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Vangie

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Reply #15 on: February 05, 2012, 08:35:07 AM
Hi Lillian.  Hahaha... I did muck up the last 2 links... you're right ... I must be tired, but just a little bit ... I definitely have my alarms set to wake me up at 5:30am... I'll try to get some sleep soon...

http://www.janneilozimages.com.au

http://www.janneilozimages.com.au/landscapes-2/weathered-land/

cya later at Dennis'class ...  :yawn:  :coffee:


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Reply #16 on: February 05, 2012, 08:58:48 AM
Lillian, I am so glad I could have been of assistance and save you some moola  :yippee: Yes, you can do the chickens with medium.  The gel medium...when it is dry does not stand out as much compared to when you apply the gel... you also get texture paste or high solid paste... the last two definitely keeps the thickness more or less that you apply.  Truly looking forward to your WIP'S.

Vangie> don't be so hard on yourself.  You know, as it is at this very moment...you have grown a lot in your painting journey... as you mentioned... you can see what you did 'wrong' in older paintings... so if you had to paint them now... they will be very different.  This is progress  O0.  Your bird paintings sound fabulous and vibrant.
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Reply #17 on: February 05, 2012, 09:19:00 AM
Thanks Leana!

Now, if everyone would quit posting, I might get some work done on my project!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

I can't stay away from here!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Reply #18 on: February 05, 2012, 10:06:41 AM
Hey guys I have been collecting 'chicken/rooster' stuff for years.  My family would give me something chicken related for almost every gift I received, you know birthdays, xmass etc.  Finally I had to tell them that I was "chickend out"
No more unless it was useful, you know a tea towel or something I could use..That being said I do have some lovely items, one is a carving of a rooster that was done by a well know carver in my area.  My husband commissioned it for me, love it, it is one of my favorites.  I have always had this idea of painting my bi-fold pantry door to look like a battery of chicken coops, you know, some nests with eggs some with hens a laying some empty etc.  I do not want to paint on the door itself but perhaps on smaller canvases that I could possibly glue to the door.. :help: any suggestions?
Thanks for the link Vangie, her style is so loose and free
Linda


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Reply #19 on: February 05, 2012, 03:40:56 PM
Saphirelynn, I don't have any suggestions for you but it sounds like you could have fun with the chicken paintings and what better place than on your pantry door!   :)

I'd love to see how you do with this idea. 
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Reply #20 on: February 05, 2012, 06:12:56 PM
Hi Leana.
One day I'll show you the before and the after photos ... you'd be rolling yourself with laughter...  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
I could possibly easily change all the busy & detailed background and the lorikeets' shadows, etc., but I would prefer to paint a new one  :painting: (one day... I wonder when... sigh), change the scenario a bit in case I'm infringing copyrights of the Lonely Planet photo, and show you some photos.


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Reply #21 on: February 06, 2012, 12:59:45 AM
Sapphirelynn... been thinking about your pantry door.  Just a thought...you can ponder more on the idea.  Ok...all depends how big you intend to paint them... but you could try canvas board... then 'glue' or 'double-sided tape' them to the door... glue a frame around them... mmm... this doesn't come out quite correctly... but what I am getting at is this.  You get doors that has got wooden 'decor-strips' in rectangles on the door...one at the top and one at the bottom.  Now you can try to create something similar when you 'frame' your canvas boards on the door.  Just an idea... If you are not sure what I mean... let me know and I will try and see if I can find a door like that and take a photo for you.  ;)
Leana

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Reply #22 on: February 06, 2012, 01:01:31 AM
Vangie that's a deal  :deal: ...one day when you are ready to do so.  O0
Leana

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Reply #23 on: February 06, 2012, 10:59:44 AM
Mixed media is definitely a form of fine art - and one where you get to play and really be creative.  :clap:

We will be doing some of our own mixed media in the live online art classes soon  :heeha: :yippee:


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Reply #24 on: February 06, 2012, 11:59:35 AM
Oh that is fantastik, can't wait...see you all tomorrow
Linda


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Reply #25 on: February 06, 2012, 02:01:36 PM
Nolan, if you keep adding classes my husband is going to make me get another job!!! :2funny: I have signed up for everything you have had (including the Feb wc and oil) since I started in Aug!!!! I don't even know if I can keep up with it all!!! :sweat:
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Reply #26 on: February 06, 2012, 04:04:41 PM
Nolan!  Yeah!!!    :cheering:    :yippee:  I'm really looking forward to the mixed media ideas you have to offer.

Since I started researching all the acrylic medias, grounds, gels, colors, etc, etc, etc, my mind has been swirling with ideas.    :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

I bought a set of 24 4"x4" board canvases today with the intention to do test studies on them.  I can put a label on the back each one so I can document what I have used on the front.

