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Reply #135 on: December 13, 2017, 09:34:55 PM
 :eek: A very belated thank you Patricia. I seem to be missing so many messages, but they're all popping up now!  :thankyou:


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Reply #136 on: December 13, 2017, 09:39:13 PM
At long last, my first go at having a go at Van Gogh!   :yippee:   I'm not going to say a word  :stress: about it until after I hear what you think... you are very right in thinking... hah! That'll be a first!  :2funny:   Honest opinions and suggestions if you please...




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Reply #137 on: December 13, 2017, 10:27:01 PM
Looks good, I wish I could see a scene like that. I'm too realistic.


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Reply #138 on: December 14, 2017, 09:46:33 AM
Val, I've really enjoyed reading your art journal. I'm curious, how did the cheetah turn out? besides what the others said, I would add up that you could try to darken the upper part of the eyes to indicate cast shadow, this will create more depth in the gaze.
As for the Van Gogh inspired landscape, I love its lyrical feeling. Maybe the background should be a bit darker and some shadows added in the painting for more contrast/depth.


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Reply #139 on: December 14, 2017, 10:25:33 AM
Val, I love the light swirly feel of this. Wish I could paint with this kind of expression. :clap: :clap: :clap: Perhaps in time, eh?  I guess this time you didn't over fertilize your cypress tree this time?  :2funny:
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Reply #140 on: December 14, 2017, 03:03:18 PM
Thank you so much Bill. Although I do enjoy drawing realism once in a while, my heart has always been more impressionistic. Many years ago I allowed someone's remarks to turn me away from what I loved and towards more realistic painting/drawing. Which until now has made me feel somewhat trapped in that vein.

Something happened very recently and I finally made sense of those remarks, and suddenly I feel free like the frigates soaring overhead. This very amateurish painting is what has finally allowed me to break free. I feel as though I have traveled decades back through time, and it is wonderful.


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Reply #141 on: December 14, 2017, 03:18:18 PM
Hi Rebeca, I shall have to have another look at those eyes. I have continued to do a bit more with the cheetah and I think it is coming along better. I won't consider it complete for a while yet. It mainly involves reworking the fur and detailing with pencils.... not a strong point of mine  :whistle: so could take a while.

As for this current creation, I decided that I really need to learn to work the pastels. I picked up one box of pastels and would not allow myself to add any additional colours other than what was in the box. I've learned a great deal with this painting and will carry it forward. Thank you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated. Onward and upward!  :heeha:


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Reply #142 on: December 14, 2017, 03:21:38 PM
I did manage to keep the tree within its boundaries.... but there were originally two. I somehow managed to morph them into one rather misshapen cypress!  :doh: perhaps next time I'll get it right!  ;D

This was so freeing and fun to do. Felt more in my element.  O0


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Reply #143 on: December 14, 2017, 03:28:03 PM
I started out by picking out one box of pastels and not allowing myself to add or change any colours other than what was in the box. By restricting myself I was forced to learn how to work the pastels.

As it turned out, I have learned a great deal about layering colour to get the effect, even if the colour is off. There is no physical blending in this painting other than by just laying one colour atop of another. Believe you me it was a challenge to keep my fingers out of it!  :2funny: The one thing I am kicking myself for is in my haste to get painting, I forgot to work on the backside of the paper for a smoother surface. I really dislike the white bits showing through.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I could do this without a lot of fuss or bother. I foresee a lot more freer paintings in my future!  :painting:


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Reply #144 on: December 23, 2017, 10:13:44 PM
Love the Van Gogh!! You Go Girl!!!
Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #145 on: December 29, 2017, 02:35:05 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  :smitten:  Love your cheetah, Val, and with the idea of limiting colours to work with - the 'van Gogh' was a good result.
Cathy


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Reply #146 on: December 29, 2017, 06:39:23 PM
Thank you Sharon, and thank you Cath.

Ok, here's a query for you.  >:D I like to 'attempt' most of my initial sketches/outlines freehand.  :yippee:   
However...  :doh: (there's always a however  :2funny: ), if something isn't looking right, I must fix it. Here begins the conundrum. It seems every fix seems to grow a bit more than the original. BUT...if the fix looks good, I just fix the rest by enlarging it to match. So can see where this is going. Well, in my latest attempt, the beak of one dolphin was a bit off.... you guessed it... after a couple of 'minor' fixes, my dolphins now take up almost the whole page! Good thing I started on larger paper! Didn't help!  :faint: It seems everything I freehand ends up with a dose of elephantitis!  :2funny:
I have tried using the grid method, which is fine until I get rid of the grid, I still always find some tweak that needs doing... and BLOOEY!!!  :help:


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Reply #147 on: December 29, 2017, 10:02:17 PM
I know exactly what you mean, Val.    :whistle:
 
A thought :idea:   - maybe it is a case of concentrating on the tweaking too much and not on the 'whole picture' alias sketch ?
Cathy


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Reply #148 on: December 30, 2017, 11:01:50 PM
That is a possibility I suppose Cath. I do tend to work the picture as a whole and once in a while something just doesn't seem to suit...so I fix and then think...hmmm, I like the look but it is a bit out of proportion so I "fix" the rest of the picture instead. I really must get a handle on this, otherwise just take up painting murals on buildings!  :faint:   Insanity runs amok!  :2funny:


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Reply #149 on: December 30, 2017, 11:34:12 PM
 ;D 
Cathy