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Title: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on November 29, 2014, 12:16:05 AM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about Lesson #1 I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

NOTE:   TO ALL STUDENTS ON THIS ADVANCED COURSE
We are now in Master Artist terrain. As this is an advanced course I will be a bit more strict and will be judging and commenting on a much higher level than with the other normal lessons. The reason for this is that I want you all to move to a higher level of expertise than you have been in the past. All comments will be of a constructive nature that will of mutual benefit to each other.
WE ALL learn by our our mistakes and by mistakes of others as well :flowers: Also please don't add anything more to the painting than what is in the lesson painting itself - anything else will detract from the final painting and will NOT be commented on.

Most of all - don't try to rush and finish the race at top speed! You have a whole week in which to finish the painting. Plan it in sessions so that you can take your time to study and take in the techniques given. You have nothing to gain and a lot to lose if you rush and try to match my speed. I'm not teaching you how to paint - I'm teaching you techniques. Some of these paintings took me up to 3 times longer than the normal 2 hour class - and I'm a fast painter with years of experience behind me!

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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 28, 2014, 11:20:51 PM
Wow, challenging lesson.  I had a hard time because a lot of my template around the purple flowers got all dull on me so I had to wing it.


I almost gave up, but once I went through the pdf, I got back on track.

Nice addition of the watercolor pencils, Dennis.  Sure added the "advanced" touch.  I didn't have the watercolor brush, though.

Glad I saw it though.  Not great, but better than I expected it would look.

Happy I signed up for this advanced work.  Looks like we'll learn a lot.

Good thing I had the leftover turkey - needed the stamina.

Time for bed; will check in the morning for your critique.

aloha

mea


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on November 29, 2014, 12:15:05 AM
Mea, what you have painted here is already a vast improvement on what I have seen before :clap: :clap: :clap: For a normal class lesson this is excellent :yippee:

However, I see a painting that has been rushed somewhat. Starting from the top. You got tired by the time you reached the top 3 leaves, they are not near the quality of the lower leaves where you have taken more time and effort. The lower leaves look good and you have achieved a   very nice "shine" on them O0

The rush comment also applies to the flowers. There is an unfinished area in the center where the two flowers overlap. Tone down the one highlight on the left bud. The sepals could be much stronger red - they are what make the flowers pop.

Even though the petals have complicated folds you have done quite well in sorting them out :clap:
Looking forward to seeing the improvements.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on November 29, 2014, 04:29:28 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Mea, I can see the signs of "maturity" if I can put it that way. A HUGE improvement.  Your painting is FANTASTIC and I can't wait to get started on mine. Flowers are my worst so I am eager to improve and I am SO PLEASED that I signed up for this course too.  Looks like we will learn a lot.  Great job. I am excited for sure.




Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on November 29, 2014, 06:08:01 AM
Really nice Mea, you sure are improving your skills, way to go girl.    :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dennis  your quote "you have a whole  week in which to finish the painting"   The course will stay there for always no?
PS I am glad you are going to be tough on us, I like constructive criticism.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 07:30:46 AM
Dennis,

I see now what ADVANCED means.  Yes, I did rush through it.  Really appreciate that you will be doing a higher level of critique - that'll benefit all of us.

I will go back over the painting today and try to make adjustments where I can. 

Three leaves at the top - yikes, I guess I was half asleep on those.  Will do better.

Now that I know the level you expect of us, I will rise to the challenge.

Danielle and Patricia- thanks for the comments - you are really going to feel special doing this painting.  It's like getting the inside scoop on being a better painter.

I'm excited!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on November 29, 2014, 09:52:02 AM
Danielle, what I meant to say was that you have a whole week before the next one arrives. Whay you have bought you have bought O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on November 29, 2014, 09:56:09 AM
Wow Mea! This is great work!
 :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 12:04:26 PM
Dennis,

I just realized that I did not need to paint the background leaves and flowers at the top and bottom of the page.  Guess I got carried away when I copied the template.

It never even dawned on me that they weren't in your painting until I saw it today.  I will be more careful next time.

I see now that I have to do a lot more preparation for one of these lessons.

This is going to help me immensely to do better work - every time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 12:27:57 PM
This would look so much better if I had eliminated all the extraneous stuff I included (before I read Dennis' s instructions).


I worked on the top leaves and reddened the flowers, plus added a few little touch ups here and there.  Quite a difference from the first one.

I really look forward to doing the next flower in this course, so that I can apply all that I learned from my mistakes on this one.


aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on November 29, 2014, 12:42:43 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, I think both your fuschias are excellent.  However, there is a marked improvement in the second one with the touch ups especially the top leaves.  Nevertheless, you did a fantastic job on both and as I said in an earlier post, you have definitely moved up to a higher level, which is exciting to say the least.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 01:05:13 PM
Thanks, Patricia

You will far outdo me on this course, but I will catch up a little with each lesson.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on November 29, 2014, 02:11:24 PM
Nice work Mea! Dennis' comments on your work will help me when I work on mine. I'm really looking forward to "stepping it up" in these lessons.

Dennis, thank you so much for putting this quality course together. Your note to us students taking this course has me so excited to dive in! Working on my tracing now and looking forward to painting....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 03:23:22 PM
Denise,

Thanks.  This course is really going to make a difference.

Looking forward to the next one.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on November 29, 2014, 04:39:14 PM
Mea, now you are really on the way O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 07:38:03 PM
Thanks, Dennis.  Keep pointing out what I need to do right and I'll get better fast.

Really looking forward to the next one. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: CarolHorvath on November 29, 2014, 07:44:30 PM
Mea, that is absolutely beautiful. I love fuschias ...hmmm maybe I want the course as well!!!  Carol
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 29, 2014, 09:04:37 PM
Thanks, Carol.  I am so pleased with what I learned. 

If you can, do sign up. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on November 30, 2014, 04:11:31 AM
Mea, just one advanced lesson has elevated you to such a higher level .... even Dennis says that you are now on your way.  How exhilarating is that?  I am soooooo excited for you.   Great job.




Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 30, 2014, 07:34:58 AM
Thanks, Patricia.

I am looking forward to seeing what others do now that I have shown all the mistakes one can make!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on November 30, 2014, 01:39:45 PM
Mea Nice job. Much improved!!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dennis I really appreciate this new course. I expect you to be  harder on us. Myself I am here to learn to do it the right way. I want you to tell me where I make my mistakes. I CAN TAKE IT!  :2funny: :2funny:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on November 30, 2014, 02:59:52 PM
Mea, great job.  Looks like a great course. I envy you all in attempting Dennis' enjoyable teaching. 
I'll keep poppin in to see how it's going.  Would love to do it, but it's not in my cards.....maybe next year.
I look forward to seeing all of your work in the course.
Beautiful so far! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 30, 2014, 04:09:48 PM
Retta,

Thanks.  It's extra challenging, but should be well worth the time.

Nina,

Thanks.  Look forward to seeing your fuschia soon.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 02, 2014, 02:36:04 PM
Ok here is my version of the fushia flowers,  please be critical as I want it to be realy 3 D. 
 
 :thankyou: for the class Dennis it was very informative and also fast, i feel like I am on speed right now  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on December 02, 2014, 02:54:53 PM
WOW, Danielle!!!!  :yippee:   :yippee:   :yippee:  This is fantastic!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: thebryce on December 02, 2014, 03:01:39 PM
WOW! :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 02, 2014, 03:01:58 PM
 :thankyou: Sue  and Brice for the encouragement, much appreciated.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2014, 03:18:00 PM
Danielle,

Your fuschia is soft and delicate.  Lovely, lovely.

Now I want to redo mine without all the background stuff I wasn't suppose to add.

How big did you make yours?  I shrunk mine down to 9" x 12."

My top leaf had a bit more sunlight than yours, but your whitish-blue look on the leaves looks better than mine.

Plus you did a great job on the bumbiness around the veins.  I need to work more on that.

Were you as surprised as I was when he brought out the watercolor pencils?

Oops, hope I'm not telling too many secrets.

Great job, Danielle.

aloha

mea






Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on December 02, 2014, 03:32:09 PM
Brilliant, Danielle :clap: :clap: :clap: I don't really have any comments for this one :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: sally13 on December 02, 2014, 03:47:52 PM
Whoa!!!! Fantastic Danielle, its like 3D. You really are very talented. :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 02, 2014, 04:14:49 PM
That is gorgeous Danielle!!! Beautiful....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Judylh on December 02, 2014, 05:13:45 PM
WOW Danielle your painting is amazing!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 02, 2014, 06:44:52 PM
 :thankyou: Judith, Denise, Sally, Dennis, Mea for your lovely comments and encouragement,   i have grown so much in this medium  thanks to Dennis and there is always something new to learn.

 :thankyou: Dennis for this lovely comment and encouragement, what a booster.

Mea I made it on a 15 x 20 inch wc paper and used Dennis' tilde pictures.  It is big but good excercice. Yes I did not expect to use pencil at all even less white.  You did very well, if you feel you are going to redo it you should keep at it with the same one and just review, pause, pause,pause as it is helpful.   Good luck   And thank you so much for you encouragement


 :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2014, 07:02:54 PM
Thanks, Danielle.

I didn't have any larger paper so just went with what I had.

I paused so many times that my fingers got numb!

Will try again when I have time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 02, 2014, 07:32:29 PM
 >:D  Funny Mea.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on December 02, 2014, 07:37:28 PM
AWESOME!  :heeha:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Liana on December 02, 2014, 08:01:45 PM
Absolutely Stunning!!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Fiona on December 02, 2014, 11:16:33 PM
Wow ladies - excellent paintings!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  I have been inspired by your fabulous work and have just signed up for the course, Who knew I'd think of abandoning my pastels ... only kidding, I'll combine the two mediums somewhere along the journey! Can;t wait to get started! 

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2014, 11:44:33 PM
Yeah, Fi in the fuschias!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: JayJ on December 03, 2014, 04:14:12 AM
Amazing  paintings Mea, Danielle!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on December 03, 2014, 04:22:36 AM
Beautiful painting ladies
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on December 03, 2014, 06:27:06 AM
Beautiful painting  Danielle! Perfection!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Well. finally next week I will be able to start painting again after all family obligations, health issues, etc. I will return home on Sunday and I am more than ready to paint again.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 03, 2014, 06:53:24 AM
  :thankyou: Doina  for the encouragement and welcome back to PB, hope you are well. 
 :thankyou:  Bellarina, Jay, Fiona, Natalie, Liana for the encouragement. 

Ready to  :knuppel2: the other lesson.  Comme and join us. :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on December 03, 2014, 11:08:03 AM
 :heeha:   (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50396/1508575.GIF)     (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)(https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50396/1508575.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)    (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50396/1508575.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)    Danielle!!! Absolutely BRILL!!!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on December 03, 2014, 11:43:20 AM
Danielle you show off.  :2funny: :2funny:
                                                           All I can say is

:yippee: WOW! WOW! WOW!  :yippee:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on December 03, 2014, 11:53:31 AM
Danielle, it's so lovely.  Wow.  Even for your 'pauses', you did it in great time.  It's beautiful. Wonderful job there, young lady!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 03, 2014, 01:52:03 PM
 :thankyou: Val,, Nina, and Tousabella (Retta),for your encouragement and comments.
Nina    ::)  you are :2funny:
 :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on December 04, 2014, 04:37:22 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:   Danielle, your painting is so PROFESSIONAL.  Wow!!!!
I have always maintained that you are a fantastic artist. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 04, 2014, 07:36:14 PM


Here are my Fuschias. I really like the video format for this class along with the PDF. I used both while painting and found it really helpful. Looking forward to comments on how I can improve....



Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on December 04, 2014, 07:40:51 PM
Denise....it's gorgeous!!!   You sure "got the lesson".  It's wonderful.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 04, 2014, 07:48:24 PM
Thanks so much Retta  :)  I wish I could get my head around creating those bends and wrinkles  :-\
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: May lynn on December 04, 2014, 07:50:46 PM
Denise 320;

Nothing less than 'Gorgeous' Indeed!!!!!

