM
Well it looks like it has been busy on here. Harald, Red1 nice job. Thanks for the comments on mine. It is so interesting what people seen in a painting. Jennylynn I had to look for a while to see the dog. But I could see where you got that one. My husband saw dragons. I don't know what he is on.  :2funny: :2funny:
I used good old Wal Mart alcohol on mine. Now what do I see. Well I saw a distant galaxy, or remember that movie where this scientist had a tumor in his brain, and they could not operate. So that took this man and his machine and shrunk him done and shot him into the vein of the scientist. [can't remember the name of movie] But inside you saw all this different weird looking things. Well that's my painting.  :2funny: :2funny:  But of course I am not from this planet.  :yippee:
Batman as always you rock. Have you sold any of your abstracts yet? Karen I like your bold colors. If I missed someone I am sorry. You all are doing great. I actually like doing this. I did not think I would. So off to do another one.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on January 23, 2013, 05:49:35 AM
 :heeha:   I really like them all!  :clap:

Karen I really love your color choices!  :smitten:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 23, 2013, 06:17:51 AM
Beautiful work Denise :clap: :clap:  Seems every one is having fun with this  lesson :painting: :heeha:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 23, 2013, 10:23:28 AM
 :) Ok Batman, since "Miracle" is my favorite of your 3, why is it called that???? ???
and  :thankyou: for your comment on my blue and red
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Red1 on January 23, 2013, 08:14:18 PM
I thought I'd try a few more abstracts.  This is the only one that was presentable.  I'm not sure what it is.  My husband says it looks like the cosmos.  What do you all think?


Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on January 24, 2013, 01:57:05 AM
i really like this one  O0 yes there is definately a flower there  :yippee:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 24, 2013, 03:34:16 AM
Nice work Red.  O0

I am a red/purple end of the spectrum junkie, so this one is right up my alley. And it does have a deep space feel to it.

Denise, I did the painting by dropping some masking fluid on, then putting down the hot colours I had already decided on - cad yellow, orange and red and letting them merge and dry intending to add something else to the white spots, but when I took the masking fluid off, a thought popped into my head - "Snowflakes in Hell."

I thought it looked nice enough to leave as is, but that didn't sound classy enough, so then I thought "what would snowflakes in hell be, but a..."

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on January 24, 2013, 04:38:21 AM
Nice work Red :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 24, 2013, 08:39:51 AM
This exercise has gotten out the creative spirit within us, here are many fine pictures.
Many thanks for your kind remarks. As regards my last picture I think rather it is a spaceship with ailiens disguised as humans.
Have tried an other one with more modest colours scheme, called dark dissension.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 24, 2013, 09:53:49 AM
Batman.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: nice work with great back story, now I appreciate it even more! :2funny: keep em coming
 
Harald, your title is very fitting... :clap: :clap: :clap:
 
Red, it looks like the Daisy Galaxy to me :)  nice!
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on January 24, 2013, 12:20:12 PM

At last I've had time to take a good look at the paintings posted I am impressed by the zeal that this lesson has created. There is no rights and wrongs in Abstract Paint as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ALL have turned out well  :clap: :clap: :clap:


These lessons were created to take you out of the comfort zone into an area that is normally feared and ridiculed by most. Apart from being a fun exercise it was designed to get your creative juices moving in a certain direction. It also certainly got your imagination moving at great speed :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Some of you (Batman) creatively also used extra devises to get different results - There is no end to this  O0
I see Harald very subtly sneaked in a little area of "semi-abstract" :2funny:

I also personally enjoyed these lessons very much. "Carry on, McDuff."  :clap: :clap:

PS     For the clingwrap and alcohol to work properly there has to be enough liquid on the paper. If it does not work out properly then the paint has dried out too much.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 24, 2013, 01:46:26 PM
Of course I used other "devises" Dennis, that's what my utility belt is for.!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Batman.
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on January 24, 2013, 04:21:53 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  Batman!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on January 24, 2013, 06:11:23 PM
Ah! I see  O0 the artisan artist  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 24, 2013, 06:18:16 PM
Batman, so that squeak when you walk is coming from bubble wrap strapped to your belt? :o
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on January 24, 2013, 06:31:23 PM
Nah, but it's why my paintings pop!
The truest 'pop art' if you like... :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on January 25, 2013, 05:36:06 AM
 :2funny:  Batman, you are hilarious.  Lovely work everyone on your Abstract paintings which are all very interesting pieces.   Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on January 25, 2013, 09:40:44 AM
:2funny:  Batman, you are hilarious.

