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Title: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 22, 2014, 11:28:04 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone stay on topic in this thread. Thank You

Get access to the class HERE (http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/online-art-class.php?class=espresso-time-537)

For this class you will need a 400mm x 300mm (15" x 12") canvas.
You can print out and transfer the TEMPLATE (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/acrylic/3-espresso-template.pdf) to the canvas before class

Here is the painting you will complete in class:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 23, 2014, 03:53:50 AM
Hi guys, unfortunately I have run into a sound problem with this class so will have re-edit it. So will have move the release of this class on a day.
Sorry for the inconvenience :-\
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 24, 2014, 12:35:29 PM
Hope everything is going okay with the edit Nolan.  :gl:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 24, 2014, 01:44:00 PM
this class is giving me so much hassles, first the computer bombs out half way through recording the class, so I lose my sound, then it won't render the edited video :banghead:

Sorry for the delay folks :flowers:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 24, 2014, 05:45:56 PM
this class is giving me so much hassles, first the computer bombs out half way through recording the class, so I lose my sound, then it won't render the edited video :banghead:

Sorry for the delay folks :flowers:

See it wants you do to a live class after all HAHA.    :2funny:

Good luck, you have to love those computer things who do everything how they are supposed to until you NEED them to do what they are supposed to  :uglystupid2:

Don't worry we are all ready to go when you are....meanwhile I will either be  :coffee: or  :painting:  :hug:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Danielle123 on July 24, 2014, 06:36:31 PM
Love your cofee cup,  maybe what you need is one for yourself,  :D  ;)   take a little break Nolan.  :coffee:  Good luck on your editing hope it wont give you more trouble. :pullhair:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 25, 2014, 12:07:17 PM
Poor Nolan....I hope you aren't pulling your hair out!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 26, 2014, 12:46:30 PM
I finally managed to get the class released. The sound is not as good as usual as I had to use the sound from the overhead camera instead of the mic. It then took over two days solid to render for some reason. Maybe the espresso was too strong for the computer :-\
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 26, 2014, 03:22:59 PM
Yay!!!   :thankyou: Nolan......I'll be right on it as soonas I've had a few more  :coffee: :coffee:

 :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 26, 2014, 07:12:52 PM
 Very fun painting to paint!  I wish I could have gotten my darks darker... :confused:



Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 26, 2014, 08:39:15 PM
Natalie,

Excellent job on the espresso.  Your china has a nice shine.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 26, 2014, 08:47:36 PM
Thanks Mea. I've been wanting a cup all night.  ;D
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Post by: JayJ on July 26, 2014, 09:40:30 PM
Lovely painting Natalie....nice highlights and shadow both on cup and spoon!!


Really enjoyed watching how Nolan showed us to paint the mottled background.....thats how far I have reached!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: dirk123 on July 27, 2014, 12:39:48 AM
Good job Natalie,

As real as the coffee I am now drinking. O0
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Post by: jennylynn on July 27, 2014, 12:49:58 AM
Awesome as usual Natalie rea. :painting really well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 27, 2014, 04:13:52 AM
Lovely painting Natalie....nice highlights and shadow both on cup and spoon!!


Really enjoyed watching how Nolan showed us to paint the mottled background.....thats how far I have reached!

haha Me too Jay.....thought I would let it dry overnight so I can tackle the cup  :2funny: 

Natalie, you have done a fabulous job!  Well done and I like your background.....not sure about mine yet but at the moment I have a big white blob.....I didn't have any contact film (didn't know I would need it) but I did have masking fluid so used that and it seems to work fine on the canvas with no residue (never done it on canvas before) :)

Anyway look forward to posting mine and seeing everyone else's  :painting:  :coffee:
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Post by: Danielle123 on July 27, 2014, 04:22:09 AM
Great painting Natalie,  busy, busy lady.  :clap: :clap: :clap: that coffee looks inviting.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Mariep on July 27, 2014, 06:32:52 AM
Whow well done Natalie!!! You are so brave!!! Difficult?
 :confused:[want to start oil painting too but ghee :-\]
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 27, 2014, 07:48:13 AM
 :thankyou: eveyone for your comments

Not difficult Marie. Nolan makes it very easy.

