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njnjgirl

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Reply #15 on: October 16, 2012, 05:08:23 AM
All I know is that my art has improved immensely in short period of time since taking lessons here on paint basket.  :)  I am getting complete joy from being able to produce a painting or an illustration and have it look like something.  If what someone paints, sketches or draws comes from a model, a photo, real life or from their imagination, to me, it is still art.   :painting:

I agree, Vjah,  that art is subjective.  There is a man who was showcased on our PBS station who does these huge paintings of circles.  He uses a compass to make them and then paints them.  He sells them for thousands of dollars. Colored circles! ...I don't get it.. :confused:...but, that's just me.  But I would not say that the man is not an artist. It is HIS art and there are some folks who apparently love it. 
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Reply #16 on: October 17, 2012, 10:02:16 AM

 There is a man who was showcased on our PBS station who does these huge paintings of circles.  He uses a compass to make them and then paints them.  He sells them for thousands of dollars. Colored circles! ...I don't get it.. :confused:...but, that's just me.  But I would not say that the man is not an artist. It is HIS art and there are some folks who apparently love it.


Thats nothing new, Edvard Munch, he who did "The Scream" did a whole series of circles in varying colours and sizes, dont think he used a compass tho, it was to depict the loss of sight in one eye as the iris or retna's in that eye were deteriating.

So is he copying Munch's idea of circles???

Who knows, do what makes you happy.
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Reply #17 on: October 17, 2012, 11:04:39 AM
It's like that Mark Rothko painting, that Nolan mentioned in Tuesday's class, that sold for over USD 86 million.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orange,_Red,_Yellow.jpg
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Reply #18 on: October 17, 2012, 12:15:43 PM
Wow! A hornet's nest has just been busted open  :heeha: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

I have lot to say about that retired teacher - all I'm going to say here is "FORGET SHE EVER SPOKE TO YOU"
Just carry on doing what you are learning here at the Paint Basket and you will be in the "pound seats"  O0

DON"T let ANYONE take your dream away from you - EVER.

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njnjgirl

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Reply #19 on: October 17, 2012, 02:05:21 PM
 :thankyou: so much Dennis.   This did turn out to be a "hot" topic.   :heeha:   I will definitely take your sage advice. :smart:
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Reply #20 on: October 17, 2012, 06:19:12 PM
As Dennis said - "DON"T let ANYONE take your dream away from you - EVER."

You're so right, Dennis!  Thanks for all the encouragement you give to us!  :thankyou:
-Pat

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Reply #21 on: November 01, 2012, 10:39:09 AM
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Reply #22 on: January 07, 2013, 06:20:50 PM
Tell her i Have a friend who would like to meet her ;D ;D

I have always used photographs, but i would like to mention that in a sense their is some slight truth to this....
when you look and paint from a photo, you shouldn't be just popping down shapes exactly as you see them on the photo, but instead, really put your mind into it as the real thing. In almost all photos, shadows are way way too dark. I think THIS is the real culprit here.........don't put down a black shadow as a shape because you see it that way in the photo..........imagine the real thing instead in your mind. It is transparent. You see thru it...you have to have a vivid mental picture to help with photos. Mainly in the shadow department.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #23 on: January 07, 2013, 07:32:38 PM
Exactly  O0 The photograph in the beginning is usually a complete crutch but as you (Fig. your legs) get better  the crutch should be used less and less until you are able to virtually throw the crutches away and walk on your own.
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