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Title: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 16, 2018, 06:43:57 PM

Well, this is a first for me!
The first use of acrylic , first portrait in acrylic and the first time painting on canvas.
Im not one to say i am pleased with my work, i am more likely to find fault. But, heres another first i am quite pleased with it.

I am not going to embarrass myself by naming the subject as im not sure it looks much like the subject.


Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 16, 2018, 06:52:05 PM
Liz,

Sure looks like a Beatle to me.

"First" rate job!

aloha

mea

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Post by: Happychappy on March 16, 2018, 08:15:24 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Unmistakably one of the younger Beatles ... Paul McCartney?  Liz, you have done a wonderful job.


Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on March 16, 2018, 08:21:30 PM
 :detective:   Positively Paul McCartney.  O0   

Very well done considering all of the firsts that went into this painting.  :congrats:
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Post by: TeresaM on March 16, 2018, 09:05:59 PM
Very good work.  :clap: :clap:
I am sure even Paul would be happy to see himself looking so young again. You just need to fix his left eyebrow so it doesn't touch his nose.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 16, 2018, 09:15:16 PM
Hi everyone, thank you , much sppreciated.

Yes teresa , i did wonder whether to paint it like that or not! I kept looking at the picture and his eyebrow does look like that. I guess im too literal .. i took it out then put it in. Finally left it in! I actually wondered if he had had a mono brow and whoever retouched the photo  leaving that bit in! Lol

 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: TeresaM on March 16, 2018, 09:21:12 PM
I had a look at some of his photos on Google and it's shadow that makes it look that way so just add a bit of lighter paint to the corner.
It's 8.20am here in Australia so you guys must be up late on the other side of the world
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 16, 2018, 09:44:14 PM


Hi, will do, its 21:45 here.
I have to learn not to be so literal.

Take care
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 16, 2018, 10:14:05 PM
11:45 AM in Hawaii

ALOHA!
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 17, 2018, 06:55:43 PM
Practice piece#2
Hi, as anyone a good way of keeping acrylic paint for next day? I tried putting a damp kitchen towel over the pallette then put the pallette in a ziploc poly bag. All but one of the paint was okay, the one that wasnt had formed a skin and it had to be the one with the most left over paint! Murphy strikes again! Lol
Today, i just put the pallette into the ziploc bag as its still moist in there from yesterday.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on March 17, 2018, 07:46:07 PM
If it is a good size pile of paint you can peel off the skin, the paint underneath is still usable.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Cath on March 19, 2018, 06:45:57 AM
Try spraying water over the paint before sealing your ziplock bag, and put it into the fridge.
I tried that last week & it seemed to help somewhat.
It also pays to put the bigger blobs into small seperate re-usable air-sealed containers.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 19, 2018, 10:44:56 AM
Hi cathy, thank you, ill try that
 :smitten: :painting: :thankyou:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 19, 2018, 08:27:13 PM
Great white
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 20, 2018, 05:34:10 AM
Liz,

Your shark looks menacing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 23, 2018, 08:52:01 PM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 23, 2018, 08:54:53 PM
My 1st attempt at colour acrylic painting, my 4th actual acrylic painting. I cant say i am a hundred percent happy with it. I know i could/should do better but guess its a fair attempt for a first attempt.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 23, 2018, 10:40:34 PM
Liz,

The horse looks good but the background seems too dark and overpowering.

Great job on the metal pieces.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on March 23, 2018, 11:29:19 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz, your painting of the horse is beautiful and I think Mea is correct in that the background is a little too dark but a lovely, lovely painting.


Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Terri1258 on March 25, 2018, 10:57:47 AM
They are fantastic Liz!  :D
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 25, 2018, 02:15:27 PM
Thank you every one.
Mea, patricia,.
 The background is as shown in reference, the object of the exercise was to learn colour mixing and highlighting. The horse is being lead out of a very dark stable or box into bright sunshine. We had to enable the viewer to see the horse emerging fr9m the dark  and its silky shine in spite of the extremely dark background. I mixed a blue grey background and was told off i was suppose to use the blackest black!
Apparently, people shy away painting on extremely dark backgrounds, thats was part of the exercise too.
If a moving picture the horse would gradually appear from the gloom.
Not sure what else i couldve done.
 :smitten: :painting: :thankyou:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on March 25, 2018, 06:19:23 PM
 :tickedoff: Drat! It seems my on again/off again internet has some of my comments not making it through. Most annoying, but the sun is shining today so all is well.  ;)