Jackie I used clear shipping tape if that is an option for you.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 27, 2014, 01:12:23 PM
Excellent Natalie :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Jackie - you can also use masking tape if you are in a pinch. You can always have a roll of clear cover handy - I use it often O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 27, 2014, 02:49:05 PM
Thanks Nolan-very fun class!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 27, 2014, 07:25:39 PM
Great job, Natalie! I'm about halfway through - dang, acrylics are so much harder than watercolors!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 27, 2014, 09:23:50 PM
Thanks Sharon!
A lot of it might be shifting gears from one medium to the next. I'm
sure you will be a pro at this in no time!  O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 28, 2014, 05:31:54 AM

Jackie - you can also use masking tape if you are in a pinch. You can always have a roll of clear cover handy - I use it often O0

One thing I am wondering about which both Natalie and Nolan (and probably others can answer)  with the clear cover (and I remember you said like the ones you line the drawer with)  Isn't that sticky when you take it off the canvas?  ie does it leave residue?   The masking fluid did work well.....and I failed cutting out with scissors so perhaps I can just keep using that?  Unless you know of any issues with using masking fluid on canvas?

I really am bad at cutting out  :2funny: I blame it on being left handed  :2funny:

On a positive note I have sourced a place that does the clear cover and today I went shopping got some more canvases, some graphite pencils to try the drawing class and I finally found a tile suitable to use a palette.....so I will be finishing the coffee tomorrow  :)  :painting:



Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 28, 2014, 06:20:43 AM
I have not had any issues with stickiness.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Fiona on July 28, 2014, 11:37:00 AM
Great job Natalie :)

Love what you have done with the reflections and the background.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 28, 2014, 12:10:03 PM
no stickiness at all O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 28, 2014, 12:46:05 PM
 :thankyou: Fiona
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 28, 2014, 04:00:01 PM
Let me be the first to say that I am acrylic challenged! If I wasn't the kind of person who never gives up, trust me, I would have stopped doing this painting halfway through…dang, this was HARD!!! I screwed up the background, thus the reason mind isn't like yours in the video, Nolan.

Natalie - I take off my hat to you on this lesson! Nolan - I know what you're going to tell me:  practice, practice, practice - and I promise, I will…but my first love will always be watercolors!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 28, 2014, 04:20:54 PM
I don't see anything wrong with your background. This subject lends itself to any background.

I think you did good.  :clap:

Besides...it is acrylic. You can change anything you want.  O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 28, 2014, 05:13:01 PM
Sharon,

If you hadn't said you did this painting, I would not have believed it.  Will be interesting to see if you progress with acrylics.

Hang in there, girl.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 28, 2014, 05:49:41 PM
Thanks Natalie - I guess that is the benefit of acrylic - no commitments required!  An Mea - you crack me up! I'm curious who you thought painted this if you didn't  believe it was me - hee hee!! I put the painting in a frame and I must say it looks a lot better. My husband loves it so it's found a new owner. I still like the watercolor paintings I did of coffee cups better but I'm not giving up on acrylics quite yet!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 28, 2014, 08:50:27 PM
I think you have done a great job Sharon. Yes practice does make prefect, but in the meantime, tell me what you are struggling the most with and let's see if we can help.

There is nothing wrong with your background, what I do suggest however is to give the shadow cast by the saucer a thin glaze with the background colour to marry the two colours
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 28, 2014, 11:15:50 PM
OMG the darn spoon and the handle  :2funny:  I have finished and now letting it dry so will post tomorrow....in the video it cutoff when you did the top of the spoon and I'd painted over that bit, also on the outside of the handle...you really have to stop being your own cameraman Nolan  hahaha

I can at least say it was a challenge and there are bits I like and bits I don't....anyway will post tomorrow as it's dark here now and I want to see it in the cold morning light  :2funny:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 29, 2014, 07:23:49 AM
Thanks Nolan. And I actually like my background - I'll glaze the shadow. What I struggle with is the color mixing and the lack of movement of the paint. It's so much less easy to manipulate than watercolors. And I got confused because the video didn't match the photo you posted of your finished painting. I couldn't understand why mine wasn't looking like yours - and than you said it was a different painting. I also struggled with the blending process.

