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nolan

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on: November 29, 2010, 12:38:27 AM
Post your UFO (Unfinished Objects), ie., paintings that have been relegated to the closet unfinished because you either lost interest or lost inspiration and let others give you their ideas on what would turn it into a great painting.

Also don't forget to then post the finished painting too O0


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Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 12:54:57 AM
Okay here goes :


This painting was done at a workshop at least 5 years ago. The theme for the workshop was "painting from photographs" where I showed the students how they can use pieces of various photos to compose something more creative than just copying a single photograph.

The photos were taken on one of the painting holidays we were conducting at that stage, so the painting is composed of a view from the game lodge where we stayed, the zebra design from a zebra photo I took on a game drive, the rainbow represents the colourful African houses (the Ndebele paint their houses in bright colourful patterns) from  photos of an African village we visited which shows tourists the various tribal traditions.

This is how far I got with my painting in the workshop as I seldom finish my painting - rather show the techniques required on my painting, then stop once I know they understand, etc, and let the students paint as much as possible.

The main and unfinished portion was destined to become a scene of a Zulu kraal (village) at night with dancers around the fire. This however was one piece I did not have a photo for, only a close up photo of a Zulu hut I took, so the rest would be from imagination.

What broke my speed on this painting was the fact that I wasn't happy with the look of the huts. I repainted them at least 3 times, each time using a different technique. I then lost interest and never touched it again.

Tell me what you think I should do to this painting, including completely changing the "dancers" scene. I am happy with the rest of the painting and don't want to change anything there.


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Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 05:35:24 AM
 :-\ This is tougher than one might think! Here goes. Having never seen a Zulu village or hut I can't pass judgement there, will have to google and see if I can find a picture. Personally I like the idea of the dancers around the fire and the village. I think it ties in nicely with the rest of the painting. What bothers me about it is the 'style' the village is painted in. It just doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps a more realistic look, similar to the way the landscape at the top is painted. Will have to look again and give it some more thought. Geez.. I have to hand it to you and Dennis, critiquing is not an easy thing! O0
Cheers, Val

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Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 10:58:21 AM
OK, here is a picture I gave up on. This is one of the first 'experiments' with skies and clouds. Could never get it right and still struggle with it. Even thought about cutting the sky off and having a miniature panoramic view!  :2funny: Would this be considered a salvagable (?) picture and how would one go about it?
Cheers, Val

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Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 11:08:08 AM
thanks for the feedback Val O0

On your painting - is it acrylics or watercolour?


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Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010, 02:06:32 AM
It is in Watercolour. As it seems with most things in w/c, just a wee bit more difficult to fix! Not unlike me!  :angel:  ;) 
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Reply #6 on: November 30, 2010, 11:18:52 AM
Val, you can easily (sic) rectify  any watercolour painting if you use acrylics in the reasonably thin mode. Acrylics, being opaque, covers most things underneath it.  I would suggest you first do some experimenting with a very old throwaway painting before trying it out on a reasonably good painting - the reason being that once acrylic dries it is permanent :heeha:  You can lift out zilch :'(

Another method is to use Gouache (an opaque waterbased paste similar to watercolour paint in tubes - only more opaque)  If you go to my website www.masteringpainting.com (about us) you will see a painting of a crested barbet which was painted entirely in gouache - the background was airbrushed. You can blend it similar to oils and yet you can come back to it years later and still do some more blending - no problem.

Hope this solves your problem.  Cheers
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Reply #7 on: December 02, 2010, 06:50:11 AM
Dennis your painting is wonderful  :clap: I received a white tube of gouache from my sister in my 'care' package  ;D  Will have to do a little more homework and investigate how to use this. So exciting, all this new 'stuff' to learn and play with.  :yippee:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #8 on: December 02, 2010, 02:12:40 PM
as long as we also get to see the results  ;)


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Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010, 09:47:01 AM
You might have to sit down first!!   :eek:  :2funny: Will do.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #10 on: December 03, 2010, 02:10:04 PM
okay, I'm sitting.....  8)


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Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 02:25:39 AM
I have a UFO !! Hard to believe isn't it?  :2funny: Not sure what to do with it so next time the net picks up I'll have another go at uploading it here. Then I'll be ready for suggestions, how to fix it, add to it, whitewash it, dustbin....whatever  :D  let's all have a go at it!  :attacked: Fire away! Coming soon!
Cheers, Val

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Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 03:27:15 AM
don't do that to us, now we are gonna have to check in every 5 minutes to see if you have posted yet  :crazy2:  ;)  :parachute:


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Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 04:27:39 AM
NOLAN on your UFO ....
You can take the man out of Africa, but not the Africa out of the man.  While I was living in Gisborne, NZland, I painted African figures and Waenshuiskrans sea cottages ...  and while in Perth, a vineyard Cape Dutch homestead.  I attended a "share in" club at our church in Perth (if you know a craft, or are good at needle, etc) you take on a class for a term to teach and then the next term you participate as a "learner" in another section.  Anyway, when I attempted to paint a Bo-Kaap scene, I was told the colours I choose were to vivid ... and when I tried to paint a landscape, I was told that trees are not so thick and the colours too vivid.  They said that my trees look like ice-cream cones  ... shame, all their eucalypt trees has die back and you can really  see through them, as here in the Cape province the trees are really not "see through".  LOL !!!
I am very curious to see what your finished UFO of the kraal will look like.  Strongs.
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Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 09:30:37 AM
Trudie, I am not sure, but I think it was Churchill who said, "You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time."
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