Liz, I still think you did a great job in representing the horse emerging from the dark interior of the stall. I was presuming he's in a stall....  Anyway, very well done.  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Bill76434 on March 26, 2018, 01:47:55 AM
First attempt, very good result.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 29, 2018, 10:48:43 AM
Thank you, val, i dont know whether it was a horse box, a stable or stall not sure whether the provider of the reference knew either. To be honest i was just happy that i had manage to get some representation of a horse as they are not to easy to draw!l
Take care
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 29, 2018, 10:52:36 AM
Practice piece #6

This was a tutorial in my c.p. Magazine but i decided to try it in acrylic.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on March 29, 2018, 01:48:30 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautifully done Liz.    Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on March 29, 2018, 01:49:13 PM
WOW!!!  Excellent job on one of my favourite creatures! I like the dusty atmosphere around their feet, and the background is great.  O0
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 29, 2018, 03:22:19 PM
Great job, Liz.  I thought it was a photo.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Bill76434 on March 29, 2018, 08:55:34 PM
Top Class Liz
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on March 30, 2018, 10:14:37 AM
Thank you everyone, thry are one of my loves. I really hate to think they may be extinct in my lifetime! Very much Hope that never happens🤞🏻
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: njnjgirl on April 03, 2018, 10:39:55 AM
You are doing really well.  I love the horse.  The elephant painting is wonderful.  I see talent! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on April 04, 2018, 08:38:04 PM
THank you so much, it really means alot.
Take care
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on April 04, 2018, 08:41:26 PM
Practice piece#6

Wanted to paint but didnt know what! Then i saw a sketch i had drawn a little while ago and decided to paint it. Black and white again im afraid as i want to convey mood. I feel painting black and white is helping me learn Tonal values and shade.  Never know maybe itll move seamlessly into any colour painting i may do!

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on April 04, 2018, 11:26:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very nice painting Liz. It looks like a young Humphrey Bogart to me. (Hope I spelt his surname correctly).  Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on April 05, 2018, 09:50:34 AM
👍
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: dennis on April 07, 2018, 07:48:58 AM
all your portraits are easily recognizable :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: TeresaM on April 07, 2018, 08:49:13 AM
Well done and I agree with Dennis  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on April 07, 2018, 09:53:41 AM
Big Bogey fan here! Absolutely your tonal paintings will carry over into your coloured paintings later on. You are improving your ability to see the values clearly which in turn makes creating dimension easier no matter the colour.  O0
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 14, 2018, 01:34:53 AM
Thank you everyone and praise from dennis much appreciated.
Here are some more practice pieces the one of the elephant was a black and white photo where he was stretching out his trunk the camera angle was slightly off. So i put him reaching into a stream /river , i kept the sky dark as in the photo i also double and treble checked the trunk to make sure it was correct as the camera angle makes it seem over long.




Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 14, 2018, 06:44:49 AM
Liz,

These are really good. Nice variety.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 14, 2018, 09:11:11 AM
 Thank you mea.
Take care
 :smitten: :painting: :thankyou:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Bill76434 on May 15, 2018, 07:46:09 AM
Good collection  :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 15, 2018, 08:58:07 PM
Thank you bill,
Take care
 :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 18, 2018, 01:38:36 AM
Every one is better than the last. Very well done Liz.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 18, 2018, 06:30:23 PM
Thank you val.
This little guys photo has been with me a long time. I think i got it from paint my photo , thats where most of my pictures come from. The challenge for this little one was depicting his unruly, very fine platinum hair. Plus its my first colour acrylic portrait. I use system3 daler and rowney  paint.

 
Title: poppy day
Post by: Abbietaya on June 02, 2018, 12:32:50 AM
Painted yesterday afternoon. There is a competition with the theme poppies the winner gets a printed acknowledgement , considering entering.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on June 05, 2018, 09:42:02 PM
 :heeha: You most certainly should Liz!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 15, 2018, 06:44:42 PM
Thank you val..

This is harvey one of my dogs trust sponser dog. Please excuse the grass not my forte.


I called this ‘joy’

Still trying to get sea spray right!
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: dennis on August 15, 2018, 08:35:37 PM
Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 16, 2018, 02:38:50 AM
Liz,

Both the dog and the whale are well done.