 :P yup, i agree... ;D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Helenty on January 26, 2013, 02:34:18 AM
This abstract was real fun to paint and i will be trying a few more as they make you loosen up a bit.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: NHC50 on January 26, 2013, 03:18:05 PM
Way to go Helenty. Did you use the cling wrap?  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on January 26, 2013, 04:13:38 PM
Lovely, Helen!  Somehow this reminds me of autumn leaves lying in shallow water in late fall with ice newly forming on the surface.  I like it! :clap: :clap: :clap:


Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Red1 on January 26, 2013, 04:25:35 PM
Nice one Helen.  I agree it looks like a pile of leaves.  The colors are great.

Here is my last abstract for awhile.  I'm back to finishing the trees series.


My husband named this one "Kids Playing".  What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on January 26, 2013, 04:49:11 PM
Very nice, Red!  Not a clear word, "JOY" there, but that word came to mind the second I saw this!  :flowers:


Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 26, 2013, 05:15:43 PM
Lovely, Helen. I don't know why Red, but I keep seeing the magi in yours. Nice!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Helenty on January 27, 2013, 12:35:43 AM
 :clap: I have just checked everyone's abstracts out and there is such a range of imaginations at work on them all and the colors all look great , by the looks of them all we all had fun doing these, would'nt it be great if we could display them all on a wall somewhere for all to see. Thanks all who viewed my attempt and yes i did use gladwrap.I have started doing another one where i have used masking fluid and will use pen and ink to see what happens. :thankyou:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 27, 2013, 05:38:38 AM
This lesson is a fun challenge and there are many exiting solutions. I`ve trien to improve my last one and think it has been better. I`ll have it on an exhibition in February.
Harald
first try.
second try.
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: SunRai on January 31, 2013, 09:18:59 AM
I've been having computer issues and cannot watch my class replays  :( :'( .  I also don't see a PDF for this class yet.  Has one been done and I'm just not seeing it?  :confused:
I've been sick with the flu, and it kicking up my asthma.  I can't do much except sit, and even that is hard. Lying down is impossible.  It's making me crazy!!  :idiot2: I can hardly wait to get to town and take my computer in to get fixed.  I'll also be glad when I feel up to painting again.   :painting:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on January 31, 2013, 11:44:57 AM
So sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Pat.  That's got to be a toughie for sure.  Take good care of yourself and get better soon....Wishing you wellness......Here's a  :'( and a :flowers: for you.  Feel better.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 31, 2013, 01:34:55 PM
Another try of an abstract watercolour,
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on January 31, 2013, 01:41:07 PM
OOOOOO-EEEEE!  I love it!   :smitten:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 31, 2013, 01:41:52 PM
I really like this one Harald! Beautiful color contrasts and intriguing subject.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 31, 2013, 02:03:46 PM
Many thanks Lillian and Sarah. This picture I`m really axcited, so abstract and so hard to explain and I have dared to show it on our winter exhibition. Now all is hang up and the exhibition will open on Saturday. It will be interesting to see any respons.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on January 31, 2013, 02:18:44 PM
ALL the abstracts have turned out lovely and it seems that the fear of abstracts have vanished out the window. :clap: :clap: :clap:   Hope you do well at the exhibition Harald O0 :gl:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on January 31, 2013, 02:29:02 PM
Thank you Dennis
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on January 31, 2013, 02:34:01 PM
 O0  Wishing you a very successful exhibition Harald.  Keep us informed of how it went, we will all be holding thumbs for you.      O0 O0 O0 O0 O0  Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 31, 2013, 02:41:50 PM
Right, Patricia. And we'll be  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: too. One of our own in An exhibition. Y-A-Y!!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on February 01, 2013, 04:58:46 AM
I've enjoyed watching what all of you have done in the abstract (or semi abstract as they may be) paintings.  Last night, I actually tried to turn my January Challenge attempt into an abstract!  I think I actually screwed that up too, so I just decided to let it be.  Hopefully I'll look back some day and laugh at the struggles I had with this scene!  Actually, I'm already laughing!........... :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 01, 2013, 05:35:48 AM
Lovely Harald :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on February 01, 2013, 08:23:36 AM
Helenty, love your painting. Puts me in mind of a miriad of SeaFans swaying on the seafloor.  :clap:   :clap:
Harald your latest endeavour is truly marvellous. Like the strong colours and contrast. Simple, but very effective. Well done. If possible, can you post us a picture of your exhibition wall? Would love to see it.  O0
Dianne....where's the pudding? You can't tell us all about what you've done to your painting and then not show us!  :heeha:  We want to see the pudding!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 01, 2013, 09:51:20 AM
Oh Dianne! What a perfect idea. An abstract cove. Just start one from scratch and let the paint and brush just fly. don't even think about it while you're doing it. release the painting  :devil2: ? Where's the pudding, Val? Oh yes, "the proof is in the pudding." Hmmmmmm. Pudding.  :licklips: Did I hear someone mention pudding?? Wonder if Roxy has any pudding at her table this morning. :run:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on February 01, 2013, 03:06:25 PM
Pudding would have been nice....I just got porridge..is that how you spell porridge? Funny when words don't look right.  ;D
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 03, 2013, 06:25:47 PM
Here is my try on abstract painting  :)
1.               


2.               
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sarah (arch) on February 03, 2013, 06:29:39 PM
Oh my word, Bhavna! That first one is some kind of color!!! 8)  I love it. You should sign it and hang it. I like the second one too, but the first is just wowzers!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on February 03, 2013, 06:41:28 PM
Beautiful!!!   :smitten:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Tania on February 03, 2013, 09:34:37 PM
 :clap: :clap: Beautiful work, Bhavna!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on February 03, 2013, 11:04:28 PM
Bhavna, These 2 are superb :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: JayJ on February 04, 2013, 02:38:11 AM
Wow Bhavna!...this is beautiful....wonderful choice of colours!! :) :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jennylynn on February 04, 2013, 02:54:26 AM
bhavna brilliant love these 2  O0   but my favourite is your first one  :yippee:   well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2013, 05:51:50 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis
 :thankyou: Sarah
 :thankyou: Lillian
 :thankyou: Tania
 :thankyou: Zayn
 :thankyou: Jennylynn

Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: NHC50 on February 04, 2013, 10:18:12 AM
Bhavna,
LOVE, LOVE the first one. But of course yellow is one of my favorite colors. I would frame that one.  O0 O0 :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2013, 11:13:27 AM
Thanks Nina... sure i am going to frame this one :)
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on February 05, 2013, 09:14:27 AM
Brilliant Bhavna!  :heeha:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:   :clap:
Excellent colourings, the patterns are enthralling. Well done.  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Rkymtnmary on February 05, 2013, 11:06:40 AM
Bhavna!  I just LOVE them...both of them!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: polliwag on February 05, 2013, 12:06:32 PM
Bhavna, enchantingly beautiful!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 05, 2013, 05:30:41 PM
 :thankyou:  Val
 :thankyou: Rkymtnmary
 :thankyou: Dianne
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on February 06, 2013, 05:18:45 AM
Great results Bhavna!  :)
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Bhavna on February 06, 2013, 06:53:37 AM
 :thankyou:  Ncwren
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on June 14, 2013, 11:02:02 PM
Abstract painting 5
I find it rawarding to creata such images but is it something to show.
My wife says it looks like something made in the nursery just before closing time while I find that both the process and the result make sence.
Honest comments please.
Harald
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: njnjgirl on June 15, 2013, 04:34:21 AM
BHavna and Harald, your paintings are wonderful!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Tania on June 15, 2013, 04:47:22 AM
Harald - interesting! Got my eyes moving around. :) Is there a story or anything behind this one?  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Harald on June 15, 2013, 03:43:40 PM
 :thankyou: For encoraging comments Mary Lou and Tania. No, it`s nothing but play with colours.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on June 16, 2013, 04:00:47 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Bhavna and Harald, absolutely beautiful abstract paintings.  The colours are vibrant.  Outstanding.  Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on June 16, 2013, 04:03:37 AM
Whether intended or not, I see a lot of things in your painting. I looked at it a while yesterday, and just wanted to have another boo at it today. Seeing more than yesterday  :heeha: Here's a few of the things I found.... I see a ship at sea, a person waving from the shore, a lighthouse, a face looking through something.... this is a fabulous piece Harald. It has a life of its own. Having been a somewhat reserved appreciater(?) of abstract, this is of the ilk that makes me appreciative and makes abstract fun.  :yippee:

Excellent.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jrhall036 on June 16, 2013, 04:37:15 AM
Love it, Harald!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on June 16, 2013, 10:03:44 AM
Yup, looks like the ship's riding on a big wave. 
...love the colors!  Interesting  painting, Harald.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: njnjgirl on June 19, 2013, 11:35:34 AM
I have to admit, I like semi-abstract better, but here are my three tries with abstract:  This one I did with saran wrap:
 
This one is also with saran wrap and then I used ink.  I had the most fun with this one:
 
This the first one I did, and then I did a small splatter... I didn't have any alcohol to try that other effect:
 
 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jrhall036 on June 19, 2013, 11:50:11 AM
Mary Lou!  I think you've found your niche!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: All three are wonderful, but I think I like the second one the best. Keep these coming!!!!  :congrats:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on June 19, 2013, 12:06:30 PM
Mary Lou, actually 3 very nice abstracts. :clap: :clap: :clap:

My whole idea of the abstract class was to get most out of their comfort zone and experiment with colours. There is no right and wrongs with abstract paintings.

It always reminds me of the Nursery Rhyme:
"Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean, but twixt them both, they licked the platter clean!"

What is food for one, is also poison for another.

The main reason is that, if you study a lot of the paintings we have done in most of the previous lessons, there are many areas of the paintings that are pure abstract caused by the wet-in-wet sections. I think  most have not really realized this.

Just look at the main bush in Lesson #63 of the Poplar Trees - it is pure abstract (absolutely no detail) on its own, yet, taken into context with the rest of the painting, you see it, without question, as a beautiful bush.

Do you you now see why we did the abstract lesson and the absolute value if it? This is the same for all the mediums. I wish everybody will take more interest in abstract painting O0




Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ImBatman on June 19, 2013, 12:51:45 PM
I agree Dennis. A lot of people seem to get turned off by abstract because it doesn't always look like "something". More of it I say.
When are you holding the Intermediate Abstracts class?  :2funny:

Batman.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: njnjgirl on June 19, 2013, 12:53:38 PM
 :thankyou:  Jani,  :thankyou:  Dennis.  I do understand the value of this and it was fun to do but I just loved doing that rooster!  That was such fun.  You should know that I never liked abstract art, never really understood it, but now Dennis after your class, and seeing some of the others' abstracts on paint basket, I think I am beginning to get a feel for it and a new appreciation for it.!    8) :thankyou:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on June 19, 2013, 01:01:31 PM
I've taken note of your suggestion, Batman O0 How do the others feel about it?
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: jrhall036 on June 19, 2013, 01:17:17 PM
Personally, I would LOVE to attend every abstract class you offer, Dennis. From a viewer's perspective, it is my favorite type of painting. It would be awesome to even go towards abstract expressionism at some point. Kandinsky has always been one of my favorite artists of all time. It would be even better if I could appreciate this type of art from the painter's perspective, too.  I hope, hope, hope others feel the same way.  :pray:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on June 19, 2013, 02:37:29 PM
 :clap: I'm in for another abstract class! :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Tania on June 22, 2013, 04:51:42 AM
 O0 ***LIKE*** O0


Mary Lou - nice job on those abstracts!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: njnjgirl on June 22, 2013, 05:56:33 AM
Thanks Tania!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Denise808 on June 22, 2013, 10:18:12 AM
.... looks like I forgot to comment on your abstracts Mary Lou  :)  I think I got too excited about another abstract class coming up :o
 
 :clap: :clap: :clap: anyway, I think they all look great. really like the soft outlines you have for the middle one  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: njnjgirl on June 24, 2013, 03:29:41 AM
 :thankyou:  Denise! 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on June 24, 2013, 04:29:12 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Mary Lou, Beautiful abstracts, the colours are vibrant. I now find that I am looking into the paintings to see what forms I can see and I see quite a few in yours, mostly side views of men ... one was a clown looking down.  Interesting, for before our lesson which Dennis gave, I would never have looked "into" the scribblings or splatters of paint for anything and now Dennis has awakened something else within me.


Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on June 29, 2013, 03:02:33 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful paintings MaryLou. I also favour the second painting, lots of things to look at all over the place!  :heeha:

Another class would be great Mr. D. !!!  :yippee:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Lillian on June 29, 2013, 05:47:52 PM

I really like your paintings, Mary Lou!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dennis, as I looked back on the thread with our Lesson #63 paintings, I actually did notice the combination of the abstract areas with the more tightly painted areas. 


This was the first time I did a paint along and it didn't dawn on me at that time as I was too much 'in the moment'. 


But just a few minutes ago, as I viewed Mary and Batman's paintings, it struck me how nice the skies and bushes juxtaposed with the building looked.  The combination of the flat, straight-lined surface surrounded by the loose, painterly areas gives real interest, and makes the building with the red roof even more the center of attention.


You can add my vote to others interested in painting abstracts.   O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2013, 04:12:40 AM
Lillian, reading your post, makes me realise just how little I know about painting.  You picked up on the juxtaposed position of the abstract with the formal if I can put it that way.  It never even came into my mind about those things so once again, I am learning.  It almost feels like I am being "awakened". Thanks Lillian.  Patricia 
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2014, 04:00:56 PM

So the other day I found an abstract heart I had painted over a year ago that I didn't think was very good - mostly because I've never been a big abstract lover. After I found it I showed it to a friend who said she thought it was great - so I put it on Facebook and it sold very quickly! Consequently, I think I like abstracts more now! I also remembered Dennis had an abstract class on WC - thus my contribution to this forum topic. I'm now absolutely in love with the Saran Wrap technique! I didn't have any gum arabic but I used soap and some sea salt and a little white acrylic paint since I don't own any liquid paper…and voila!  I really enjoyed this class, Dennis!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on June 07, 2014, 04:16:28 PM
Just look how beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 07, 2014, 07:34:16 PM
Gosh, Sharon, everything you touch seems to turn to gold.  Your talent is paying off.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2014, 08:03:46 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis and Mea! I've been asked to be in an art show next Saturday so I think I'll frame these and see what folks think!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 07, 2014, 09:08:24 PM
Good idea.  Good luck.  I bet they'll sell readily because you have a "name" around town now.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on June 08, 2014, 06:05:06 AM
Absolutely brilliant!  :heeha:   Congratulations on selling the heart abstract, would love to have seen it. Must see these framed!  ;)   Best of luck with the show, keep us posted.  :yippee:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on June 08, 2014, 07:17:14 AM
Like them all, but that top one is special!  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2014, 03:49:41 PM
Thanks Val - we're in Vegas now but I'll post the heart when I return.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2014, 03:51:26 PM
Thanks Natalie - I love that one too, and the one with the red and green. In hindsightsurr wish I'd painted them all larger!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 15, 2014, 07:36:47 AM
Brief update - I Had a good time at my art show yesterday - although most folks were at the winery to purchase wine vs art! I sold 4 pieces and one of the Oak Park Sign prints - plus I'm getting a commission to paint a picture of someone's wedding cake and possibly of someone else's grandfather.  And a lot of folks took my cards so we'll what happens next. It was great exposure and I learned a lot...
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on June 15, 2014, 04:35:03 PM
Sounds like a good time Sharon-glad you are selling stuff and getting more exposure!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on June 15, 2014, 08:30:45 PM
Sharon, good on you :clap: As Nina says "Way to go!" O0
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 16, 2014, 11:23:58 AM
Thanks Natalie and Dennis. And someone yesterday emailed me that they want to buy two of the paintings from the show that they saw but hadn't purchased so that was a nice surprise!  Shows are rather stressful I must admit - and a lot of work. I think my insecurities about being an artist  increase in that environment, too. I'm sure many new artists must feel similarly wondering as we stand there will anyone like our art?
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on July 05, 2014, 10:52:23 AM
Good on you Sharon.  O0   Congratulations on your continued success.  :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 05, 2014, 12:13:13 PM
 :thankyou: Val!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Danielle123 on September 03, 2014, 12:19:12 PM
You all have doneome very nice and interresting abstract.    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Danielle123 on September 04, 2014, 04:05:31 PM
Here is my attemped  at abstract
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: ncwren on September 04, 2014, 04:52:01 PM
I see a green creature on a branch in the top one.
 :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 04, 2014, 06:15:46 PM
Hmmm...Danielle! 

