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Val

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on: October 09, 2011, 12:57:55 PM
Here is a series of 4 practice pieces using burnt umber only. This helps me with value/tonal ranges, washes and various techniques such as layering, lifting out, scratching, masking fluid... etc.   Very valuable exercise.
Even though they are just simple little paintings I learn a lot each time I do them.
The next series I'll do will be working with 2 colours, which helps with all of the above, plus mixing and blending. This is where I find the real challenge starts.
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Reply #1 on: October 09, 2011, 01:28:51 PM
Thank you for sharing these picture exercises with us. It was interesting to hear how you have learned a great deal as you did them.  :painting:
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Reply #2 on: October 09, 2011, 03:18:25 PM
Very, very cool Val!
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Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 06:02:35 PM
Val, I believe that this is the most important aspect of painting, to have your values correct. If you don't have the values correct nothing will look right. You have encouraged me to do some value studies myself, a really valuble exercise.


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Reply #4 on: October 09, 2011, 09:05:39 PM
great exercise and you have done an excellent job with them, well done Val :clap:


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Reply #5 on: October 10, 2011, 01:36:10 AM
Thankyou all, in the top left painting I finally succumbed to using masking fluid. Always my biggest downfall...forgetting the whites and painting over them.  ??? That's where knowing how to lift out comes in. Thanks to Dennis I've become 'very' good at that!   ;D
Cheers, Val

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Reply #6 on: October 29, 2011, 07:46:10 PM
Very nice Val! Glad to see you're busy with practicing.
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 #7 on: October 30, 2011, 01:23:47 AM
Thanks Pat. I needed some practice before the portrait course....now I know for sure I need a LOT more practice!
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Reply #8 on: October 30, 2011, 01:53:39 AM
I'm surprised I have posted a reply in this one earlier.
Very nice, Val. I like 'em.  O0
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Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011, 02:20:14 AM
 :thankyou:
Cheers, Val

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