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linley.plester

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on: February 13, 2018, 03:28:08 AM


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Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 12:25:09 PM
Linley, thanks for the information on the acrylic paints and what you are finding with them.  I am currently in snowy conditions and I find that the acrylic paints dry so very fast too so I don't think it is just in the heat although that would probably be the case here too in the Summer.  However, I have retarder and shall try adding some to the paints when next I try the acrylics. Perhaps I am just used to watercolours. Anyway, it was very interesting reading. Thanks.


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Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 09:26:40 PM
Good going to start a new thread Linley.  O0   I downloaded Nolan's strawberry photo the other day. We have had so many squalls and fronts coming through it's really become most annoying.  :tickedoff:   I went digging for some larger paper and think I've got a good size to work on. I wanted to do it on sanded paper, but I think it best to do a test run first to find the right colours. I'm going to very lightly rub the back of the paper with sandpaper to give it a bit better surface.... hopefully.  ::)

We've had four really good blasts go through so far today with winds to 40 knots! Right now winds down in the lower 20's, still too bouncy to work on the drawing. I must say not having a working printer will take me longer.... but I'm sure my freehanding skills are improving somewhat.  ;)


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Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:43:06 PM
I suddenly remembered last night that I had not gessoed my canvas board before starting the painting of the strawberries. That would alter the tooth of the surface and further aggravate any adherence problems! I know a lot of people avoid canvas panels like poison, but previously I've always religiously gessoed and not had a problem. They are supposed to be pre-primed but the raw surface on this one in particular seemed rather slick. :whistle: I also found that not having a background was really disturbing me and making me reluctant to continue painting, so I painted in a glossy black one and now I'm much more interested in the subject!  :2funny:


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Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 09:48:49 PM
 :2funny: I go one of two ways, I either leave out the background (bit of a fear thing there), or go totally overboard and Oy! What a mess!!! We shall have to form a club for the "Seriously Background Challenged! Patricia may be interested in that one as well!  :2funny:

By the by, how are you doing Linley, hope your health issues are nothing serious.


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Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018, 12:55:27 AM
A club for the "Seriously Background Challenged"????  Count me IN ... I am the queen of the background challenged for sure.


Linley, I hope your health issues aren't too serious.  I am battling a terrible cold which is now going on for two weeks and I still cannot get rid of it.  I will be so very pleased when Summer decides to arrive.


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Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 03:01:01 AM
Val... Patricia... thanks for your concern. I have had chronic fatigue for many years now, and although I'm generally much better these days every now and then I have a bit of a relapse. It just means that for a while I have to take it easy and not strain the brain too much. And remind myself that this too shall pass... so it's not all that serious, just a very irritating nuisance.


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Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 11:00:28 PM
Good to hear it's not serious then. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can get back to your old annoying self!  ;)    :-* Love ya!


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Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 02:02:20 AM
 :thankyou: Val!


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Reply #9 on: February 15, 2018, 12:31:58 PM
So pleased to hear that it is not too serious although chronic fatigue must be awful. However, try and rest as much as you can. While we are looking so forward to seeing the strawberries, we can wait, your health comes first Linley because without it, you have nothing.


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Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 01:45:11 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia. I think/hope I'm on the mend again so the strawberries will be posted next week sometime. ;)


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Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 04:43:40 AM
Strawberries Binned! I actually broke the canvas board in half so I couldn't rescue it and try again. No matter what I tried to settle the thin paint.... thick paint, binder medium, hair dryer, several days drying under a ceiling fan, the red paint lifted every time I approached it with a damp brush. Maybe I'll have another go on another board some other time, but right now I don't think I could even eat a strawberry let alone try painting one again! :2funny:


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Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 07:01:41 AM
You make me laugh.  :2funny:
 Try just paper and not a canvas and if you love it you can then frame it O0
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Reply #13 on: February 21, 2018, 10:54:13 AM
Teresa.... it suddenly clicked that after not painting with acrylic for a few months, I wasn't using my stay-wet palette  :heeha:!!!! No wonder the paint was sticky all the time in the hot weather! Of course I can't find the stay wet palette now, and I didn't like it anyway because the sides of the box are too high (interferes with mixing), so I'm improvising with an inverted ice cream container and putting the sponge in the lid. Glad I make you laugh.... I make me laugh too!  :2funny: So tonight I prepared another canvas and I'll have another go at the strawberries tomorrow.


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Reply #14 on: February 21, 2018, 10:56:44 AM
If the stay-wet palette works, I might even be able to eat strawberries again... although they are out of season at the moment.