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liz

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on: December 02, 2017, 09:03:41 AM
 :painting: Before I start a painting I think about it for a long time.  I hope to write about my challenges in my blog http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com


One could say that too many activities in my life push out time at the easel, like bringing out my guitar for the next few weeks to play Christmas music for church, a nursing home, and Christmas party this month. Like enjoying playing a new tambourine of my own I bought in Spokane at a music store Black Friday Sale.


But that's not it, there are valid reasons why I have a hard time getting started that deal with techniques which I hope some of you will share on this thread. -Liz


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Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 09:07:13 PM
 :painting: I thought I would start my covered bridge today, but I had a lot of company.  First my son came with his dog and his guitar; he said he would play some music and I should work on my painting.  I started on a sketch on canvas paper and didn’t get far when my granddaughter, a junior in high school came by with her boyfriend.  So I stopped for a while to help everyone get some breakfast.  Then her dad came.  They all watched some football then after a while  I had to fix some lunch for them.  After they all left, it was afternoon and going on to dinner when I finished my sketch, a sketchy monochromatic painting of the bridge in black and white acrylic paint. So much for my good intentions, but I enjoyed my family very much!  :) ~Liz


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Reply #2 on: December 02, 2017, 10:29:58 PM
Sounds like you had a nice day, Liz, even though the covered bridge did not get started.

aloha

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Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 01:44:05 PM
Hi Everyone,  I am almost ready to get out my canvas.  Read an interesting story about my covered bridge, ‘Finding the Right Covered Bridge to Paint.’
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Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 03:59:53 PM
Good read Liz. I find it interesting to hear how other artists go about beginning a new project.  O0   

I don't think I'd write about my 'preparations'..... it would have to come in volumes!  :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 07:30:29 PM
Hi Val, it would be interesting to know how you start your paintings, your experiences and feelings from start to finish of your project.


I posted where I’m at with the covered bridge.  It’s 2/3 done, maybe.  I think I put in 15 hours total, 5 sessions, with days in between to dry to touch.  Today I wiped off the trees on the right side because I decided to do them over.  Use a rag so tomorrow I can continue.  Another painting I probably would be done already. ~Liz


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Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 06:36:44 AM
Liz, I don't think I could say that I start a painting in any particular way. Sometimes I make a tracing, sometimes a quick sketch or even just a few lines. Then, sometimes I just jump in and go for it as with my attempt at Van Gogh in pastels. The jump in worked well with that one since it is so free and loose.
A lot depends on how my eyes are treating me at the time. Depending on the light, some times are better than others for seeing values/shadings etc. The strong, vibrant colours of the pastels tend to be a strong point and are working well for me at the moment. So in general, I just run with what works at the time.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 12:07:52 PM
Hi Val,


I can relate to what you shared.  Right now I’m pondering how to choose a subject or how to find something that I can relate to draw/paint, mostly paint.  And I paint only in acrylic and oil, so it’s a big deal getting everything together that I will need.  I make sure that I will have enough of a tube paint color or medium so will run out to the art store, e.g.  I think a lot more than do actual art work, but it’s part of the preparation in my opinion.


What do you think about plein air painting vs reliance on photos?  My feelings have changed about plein air though plein air to me can be just seeing a place or scene, having some experience with it to want to paint it.  Like the covered bridge.  I am determined to finish it, not exactly like how I saw it or even from my reference photo.  It’s going to come out in it’s own way, sorta.  Because I was there and saw it, standing in temperatures about 35-40 degrees.  Here in Hawaii it’s now mid 70’s to 80 in daytime; considered cool at mid 60’s in early morning to the north of us on my sister’s island just recently.


Do you even spend much time choosing what to paint?  That’s where I am at, and maybe that’s why I produce so little art.  Sometimes it’s not for lack of subjects, but for having to make a choice.  Would be interesting to hear what others do about choosing their art work. ~Liz  :)





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Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 03:14:16 PM
I have really grown to love plein air sketching and painting. As most here are aware I am not what one could refer to as being a fast or even remotely quick artist.  :whistle: So I always have my camera at the ready to capture the moment as reference to finish up back aboard.

I don't think I can refer to anything I do as slavishly copying my photographs, they never turn out looking the same, and I always find minor things I like to alter a bit. I find I use the photos more as a guide for light, value, and colour.

What to paint  :think: I'm really not sure what it is that suddenly lights the fire under my bum to paint, something just tickles my fancy and I have to sketch it or paint it. Hardly scientific I know, but other times I can sit and look through hundreds upon hundreds of photos and nothing seems to do it for me. Odd isn't it? Yes, that sums me up pretty well.... odd!  :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 04:41:18 PM
 :2funny: VAL, I guess many of us belong to the ODD CLUB with you!  We may only differ in degrees in the odd bunch!
           Who is the least/most odd?  Well let’s not say, OK?!
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~Liz


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Reply #10 on: December 16, 2017, 08:40:52 AM
;)               :-X         
Cheers, Val

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