I'm looking forward to the class tomorrow.   :)
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Reply #27 on: February 06, 2012, 11:26:14 PM
Leana I missed your message earlier, wow there are so many now it is hard to keep track.   Thanks for the suggestion.  I was thinking of 3 or 4 divisions/nests per door, not sure yet. I like your idea of the decor strips as dividers.  I found a book of canvas pad 18x24 I could paint on them and then use gel medium to glue it to the door with the strips acting as the side of each nest.  I am going for a trompe l'oeil sort of thing with painted on chicken wire etc.  so your strip idea is great.  Not ready to start this yet, have Nolans next set of classes but and working on some sketches for ideas :thankyou: :thankyou: you are a wealth of information...hugs Lynn
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Reply #28 on: February 16, 2012, 12:44:22 PM
Leana, you asked what paint I'm using?  You are so helpful to us here!   :1hug:

I'm using acrylics for the project I'm working on for my class at the college.

I've been trying to blend the sky from light blue at the horizon to darker blue at the top.  I had already drawn in trees and have been trying to go around them which may be causing the problem.   One has to work fast when using acrylics!

Initially, I sprayed the whole area with water and worked the paint onto the canvas and it wasn't looking too bad until I started trying to ... well, you know, fiddle, trying to make it look better.   :)  Well, actually, the sky was way too dark.  I wanted the sky to be plain, as there's plenty going on in the rest of the painting.  ...didn't let it dry thoroughly before going back in!  :uglystupid2:

Yesterday, I went on the internet and surfed around and found that some artists use a mixture of 1 part flow medium to about 5 parts water and keep it in a bottle to use for blending.  Some also add a bit of retarder.  So today, I tried that, tried putting a thin coat on the canvas and some on my brush and work in the paint.  (...not sure if that was the right thing to do!)

It just seemed to dry so fast and when I sprayed it, spots would go gummy.  I even had to use my pallet knife and scrape some off and redo the area after it dried thoroughly.    :banghead: 

The paint's getting quite thick on the canvas now, so I think I'll stop and be satisfied with it not blended the way I like it.  I do like to see a bit of the weave of the canvas, otherwise, I wouldn't have chosen canvas to work on.

The instructor is not teaching painting techniques, she just wants us to do a series of paintings.  She does spend time with each one in the class individually, but it's a large class and the morning goes fast.  She talks a lot about composition and shows pics of paintings by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, (Canadian painters of the past).  Some of the students are taking art history with her.  It's all interesting stuff.

One thing I've been enjoying is keeping a journal of what I'm doing.  It's time consuming, but I'm liking it.  It's one of the requirements for the course.  The instructor wants us record our thumbnail sketches, media, what paint and colors were using, what support, eg., canvas, what research we're doing, etc.  That alone has kept me busy as I've been researching a lot about the different acrylic mediums, paints, and a pile of other things.

I'm looking forward to Nolan's mixed media classes when they come up.

I think before I go any further on my project, I will do a color wheel or two, using my acrylic paints.

There's no class at the college next week, so maybe I'll be able to do more Paintbasket stuff.  There's so much I want to do.  I made my shadow box last week and it's waiting for me and now I want to do the lesson 6 watercolor painting.  My den is so small, I can only do one thing at a time.  I'm not too uptight about it if I can't keep up, I'm learning just the same and enjoying the forum.
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Reply #29 on: February 16, 2012, 02:29:04 PM
Lillian, helping is a huge pleasure  ;).  I can totally understand your frustration with the acrylic paint.  I have used retarder, but honestly don't find it much of a help to slow down the drying time much.  Plus the weather also plays a big role. 

It is truly fabulous that you are enjoying the classes and all the information shared.  :clap: simply awesome.

If you feel like it, pop into my gallery and take a look at the sky of 'Lavender Farm' and "Three's Company"... The way I did them was the following... I did not use retarder or flow medium.  Only my acrylic paint, the water spray bottle and a big brush with "Lavender Farm"...and a smooth sponge with "Three's Company"... Before I started... I mixed all my colours for "Three's Company" >I did the sky and ground all in one go... remember if you don't use a stay wet palette...to spray a light spray over your acrylics to keep them moist. Now with this painting I sprayed the entire canvas... (I ignore any drawings done that will interfere painting a smooth sky...I paint right over them...they can be added afterwards)...I used a make-up sponge, dampened it...dipped it into my darkest colour... and painted it on the wet canvas with the sponge... from there I added my lighter tones... but kept spraying the canvas lightly... to be honest...I did a lot of blending to get the smooth transition.  If I felt I needed a touch of white etc... I added it directly onto the canvas in the area where I needed it... and kept the canvas damp as I blended it in with the colours on the canvas already. (I know there are some art teachers that say you shouldn't mix your paint on the canvas... but I do sometimes and I also know I am not the only one  ;D) So basically as I paint, I spray my water lol ...

With "Lavender Farm" I worked the same way... I just used a big brush (Fan brush...but any biggish brush will do the trick)... moving the one colour into the other...through constant blending. The most important thing with acrylics is to keep the palette damp as well as the area you are painting...because this way you can still add colour and blend it in should you wish to do so. 

I hope that the above info helped a little... let us know how it went.  O0  Enjoy the classes... I am  :envy:

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Leana

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