Now I see you're offering a class on the color wheel and how to blend so we might have a solution to my troubles!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 29, 2014, 12:34:21 PM
the colour wheel class won't help with the blending, but it sure will help with the colour mixing O0

The secret to getting the blending right is having the right amount of moisture on the canvas. It is a balancing act that you need to master. Maybe get yourself some retarder to slow down the drying time
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 29, 2014, 03:24:01 PM
the colour wheel class won't help with the blending, but it sure will help with the colour mixing O0

The secret to getting the blending right is having the right amount of moisture on the canvas. It is a balancing act that you need to master. Maybe get yourself some retarder to slow down the drying time

When I first started painting with acrylics I had a devil of a time and used retarder, slow medium, unlocking formula, water....anything to stop the thing drying before I was done....after a while you, the paint and the canvas become friends and you get use to each other....now I usually just use a bit of water.   Don't worry Sharon you will get used to it.....my next challenge is Plein Air....not sure how well Acrylics and outside will go but it's winter here at the moment so maybe better....good thing is I'm only going in the driveway...we live on a farm so have spectacular views just waiting for me (it's me holding the whole thing up) LOL
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 29, 2014, 06:06:09 PM
I had problems with the handle and the spoon....not sure how to fix it...also because I didn't have clear cover I manually had to paint the bottom shadow.  My cup is also looking a bit square to me....maybe I'm at on of those modern cafes with square cups  :2funny:


Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 29, 2014, 07:49:58 PM
You are missing that darkest shadow at the base of the cup.
You also need the bright highlight along the edge of the spoon.

I don' t think the roundness is too critical. It has more of a pottery look.

 :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 29, 2014, 09:55:08 PM
Natalie thanks for the tips....not sure which part of the spoon the top or the bottom. 

I have made some changes here.

Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 29, 2014, 11:18:12 PM
Voodoo Lady,

I admire your perseverance with this one.  Doesn't look like an easy painting.

Hang in there.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: voodoolady on July 30, 2014, 01:12:26 AM
Voodoo Lady,

I admire your perseverance with this one.  Doesn't look like an easy painting.

Hang in there.

aloha

mea

Thanks Mea (call me Jackie LOL) I have found it fiddly on the spoon and handle part....Also I think my highlight and mid tone were a bit too much the same.....I wanted a light colour than Nolan had but just a bit off.....I will do this one again....Looking forward to the Colour Wheel one tomorrow....always good learn important basics.   I have always been a landscape painter so I'm actually enjoying the "strictness and exactness" of the still lifes we are doing....just can't wait to get a tree hahahaha
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Mariep on July 30, 2014, 03:07:59 AM
Jacky and Mea, I think everybody did a good job on the cup of chino...
Mmm, I need  a few items and the I'm going to join  the  oil painting.... :1hug: Sooo excited!!!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2014, 07:16:56 AM
Jackie - I totally empathize with you about this lesson - but still, you did a very good job on this difficult painting. With perseverance I know we'll both be acrylic experts before long.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 30, 2014, 07:51:49 AM
Isn't it fun to see our own progress, Jackie.  Every painting or drawing is a unique experience, yet we carry the skills learned to the next project.

So great to be part of the PB world.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 30, 2014, 10:05:47 AM
I had to lay mine down flat to help me with as you say the strictness of the cup and spoon.

Another painting under the belt and on to the next!  :yippee:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on July 30, 2014, 10:11:08 AM
Nice background Jackie...like Natalie says the cup has a pottery effect!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Harald on August 12, 2014, 09:45:38 AM
My first try on this one. Painted with atelier on MDF 30x40cm
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on August 12, 2014, 11:25:30 AM
Nice work Harald-I like your background!  :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 12, 2014, 11:31:39 AM
Harald,

Nice cup of espresso.  Like how you did the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on August 12, 2014, 07:15:10 PM
lovely work Harald :clap: :clap: :clap:
Just the spoon shadow seems a little lost, maybe work that back in again O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Harald on August 13, 2014, 04:08:21 AM
Natalie, Mea and Nolan, many thanks for encouraging comments. I will continue a little with the picture.
Harald
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Post by: Val on August 13, 2014, 05:58:40 AM
Nicely done Harald, quick touchup on the spoon shadow and you'll be away!  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 13, 2014, 07:17:01 AM
Nice espresso cup, Harald! Can't wait to see it with that shadow on the spoon…and I agree, your background is terrific!
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Post by: Harald on August 13, 2014, 10:13:41 PM
Hi Val and Sharon, many thanks for the comments. Really appreciate them.
Harald
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Post by: Minny1 on September 01, 2014, 05:27:43 PM
This one was fun to do but was challenging also.
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Post by: JayJ on September 05, 2014, 06:06:30 PM
Great work Harald!
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Post by: Danielle123 on September 11, 2014, 05:08:56 AM
Nice work on the cup of coffee Voodoolady and Harald.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Minny1 on September 18, 2014, 01:21:59 PM
Enjoyed doing this one.




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Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on September 18, 2014, 02:37:53 PM
 :heeha:  :clap:
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Post by: Minny1 on September 20, 2014, 08:43:58 PM
This one was challenging and I'm starting to think that curved lines are harder to paint then straight ones are.I seem to have trouble with both of them at times.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Val on September 21, 2014, 04:12:57 AM
You're not alone there Nancy!  :whistle:    ;D
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Danielle123 on September 21, 2014, 04:16:06 AM
Beautifuly done Nancy. :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on September 21, 2014, 01:11:59 PM
You have done a superb job with this painting Nancy :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
It is just the rim of the cup that is not smooth on the bottom left (between 6 and 9 o'clock), just round that straight line you have there to complete the oval O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Minny1 on September 22, 2014, 06:25:41 PM
I will do that.Thanks Nolan.
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Post by: Sherri on January 15, 2015, 03:24:46 PM
Well here is my Cup of Espresso!!  Enjoy.  Let me know how to make my cup of coffee better.  Thanks Sherri

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Post by: Bellarina on January 15, 2015, 04:04:00 PM
Nicely done Sherri, it looks so yummy and I sure could use a cup right now.  :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on January 17, 2015, 02:45:15 PM
beautiful work Sherri :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
you can still add more contrast to the outside of the cup to show up the rounding more O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Val on January 21, 2015, 09:23:50 AM
Nolan....  :tickedoff: .... the pressure is building!  :strong: I really want to try acrylics!!!  :eyesclosed: There!!! I said it!   :faint:   Heaven help us all!!!  :heeha: :2funny:


Very nice work Sherri, did you use the interactive on this?
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Post by: Sherri on January 21, 2015, 11:08:19 AM
No not on this one.  I used some cheap acrylics that I bought at WalMart.  Hated them and now have interactive paints.  Used them on the Sunset Painting.

Sherri
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Val on January 21, 2015, 01:48:00 PM
I'll go back and have another boo at that one.  :detective:     ;)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 23, 2015, 08:17:57 AM
Sherri,

Yes, more shading as Nolan suggested and this will be a perfect cup of espresso.

Nice work.  Love how you have the coffee stain on the inside of the cup.  Looks so real.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on March 04, 2015, 06:30:52 AM
 I know looks little overworked ,messed up the handle...lost the rim of the cup as I went to adjust the background:(.I wasnt happy with the background so decided to give it awash...lesson learnt!


Really appreciate cc
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 04, 2015, 07:49:00 AM
I think it looks pretty darn good, JayJ.

The coffee looks so real - especially where it clings to the side of the cup.

Should there be a darker shadow under the cup and maybe partially up the side?  The one under the saucer is nicely done.  (I'm really trying to learn shadows!)

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Bellarina on March 04, 2015, 07:52:09 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
That's some thick expresso
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Post by: ncwren on March 04, 2015, 08:12:07 AM
 :clap:
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Post by: JayJ on March 04, 2015, 11:19:55 AM
Thank you Mea for your lovely comment!


Maybe I overdid the glazing...yes, there should be  shadow on the side of the cup.


Goodluck with your shadow study...no doubt we will learn lots thru your journey! :)

 :thankyou: So much Robin for your  encouragemnet!

 :thankyou: Natalie for stopping by!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on March 04, 2015, 11:54:38 AM
I think you have done an absolutely beautiful job Zayn :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: JayJ on March 04, 2015, 01:09:16 PM
Oh thank u for the encouraging comment  Nolan! It means a lot  coming from u :thankyou:
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 18, 2015, 05:54:45 AM
My favourite drink but nog painting. :-\ :-\ :-\
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Post by: Bellarina on April 18, 2015, 06:21:17 AM
What's not to like Louisa?  Looks good to me.  Nice reflections.
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 18, 2015, 06:56:23 AM
Thank you Robin my friend, it's obvious that you won't see anything wrong. Love your comment. :hug:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 18, 2015, 07:43:45 AM
Louisa,

Love the translucent effect you have on the cup and saucer.

The inside of the cup looks so real with the way the espresso is sticking to the sides and the color variations on the surface of the liquid.

You did a great job of getting the spoon to look right under the cup handle.  Agree with Robin on the reflection.

I'm assuming the background is a pretty tablecloth - love how you blended the soft colors.

Uh, uh, hmmm, I cannot think of anything to improve.   See, it is better than you thought.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 18, 2015, 08:33:06 AM
Mea I am going to send you a box of chocolates, I cannot believe you have no crit. Thank you thank you. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 18, 2015, 08:45:57 AM
Louisa,

Thanks.  No need for the chocolates!  Just send good vibes that my paintings will come out as good as yours!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 18, 2015, 08:53:04 AM
Mea are you fishing for compliments. You are a much better artist than I am and your paintings are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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Post by: Tousabella on April 18, 2015, 10:15:37 AM
Good job, Lousia.  I like the reflections, and the colors are great. Way to go!! :flowers:
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Post by: Bev S. on April 18, 2015, 11:05:20 AM
Zayn, Louisa. . . fantastic cups of espresso!! I can see that I am going to have my work cut out for me to keep up with you two. . . woohoo!! Perhaps a little espresso on the side to drink while I paint....eh?
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Post by: Danielle123 on April 18, 2015, 11:39:02 AM
Nice cups of coffee Sherry, Jay, Louisa,   I have missed all those.  :clap:
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Post by: JayJ on April 20, 2015, 12:27:24 AM
Louisa....beautiful rendering....like Mea says you have created a lovely translucent effect!


Bev... Was pleasantly surprised.... Good to see u again. :thankyou:  For the lovely comment!
Going by your drawings you will no issues with acrylics...one more recruit for acrylic :yippee:


 :thankyou:  So much Danielle !
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Bev S. on April 20, 2015, 04:02:29 AM
Thanks JayJ. . . your confidence in me has me all geared up to tackle the cup of espresso, right away!
I have been thinking of joining the acrylic club. . . .$9. a month sounds like the deal of the season. Do you belong? 
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on April 20, 2015, 04:20:14 AM
Go for it Bev...really enjoyed the espresso class!


Yes, I am one of the bonafide members  of the Acrylic club! 8) :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 20, 2015, 08:10:05 AM
Thank you so much Retta, Bev, Daniell and JayJ, you are all so kind with you nice comments. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on April 21, 2015, 01:02:34 PM
great job Louisa :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
just smooth the shadow cast by the saucer O0
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on April 21, 2015, 02:30:34 PM
Thanks Nolan will do.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Juan Carlos on July 16, 2015, 09:32:28 AM
Hi All,

Rending my first attempt on the Cafe Espresso. Had a problem with the dish's shadow and looks like that the coffee's inner shadow has a brighter line, but in an overall I'm pretty happy and felt much more confident this time with the acrylics. Please comments well aprecciated.


Cheers
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on July 16, 2015, 12:59:41 PM
Looks great to me Juan Carlos :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
The lighter ring where the coffee meets the cup is correct - it is called the meniscus - the fluid curls up against the side of the cup due to water tension so reflects the light differently from the rest of the fluid O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on July 16, 2015, 01:33:15 PM
Beautifully rendered Juan Carlos!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Danielle123 on July 16, 2015, 01:54:05 PM
Sherry, Jay, Louisa and Juan, you have all done a superb painting on the expresso.   Sorry I have not  seen these ones.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Juan Carlos on July 16, 2015, 05:41:06 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle, I always embrace your kind words of encouragement. And I also have to say excellent jobs Sherry, Louisa and Jay, for those warming cups of coffee.

Nolan, I really appreciate your comments and physical explanation about the ring; I definitely will continue practicing on acrylics.

Cheers
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 16, 2015, 10:36:06 PM
Juan Carlos,

Love the frothiness of the espresso on the inside of the cup.

Great work!

One concern - should the fluid be that much lower on the right side of the cup?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: ncwren on July 17, 2015, 05:13:47 AM
Beautiful work Juan!  :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Val on July 17, 2015, 08:10:00 AM
 :heeha: Nicely done Juan.  :clap: :clap: :clap: You are coming along very well.  O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Juan Carlos on July 17, 2015, 02:53:33 PM
 :thankyou:Natalie, Val and Zyan for your lovely comments.

Mea, I always love your comments, such an observer. You're right, but I think it is a matter of perspective, and though I tried to equalized both levels, it seems that the balance of the table, it's a little bit twisted!!!

Cheers.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on July 20, 2015, 12:44:01 AM
Nicely done Juan Carlos. :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Juan Carlos on July 21, 2015, 05:53:38 PM
 :thankyou: very much Louisa.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on August 25, 2015, 02:43:12 AM
Hi Danielle...didnt realise u had commented here.Thank you so much for stopping by!:)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 07, 2016, 05:51:46 PM
Eventually I have completed my Cup of Espresso!

It looks like an easy project, but when you start considering everything that needs to be really round or straight, it becomes a bit of an exciting challenge - not to mention the shadows and reflections!

I've learnt a lot, but if there is anything I can do to tweak it a little, please mention. I might have looked at it too many times and might have missed something.


Thanks again, Nolan! Another lesson that was very enjoyable and taught us a lot!  :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Kathysutterlin on May 07, 2016, 10:06:23 PM
 :clap: No suggestions here, Cheryl. I think your cup of espresso looks great!  :painting:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 07, 2016, 10:08:55 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on May 08, 2016, 12:33:42 AM
Looks great!!!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 08, 2016, 04:12:38 AM
 :thankyou: Zayn!  :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on May 08, 2016, 04:50:15 PM
Nice job, Cheryl O0

I can't wait to get back to the acrylics. I have about another week of Spring chores, then I'll be able to paint again.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 08, 2016, 05:08:19 PM
Thanks, Steve! Acrylics is sort of addictive!  :D  ;D
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Danielle123 on May 09, 2016, 04:29:05 AM
Beautiful painting Cheryl.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 09, 2016, 02:12:15 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on May 10, 2016, 03:14:04 AM
fantastic job Cheryl - you have got the reflection of the spoon in the cup spot on :congrats:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 10, 2016, 03:50:40 AM
 Thank you very much, Nolan!  :)

I try not to "see" the picture but rather look for shapes to paint (it sometimes helps turning the picture upside down)  :idiot2: - if that makes sense and it was a pleasant surprise when, what I thought were still shadows, turned out to be the spoon's reflection in the cup!   :heeha:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Happychappy on May 10, 2016, 02:04:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  A great job Cheryl.    Patricia
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 11, 2016, 01:32:26 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia!  :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: KathyKuz on May 11, 2016, 06:02:12 AM
Cheryl:  Your cup of expresso looks great.  Like your background. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Fiona on May 11, 2016, 06:06:48 AM
Super job Cheryl  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 11, 2016, 06:07:16 PM
Thank you very much, Kathy and Fi!  :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: lynn p. on May 16, 2016, 06:01:52 PM
Yum, perfect Cheryl.  No crit here!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on May 17, 2016, 09:06:09 PM
Oh, thank you Lynn P.  :flowers:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 12, 2016, 04:08:35 PM
And now for lesson three. I'm starting to feel that I'm beginning to get some control with the acrylics. After I posted the painting, I decided I didn't like the way I cropped the photo. :doh: I think I'll redo it tomorrow.

As always, I'm open to your comments and criticisms.


Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 12, 2016, 04:42:33 PM
Nice job, Steve.  Nice background.  Inside of the cup looks really good (even though it's coffee, which I do not drink).

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 12, 2016, 05:07:39 PM
 :clap: Nice work on the cup of espresso, Steve. I'd just been thinking that you hadn't posted anything new in a while and here it is!  ;) How are you enjoying the acrylics? I really like watercolor though I'm still more comfortable with pencil drawing. It all takes time to learn. You are doing great!  :painting:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 12, 2016, 06:13:40 PM
Thanks, Mea. I drink coffee, but not expresso. It's a little too strong for me. Usually I have one cup of coffee in the morning and some green tea in the afternoon. But when its hot, I like iced tea.

Thank you, Kathy. The acrylics are getting better. The big problem is that they dry pretty quickly, so you have to learn how frequently to spritz the palette or the painting. And, like other mediums, there is a learning curve. So far I've done the strawberries, the apples and now the coffee. I notice some improvement with each. Time to go back to the graphite for a bit. I miss my pencils :)

Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 12, 2016, 08:24:41 PM
Thanks, Mea. I drink coffee, but not expresso. It's a little too strong for me. Usually I have one cup of coffee in the morning and some green tea in the afternoon. But when its hot, I like iced tea.

Thank you, Kathy. The acrylics are getting better. The big problem is that they dry pretty quickly, so you have to learn how frequently to spritz the palette or the painting. And, like other mediums, there is a learning curve. So far I've done the strawberries, the apples and now the coffee. I notice some improvement with each. Time to go back to the graphite for a bit. I miss my pencils :)

Yes and yes! I agree with you about the learning curve! You learn very quickly.  :) I also understand about missing the pencils. I go back to them between every one or two paintings.  Pencil drawings are so relaxing to do.  (We need a pencil emoji)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Happychappy on June 13, 2016, 02:31:17 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Steve, you are doing SO WELL with acrylics.  Your Cup of Espresso is excellent.  Lovely to see your progress.


Patricia
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Val on June 13, 2016, 03:31:57 AM
I thought this would be a fun one to do. I still want to have a go at it in w/c. Might be a good starting exercise to get me going again.

You've done a lovely job on it, Well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Ribezla on June 13, 2016, 04:49:33 AM
Your cup of coffee looks really realictic, Steve. You seem to enjoy acrylics. And the background is pretty cool with those visible brushstrokes.  O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 13, 2016, 08:36:03 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement. I do enjoy the acrylics and also graphite/charcoal. Sometime the year I want to try watercolors as they also look like they are fun.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: KathyKuz on June 13, 2016, 09:29:58 AM
Steve:  Your cup of coffee is great.  Like the blue background.  Nice.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: JayJ on June 13, 2016, 10:06:56 AM
You are really doing great Steve!Yes,Acrylic needs little getting used to.Soon you will pick up your spray bottle instinctively! :)
All the Best!
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 13, 2016, 12:27:58 PM
Thank you, Zayn and Kathy. :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Cheryl Carberry on June 19, 2016, 12:12:29 AM
Beautiful cup of espresso and love your background, Steve!  :painting: :)
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 19, 2016, 03:30:17 PM
Thanks, Cheryl. The background was the easiest part. Just slapping on the paint with a pastry brush. There are actually three lagers. One is the lighter color, then a glaze and finally the darker color.
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: nolan on June 20, 2016, 02:42:45 PM
you are doing a great job Steve, just keep at it.  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: It's like you say - with each painting you get more control over the medium. O0

What you do want to look out for with artworks like this is getting the ovals nice and symmetrical O0
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on June 21, 2016, 09:06:18 AM
Thanks, Nolan.

Part of my problem had to do with the liquid frisked destroying my underlying drawing. And I had discarded my template, so trying to fix things freehand didn't work out too well.

Lessons learned: 1.) Try using brisket film when covering a drawing and 2.), never, ever throw out the template until the painting is finished. :doh:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Danielle123 on July 09, 2016, 06:11:04 PM
Well done that up of coffee Steve,  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: 3 - Cup of Espresso
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on July 10, 2016, 05:40:23 AM
Merci, Danielle :)