Oh, and it looks like I missed commenting on the poppies and the little boy with the electrifying hair cut.  Both nicely done.  I love the look on the little boy's face.  So cute.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Bill76434 on August 16, 2018, 02:52:47 AM
Very good, I especially like the dog.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 16, 2018, 09:54:45 AM
Thankyou everyone, much appreciated. I am trying for more detail now heading towards my main aim - i want to produce a picture the viewer feels thay can touch/stroke. It a big aim but i am determined to get there..
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on August 16, 2018, 12:27:40 PM
Liz, you are doing so fantastically well with all your artwork.  It is a pleasure to view each piece.  Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 16, 2018, 08:52:44 PM
Thak you patricia much appreciated
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
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Post by: Val on August 17, 2018, 09:46:27 PM
Good on you Liz, both are very well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 18, 2018, 01:21:17 AM
 : :smitten: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 27, 2018, 04:00:41 PM
Painted in system3 on homemade paint board
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 29, 2018, 06:48:29 PM
So i had this crazy idea of making some coasters for christmas presents. I managed to get some rose wood slices although this  is a pine wood slice somewhat smaller than the rose wood but sufficient to test out. I will apply a few coates of varnish tomorrow. Painted in system3 acrylic

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: dennis on August 29, 2018, 09:07:24 PM

Beautiful  :clap: :clap: :clap: Use clear polyurethane varnish for the coasters - more durable O0
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 29, 2018, 10:37:02 PM
Great Idea, Liz.

Cute little bird.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 29, 2018, 11:10:34 PM
Thank you Dennis, will do.
Thank you mea
 :smitten: :painting:
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Post by: nolan on September 02, 2018, 09:35:57 PM
Great idea and a good time to start doing them too O0 :gl2:
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Post by: Val on September 04, 2018, 10:28:20 AM
These will make fantastic gifts!  :heeha:    Bea-utiful  O0       :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Aniz Oniro on November 04, 2018, 04:07:36 PM
Well done :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on November 07, 2018, 02:42:16 AM
Thank you everyone your have really encourage me to try harder. 

Going to watch the owl lesson nolan mentioned has been add to the lessons on the sister site a few times, i watch and absorb , sometimes i watch several times, sometimes. Just the part i’ve got stuck on.  i still have the huge canvas stenciled with an owls face  (last years christmas present) no guide , no paint just a stenciled canvas but i think i have found a picture which looks very much like it on one of the free photo sites. Having said that i want to paint it from scratch so aim to produce my own version of the owl lesson - fingers crossed. Take care
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: nolan on November 08, 2018, 09:53:21 PM
 :gl2: post your progress so we can see :heeha:
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Post by: Abbietaya on November 10, 2018, 06:59:31 PM
Hi, willdo
 :smitten: :painting:
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Post by: njnjgirl on November 11, 2018, 02:05:24 PM
Lovely work. Great idea with the coasters, and looks like loads of fun. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Val on November 17, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
 :gl2:      :painting: :painting: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on January 18, 2019, 09:59:12 AM
I put the title as ‘when a robin appears a love one is near’ it sounds a bit of a cliche but when i laid mum to rest it started to snow , gentle medium to karge snowflakes thrn afte the service the sun came out and the temperature rose high dnough to be without a coat on the much needed dog walk. It seemed everywhere i eent there was a robin it was uncanny. When i moved to my bungalow nearly 8 years ago i placed an old teapot spout down behind the honeysuckle i planted and i now have a family of robins as tenants each year..

I have gone back to acrylic for my attempt at the robin, i’m still trying to get detailed , i want as much detail as possible. When a Robin puffs up in the cold there are so many colours reflect etc in the plumage, the trick is giving asense of this without going techni-coloured. I messed around using glazing . The paint is a mixture of very cheap and system 3 on water colour cp paper. I never prepared the paper for the acrylic, i just painted straight onto the paper , i was probably wrong to do this.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: nolan on January 20, 2019, 10:57:19 PM
Wow so they sure do have a special emotional meaning to you. :flowers:
You are off to a good start, well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
What you may want to do is review THIS  (https://paintbasket.com/shop/how-to-paint-birds-in-oil-blue-tit/)class. That will show you how to get the detail you are looking for. O0
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on January 27, 2019, 12:59:16 PM
Hi Liz, in my short lived try at acrylic I painted direct on w/c paper and it seemed to work fine. I think they were system 3 if I remember rightly.

You're off to a great start, and I love the colours you have introduced into his wing.
Perhaps I'll have another go  at acrylics now I'm in cooler climes... just can't seem to put my pastels down long enough!   ;D
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on February 02, 2019, 08:38:55 PM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on February 09, 2019, 12:45:23 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Liz your Robin is lovely and I enjoyed reading your story.    Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on February 28, 2019, 08:43:59 AM
Thankyou  :smitten: :painting: