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Title: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on August 20, 2014, 01:26:52 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=sunset-in-acrylic-552)

Here is the painting you will complete in class:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: ncwren on August 20, 2014, 01:52:30 PM
Wow...so pretty-can't wait to see this one!  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: voodoolady on August 20, 2014, 11:40:15 PM
Nolan quick question as a user of these interactive acrylics...one thing I tend to have a problem with is the paint reopening even after a few hours using just water so I have always found glazing quite hard (there may be a touch of impatience waiting for it to dry there too)  I recently got a bottle of the Atelier Fast Fixer which seals the layer you have already painted and is supposed to be good for glazing.

I am up to the first part where you are glazing on the white (after the sky) and wondered if I could put the fixer on prior to this (just to see what happens) or do you think it will affect the overall effect on the painting? 
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on August 21, 2014, 01:39:38 PM
you can give it a try, I have not used the fixer yet myself.

What I do is give the paint a good long blast with the hair dryer, that fixes it. If you just dry it until the paint isn't wet anymore it is still interactive. If you dry it longer then it cures and won't lift O0
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: voodoolady on August 21, 2014, 11:44:55 PM
OK I've done that.....I am going to leave it overnight anyway as I want to see how it affects the tooth  :thankyou:

One other question now I have watched it through once.....generally with acrylics I thought you worked from Dark to light whereas this is more light to dark......is this because how the purple clouds are sitting on top?

Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on August 24, 2014, 02:39:15 PM
you first work from back to front - for me this is a rule though many artists successfully paint the other way around.

Then with each layer / distance you paint dark to light, but this is not a rule, simply a guideline, which as you can see from this class can easily be ignored / broken if the situation requires it.

In this painting you could easily start from the dark corner of the clouds and work your way outward going lighter / brighter and get exactly the same effect. You would however still need to paint the sky itself first before starting the clouds or you will not get the soft edges on the clouds
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: voodoolady on August 24, 2014, 03:25:28 PM
Just a FYI in my 2nd attempt I tried doing a dark to light to see how that would work and the dark looked stupid and not as good as doing it light to dark as you did it......you didn't get the little bits of "light" peeking out from the darks but rather light sitting on the dark so it looked weird.....this attempt is now an abstract of some lovely trees.  (well I had to clean my palette and I didn't want to waste the paint  :2funny: :2funny:)

I am currently back to drawing board but I have had fun with my palette knife in the meantime :)  Attempt 3 will hopefully be completed by tomorrow......having said that...I should have stopped at 1 LOL  I just needed to "tweak" it and it all when horribly wrong hahaha "I'm still learning "Walk away from the painting" and "Stop painting" in my head.  :2funny:

So happy with have wonderful advice and also gives me a new way of thinking and experience of things I haven't tried in the past.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 19, 2015, 03:53:00 PM
My rendition of this lesson.  Boy did I struggle with this one.  Suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated.

Sherri

Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 19, 2015, 06:28:53 PM
Sherri,

There is something very endearing about this painting - quaint and restful.

The big cloud on the right seems foreboding; hope the boatmen make it back to shore before the storm hits.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on January 21, 2015, 01:51:50 PM
Hmm. I must have missed this one. Sherri, is this the one done with interactive? If so, how did you find them....easy? Just curious you know...not like I'm going shopping at the art shop!  :whistle:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 21, 2015, 05:24:39 PM
Yes I did this with the interactive paints.  I like them better than the others but still have a little bit of trouble controlling them.   :'( :'(

 Nolan's painting is so soft looking and mine is in your face.   :help: :help:

 Rough around the edges!!

Hoping my next picture will be better!!

Sherri
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 21, 2015, 07:10:56 PM
Updated painting.  I added people to the boat.  Feedback please.

Thanks
Sherri

Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 21, 2015, 07:20:00 PM
Excellent, Sherri.  It gives the painting more life.  Nice reflections, too.

I never realized that the sailboat had no people.  Much better now.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Bellarina on January 22, 2015, 02:12:20 AM
Sherry, love your painting.  Very soft colors.  O0
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on January 22, 2015, 06:24:38 AM
Thanks for that Sherri.  O0    I think the 'in your face' look may be due to the hard outline around the sailboat and sails. Any chance of softening that a bit?  I like the added people....scary seeing 'empty' boats at sea.  :eek:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 22, 2015, 07:09:40 AM
Thanks Mea and Ballarina. 

Val I i will work on the black. At first I did the boat as a black shadow and hated it so added color. Will take color to edge (hopefully I can mix close to the same color.   :pullhair: ).

What a challenge these acrylics have been!!!!!

I sure appreciate everyone's help and feel much better that I no longer have a ghost boat. I was creeping myself out.  :2funny:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on January 22, 2015, 07:21:32 AM
 :eek: Ghost boat? Hope I never meet one out there!  :boat:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 22, 2015, 08:50:51 AM
Val - I like this better.  I think getting rid of the black outline on the sails made a big difference.  What do you think? :painting:

Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 22, 2015, 09:37:08 AM
Yes, good on Val for giving you that feedback, Sherri.  Looks better without the outline.  The boat looks a bit too bright for the rest of the scene.  Wonder if it might blend in better with a darker wash over it?  Just a though.

Great painting regardless.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on January 22, 2015, 03:34:29 PM
 O0 Much better without the outline. Perhaps a light wash of colour on the hull would  tone it down a bit. I'd leave the sails as is since it is so close in the foreground. I kept running that through my head with my little yellow boat in the pond...I had originally thought to keep it white. I think it turned out better by adding the colour, just think on it.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Danielle123 on January 22, 2015, 06:48:45 PM
Just saw this one nice work Sherri.   You did improve it by taking the outline.  I agree wit Val for the light wash on the hull.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 25, 2015, 02:46:00 PM
much better now that you have removed the outline Sherri :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Tania on February 26, 2015, 05:17:41 AM
This lesson looks interesting - your painting has really come along, Sherri! I may have to break out some acrylics!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Sherri on February 28, 2015, 08:47:39 AM
Thanks Tania. I am enjoying trying the different mediums
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 15, 2015, 06:15:31 AM


Nolan makes it look so easy..it was struggle for me.i hesitated to put boat and birds freehand lest I ruin it completely.thought I would post it first
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Cheryl Andrews on April 15, 2015, 08:13:52 AM
Can't tell you were struggling at all with this one, looks great so far Zayn. Love the colours!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 15, 2015, 08:41:53 AM
Zahn,

Looks good so far.

Do a test first by painting the birds and boat on a piece of clear plastic (I use half a sheet protector).  Put it on top of the painting and see how it looks.  Redo it until you are happy with it.

When I did this painting, I followed how Nolan did it step-by-step.  It came out so well I did a happy dance.  So easy.

You CAN do this.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on April 15, 2015, 11:09:21 AM
One thing about acrylics is you can wash it off before it dries if you don't like it. Jay you have a great start here.  O0 Don't be afraid of putting a boat or birds on there. they can always be painted over.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Danielle123 on April 15, 2015, 11:17:42 AM
Lovely so far Jay,  you are on the right track.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on April 15, 2015, 12:35:11 PM
I agree with Cheryl, it looks stunning so far O0 now to be brave :gl:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 15, 2015, 01:23:45 PM




Cheryl thank you for your lovely and encouraging comment!:)


Mea you are right ,thats such great idea...!Thank u Mea!


Nina thats true....thank you so much for your encouragement!..


Danielle thank u for your nice comment!


Nolan thank u so much ... I will be brave and take the plunge... And hope for the best!:)

Thank u all,  for stopping by and commenting! :flowers:

Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Bellarina on April 16, 2015, 02:55:02 AM
Georgous background JayJ.  Waiting for the the boat and birds.  This is going to be awesome!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on April 16, 2015, 03:38:52 AM
 :yippee: This is going to be just TOOOoooooo GOOD!!!  :cheering: Go Zayn!!!  :cheering: :yippee:      :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 07:41:35 AM


Life added !
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on April 16, 2015, 07:48:35 AM
 :heeha: Excellent Zayn  O0 :congrats:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 07:49:16 AM
 :thankyou: Robin for the ecouragement!
 :thankyou:  Val ...you always manage to put  a smile on my face!
 You posted as I was typing this ..thank you again Val!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Danielle123 on April 16, 2015, 08:07:19 AM
Excelent Jay, see that was not so hard!  :yippee:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 16, 2015, 08:22:20 AM
Fabulous, Zahn.  I knew you could do it.   And you did it well - practically a fleet there in the water and a flock in the sky.

Lots of drama here! 

Want to try to add silohuetted little people shapes in the boats.   If not, draw tiny anchor lines from the bow to show that they are moored, not adrift. 

aloha

mal  (ready to call the Coast Guard)
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 08:30:45 AM
Thanks Danielle I guess it wasnt so bad!I am so tuned to doing everything realistically ..i freeze when i have to use my imagination!lol!


Mea i took your advise and checked it out on clear plastic....i  thought about people ,,,but i think I will leave as is.Maybe coast guard would be the right call! 8) 
On second thoughts, anchoring to not a bad  idea....think i can manage few lines!
Thank u Mea!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Danielle123 on April 16, 2015, 08:39:47 AM
Mea I think it is to far awa to add a line anchor.  Just a thought
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: ncwren on April 16, 2015, 08:41:48 AM
Looks perfect Zayn! You have a good imagination.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Cheryl Andrews on April 16, 2015, 08:50:11 AM
Looks good Zayn! You should be proud of this one!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 16, 2015, 09:05:44 AM
Yes. Danielle.  I thought that too.  Just wanted to give him an option if he did not want to try the people.

Oh, he could put a hint of a mooring pole or buoy.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 09:42:55 AM
 :) Glad u think so Natalie! :thankyou: for stopping by!
 :thankyou:  So much Cheryl !
Mea I am very much a "She" :) !



Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 16, 2015, 10:53:44 AM
Forgive  me.  I jumped to conclusions with the Jay and Zahn names.  Next time I will look at the GENDER category.