You've been a busy girl.  Just don't know what else to say.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Danielle123 on September 04, 2014, 06:19:13 PM
Not has busy as you and Natalie.  Yes i saw that too Natalie my little creatire from the lagone.   
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on September 05, 2014, 04:00:27 AM
Danielle, great colourings and movement. I really like these (that coming from an 'abstract is not really me' person  :crazy2: ) Any abstracts I produce are purely by chance and usually a painting gone awry!!!  :D    :2funny:

Well done.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on September 05, 2014, 01:28:38 PM
Well done, Danielle -  love the shapes and the colours :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Danielle123 on September 06, 2014, 04:30:42 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis for taking the time to view my abstract, ant for your comments.
 :thankyou: Val for your encouragement  and your funny comments, you always make me laught.
Title: abstract watercolor class
Post by: Cynthia Danielson on August 13, 2015, 09:25:06 AM
Painted these with my grandchildren.  Had a blast and both pictures were claimed before I got back home.  They sold!  What is happening to my life?!  I understand how writers HAVE to write.  I HAVE to draw or paint or make another color wheel.  Every day.  My Self attached to art and this is who I AM now.  Sometimes I wonder where this came from.  Like I could never make such creations myself (with help from Dennis and Nolan).   Maybe I'm a tool for an good artist Spirit to sing through.  Maybe that Spirit is my own.  Speculation.  Doesn't matter.  I'm here to stay.



I accidentally put this one up and didn't want to delete it via Nolan's warnings about deleting pictures on the forum.  This is the Cosmos Flower Watercolor Class below.

Title: Re: abstract watercolor class
Post by: Cynthia Danielson on August 13, 2015, 09:26:39 AM


Title: Re: abstract watercolor class
Post by: NHC50 on August 13, 2015, 11:14:01 AM
Nice job Cindy.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: abstract watercolor class
Post by: Val on August 13, 2015, 02:45:49 PM
 :heeha: These are great Cynthia, I especially like the last one posted  O0 beautiful colours and patterns.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Congratulations on your sales! Well done you!!!  :congrats: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: JayJ on October 16, 2016, 10:45:58 PM
Amazing thread Mea..some lovely abstracts!
Congratulations Nina on being featured in newsletter!
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Annie. on August 09, 2017, 02:48:05 PM
Well that was fun and relaxing.  Thank you Dennis!

Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 09, 2017, 04:48:08 PM
Fun abstracts, Annie! I remember how freeing it was to just let it go in this lesson! I need to remind myself to do to that more often.  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Val on August 09, 2017, 04:57:34 PM
 :yippee: Annie!!! Free and easy, well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: TeresaM on August 09, 2017, 06:07:16 PM
Well done :clap:  keep going if it makes you happy.

i often look at some abstract paintings but when i tried once it just didn't turn out the way I thought it would so decided it was not for me.
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: dennis on August 10, 2017, 12:09:12 PM
Beautiful  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #46 - Abstract Paintings
Post by: Annie. on August 10, 2017, 04:19:22 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis, Theresa, Val, and Sharon!

You always make me feel so good about myself  :flowers:

This was by far the lesson that frooze me the most.  I must have looked at the blank white paper for 30 min if not longer, 3 days in a row... then I told myself just put a primary color, anywhere.

I agree Sharon, I should do this once in a while to RELAX  :knuppel2:  In time I may get some ideas and inspiration.

The point is not to skip a lesson because it is not comfortable... each teaches something.

Boy, do I love painting  :yippee: