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patindaytona

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on: December 14, 2012, 02:04:32 PM
Do any of you use a mirror to see your painting in progress? I have heard about it for a very long time, but have always been just too afraid to even attempt to see it in a mirror out of fear i'd see everything askew!
I got out an old one, just looked at it in reverse in a mirror and wow...so different looking.
I can understand emmediately what it does and how it would help. The only thing is you'd have to quickly adjust from "memory" of what you just saw in reverse. I might try it on the next one as i progress early on. Always a little pain to learn something new.
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 #1 on: December 14, 2012, 04:05:27 PM
Pat-I almost always do this and often learn something that helps the painting.


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Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 05:52:47 PM
Wow....thanks Pat n Lynn.  What a concept!  We get so busy concentrating, we forget the 'tricks of the trade'. That is great....sure gives me a different perspective on what I'm trying to achieve.  Thanks.
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Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 06:48:36 PM
I think I had better try that. I so entires don't notice something askew until I see a scan or photograph. Good idea!
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Reply #4 on: December 14, 2012, 06:51:37 PM
I'd have to take a photo of the painting in the mirror....  :D
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Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 07:23:40 PM
I put the finished J.Lennon in the mirror and wow..you really can see not just a reversed image, but really see all the flaws. I didn't think it would do alot, but it does. The only problem i can foresee is to "take" what i see in the mirror and appy the adjustment. I don't see a way of having the actual painting and a mirror image of it side-by-side to go by.  Best thing seems to be to put it in the mirror early on before things go so far, you're reluctant to change anything. That's a good idea Val. What about photoshop? Flipping the image horizontally, then print?
Lynn...glad to hear it works well for you.  I just didn't feel comfortable about every trying it, but will soon.
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 #6 on: December 15, 2012, 05:46:51 AM
Thanks. I'm going to have to try this. Never heard of it.
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Reply #7 on: December 15, 2012, 06:49:50 AM
I have heard of this a few times before, but I never remember to do it... I'm going to file that in the creative part of the brain so that I can find it easily!!  Thanks for the reminder!
 
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Reply #8 on: December 15, 2012, 07:36:13 AM
Wow, I do that and thought I was weird.   :o I just try and get another perspective on it.
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