You are tempting me to take the Course as it seems to be bring
everyone to a higher level. Well done!!!  :painting:

May lynn
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on December 04, 2014, 07:57:38 PM
Beautiful Denise  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on December 04, 2014, 08:02:33 PM
Denise, absolutely excellent :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: jillh on December 04, 2014, 08:04:22 PM
Mea, Danielle and Denise!  Your fuschias are absolutely beautiful.  Well done Ladies!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 04, 2014, 08:30:52 PM
Just as lovely and delicate as I would have expected from you, Denise. 

The bottom of the flower on the left, though, seems to be missing a lot of those close-together petals that I struggled with.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on December 05, 2014, 03:05:20 AM
Denise, you have done an excellent job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on December 05, 2014, 05:10:53 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Denise, your Fuschias are EXCELLENT.  You have always been so very good with flowers and it is absolutely DELIGHTFUL to see you painting them again.  Don't let go of it Denise, your talent lies in them for sure.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on December 05, 2014, 05:16:13 AM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: JayJ on December 05, 2014, 06:23:06 AM
Beautiful Denise!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 05, 2014, 09:25:12 AM
 :smitten: Thank you Dennis and the PB Gang  :smitten:.

I have to mention again how grateful I am for your classes Dennis. I know I would not be painting any more if it weren't for you, Nolan and everyone on PB. The few local classes that I took were good but not enjoyable for me. So, thank you for passing on your knowledge in the way that you do.

Will be away most of next week but looking forward to our future flower classes! Happy painting everyone.....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on December 05, 2014, 09:25:52 AM
 Another wow!!! They are beautiful Denise!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 05, 2014, 09:33:26 AM
Thank you Natalie  :thankyou:
This was a great lesson in slowing down and taking my time - one of my greatest challenges .....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on December 05, 2014, 12:09:14 PM
Way to go Denise.  O0 O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 05, 2014, 01:57:44 PM
Mea, Danielle and Denise - I just checked in and saw this new course and I'm blown away by all of your paintings. The realism is incredible!! Great job to all of you.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 05, 2014, 02:47:11 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Very nice Denise, i like the softness of your fushias,   Well done.

 :thankyou: Sharron, May linn and Jill for the encouragement.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 05, 2014, 06:22:22 PM
Have fun, while away, Denise.  We will miss you - so glad to see you painting again.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 05, 2014, 08:37:46 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, Nina, Sharon and Danielle  :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: liz on December 11, 2014, 11:45:28 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: BEAUTIFUL WORK, DENISE!  There's a lot of HEART in all of your ART all the time!
~Liz
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Judylh on December 11, 2014, 03:42:15 PM
b e a u t i f u l  Denise
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on December 11, 2014, 10:32:46 PM
Breath-takingly beautiful!!   :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 18, 2014, 06:58:03 PM
Thank you so much Liz  :smitten:
I usually use my middle name, Sachiko, to sign my paintings. It means "child of happiness" and I'm always happy when I paint  :).

Retta and Judy -  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on December 21, 2014, 05:19:06 AM
I'm eager to get going on this one, as soon as everything calms down after the holidays. The only watercolour pencils I have are the Derwent Inktense ones. Would those work?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on December 22, 2014, 08:16:17 AM
They should work brilliantly. I have a friend in Wales who does beautiful paintings with the Inktense pencils. Love the colours and intensity. I would love to have some of those!  :pray:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on December 22, 2014, 08:30:26 AM
Val, I fear they may be a little TOO brilliant! So I have just ordered some regular Derwent watercolor pencils.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on December 22, 2014, 08:39:42 AM
 ;D I understand that Susan... I've only mucked about a bit in the shop, I am told you learn to control that.... control(?), can you see me?!  :heeha:   :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 24, 2014, 07:47:15 AM
Lesson learnt,  sorry Dennis for wasting my painting. 

I though I would show my PB friends that a big mistake in watercolour can be somewhat fixed to a certain degree.  Attached you will find 2 pics of what I have done to the back ground and the original one. 
In the first pic I had removed the verry dark green at the bottom background before taking a picture.
In the second one I hvave removed all that I could remove without damaging the paper. The last one is the original.

How I did it:  i used a fairly big brush #12 and put water and rubbed  the area in circular motion and used a paper towel to absorb the pigment.  For the pigment on the edge  of the flower i used a #2 brush and gently applied water to it and used a tissue paper carefully not to disturb the flower pigment.  I sure used a lots of paper.
Here are the pics. 
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 24, 2014, 08:04:32 AM
Wow, Danielle, you did a good job removing the dark background.  I would be terrified to try.

I agree, though, that the white background makes the flowers look so much brighter.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: C.Bodine on December 24, 2014, 08:20:55 AM
 :clap: These are all excellent paintings! Just wow!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on December 24, 2014, 10:09:27 AM
Danielle, These are excellent examples of just how the background can affect the final presentation of a painting. You managed fixing the background very well :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 24, 2014, 11:52:09 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Christina and Dennis for the comments.  I sure which I had not painted  the background at all.   But lesson learnt.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on December 24, 2014, 12:42:56 PM
Danielle, how would we learn if we never made mistakes? Or thought we hadn't made mistakes???

The kind of painting Dennis is doing in these lessons in the flower course are botanical paintings--very close to photo realism. I once took a course locally from a botanical artist who told us that these sorts of paintings are only painted on white backgrounds.

And you still did a really super job on those flowers!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 24, 2014, 02:49:11 PM
Danielle - your flowers are spectacular!! I love your painting with the white background best BUT I also really like how you toned down the painting with the green background. 

I can't tell you how often I struggle with deciding about whether or not to do a background with my paintings...and if I decide to do so, what should it look like.  Do I paint the background first or wait to do it last? And sometimes I've done paintings with a background that I hate, and then I slap acrylic paint over the WC background and it looks better...maybe going over the green with white acrylic will get you back to the version you like best???
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 24, 2014, 08:00:10 PM
 :thankyou: Sue, my husband and kids also told me that I should have kept it white as it was a flower study. 

 :thankyou: Sharron for the tip on the acrylic, I will think about it.   I also may put it aside as a reminder not to do it again.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on December 24, 2014, 10:49:11 PM
Danielle, your fuschia petal details are fabulous! Lovely job, no worries about the background....
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on December 25, 2014, 10:26:32 AM
 :thankyou: Denise for your encouraging comment. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on December 27, 2014, 05:57:14 PM
I'm having a hard time trying to transfer the template to my block, any suggestions would be appreciated,  the lines seem lost in my printer copy
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2014, 06:09:20 PM
Would it help to print it in a higher resolution or a higher printer setting (like "best")?

Sorry - not too techie.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 01, 2015, 09:01:23 PM
This is my effort.  I found the watercolor pencils to be a challenge.  I tended to apply too much pigment and struggled to control the water.  Love a challenge though Dennis.  How else would we learn!


Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 01, 2015, 09:58:36 PM
Lovely work Lynn!  :clap:
Great to see you on the forum!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 01, 2015, 10:24:09 PM
Excellent, Lynn :clap: :clap: :clap: Just lost a few of the very subtle highlights - still a very neat painting O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: V on January 01, 2015, 11:56:19 PM
 :clap: all are awesome! Recently I thought something is different in watercolor section class. I am blown away.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on January 02, 2015, 04:29:02 AM
Beautiful painting!!! I traced mine. Hopefully I'll have the time soon to approach it. Your is excellent!! Congratulations :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 02, 2015, 04:51:46 AM
Way to go, Lynn!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

 I'm getting ready to start mine, too. Doing these classes is a challenge for me, since my computer is in one room and my so-called "studio" (kitchen table) is in the other. So I am grateful for the step-by-step instructions in the PDF.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 02, 2015, 04:58:34 AM
Thanks Natalie, Vjah, Susan and Doina.  Yes, Dennis, I learned a few important things on this one.  Don't go too delicately with the frisket and don't be too heavy handed with the reds as they didn't lift easily!.  It was great fun though! I think I will eventually like the pencils if I can control them better.
Susan, I agree.  I used the PDF quite a bit and it was so detailed and super helpful.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on January 02, 2015, 07:18:44 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautiful Fuschia painting Lynn.  Really neat as Dennis has said.  I have mine half finished but with illness in the family have had to put my art away for awhile. Will get back very soon.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 02, 2015, 08:30:23 AM
Great painting Lynn,  i can see the distance of the buds from the flowers , well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 02, 2015, 11:46:58 AM
 Excellent Lynn! Inspiration strikes again!!!  :heeha:   Will now have to make a point of watching this today...won't be able to paint, but I'm pretty sure I'll need to watch this more than once!  :crazy2:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 02, 2015, 01:35:12 PM
Patricia, so sorry to hear about the illness in your family.  That is always priority! Will keep you in my prayers.  Thanks for looking .  Danielle, glad you like it.  I want to learn to paint leaves like YOU!
Val, you are going to really enjoy this class.  It is a cut above and it is fun to get immersed in all the detail.  Can't wait to see yours.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 02, 2015, 04:16:56 PM
Well done, Lynn! i just started the fuchsias today - I have even more respect now for everyone who has completed this lesson already - it's definitely a challenge!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on January 02, 2015, 07:25:29 PM
Danielle I still like the white background. But there is nothing wrong with what you did. The way I look at it, is it's good practice.  :clap:  :clap:

Lynn another beautiful job.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 03, 2015, 12:48:33 PM
The storm is causing some problems so I'll watch when it settles down.  Imagine  :heeha: I move 3000 miles only to find....more problematic internet!!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 03, 2015, 07:48:51 PM
 :thankyou:  Nina for your encouragement.

Lynn your leaves are very well done, and thank you for the compliment.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 01:11:49 PM
Whew! This was a challenging lesson! I learned a lot. Comments welcome.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on January 10, 2015, 01:15:20 PM
Wow Bea what a beauty!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 01:19:17 PM
Thanks, Doina! I'm looking forward to seeing yours, too.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 10, 2015, 01:28:52 PM
Excellent BeaSue.   Nice 3D effect.  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 10, 2015, 01:29:59 PM
This is gorgeous Susan! I'm halfway through my lesson - hope to complete it soon!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 01:58:46 PM
 :thankyou: so much, Danielle and Sharon.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 10, 2015, 02:01:21 PM
Outstanding job Susan  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 10, 2015, 02:18:48 PM
Susan,

Beautiful job on these fuscias.  Lovely, delicate.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: sally13 on January 10, 2015, 02:22:41 PM
Beautiful work Susan.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 02:33:25 PM
 :urwelcome: thank you so much, Robin, Mea, and Sally!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on January 10, 2015, 03:40:05 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Susan, a wonderful job on the Fuschia.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 03:49:36 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 10, 2015, 04:15:12 PM
Susan--Now THAT is what I call exceptional!!!! WOW :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 10, 2015, 05:11:24 PM
Beautifully executed, Susan :clap: :clap: :clap: Just a few small highlights on the petals will make it pop O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 10, 2015, 05:22:32 PM
Thanks, Dennis. I'll take care of that.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 10, 2015, 07:35:20 PM
Another beautiful one!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 11, 2015, 05:04:30 AM
Thanks, Natalie!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on January 11, 2015, 11:09:29 AM
Susan the only comments I can say is BEAUTIFUL.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 11, 2015, 11:16:00 AM
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Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on January 11, 2015, 01:02:30 PM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: Beautiful!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 11, 2015, 01:30:08 PM
Aw, y'all are very sweet.  :thankyou: very much, Nina, Val, and Denie.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on January 12, 2015, 01:09:51 PM
Danielle, Lynn and Sue....They are gorgeous!  I'm way behind.....sorry about that.  COPD does not care what you "want" to do!!   :2funny:


The pictures all of you have done are absolutely awesome.  Wow...I'm very proud to be with so many wonderful artists.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 12, 2015, 05:30:55 PM

Here are my fuchsias! Mind you, I feel like I just ran a marathon - but feel great that I crossed the finish line! So glad you've made these advanced classes available, Dennis - these techniques are incredible.  Open to all comments!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 12, 2015, 05:35:21 PM
Brilliant, Sharon - I can't fault it :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 12, 2015, 05:48:30 PM
Oh Dennis - thank you so much!! One mistake i made is I dropped a bit of paint on the paper so now there's a spot in between the flowers. Is it ok to sign my name there to hide it? Can't wait to tackle the next lesson!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on January 12, 2015, 06:02:11 PM
Beautiful painting Sharon!! Congrats!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 12, 2015, 06:05:24 PM
No problem signing there O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 12, 2015, 06:06:21 PM
Lovely!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 12, 2015, 06:36:09 PM
 :yippee: Excellent painting Sharron,  good 3D.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 12, 2015, 06:55:16 PM
Thanks so much - and now I can go hide that spot with my signature!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 12, 2015, 06:57:12 PM
 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 12, 2015, 08:11:02 PM
 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 13, 2015, 03:54:58 AM
Another beauty added~nice jib Sharon.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 13, 2015, 04:00:24 AM
Beautiful shadings on your painting Sharon, post a pic after your signature.  Would be interested in seeing whether or not your able to hide the mistake.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 13, 2015, 05:20:54 AM
Another Banner Job!!!  :heeha: Brilliant.  :not_worthy:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 13, 2015, 05:29:28 AM
Just Perfect Sharon!!!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 13, 2015, 08:13:34 AM


Many thanks - and here's the version with the blob covered by my signature - it's nicely hidden now!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 13, 2015, 09:53:44 AM
Nice job with the signiture covering up your mistake. If I'd not seen your previous one, I'd not guess there was such mistake. Although since I did see it, the signiture draws my eye to it. But who cares, the painting is yours and not for sale.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on January 13, 2015, 10:17:47 AM
Way to go Sharon.  O0  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: thebryce on January 13, 2015, 12:43:08 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 13, 2015, 01:25:23 PM
Thanks Robin, Nina and Bryce!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on January 16, 2015, 09:32:11 AM
Beautiful rendition, Sharon.  It's a lovely painting.  I love the colors and shadings....Awesome! :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 16, 2015, 09:58:05 AM
Thanks, Retta! Working on the anthuriums now - loving these new techniques that Dennis is teaching us!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on January 17, 2015, 03:30:35 PM
Gorgeous Sharon!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on January 19, 2015, 04:33:24 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Another beauty Sharon.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 19, 2015, 09:03:09 AM
Thanks Denise and Patricia!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Fiona on January 19, 2015, 12:50:08 PM
Wow!! So many fabulous fuschias here   :) 

It's been a long time in the coming but here's my version. What a great class, thank you Dennis, I learned a lot and had loads of fun.

(http://www.paintbasket.com/members/MGalleryItem.php?id=19305)

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 19, 2015, 01:09:44 PM
 :heeha: Great work Fi!!!  O0 I really must finish up some of my 'stuff'.  :whistle:   I can't wait to have a go at this.

Beautiful Fi.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 19, 2015, 01:17:13 PM
Looks beautiful, Fiona!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 19, 2015, 01:17:44 PM
Nice work Fiona,  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 19, 2015, 01:26:16 PM
Fi,

Ah, such lovely delicate fuschia.  You did well, dear lady.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on January 19, 2015, 01:58:13 PM
Beautiful fuschia Fiona! Very delicate. Great contrasts. Congrats :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 19, 2015, 02:04:30 PM
Fi, everything about the fuschias is outstanding!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on January 19, 2015, 02:29:01 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Fantastic painting Fi, so crisp and neat looking.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 19, 2015, 02:37:55 PM
AND another beauty!!!  :heeha:
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 19, 2015, 03:19:22 PM
Well done, Fiona! Such gorgeous fuchsias! My only suggestion would be to add some red watercolor pencil to the 2 ball buds that are hanging down - I think they need to be a bit more red vs purple to pop out against the colors behind them. And I agree - loved this lesson!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: jillh on January 19, 2015, 04:23:24 PM
Superb Fiona!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 19, 2015, 05:30:15 PM
Top Class - excellent, Fiona :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 19, 2015, 05:44:41 PM
The master has spoken, top class!!!!  :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 20, 2015, 07:27:10 PM
Wonderful Fiona!!! Love the leaves.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Fiona on January 21, 2015, 01:21:28 AM
Thank you everyone  :)  But it is all down the excellent class and Dennis' wonderful teaching skills. And it took me a little outside my comfort zone as well - which is what makes us all better artists. when we are given things that challenge us and stretch our abilities! Who knew I could do a semi-botanical watercolour ??

And Dennis, coming from you, that is a compliment that has made my day!  :flowers: :-*

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on January 21, 2015, 03:44:41 PM
Beautiful Fiona. Your handwriting is also beautiful.  O0  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 09:14:18 AM
Goodnight that was a marathon!  :sweat: :faint:

Amazing class Dennis!  :flowers:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Paulaj on January 27, 2015, 09:19:38 AM
Natalie,

Absolutely awesome job. :fight:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on January 27, 2015, 09:27:18 AM
And one amazing painting Natalie  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 09:29:41 AM
Thank you ladies! You made my day!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 27, 2015, 09:31:45 AM
Natalie - your fuchsias are beautiful!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: And congrats on completing the marathon - I agree with you 100%! But it's the most fun race I've ever participated in...!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 09:36:04 AM
Thanks Sharon.

I guess I needed to build up my endurance-it just plain wore me out. The goal was worth it.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 27, 2015, 09:49:45 AM
Natalie,

Beautiful fuschias, even the leaves are super-well done.

Lovely.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on January 27, 2015, 10:10:53 AM
Natalie! Great job on this  :yippee:  :yippee:  :yippee: (Welcome to the fuchsia club!)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 11:06:36 AM
Thanks Mea-I struggled with them. It always looks easy when Dennis does it.

It is a club Susan!!! Hard earned for sure.  :sweat: (thank you!)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on January 27, 2015, 11:31:24 AM
Natalie, another top class painting, well done :clap: :clap: :clap:

All you guys are starting to excel :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: CarolHorvath on January 27, 2015, 11:33:20 AM
Natalie, your fuchsias are beautiful.  :clap: :clap:  I love the light shining on them. They say if you can paint light, you can paint anything. hmmm I had better practice.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: jillh on January 27, 2015, 11:39:42 AM
Beautifully painted Natalie!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 01:33:56 PM
Thank you Dennis! It feels great-must be the endorphins kicking in.  ;D

Carol.... :1hug:

Thank you Jill!  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on January 27, 2015, 01:45:05 PM
Oh Natalie, this is a spectacular job.  The lights and darks just in the perfect places and gorgeous leaves.  Bravo :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 03:10:03 PM
Thank you Lynn-much appreciated!  :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: sally13 on January 27, 2015, 04:26:16 PM
Beautiful Natalie. You water painters are sure stepping up the pace now. Well done all.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: C.Bodine on January 27, 2015, 04:51:51 PM
Wow, Natalie! Gorgeous!!! :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 27, 2015, 06:57:08 PM
Thank you Sally.  :)
Thanks Christina.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on January 27, 2015, 07:14:43 PM
I thought I missed this wonderfull painting of yours Natalie, but you just put it on and manny have responded.     You still have it my friend.    :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 28, 2015, 07:06:56 AM
Thank you my friend  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on January 28, 2015, 07:41:07 AM
Banner Job!!!  :heeha:   Natalie, your work has reached a new plateau... Don't look down!  :eek:        :2funny:

WOW
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on January 28, 2015, 08:07:18 AM
Great job Natalie. Beautiful painting! Excellent!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on January 28, 2015, 08:44:54 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Great job on the Fuschias Natalie.  I am so far behind in viewing all the posts once again.  Got to try and catch up but time is my enemy at the moment.  My Fuschias are three quarters done and have remained that way since before Christmas.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 28, 2015, 11:32:21 AM
Val you crack me up! Thank you!  ;D

Thank you Doina!  :flowers:

Patricia that is exactly why I waited. I hope things settle down so you can finish yours.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on January 28, 2015, 01:00:24 PM
My goodness....these fuschias are are absolutely awesome!!!  I look forward to trying the lesson, but, lately, it seems I have 'amnesia'!  Have gone back to the beginning to see what "I'm not getting"!  LOL
I'm so proud to be in the company of such talented, wonderful people.
I'll make it, but want to be a little more comfortable with trying harder lessons.
You have all exceeded the lessons......Wow!!  Such wonderful paintings.  I look forward to seeing more of your work, fellow students.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 28, 2015, 06:05:51 PM
Bella it's not beyond you at all. The size is bigger, and the 300lb paper is really nice to work on.
It's just very time consuming-at least it was for me.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Annie. on January 28, 2015, 06:50:36 PM
  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

:not_worthy: :not_worthy: :not_worthy:

...who care which hand(s) is used  ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on January 29, 2015, 05:41:50 AM
Way to go Natalie.  :clap:  :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on January 29, 2015, 05:55:43 AM
Annie  ;D thank you
Thanks Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on February 03, 2015, 02:44:53 PM
here is my work in progress for fuchsia. Hope to finish by Monday. It is a lot of detail work that will take a lot of time. I love the lesson. Thanks Dennis :thankyou:

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 03, 2015, 03:25:37 PM
Lovely, delicate fuschia, Doina.  Yes, mighty good lesson.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on February 03, 2015, 03:26:19 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Doina, you are doing a fantastic painting of the Fuschias.  Can't wait to see the finished painting.   


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on February 03, 2015, 03:37:38 PM
  Looks good Doina!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on February 03, 2015, 04:41:27 PM
Looking good Doina  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on February 03, 2015, 07:05:29 PM
Looking very good, Doina

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on February 04, 2015, 05:11:46 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind review. Thank you Dennis for your encouragement. Now back to nity-gritty task of finishing and detailing. Thanks again for your support :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on February 04, 2015, 04:25:32 PM
Looks good so far Doina,  you will do great with the rest. :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: lynn p. on February 04, 2015, 07:10:06 PM
Looks wonderful Doina.  You will find that the final touches are fun.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on February 13, 2015, 01:31:10 PM
Here is my rendition of fuchsia flower. Sorry the mat covered the upper part of painting. If I would have lowered the painting to show the upper part, it would have look funny in the frame. Any comments and critiques are welcome. This was a very intense lesson. Now I'll go to Foxglove.

Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on February 13, 2015, 01:50:06 PM
Doina.....WONDERFUL!!!!          :clap:   It's beautiful. I love the framing...really brings out the picture. Well done.
Natalie....your painting is awesome, as usual, and is so beautiful.
This is a great lesson.  I've watched the video a few times and read the pdf a few.  I think I can start soon.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 13, 2015, 02:31:06 PM
Doina,

You did well on the fushcia painting.   Looks so dressed up when it's in the frame.

