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Alan Dixon

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on: December 02, 2011, 03:14:43 PM
I have just joined paint basket and already I have learned a great deal. I had done a few oil paintings 20 some odd years ago, but since then I have moved on to carving and woodworking. I still do that but because it gets cold in my garage (I live in Alberta, Canada)  and as my wife won't let me make sawdust in the house, I have decided to give acrylics a try. It is very different than oils but with the help of paint basket I have managed to do one or two acceptable paintings. As soon as I figure it out I will upload some to the gallery. I find a lot of info in the forum as well.


olivia power

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Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 03:38:42 PM
 :welcome: Alan. I'm relatively new too, still working my way through all the various topics. Dennis and Nolan have created a great site here, and everyone is so friendly. It's completely addictive. Have fun.
Olivia Power (Livvy)


Gloria

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Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 06:09:34 PM
Welcome Alan, I joined this site in August and am enjoying it immensely. I think you will enjoy it also. Nolan and Dennis are wonderful teachers.


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Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 06:47:00 PM
 :welcome: Alan.  I joined back in August, also. You will really enjoy it here.  The teachers are great and the people very friendly.  Oh, I also do woodwork. (furniture)  No carving, though. 
Christina


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Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 07:01:11 PM
Hello Alan and  :bigwelcome:

Nice to have another Canadian onboard, I'm in Vancouver.

You will really enjoy Paint Basket, so much to learn and a great community,

Look forward to seeing your work.


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Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011, 12:20:19 PM
 :bigwelcome: Alan... great to have you as part of the PaintBasket family.  Really great bunch of people here... true art family.  I'm relatively new... joined about 2-3  months ago. I have learned a lot as well already and looking forward learning some more.
Leana

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Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 12:52:17 PM
:bigwelcome: to the family Alan, great to have you onboard :clap:

Glad you have decided to start painting again - would love to see some of your wood work too.

HERE is a tutorial on how to add items to your gallery


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Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011, 03:02:11 PM
Hi Alan,

Welcome to Paintbasket.   :welcome:

I haven't been here long either but in a short time, I have learned a great deal about oil painting.  I had tried to do a couple of paintings but was discouraged and ready to give up oils and go back to acrylics.  Not any more, I love oils now. 

Nolan will make an artist out of me yet.   :yippee:
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


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Reply #8 on: December 03, 2011, 03:14:57 PM
Alan,     :oops:   Please excuse me!!!

I don't want to discourage you.  Acrylics are fun.  I've done plenty of it and I like painting in acrylics very much.
It's a great medium.  I'd like to try out some of the various products to create texture, etc. 

I hope you enjoy   :painting:    ...can't wait to see what you do.

"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


Alan Dixon

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Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 04:18:39 PM
Thanks for the comments Lillian. I enjoyed oils 20-30 years ago but I now have a lung problem and the solvents are bothersome and so the acrylic approach.
Alan


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Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 04:42:03 PM
Hi again,

I have found that working with oils gives me a headache and a bit of a productive cough if I've been painting for very long.  I didn't use any turps. 

I just purchased a range of artist quality oils that contain walnut oil.   The paints are supposed to be non toxic as well as the walnut oil for clean up and the alkyd medium for thinning the paint.  They just arrived yesterday.  I'm looking forward to trying them out and I'll let you know how it works for me.
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


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Reply #11 on: December 04, 2011, 12:04:56 AM
Aloha from Blue Hawaii,  :bigwelcome:  I joined this big family of happy artists last July and I'm still learning the ropes.  In fact I only recently put my album together, with a couple more pictures to go.  I started painting again 6 mos. ago after 30 years of raising a family, going back to college, teaching, etc., now retired. My 10 yr. old grand daughter Emily has posted some of her art on this site, too.  Again,  :welcome: Alan, Olivia, Lillian, Leanna, C.B., Gloria, and all the newbies!  Have fun  :painting: You came to the right place!


Gloria

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Reply #12 on: December 04, 2011, 07:52:01 AM
Thanks Liz, I am enjoying the courses and am so glad I finally found a place where I can learn the basics in detail and with demonstration, and to make it even better, I dont have to leave the house to do it, especially in winter here in Canada. It must be nice to live in Hawaii. I used to live in a warm climate and it's nice to have the sunshine everyday.


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Reply #13 on: December 12, 2011, 03:37:33 AM
 :wave: A belated  :welcome: to the PB family tree!  ;D
I definately don't miss the winters there!  :cold:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #14 on: December 12, 2011, 08:11:07 AM
Val, your Canadian???

Where are you from? I thought you were from England  :confused:


 

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