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Reply #15 on: July 06, 2017, 01:16:46 PM
 :thankyou: Linley, Stoney, Emma, and Liz, I really appreciate your taking the time for such kind comments.
 
Liz, the light box directions are in one of the first lessons in Nolan's Still Life group of lessons.  If you haven't already worked through the entire set, I would highly recommend them.

Had a minor somewhat expected hurdle, the canvas size of 20 x 24" turned out to be way to big for the wall and room where it will hang.  So reduced the size to 20 x 18" which results in a bottle that is only slightly bigger than life.  So I had to stretch, size, and oil prime a new canvas.  Oil priming can take up to two weeks to dry, but I have been able to transfer and draw out the basic composition with clear cover.

Linley, I will be taking my time on this one, no pressure to finish it, as I refuse to have anything that feels like a job driving me.

Thanks again fellow Paint Basket Members, look forward to seeing your work, and working on mine.

Charles


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Reply #16 on: July 06, 2017, 08:07:30 PM
Really like the composition Charles!All the best!
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Reply #17 on: July 07, 2017, 02:33:52 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: I'm so excited for you, Charles!!!  It will be a beautiful painting!!!
Could you please tell me where are the instructions for a light box and did you use a lamp?  I had better get started with my still life of bread, etc.
~Liz

Just noticed I didn't answer all of your question, I used a dedicated remote flash that I bought with my camera, however there are 5000k standard light bulbs available now that are really close to natural sun light.  I would screw one of those into a standard light fixture and try that for a light.  Nolan used a halogen light but since he recorded the lesson the other bulbs became available.  I get mine at Home Depot or online.  If you get too soft a light (no shadows) you might try a reflector, or move the light further back from the lightbox. Also I used a medium box that I found at a moving and storage store for about $3 US.

Charles


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Reply #18 on: July 07, 2017, 02:35:06 AM
Really like the composition Charles!All the best!

 :thankyou: Zahn for stopping by and commenting.

Charles


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Reply #19 on: July 07, 2017, 03:01:14 AM
I can be very patient Charles, especially when someone else is doing all the work!


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Reply #20 on: July 08, 2017, 03:25:33 PM
Charles, I really enjoyed reading through these messages and look forward to seeing the end result ... but no hurry ... take your time and enjoy the process.


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Reply #21 on: July 09, 2017, 01:25:31 PM
Thanks Patricia and Linley for your patience and comments.

Started on the background yesterday, red is always a potential challenge for me as I am color blind to red and green.

But I am pleased with my mixes and the first little bit came out well.  My folds work, yeah!

Thanks again for stopping by and commenting

Charles


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Reply #22 on: July 30, 2017, 07:47:15 AM
Hi Charles
 i like the composition You might ad a lttle more diffused warm light, this would be really awesome
look forward to see the result
Hans

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Reply #23 on: July 30, 2017, 11:40:56 AM
Charles

I was away when you first posted this so am late to the conversation.

Great composition.  It will be a fabulous painting.

Loved Dennis' comment on the cheese!

aloha

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Reply #24 on: July 31, 2017, 07:05:35 AM
Thanks Mea for commenting and you are never too late as your comments have always been insightful.

Hans, I really enjoy your work and appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment.  I think I understand your comment not sure if it will work out completely like that, but let's see where it ends up. 

A couple of comments on where this stands.  I am working from a group of prints printed on photo paper, unfortunately (or fortunately, I actually like it) the print manager pulled the blue out of the red background and I like the contrast a little better I think. 

Just a note that maybe others have struggled with, I used Sap Green added to my Crimson/Cad Red mix for shadows on the background, unfortunately it looks like my crimson and green paints are both transparent so using 1/2 inch bristle brushes I got streaks not blended shadows like I wanted.  Now using Paynes Grey as a shadow color works out better and if necessary blending with sable also seems to help.  Not sure how much I will need to repaint, maybe once the foreground objects are added I can better determine what I need to do.

Finished 1st pass, sans reflections, on the left flute and am working on the bottle, gold foil top, today.  Looking forward to painting metallic gold, not sure how it will work out.  The background and wood table top are also complete but need highlights and/or touchup.

Thanks again Mea and Hans.

Charles


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Reply #25 on: July 31, 2017, 07:47:50 AM
Charles

I am looking forward to seeing this one.

aloha

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Reply #26 on: November 08, 2017, 02:46:38 PM
OK,I said it would be slow but  I didn't take into consideration the impact that Hurricane Harvey would have on our house in late August.

I have now cobbled together a makeshift studio in the garage (picture below) along with where the painting was immediately before Harvey flooded us out.

As of today I am getting near the 1st end (maybe revisions, imagine that).  I am only remembering a fraction of the 'punch list' I had for this, but there have been many more important daily punch lists to be completed since then.

Finally more to come.

Charles

Here is my garage studio, dining room, and storage of all of our possessions that remain, we are fortunate as we are insured.


And a very poor picture of where I left off before the storm, making excellent progress from this point, hope to have a better pic soon.  Lost my monitor so working from a laptop.









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Reply #27 on: November 08, 2017, 03:50:22 PM
Sorry to hear about the flooding but good to see you are back to your painting. Good progress so far. Bottle and glasses are very good.  :clap: :clap: 
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Reply #28 on: November 08, 2017, 04:42:29 PM
I'm glad you survived and were insured, but what happened to the CHEESE? I remember it was a subject of great debate when you first posted your intentions. Congratulations on getting back to it so soon and I love the progress so far. :gl:


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Reply #29 on: November 08, 2017, 04:55:39 PM
Well, Charles, happy to see that at least you have a garage to function from.  So sad the havoc these storms bring to peoples' lives.

The painting looks good for all it has been through.

Take care.

aloha

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