Girls rule!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 12:04:27 PM
Hey  all good Mea.....Zayn is one of the names which is used for both the gender...so easily mistaken.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 16, 2015, 12:15:44 PM
Zahn,

I think it sounds very classy!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on April 16, 2015, 01:11:00 PM
adding the life components wasn't so bad after all, great job Zayn :congrats:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Bellarina on April 16, 2015, 01:24:37 PM
Yep, it's awesome  :yippee:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: JayJ on April 16, 2015, 02:11:47 PM
Yes Nolan, it wasnt so bad! :)
Thank u for always nudging us in the right direction!


Thank u Robin...really appreciate your support!
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 25, 2016, 10:03:11 PM
I wanted to do some trial painting in acrylics tonight on some cardboard sheets Liz gave me for that purpose.  I choose the Acrylic Sunset class.


Had two HUGE mistakes.
   1. The masking tape I used stuck to the cardboard and lifted the surface off at the horizon line. (Look and you can see the different shade of blue there.)

   2. I was experimenting to see if some old paint a friend gave me was any good.  I thought it was all acrylic paint.  W-R-O-N-G - the white paint was oil-based.  Yikes, the more water I added the more it resisted it.  What a mess.

But, I got part way through before I realized what was wrong, so I did not complete the painting.

This morning, the dried painting looked kind of good.  I actually like it except for the discolored spot where the tape ripped the top layer of cardboard off.

I impressed with the texture on the mountains.   Your thoughts?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on March 01, 2016, 11:56:08 AM
quite a few lessons learned here then O0
I like the texture on the mountains as well as the sky colours :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on March 01, 2016, 01:56:51 PM
Good textures Mea. Isn't it funny how you can go to bed feeling so discouraged about a painting and wake up seeing something quite nice?
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 01, 2016, 02:30:50 PM
Thanks, Nolan and EmmaLee. 

Too bad the texture of the cardboard shows through.  Might have been a keeper.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on March 01, 2016, 04:18:18 PM
You gave it a good go Mea and learned a few things. So I'd say you had a great success.  O0

I'm guessing then that to correct the corrugation showing through you must use thicker paint(?).
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on August 15, 2017, 08:02:57 AM
I tried acrylic paint for the first time. I haven't painted in a while because my kids have been out of school for the summer. It isn't easy to paint while you have little ones running around. I decided to try a quick, simple seascape in acrylics. Yeah right, this wasn't quick or simple for me. I struggled with blending. I guess because I'm used to oils I expect my paintings to be smoothly blended and I couldn't make that happen with these paints. This ended up being more of a finger painting than anything. I made a mess all over myself.  ;D
I used the Liquitex basics...  Anyhow, let me know what you think.

I may have made my clouds too dark for a sunrise.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: nolan on August 16, 2017, 12:59:36 AM
your painting looks awesome EmmaLee :clap: :clap: :clap:

It took me quite a while to learn to blend with the acrylic paints as well - the more you paint with them, them easier it becomes. Your best friend is a spray bottle that has a very fine and even mist. This will allow you blend for as long as needed. O0
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on August 16, 2017, 04:00:58 AM
Thank you, Nolan! Im going to keep practicing with the acrylics.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Win on August 17, 2017, 05:54:59 AM
I think you have done a fab job Emma Lee, the colours are great  :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: robynann on August 17, 2017, 10:42:56 AM
EmmaLee your painting is beautiful. I always had a hard time with acrylics. When I found Oils it was like the sky opened up and the sun shined down on me! lol.. I use Fluid acrylics now when I do use them... But I really stay with my oils.
 Great work..
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on August 18, 2017, 03:00:08 AM
Thank you Win and Robynann! I had fun with the acrylics. I'm a very slow painter, and I felt rushed to get the blending done. Next time I'll spray water often to keep the paint movable longer.
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Val on August 26, 2017, 12:43:28 AM
 :heeha: This looks positively splendiferous! (Sounds better than splendorous)  ;D EmmaLee, I have seen many a sunrise that is bursting with colour and even more dramatic than sunsets, so this looks awesome to me too. You're doing great with the acrylics, keep practicing!  O0

 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: linley.plester on August 30, 2017, 06:25:09 AM
Emma Lee Iover acrylics, even though I can't paint nearly as well as you do. Fantastic sky :clap:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on August 30, 2017, 07:02:42 AM
Thank you Linley and Val.  :blush:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: Happychappy on August 31, 2017, 04:29:49 AM
EmmaLee, I have just seen your painting and it is fantastic.  You are really such a good artist.


Patricia
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: EmmaLee on September 01, 2017, 05:32:52 AM
Thank you Patricia. Your comment just made my day.  :flowers:
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: liz on September 02, 2017, 05:43:53 PM
EMMALEE, I love the sunset colors; your painting is GORGEOUS!!!  :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  I use Liquitex, too and find that acrylics are very workable and forgiving and can be painted over as quickly as it dries if you want to fix or change something.  ~Liz
Title: Re: 5 - Sunset Seascape
Post by: KathyKuz on October 11, 2017, 11:26:30 AM
Mea:  I think you did really well on the sunset.  Love the sky and mountains.  Now paint it on canvas and it will be great.   :clap: :clap: