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Broloks

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on: January 05, 2018, 08:32:09 PM
Brave or stupid?  I am not sure, but I enjoy the thrill of jumping in at the deep end.   When my daughter gave me the money for some art classes I used it to buy some material and just started - based on the premise that you need to know how to wield an axe before you can chop down a tree. 300+ hours later I completed 3 acrylic paintings (copies of other people's work), no art here by a long shot, but I certainly lost any fear of the paint.  Now that I know how to wield an axe (sort of) I can try and produce something with a smidgen of artistic value.  Doing it the proper (?) way would maybe have been a lot more efficient learning process, but then I will not be the proud owner of a ruined jacket (who wears protective clothing to paint?  I do - now.) a messy desktop and the joy of finding out (again) that anything worthwhile requires dedication, perseverance and a good dose of humility. 
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Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 06:28:14 AM
 :bigwelcome: Welcome, welcome, welcome!!! So, you like to jump in the deep end.... we are going to get on famously!  :yippee:     :2funny:

Now that you've lived through the baptism of fire with your acrylics,  :whistle: have you given any thought to drawing skills? They go hand in hand to producing exceptional works. Something to keep in mind.  ;)

Have you tried the free lessons yet? They'll get you started on the right track. Dennis & Nolan are wonders at having us producing a wide range of subjects in most mediums and having great fun as we progress in our learning. The forum is a people, and art, friendly place where you can get lots of help and advice when needed.

I look forward to seeing your works, you can post your 3 paintings if you like. Would love to see them. Come often and have fun!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 05:15:32 PM
 :welcome:  welcome!
You have come to the right place.!
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Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 06:09:16 PM
Broloks,

Welcome to the Paint Basket family. I echo what Val has already said.  This is a truly welcoming place to learn art.

Looking forward to seeing what you produce.

aloha

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Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 04:21:42 PM
A great big warm  :welcome:  to our PB site Brolocks where you will have wonderful lessons given by Dennis and Nolan and the friendly support of our members. So welcome aboard and enjoy the ride with us.


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Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 04:43:52 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket Broloks, glad you jumped in the deep end :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Don't worry about the dirty desktop, it will get cleaner / neater as you get more experienced O0 :gl:


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Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 06:08:32 AM
Paint does sort of spread, doesn't it? I find using an easel to keep the painting upright  helps keep the paint off my sleeves and arms.... a bit. I too have an old giant shirt for painting in acrylic, but there is always that time when you just have to do a quick touch up or gesso job where you promise yourself you'll be careful, but the paint leaps off the canvas onto your face or clothing. I have been known to go shopping all dolled up in my posh town clothes, but with blue streaks on my forehead and nose. :2funny: :2funny:


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Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 11:49:31 PM
True enough Linley, I'm always careful to wash the pastel from my hands...well, as much as I can, but do seem to wear some pretty colourful smudges at times! I also have a bit of a habit of pushing my hair back and it too sometimes gets a bit colourful!   :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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