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dennis

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on: April 29, 2012, 09:49:52 AM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

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Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 02:07:37 PM
If you wanted to put a colour wash over your pencil sketch or on parts of a sketch and you dont want the pencil to smudge would you need to seal it first or what would you do to preserve the sketch?   :confused:

Loved the Sketch Book Class  :thankyou: :thankyou: Dennis

Penny
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Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 02:29:28 PM
As if Dennis did not give us enough reasons to use a sketch book, I do have one more.  One of the most profound lessons I learned was how impact-full a sketch book can be for capturing memories.  A number of years ago after my Mother had passed, I had the opportunity to drive from Florida to the Canadian border area of New York   with my Dad.  As it happened , we stopped in Georgia along the cost. As we walked the pier, looking at the fishing boats, I sketched.  Several years later, after he had passed, we where looking a photos and I happened to pick up that sketch book. When i turned to page to the sketch of those fishing boats, the whole experience came rushing back in full color and detail, the walk along the pier, the conversation he & I had as we walked, the smell of the sea.

The photos never did that!, but those sketches did!  When I want to remember my Dad, I pick up my sketch books and look at the sketches that are connected to times with him, The sketches are not of him, but where made when he and I where together..Those sketches bring back clearer memories than any Photos I have.

Dennis, Thank you for reminding me of the artistic reasons to be active with my sketch book, I have been remiss.

Regards to all
Brian
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Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 02:31:49 PM
Fantastic class Dennis  :clap:  :clap:  I'll be out terrorizing the locals first thing in the morning! I'm all packed up and ready to go. This is the most fun I've had in ages! Of course they're short ages but still.....   >:D
Tell Nolan I'm willing to share the painting .... for a fee!   :2funny:
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Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 06:01:38 PM
Val, I'm so glad you were eventually able to watch a whole show. Go it! and start posting some of those sketches for us to see.  :clap: :clap:

Brian, No photograph, no matter how good it was taken, can ever bring back memories as much as an absolutely simple sketch can. For example those army sketches of the 25 pounder and the vehicle I drove towing that 25 pounder (gun) brought back images of me in the field as well as in the office drawing them. And that was 60 years ago  :heeha:
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Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 11:03:23 PM
Dennis, I absolutely  :smitten: the class.  Was really awesome and thank you so much for taking us down your memory lane.  :1hug: I've got a sketchbook... but it is untouched at this moment...all just blank pages.  You have certainly given me many and enough reasons to start using it now  :clap: :clap: :clap:.  It actually plays such an important role in an artists life... creating memories as well as when one looks back over a time period...then you can see your own progress.  Simply fabulous  :yippee:  Thank you again.
Leana

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Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 11:30:50 PM
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Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 11:34:23 PM
Dennis,

I want to thank you for presenting your sketchbook class today.  It was priceless.  If anyone has ever been in doubt about the value of keeping a sketchbook, well, you put all those doubts to rest today.  Seeing decades and decades of sketchbooks, witnessing your development through the years, it certainly left me with the feeling that I can draw, paint, etc. if I will do the exercises that will make me successful.

I have to say that this has been quite a week for Paint Basket.  Between Dennis' class today and Nolan's landscape class earlier in the week, I think it's safe to say that the students who tuned in were treated to a boat load of skills that will help bring us to a new level of expertise . . . . as long as WE follow up and do the exercises we need to do.

Dennis and Nolan, thank you both for all you do to help us artists of varying skills achieve what we desire to do.  I hope that our success is your success.  O0

Doug


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Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 12:05:16 AM
It's wonderful to read about peoples connections with sketching and precious memories. I enjoyed telling my Mrs about these. 
Dennis, thank you for sharing that fabulous time line of art work and, about your Dad and how you started out drawing.
 :thankyou: :hug:
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Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 12:55:00 AM
I would like to add my thanks for a really inspiring lesson Dennis. I have never bothered with sketch books before but I will definitely be starting one now.

 :thankyou:

Happy sketching everyone.
Chris


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Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 04:04:24 AM
Dennis, I too enjoyed the class.   :thankyou:

Now, all the more reason to keep going on the Let's Draw exercises which I'm enjoying very much.  It really trains the eye to see all the planes, shapes and details.  I'll soon be finished with the rocks exercise. 

Now I have to decide whether to move on in the drawing course or start the head.  It's all good!

I think Nolan had lots of suggestions for a name for that model in one of the classes we had in the past.  I'm wondering if he ever settled on one.   :confused:  If not, we can name him ourselves. 

If and when I finish mine, I'll post it with the name I've given him below my drawing.   ;D
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Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 06:53:14 AM
This was my first experience viewing a lesson 'live'. It was very enjoyable and I will be attending many more.

 I have desired to keep a sketch journal for years, bought one, made a couple of entries and never got back to it. I love looking at the entries I did capture and remember where I was, the time of day, the quiet of the moment and the particular animals I sketched, while they slept. Seeing your journals pointed out to me their value, beyond the actual drawing. I also see, that I draw much better than I usually believe that I do. Looking back several years, I marvel that the personality of the animals remains, so unique!  :thankyou:
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Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 07:06:53 AM
 In case you haven' been welcomed..  :bigwelcome: to paint basket family czechchick. Yes it is pretty awesome what we learn here, and how much we are encouraged.
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Reply #13 on: April 30, 2012, 08:31:41 AM
 :welcome: Czeckchick (love your handle)  I have had the good fortune to visit your country and had a personalized tour of the Castle in Prague. WOW the paintings are magnificent! I have beautiful memories and tons of photos. Unfortunately no sketches.  I have only been painting a couple of years now and as of yet have not really taken sketching seriously but after Dennis's class I am off today to buy a sketchbook..Lynn
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Reply #14 on: April 30, 2012, 09:02:27 AM
 :welcome: to Paint Basket czechchick ! It's great to hear how you are inspired by Dennis' Sketch Book history and record and, to know you'll be attending more tutorials. You will love it here and, I hope you'll come on the forum when you are able.
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