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Alice L Lemke

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Reply #30 on: October 22, 2013, 07:36:22 PM
Patricia - nice job - your flowers look great!  If it were me, I would try to tone down the background so it won't compete with the subject.  Use a neutralizing color, like burnt sienna, to back down the brightness and add blue, maybe French Ultramarine & Burnt Umber or another dark color to send back the shadows as far as you can and make the indications of leaves with negative shadow shapes. Leave the upper right corner mostly like you have it.  You did a great job with the gradation from dark to light on the background.  I really like your flowers, especially the one on the right.

Negative leaf shapes are usually wacky triangles with wavy edges, straight-ish edges indicate stems.  Try a couple and see what appears.
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Reply #31 on: October 23, 2013, 03:31:54 AM
 :thankyou:  So much Alice for your suggestions which I really appreciate and value as I think you are a fantastic artist and love to scrutinise your work because it inspires me.  My camera has shown the background to be bright green when in fact, in real life it is almost black and it obviously has something to do with the settings on the camera. I need a new camera and believe me, it is not a case of a bad workman blaming his tools but really, I inherited this camera from my daughter a couple of years ago and have had so many headaches with it due, in part, to me not knowing how to use the thing but it is pretty old now too. Sue suggested darkening the flower on the shade side which I did and it made a big difference.   Thank you so much for your suggestions which I am copying out for future reference as I need all the instruction I can get to improve and grow. Thank you once again, for the time you took to help me.  Patricia
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Reply #32 on: October 25, 2013, 03:56:31 AM
What beautiful flowers everyone!  Good work.  This looks like it was challenging, so excellent work all! O0 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #33 on: October 25, 2013, 05:35:40 AM
Good stuff everybody O0

So far Alice's is my fave though.

I will have to get back into doing my tutorials at some stage...

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Reply #34 on: October 25, 2013, 12:42:37 PM

Mish-mash is not my thing, however, the ant is awesome!
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Reply #35 on: October 25, 2013, 10:41:32 PM
Jill, your flowers are awesome!  Well done! You really got the colors and those whiskers are a challenge but yours are great.  I like the way you pulled out the leaf shapes in the background.

Patricia, sorry if I gave you the wrong info.  Use it if you have a painting that is too bright sometime.  Have you tried working with this pic in a photo editing software before putting it up?  Microsoft Picture Manager is my favorite, even though I can do Photoshop.  It's really easy and does what you need for quick posts.  If I put up my pictures without helping them, they do not look like what they really look like.  Sometimes I can only get close enough for government work!   In fact, in the finished paint-a-long here, the burnt sienna pops out, when you really can't see it much in real life.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2013, 10:53:46 PM by Alice L Lemke »
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Reply #36 on: October 25, 2013, 10:50:11 PM
Sorry for delay in commenting but have been away for a few days break at Kerikeri up in the North Island Bay of Islands.
Jenny a very good paint-a-long :clap: :clap: :clap: Need to work on the left bud a bit more O0
Doina, Also a very nice painting :clap: :clap: :clap: Just soften the brown edges in the center of the leaves. The hard edge is at the edge of the leaves.
Carol, You are doing well :clap: :clap: :clap: Just lighten up the buds a bit, especially the left one. O0
Alice, Both your paintings are very good. The reason I have not been doing too many plain backgrounds is to give more practice in the wet-in-wet technique for those struggling with it. (practice, practice.... :whistle: )
......Doina, does not that make life more interesting ;)
Patricia, Your background is still very good - all it needs is a bit of lifting out to show the other leaves, etc, in the shadows.
Jill, Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap: I really like your background O0
« Last Edit: October 25, 2013, 10:51:43 PM by dennis »
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Alice L Lemke

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Reply #37 on: October 25, 2013, 10:55:48 PM
Thanks for the great lesson, Dennis! 

I really got a lot of practice with this lesson with painting the background before and after the subject.
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Reply #38 on: October 26, 2013, 04:11:57 AM
Alice, bless you and  :thankyou:  for any help you may give me.  There was no "wrong" information at all. I am just so grateful for any suggestions or advice given to me.  Your mention of "photo editing software" and "Microsoft Picture Manager" ... you could be talking another language to me for I don't know anything about those programmes. I get by with the bare essentials of "computerism" (if there is even such a word).  I left the work force when computers were just coming in.  We only had the old typewriters on which we had to do huge schedules and no mistakes allowed.  :sweat: Those days seemed like the dark ages.  However, I shall, if I feel brave enough, go and investigate those programmes and have a look around.  Thanks so much for the suggestions Alice. I really value and appreciate them.


 :thankyou:  Dennis for your critique. I have lifted out some of the background to show other leaves. 


Patricia
 
As a post script, Alice, have a look at my original painting for I managed to do as you suggested on Microsoft Picture and am so proud of myself for accomplishing it.  I posted the edited version beneath the original which looks so much better and more like my painting.  Thanks once again, so much to you for your suggestions.  Patricia
« Last Edit: October 26, 2013, 07:38:00 AM by Happychappy »
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Reply #39 on: October 26, 2013, 04:16:01 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Jill, lovely painting of the Passion Fruit Flower.  Patricia
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Reply #40 on: October 26, 2013, 04:56:39 AM
Thanks Dennis for the comments. We'll do them. Why do you think I am taking these classes, beside learning a lot? The suspense you're giving us from week to week!!!   :o :o ;) :whistle: Doina
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Reply #41 on: October 26, 2013, 08:42:42 AM
Patricia, congratulations on attacking the Microsoft Picture Manager!  It looks great.  I found that if you play around with the image, then do a "save as" to keep the practice ones, then don't save it when I leave the program, I won't accidently hurt my original.  If you aren't comfortable with that, make a copy and play with it.  The sliders make it easy and sometimes the "enhance color" works, sometimes it makes it hideously bright.  Remember "control-Z" will undo whatever you just did and will keep backing out if you repeat it (I wish life had an undo button)! 

All the color sliders will tweak the color the rainbow one is set on, but it's just a very basic version of Photoshop - it will only do one at a time and won't keep what you did if you go to another color.  Push it all the way to black and white to check your values.  What a great tool that is!  You can see if you have enough contrast without squinting, turning down the lights, taking off your glasses and backing up.  I use my digital camera a lot to be able to see it as far away as possible as I go along. Check your camera settings, too.  Take some time to get to know it - it is your friend!
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Reply #42 on: October 26, 2013, 09:06:05 AM
Thank you Alice,Dennis and Patricia for you comments. 
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Reply #43 on: October 26, 2013, 09:11:20 AM
Very nice painting Patricia.  What a difference the Microsoft Picture Editor made.  I will have to play with it because I noticed.  My painting was looking lighter than the original.
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Reply #44 on: October 26, 2013, 12:38:27 PM
Jill, I am not very proficient with the computer at all, in fact, I think a lot of my problem is that I am scared to try anything new.  However, I would definitely suggest doing what Alice has told me to do especially if your pictures of your painting are too light or don't photograph as they are in real life.  My picture of the Passion Fruit Flower turned out bright green when in real life it was almost black which disappointed me but I didn't know how to correct it until Alice mentioned what to do.  What an angel  :angel:  she is.  So yes, have a go and see if you can get it right too.




 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Alice for your valued and appreciated help once again.  As I said, you are an absolute angel and I have made notes of everything you have told me to do both with my paintings and the computer. I am so blessed and very grateful. It certainly makes life a lot easier and yes, wouldn't it be nice to have a button to press Ctrl-Z for life's problems hey?  How easy would that be?  Anyway, thanks once again Alice.


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