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sapphirelynn

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Reply #30 on: February 16, 2012, 06:08:54 PM
Lillian here is how I learned to graduate a sky in acrylics. It is really very easy once you know how.  First, on an already gessoed and sanded canvas you apply a fresh coat of gesso to your sky area, enough that you could put a finger mark in it.  It needs to be wet!  Then load a 2 or 3 inch hake brush  with your paint lets say Ult. Marine and laying on the brush parallel to the canvas  (Not virtical, bristles sideways, not up and down)  and draw across the top of your canvas from left to right, leaving a narrow  band of dark paint.  Now repeat going from left to right but now use a quick criss cross stroke bringing some of the dark paint into the next row. Each time starting a little lower. The paint gets a little lighter as you come down the canvas and mixes with the gesso till you are at your horizon.
 Now if you were putting in a two toned sky say a sunset horizon, you would again load your brush but with your yellow/ orange mixture and now start at your horizon line moving upward, again with a horizontal stroke, then switching to a criss cross manner to blend moving upward.  The color will thin out as you move up till you are blending with the blue you had just previously done above.  Perhaps 1/3 orange sky 2/3 blue or whatever you like. (Only bring the blue down 2/3 then start with the orange at the bottom working up till they meet then lightly blend together)   You do have to move quickly but with the wet gesso underneath the blending goes very smoothly. Make sure you use light featherly criss cross strokes. Sounds complicated but it is not. Using the wet gesso makes for very smooth blending. Don't overwork it and of course as always with acrylics have your fine mist water bottle ready.  You do not need any mediums with this method other than gesso and water.  Use a blow dryer to dry then lightly sketch your scene on top.  I hope I made this easy to understand if not ask and I will try and clarify. :gl:
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Reply #31 on: February 16, 2012, 06:37:35 PM
Thanks again Leana.  You're such a sweetie!

Leana, I just went through your gallery.  It was a real enjoyable trip!  :)  You can be proud of your delightful accomplishments.

I used to do tole painting years ago and I used craft paint, not artist quality acrylic as I am now.  I wonder if it makes any difference.  I don't remember ever having the blending problem, but then, neither do I recall doing a sky. 

I know now that I should have painted right over the drawing of my trees.  It's just that I liked how they were placed.  Being insecure about it, I'll trace them out on tracing paper, then I won't have to lose them.  Now that the canvases are thoroughly dry, I think it can take another coat of  paint and still leave the weave visible.  So I'll try that tomorrow.  I'll try the cosmetic sponge, sounds like a good tip.  Another trip to Shoppers in the very near future.  I'll keep you updated.

Maybe I'm not using the retarder and flow medium properly.   :confused:  I did the initial trial of the sky at my last class at the college.  You're right, when my instructor saw me wetting the canvas, she said I should only be using pure paint.

   :offtopic:  But speaking of sponges, the topic came up about sea sponges here on Paintbasket.  Val suggested I go to shoppers where she got hers if you can imagine.  I would have thought she would have a ton of them from the sea!!  :2funny:  So, off to Shoppers I ran  :run: but I thought they were quite expensive so I left them there.  My daughter, hubby and family, returned from a caribbean cruise a couple of days ago and had us for a visit tonight.  They gave me a big bag of sea sponges.  ...lucky co-incidence, huh?   :)

I do have a stay wet pallet.  I know it's so important and I do have my spray bottle handy to mist my paints. 

You're a great help, Leana.  Thanks for taking the time to give me all the great tips.   :smitten:
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Reply #32 on: February 16, 2012, 06:45:32 PM
Sounds good, Sapphirelyn.   :thankyou:

The only question I now have is, can I put the gesso over my already painted sky?  I would think so but I'd like to be sure.   :confused:

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Reply #33 on: February 16, 2012, 09:27:42 PM
Lillian the method I described was for putting  your background in first then going over it with trees etc. sending the sky back.   But the beauty of acrylics is that you can go back in anytime and redo any part. If you need something completely wiped out  you can just go over it with the gesso let it dry, might need more than one coat, and you are back to like having a bare canvas.  As to fixing the sky with that method around trees etc. would be fiddely indeed...but what the heck you could try...let us know what you do..its all a learning curve and we learn from each other :painting:
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Reply #34 on: February 16, 2012, 11:20:32 PM
Lillian...  :heeha: a whole bag of seasponges...  :yippee: simply fabulous, I am thrilled for you  :)  I am truly happy that I could have been of some help  :smitten:... it's always a pleasure. Great idea you have with the tracing paper... I need to remember that one  O0  :thankyou: I am glad you found my gallery enjoyable  :blush:

I also like SapphireLynn's idea of the gesso... will try that sometime.  :thankyou: SapphireLynn.

So we learn from one another and it is absolutely great  :yippee:

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Reply #35 on: February 17, 2012, 07:34:13 AM
Leana works like a dream.  If you are putting water in your scene you underpaint it the same way and at the same time as the sky starting darker at the horizon moving lighter towards the front of the canvas.  As Nolan says
'easy peezy' and your underpainting is done in a matter of a few min, beautifully blended :yippee:
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Reply #36 on: February 17, 2012, 10:26:40 AM
Sapphirelyn,   :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:

Not complicated at all!!!  Works like a charm!  Now I have the sky the way I want it!

Leana & Saphirelyn, thanks for the great tips and inspiration!   :hug:
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Reply #37 on: February 17, 2012, 11:46:16 AM
Lillian... awesome... glad it worked like a charm.  I will incorporate this technique in the future too.  O0  :yippee:
Leana

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Reply #38 on: February 17, 2012, 05:11:40 PM
Here are my reference photos for the mixed media project I'm doing  as a series.

I'm doing the chickens on a 12"x12" canvas that will be the scene on the left. 

The center scene in the series is a 9"x9" canvas that will be a scene inside the chicken coop with chicks in the foreground and a window looking outside where  3 chickens are feeding in the yard. 

The scene on the right is to be the rooster on a 12"x12" canvas.


I'm so happy I was able to paint the sky on all 3 canvases thanks to a great tip from I got from a friend on Paintbasket.   :)    :yippee:

I played with color mixing today and went to the art store for more paint.  Thank goodness for Michael's coupons.

Dennis and Nolan  :thankyou: for the good teaching on color mixing.

I will share my progress when I get some more color on the canvases.
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Reply #39 on: February 17, 2012, 09:26:45 PM
Lillian so glad it worked for you. :yippee:    I just love your Rooster, What a beauty he is, well the girls look good too but he definetly is the Cock of the Roost...What fun can't wait to see your finished project
Linda


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Reply #40 on: February 18, 2012, 12:01:43 AM
Lillian... love your reference photos... I am so excited  :yippee: and so looking forward to the WIP... I think you are going to have so much fun with it.  The cockerel is really standing very proud ... beautiful  O0
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Reply #41 on: February 18, 2012, 05:12:56 AM
Leana and Sapphirelyn, you are such an encouragement.   :)

I plan to pre mix the greens for the trees and grass, etc, a range of tints and have them handy in small containers so I can work quickly when I do the rest of the background stuff.  Once I have the background done I can move on to the real fun stuff. 

I have some ideas to make a chicken wire fence.

This is all new to me.  Thanks for helping me pull it off.  :smitten:
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Reply #42 on: February 18, 2012, 06:43:43 AM
Lillian,  Your work always turns out wonderful! I can't wait to see your work finished! :)
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Reply #43 on: February 18, 2012, 11:08:51 AM
Lillian, you are welcome  ;) ... Chicken wire fence ... that is going to make it even more interesting... looking forward to see your idea you came up with  :clap:
Leana

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Reply #44 on: February 18, 2012, 02:06:14 PM
Lillian sound so great...urg for me there is not enough hours in a day, I would like to start on my chicken idea but have other projects on the go, like shiny surfaces, plus am still doing a watercolor class at our local gallery and I work...oh my where is retirement so I can just PAINT...lol...can't wait to see your progress
Linda


 

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