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Reply #15 on: January 29, 2017, 05:26:34 AM
 :thankyou:  Theresa. Yes, they are lovely flowers and I am sure that you would be able to grow them very easily in Australia for the weather conditions are apparently very similar to South Africa.   Patricia
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Reply #16 on: February 07, 2017, 12:02:49 AM
here is my drawing from the class :


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Reply #17 on: February 07, 2017, 01:35:04 AM
Beautiful Nolan!
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Reply #18 on: February 07, 2017, 08:12:42 AM
The first time I saw a protea I thought they were some kind of fake feather flowers. 

Now I have great respect for them.  So unusual.  Unique beauty.

Definitely will give this a go.

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Reply #19 on: February 17, 2017, 11:38:01 PM
Took a while to get back to finish this protea.

I wish I could make mine as smooth and illuminated as Patricia's, but I kept losing the lines.


Good exercise, though.  Thanks, Nolan.  I am going to use the pink version and do an oil painting of it.

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Reply #20 on: February 18, 2017, 12:35:33 AM
Really really beautiful Mea!It has its own character...I like it!
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Reply #21 on: February 18, 2017, 04:16:56 AM
Nicely done Mea  :clap: its difficult to get that velvety look they have. Look forward to seeing your oil painting  :)
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Reply #22 on: February 18, 2017, 04:35:19 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, you have done a beautiful job on the Protea. I always admire how dark you get your drawings. Would love to see your oil version of it. Gosh! You are so versatile ... using all these different mediums. I wish I wasn't so timid.   :crazy2:


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Reply #23 on: February 18, 2017, 07:03:21 AM
Great job Mea.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

To help smooth it out you could very lightly glaze (can you glaze with pencil?) over it with a 2H pencil. No pressure. I did that with my early portraits and it really does help.

We see Protea all over the Caribbean, seems to grow wild in some countries. Mostly Red in colour, some pinkish ones.
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Reply #24 on: February 18, 2017, 07:45:14 AM
Thanks, ladies.


Patricia, what paper did you use?  Maybe that's why yours looks so satiny.  Mine was a generic brand - 90g/m2.  I used the top side.  I have heard others say to turn it over and use the back side which is smoother. 

Val, I am going to try the 2H glaze and see if it helps. UPDATE: I just tried it and it does help somewhat.  But, in my case, I see now it's the paper that is causing the problem.  I held it up to the light and saw that it has a vertical grain (like stripes) every 1/16 of an inch down the paper.

Win, mine looks velvety somewhat and Patricia's looks like satin.  I wonder if we were seamstresses in an earlier life?? :2funny:

Zayn, Hmmm.  More like "attitude" than personality.  Seems to be quite stubborn.

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Reply #25 on: February 18, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
Very well done Patricia. You are becoming a very professional artist.  :clap: :clap:

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Reply #26 on: February 18, 2017, 03:43:58 PM
 :thankyou:  Nina, I appreciate your kind comments.


Mea, I used ordinary copy paper which I use for my printer. 


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Reply #27 on: February 18, 2017, 04:26:27 PM
Patricia and Mea, both of your drawings are beautiful.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Mea, try smooth Bristol board. It's really meant for P&l, but you can get very fine details using graphite. Also, although I've never used it, I heard the back side of hot press watercolor paper is good for this.
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Reply #28 on: February 18, 2017, 06:01:24 PM
Thanks, Steve.  I'll be on the lookout for Bristol Board.

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Reply #29 on: February 18, 2017, 06:02:38 PM
Thanks, Patricia, since I have that at hand, I will try it next time.

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