C'mon, Retta, time to start yours.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on February 13, 2015, 04:40:37 PM
Now that's what I like to see.  Awesome job Doina, and your framing looks good too.   Off white mats are really a safe way to go.  Learned this from a decorator who does interior design for President George Bush.  My family business has done the framing for Laura and George since they were in the Governor Mansion in Austin.  And continues to do so since he retired here in Dallas. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on February 13, 2015, 08:43:24 PM
Excellent, Doina. Looks good framed :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 13, 2015, 09:28:11 PM
Wow, that sounds pretty exciting, Robin.  You are framing George Bush!  Oh, sorry, you are framing FOR George Bush.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on February 14, 2015, 01:37:04 AM
Looks gorgeous Doina.  :heeha: You're well set with this one.  O0 Banner job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


Mea......  :whistle:        :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on February 14, 2015, 08:37:53 AM
Nice!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 14, 2015, 10:23:36 AM
Doina - love how you framed this! Mine's at the framers now - I'll post a photo of it when it's done. And Robin - who knew you were the framer to the stars!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on February 15, 2015, 04:19:04 PM
I don't know if I'd consider politicians stars.  But president Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are the most down to earth people. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on February 20, 2015, 01:55:41 PM
thank you :thankyou: :thankyou: all for your kind words. This indeed was a challenging piece. It does hang out with the rest of my paintings in the community main hall
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on March 03, 2015, 11:35:52 AM
I have a question for all of you fuschia painters.....when you take a break and still have paint on your palette, do you clean it off, or leave it and just charge it later with a little water?
I don't have the stamina to keep at this til it's done...I have to do spurts....and i don't put much paint on my palette, but I do sometimes have a fair blob.  I'm hoping I can just give it a light spray to wake it up. I can't see that the color would change as the pigment is still there.
Appreciate any input you may have.  Thanks.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on March 03, 2015, 11:38:57 AM
I too would like to know what others do, I just leave my palette as is and then just recharge with water.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 03, 2015, 12:01:46 PM
Yes, I keep it until the next time unless there's too little left.  It's gets grainy unless it's piled up.  With a pile, I pull off the skin, then dive into the wet stuff below.

Hope it's not the wrong thing  to do, but it works for me.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on March 03, 2015, 12:30:32 PM
I leave mine on the palette until the watercolor is done and framed. Then I wash my palette if I am sure I will not use same colors on my  next painting. I do wash my brushes well after each session, and prepare them for storage(water and soap) to keep bristles in shape. Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on March 03, 2015, 12:43:56 PM
Watercolour paint can be left on the palette if necessary and still be ready for use days later no problem. Just watch Youtube and see how some artists keep their palette "dirty" :heeha:  yet still manage to paint very clean and bright paintings. All a matter of experience ;)  I can still paint clean paintings with very dirty water. I use only one tub and no water change in ALL my video lessons, yet all the paintings are very clean and bright. You just don't see the tub in the videos :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on March 03, 2015, 06:15:16 PM
I hoard my blobs.  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on March 03, 2015, 07:28:54 PM
Hilarious
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on March 04, 2015, 02:17:05 PM
I leave the paints and let them dry, most times I end up using a PB mishmash somewhere in other paintings. I will give them a good clean out if it looks too dark and mucky. As for my water 'pot'?  ::) I have one of those big old beer pitchers from a pub where I used to sling pints many moons ago.... and yes, no goldfish would survive a swim in that when I'm done!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on March 07, 2015, 05:35:51 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: Val
I keep mine. I don't throw anything away. Just clean them up.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on March 07, 2015, 12:30:10 PM
It's only in the mixes I clean out if they get really disgusting  :envy:   Throw away my paints, never!  :faint:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on March 13, 2015, 08:31:04 PM
Can you use Carmine instead of Crimson?  Is it 'blue' enough?  My Carmine is Ferrario, but I do have a teeny bit of Aliz. Crimson, Winsor Newton.  I'm asking as I have such a little dab and no art store anywhere near.
I've never used crimson, so I wasn't sure if it were on the blue side, like A C.
Thanks...any input will sure help.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 13, 2015, 08:55:20 PM
Wish I could help you on that question, Retta, but it sounds like a question Dennis will have to answer. 

I did take out my watercolor pencils and drew a block with crimson and one with carmine.  The crimson was more of a red brick color and the carmine looked more pinkish.  But I am sure that with the Alizarin added, the crimson would be different. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on March 13, 2015, 09:57:15 PM
Carmine is made  from the cochineal insect. I've seen it mentioned as Crimson Lake, so I presume it will still give a very nice cosmos colour as well as in the  fuschias . I've personally not tried it.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on March 14, 2015, 12:27:36 PM
Thank you....I wasn't sure, but am short on A C and it's the only other "good" paint that I have.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on March 14, 2015, 03:02:14 PM
Rhetta I have Carmine on my palette-I don't remember if I used it. I dutifully marked all my color names on my palette with a sharpie, but it didn't hold so I just dab a little of this and that until I get what I want.  :P

It seems to be at least a two shades lighter in value than Alizarin. Maybe save your Alizarin for your darkest red areas on the fuschias? The hue looks the same to me-just a lighter value.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on March 15, 2015, 11:16:06 AM
Thanks, Nat. I've tried them on my spare paper, but wasn't sure of the color. Thought I'd better ask!!  LOL
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: CarolHorvath on March 16, 2015, 10:26:03 AM
Whew! That was a tricky painting. I had a hard time with the dark shadow areas. I just couldn't get them dark enough. The camera wasn't any help either with washing out a lot of the color (without flash).
I painted this on a stretched canvas that I pretreated with watercolor ground. I'm going to spray a fixative on it very lightly and then use several coats to seal it. It is in an open-back frame.  It was fun doing it this way also.
Okay, let me get to the rose. I hope this looks like a passing grade LOL!! 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 16, 2015, 10:47:36 AM
Carol,

Nice work.  Love the shine on the buds.

Maybe tone down the white edging around the petals - seems to be more and brighter than the reference.

Definitely a passing grade if I were the teacher - like in the A range.  Mine was more of a B.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on March 16, 2015, 12:24:03 PM
Good job Carol. The leaves and buds are excellent. I think the flower petals just lost some of their definition. Must be all that 'loose' painting we've been playing at!  :whistle:   Perhaps going over the petals with a damp brush to lift out a few lighter areas?  Well done regardless.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on March 16, 2015, 02:51:06 PM
nice painting Carol. for sure a passing grade + more :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on March 16, 2015, 03:25:07 PM
It's an excellent painting Carol. I'm impressed you did it on canvas with the ground.  O0

I wonder if your darks are brighter since you did paint this on an open canvas rather than on a sheet of paper. Maybe more light bounces back through the transparent watercolors?
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on March 16, 2015, 03:44:38 PM
Excellent techniques, Carol :clap: :clap: :clap:  However with the dark "ballet dresses" you changed them into another species ;)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: CarolHorvath on March 16, 2015, 07:04:56 PM
Natalie...You may be right..perhaps I'll do it again on paper and get rid of the ballet dresses...gotta a kick out of that!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 05, 2015, 05:39:04 AM
Well, at long last I managed to finish my Fuschias.  Comments and critiques are always welcomed.  Thank you.


Patricia




Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on April 05, 2015, 06:01:40 AM
Beautiful job, Patricia! You should be very proud of this.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Bellarina on April 05, 2015, 06:55:04 AM
Very realistic fuschias Patricia.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 05, 2015, 07:46:30 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou:  So much for your lovely comments Susan and Robin.  I do appreciate your feedback immensely.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 05, 2015, 08:24:59 AM
Patricia,

Your fuschia are soft and delicate.

I'm sure the experts would say it needs a few more darks to make it even better, but I certainly would be proud of it just as it is.

Having done this myself, I can say how difficult it is.  But, satisfying to accomplish and a great learning tool.

You did very well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on April 05, 2015, 11:52:02 AM
Excellent work, Patricia :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea is correct. Carefully add some more darks. I suggest you also carefully lift out some highlight. Doing this will highly improve your painting O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 05, 2015, 12:44:29 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou:  Mea and Dennis for your comments and advice.  I shall go ahead and make the changes.  Thank you so much.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: ncwren on April 06, 2015, 11:22:23 AM
Gorgeous work Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 06, 2015, 01:07:31 PM
Nice job, Patricia! With a few tweaks you'll be framing and hanging this one up proudly!!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on April 06, 2015, 01:36:13 PM
Wow, Pat...it's beautiful!  You did an excellent job. How you do this 'in your lap' I'll never figure out, but it sure is wonderful!!  Great picture. 
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 06, 2015, 03:27:43 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Natalie, Sharon and Retta for your lovely comments.  I must say that I was pleased to have completed it at long last. It was a fun exercise. Retta, I do all my painting on my lap, I have boards, perspex etc which I use to tape my painting to. I have an easel but find that I am more comfortable with my painting on my lap. :crazy2:   Try it, you may like it. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: JayJ on April 07, 2015, 06:44:04 AM
Beautiful Patricia!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Fiona on April 07, 2015, 08:48:13 AM
Lovely Patricia  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 07, 2015, 03:21:38 PM
 :thankyou:  So much Zayn and Fi  for your lovely comments.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Danielle123 on April 07, 2015, 06:35:48 PM
Superb fushia Patricia. With the changes Dennis said itwill be outstanding. :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on April 08, 2015, 09:30:55 AM
 :thankyou:  Danielle for your kind comments.  I appreciate them.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: doina on May 06, 2015, 05:47:40 AM
Sorry I am late! Excellent! Beautiful! Congratulation! :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on May 11, 2015, 01:47:51 PM
 :thankyou:  Doina, not to worry for I am late in saying "Thank you" .... life is pretty busy and now more so that Summer is almost upon us.  Thanks for taking the time to view my Fuschia and for your lovely comments which are much appreciated.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on July 24, 2016, 02:53:01 PM

Well hello, hello, hello. How is everyone doing. I have not been on here much. So I thought I would do a painting.
Please feel to comment.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 24, 2016, 04:17:22 PM
  :wave: Hi Nina.  :clap: Your fuchias are lovely.  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: dennis on July 24, 2016, 04:27:56 PM
Excellent :clap: :clap: :clap:  Welcome back, Nina :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Val on July 24, 2016, 05:00:33 PM
Beautiful Nina!  :yippee:    :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :heeha:   I watched this video the other night!!! Finally getting the urge to paint again.  I took some photos of wild orchids the other day, I think this will really help me get the fine detail I need.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 24, 2016, 07:27:54 PM
Hi Nina, so good to see your work again.

I remember doing those advanced classes.  The fuschia was really tough for me

Yours is beautifully done!  I liked the burnishing part!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: BeaSue on July 25, 2016, 08:27:45 AM
Beautiful Nina!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  Good to see you back on PB.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on July 25, 2016, 09:32:36 AM
 :hug: oh thanks guys much appreciated.


Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Happychappy on July 25, 2016, 01:01:04 PM
 :welcome:  back Nina, I thought you were being rather quiet. However, it is good to see you back and your fuschias are beautiful. I remember that lesson very well for I struggled like heck with it.  You did a superb job.  Looking forward to seeing more paintings from you.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Tousabella on July 25, 2016, 01:29:39 PM
Nina...your flower is gorgeous.  Good job!  You did a lovely job on this one.
I'm just getting back some energy to get mine finished, and was worried about the length of time I've had the masking fluid on, but...guess I'll find out soon. I'm also eager to get at the pastels again, and, of course, the w/c.
Good to see you on here.  See you on FB once in awhile. I have a new puter, but it doesn't have a broadcast network....have to get a web cam, and microphone.
Good to see you on here.
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on July 28, 2016, 04:17:00 AM
Thanks Patricia and Retta. Much appreciated.
Retta I was thinking about getting in touch with you through video.
Guess I will have to wait till you get your camera.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Win on July 28, 2016, 06:44:50 AM
Lovely painting Nina.  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 02, 2016, 01:27:39 PM
Nina - your fuchsias are gorgeous! So glad to get back on PB myself and find you've posted a new painting - can't wait to see what you'll be posting next!
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: Denise808 on August 19, 2016, 08:26:03 PM
Beautiful! and welcome back :)
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: liz on August 21, 2016, 09:58:24 PM
Beautiful work, Nina!  You sure haven't lost your touch!  :)
~Liz
Title: Re: LESSON #1 - Fuschias
Post by: NHC50 on August 27, 2016, 07:11:30 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: Win, Sharon, Denise, and Liz much appreciated.  :hug:

Nina  :flowers: