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Marleen Potgieter

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on: March 07, 2013, 05:01:15 AM
Please give me your honest opinion.  I feel very overwhelmed by all the green in my latest painting.  What do you think? I contemplated adding something below and to the left of the house to "break" the green a bit.


lynn p.

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Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 05:42:28 AM
Marleen, This is so very well done!  I really like it. By the way, welcome to PB, if I haven't said so before.  This is just me, but it seems that since the car is the focal point, I would glaze it with red to make it pop more and give a complement to the green instead of adding something else.  Just my thought.


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Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 06:03:41 AM
Hi Marleen. . . a huge  :bigwelcome: to the  Paint Basket family! You will love it here; there are lots of really nice friendly people who will give you good advice, and Dennis & Nolan are extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the arts.
 
I agree with Lynn's advice about the red glaze on the car. . . .
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Marleen Potgieter

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Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 06:12:53 AM
Thanx, I appreciate the comments. I have been on this site for quite a number of years, but mostly in "lurking" mode, although I have not visited in a long time. In all honesty, if you talk about red glaze on the car, I'm already confused. I just pick up paint and a brush and paint on feeling - never had any classes and terminology goes over my head. Does it mean that I must add a deeper red to the car? On the shaded areas? Will this not influence the run-down effect I was aiming for?


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Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 06:24:56 AM
Hi Marleen, I can't tell if this is oil or acrylic.  If oil, then all a glaze is  is the medium (for example linseed oil) with a little paint in it.  When you put it on the car it will let your values show through but just give a red hue.  If it is acrylic, do the same but with your medium being water or there might be some glazing mediums that I am not aware of.  Hope that helps.  Glazing can be used to change a color without totally repainting something.  Also, you can just wipe it off if you don't like it.  The underpainting must be entirely dry though before you glaze.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2013, 06:27:13 AM by lynn p. »


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Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 08:15:44 AM
Hi, Marleen and  :welcome: !


I have to cast my vote on the red as well to a wonderful painting!  Nolan offered a two part class on how to glaze a painting entitled just that with Pt. 1 easily seen in the roster followed by "Grisaille Layer."  It's a wonderful and fun technique...Hope that helps.


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Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 11:35:08 AM
:bigwelcome: Marleen, great that you have come out of the "shadows"  :heeha: ;D

I must say that I quite like the variety you have got in your greens, so no worries for me there.

I also agree with the car colour needing to be more red. The current colour seems to give the impression of a sand castle. I am presuming you are going for the fully rusted look. If so you can add areas of burnt umber, burnt sienna and even raw umber and grey. take a look here to see what I mean:



Marleen Potgieter

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Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 10:43:29 PM
Once again, thank you for all the comments.  This was indeed painted with oils.  I usually use a product with the name of Zelkin to thin paints a bit and get it to apply easier. Now, instead of a drop of Zelkin I'll switch it around and only add a small smear of paint. I'll definitely try the colors mentioned by Nolan to keep the fully rusted effect.  I must admit that the car seemed a bit chalky, but did not know how to paint the rusted effects. After looking at the pic Nolan posted, I will also work on the windscreen etc. This picture will definitely be used in a next painting. I just love old rusted and forgotten cars. I'll post an updated picture when I've worked on it a bit. Cheerio :clap:
« Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 12:48:59 AM by Marleen Potgieter »


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Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 02:02:51 AM
 :yippee:  Marleen  :clap:   :clap:     and a  :bigwelcome:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: March 11, 2013, 12:37:28 PM
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