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bruce johnson

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on: January 03, 2012, 02:53:51 PM
Painting portraits can be quite stressful if the portrait is a commission. I can easily get too tight with my painting and the portrait will lose its spirit. To help me keep loose I will dabble in something like this sunset which gets me back into a free flowing frame of mind.. with this sunset I didn't really care where I put the colours down... much more relaxing ... when i return to the portrait my strokes are much freer.

This is 'Fire in the Sky'

Half sheet of 300gsm CP Arch water colour paper.

Rembrandt pastels
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Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 02:59:49 PM
Hmmm I managed to upload the image from my gallery but its still quite small.  I'll have to load larger files into my gallery next time.  :crazy2:


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Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 03:07:40 PM
Love those clouds. The whole picture is awesome.  :clap:  :whistle:  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 03:20:51 PM
Wow!  Beautiful.
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Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 03:46:41 PM
Very interesting how you use creativity to tame your perfectionist compulsion to paint tight. Well, the results speak for themselves Bruce. Very impressive and, inspirational.  :clap:
It's good to have you on board with our great teachers Dennis & Nolan  ;)
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Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 06:55:03 PM
Beautiful work, Bruce. You have a gift!

I have never tried pastels. Actually, this is all fairly new to me.  I joined PB back around August and did my first oil painting. I have joined the watercolor class this week. 
There are a lot of meduims out there I am still learning about and I have no idea which one I perfer!  I guess I will have to try them all before I decide. ;)
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Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 07:13:57 PM
THanks everyone for your nice comments,.  :blush:

C.Bodine, yip you should have a go at all of them. Give each one a fair go though before you change from one to the other. You will find that each medium has its own technique but the basics of creating a good painting stays the same.


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Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012, 07:42:15 PM
I hope I'm not talking out of turn or off topic too much... I don't know if there is plans for pastels on PB, but if not then perhaps you can work something out with Dennis and Nolan to teach a class on use of pastels.
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Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 10:30:11 PM
I believe Dennis is going to be doing something with pastels during the w/c course.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012, 10:31:51 PM
Yes!
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Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012, 12:29:16 PM
Bruce... Love 'Fire in the sky'... and I also like the process you follow to loosen up your paintings... as in doing something different inbetween... great idea. O0

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Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 02:27:45 PM
 :thankyou: folks

I actually had Fire in the Sky up for sale at an exhibition but my wife wouldn't let me sell it. I'll never get rich  ::)



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Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 03:37:08 PM
 :cost:  :'(  Welcome to our world ... you can leave your nickel on the counter!  :whistle:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 03:42:34 PM
:cost:  :'(  Welcome to our world ... you can leave your nickel on the counter!  :whistle:

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