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Title: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 09, 2019, 01:48:09 AM
Post your Paintings and Questions from the course below. Get access to the course HERE (https://paintbasket.com/shop/dog-portrait-painting-course/).

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on December 09, 2019, 01:51:39 AM
This looks fantastic thanks for adding this new course.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on December 09, 2019, 04:30:51 AM
Wow Nolan!This is amazing! :clap: :clap:





Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on December 09, 2019, 04:40:54 AM
 :painting:  Makes me want to take up Acrylics
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on December 09, 2019, 06:02:19 AM
Oh my gosh Nolan, I am super excited. Really been looking into pet portraits and so glad you made this course.
I was just telling my daughter last week my idea I have with pet portraits that I want to try and pitch to my vet and your course could not have come at a better time to give me all the tools and knowledge I need to make a success of it.   :yippee: :yippee:


Just a question, if I rather want to do this in oil, do you recommend I add Liquin to my paints to speed up the drying time in between or what do you suggest?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 09, 2019, 06:55:28 PM
It has taken me a few months to make this course, but I know it is going to helps a lot of people so well worth the effort :)

Maryna, you can follow the course in oils as well - the painting techniques are identical. You just add painting medium instead of water to thin the paints. O0

PS - all lifetime VIP's at OAL will get access to the course so please don't buy it if you are a Lifetime member there. It will just take me a while to get them up there O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on December 09, 2019, 09:30:39 PM
Now we know why you been soo busy!!😊...it’s looks like a fantastic course.Pity I don’t do animals!😟

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on December 09, 2019, 11:39:36 PM
Nolan, this looks like a fantastic course.  Your work is amazing and you are a wonderful teacher.  I envy those able to take this course.  I do not have acrylic or oil paints or I would jump right in.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on December 10, 2019, 12:47:34 AM
Hi MaryLou,  I have been missing for a while but hopefully will be back painting soon.  I had the exact same feeling as you about jumping right into the course but don't have acrylic experience although I have all the paints and brushes so I wrote to Nolan and he suggested that I do a few acrylic lessons first, which course of action, I totally agree with so that is what I intend doing.  Just hope time allows it. You should try and do the same.  :yippee:


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: DollyMauji on December 10, 2019, 06:40:23 AM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: OMG!!!   :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

This is a dream course!

Nolan you da best!!!   :not_worthy: :not_worthy: :not_worthy:

This is Christmas come early!!!   :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:

I love 2 subjects - but never dared to venture into painting either of them... Dogs and Lions! Where was this course all my life  :D :D :D Guess it will help with painting Lions too!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on December 10, 2019, 01:28:30 PM
Glad to see you again Patricia!  I missed you.   I should look into acrylics, but I think it would be too costly for me to add another medium to my art.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on December 10, 2019, 06:37:33 PM
So happy to see this thread... I will wait for it to show up over on OAL.... :clap: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Cath on December 11, 2019, 11:26:49 AM
Ditto, Ginger.  O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on December 11, 2019, 07:24:12 PM
Thank you MaryLou, I missed all of you too but hopefully, after Christmas I will be back.  Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: dennis on December 11, 2019, 10:00:20 PM
 :welcome:  back, Patricia. Hope you have been well in the mean time  O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on December 12, 2019, 02:02:58 AM
Thank you Dennis for welcoming me back.  Yes, thank you, I have been well but very busy as my husband had a head on collision with a transport truck and was immobilised for quite some time and as a result, everything fell on my shoulders. Thankfully, he is now almost back to normal and will be able to drive again in a couple of weeks which will free me up a lot.  I am looking so forward to getting back into my artwork again.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on December 12, 2019, 02:35:06 AM
Sorry to hear that Patricia.Glad he is back on his feet now.Look forward to seeing more!!You were missed! :)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 12, 2019, 06:25:04 PM
glad to hear he is almost back to normal so you can  :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 12, 2019, 08:36:12 PM
I have added the course to OAL for the VIP members O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on December 12, 2019, 10:52:47 PM
Patricia, glad he is going better and you can start painting again.  It is challenging when you have someone that needs care.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on December 13, 2019, 09:59:05 AM
🙏🏻 Nolan!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Louise Judith on December 13, 2019, 01:25:02 PM
I have just started this course, but I do not use Atelier Interactive acrylics, I am using student grade from a pack.  The only black I have is Mars Black, so my question is, how do I get a Paynes Grey?  Or should I just use the Mars Black and give the dog a brown tint?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on December 13, 2019, 03:41:58 PM
Nolan, I also have a question on the black. I will be painting in oils, I do have Lamp black and Ivory black, will one of those work or do I have to get the Mars black?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 13, 2019, 05:20:18 PM
:bigwelcome: Louise :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

The important thing is to have a brown black and a blue black so if you only have one black, then you can tint it to the blue or brown side by adding say french Ultramarine or Burnt Sienna to it.

Louise - when you can please try to get artist grade paints as the student paints have very little pigment in them so the paintings will fade quickly. In the meantime I suggest not selling any paintings until you do get the better paints O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Louise Judith on December 13, 2019, 05:58:31 PM
I have them at home, but I am not at home at the moment, so I was wondering if there was a way I could get a blue/black with the colours available.  I am staying with my mother over Christmas and I really need to paint while I'm here.   Just looking for your advice and tips based on your experience.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on December 13, 2019, 08:44:25 PM
 :welcome:  Louise!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 14, 2019, 06:56:00 AM
I am staying with my mother over Christmas

Nice, enjoy every moment :clap: :clap: :clap:

No worries. I was just making sure you are aware of the difference - painting dogs takes time so I don't want you to do all the work and be disappointed afterward O0

Just add a brown or a blue to tint your existing black  O0 :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: MSWcrane on December 16, 2019, 12:32:07 PM
Nolan,  Really loving this class.  Sadly, due to my bad internet service here in the North Carolina mountains, I can only watch a small part of it late at night.  I do dog and cat portraits in dry brush Watercolor.  Think I may try the Acrylics. I do have one question.  What blue did you use in 'Blackies' painting to make the blue gray?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 16, 2019, 06:56:17 PM
I used Paynes Gray if I recall correctly
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 18, 2019, 08:21:23 PM
Week 2 of the course (Labrador) is now live O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on December 29, 2019, 12:21:08 AM
I have begun Nolan's wonderful course Painting Dogs.  While I have been painting dogs off an on for several years this is the very first one I am proud of.  If you have not tried this course I highly recommend it.  More dogs to come later as completed.  While the course is in acrylics I paint in Oils.  So here he is.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on December 29, 2019, 02:42:26 PM
I am really enjoying the course as well!  Did you post your photo?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on December 29, 2019, 02:48:52 PM
This course is fantastic!  Clear, taught in a relaxed and calming way and fun.  I have always felt stuck when painting when I wasn't sure how to correct what felt wrong.  With this course I can study the steps and review the video when stuck.  I have nearly completed the first dog and have learned so much already!  Thanks for creating and offering this!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Martina on December 29, 2019, 04:06:56 PM
Hello to everyone!


I haven‘t been painting for quite a while, been too busy with other things... But as I love dogs, I could not resist and I am very happy to be back :D


I really like this course  :smitten: and I‘d like to use the opportunity to gain more experience with oils.


I have started with the border collie and I wondered if I should try a little different approach: Would it be possible to block in all the darkest colours I see first and continue from there? If I did it bit by bit, I think it would take weeks to finish just the left ear :confused:  Alla prima ist not an option, is it? To much fine detail...


What do you think?
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 29, 2019, 07:46:36 PM
 :thankyou: for joining the course  :flowers:

Susan I am glad you are enjoying the course so far. I look forward to seeing your paintings :gl:

Martina. you should always work from dark to light O0
Feel free to paint alla prima as far as you can - just gradually add more medium to each layer in order to get the paint to lie on top. Do however stop when you see the layer is not going on accurately anymore otherwise you will find yourself having to press too hard which will make you loose all your detail. O0 :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 29, 2019, 07:51:56 PM
Charle, unfortunately your photo didn't post. :-\

HERE  (https://paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=504.0)are instructions on how to do so. If you need help, just message me then I will assist O0

I look forward to seeing your painting :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Martina on December 30, 2019, 07:11:43 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan for your help!  :)
I have now decided to go back to acrylic paints for these projects to be able to follow along and learn the techniques. I will have two weeks of holidays in January and I‘d like to spend my time with painting  :yippee: instead of waiting until the paint is dry.
I really like oil paint and maybe I will use it in another project or the first portrait of my new dog. :) :painting: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 30, 2019, 10:37:17 PM
 :gl: Martina
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on December 30, 2019, 10:37:45 PM
Week 3 of the course is now live O0 :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on January 02, 2020, 08:25:19 PM
I am starting to get my paints and materials together and have a question about my paint colors that I already have.  I will be painting in oil, I have Winsor Newton Cadmium Yellow Hue which appears yellow orange to me and the Cadmium Red is also a hue, will these colors work out okay?  I have such large tubes, I would like to use them up.   :confused: I also have a Hansa Yellow Light.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 02, 2020, 09:16:28 PM
the Hansa Yellow Light will work fine as a cadmium yellow replacement. I didn't use orange or anything similar in the course so no need for the Winsor Newton Cadmium Yellow Hue.

The Cad Red hue will be fine for the odd spot of red we use in the course O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Annie. on January 03, 2020, 02:25:04 PM
The course is listed as Intermediate to Advanced.   Afraid this may be way above my head, and I will get discouraged.   I have done a few intermediate classes, but trust they were Beginner to Intermediate. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 05, 2020, 11:39:11 PM
I've been enjoying this How to Paint Dogs Course.  Pretty much self-taught but have learned a lot from this course already.  Here are my paintings so far.  Just about to begin the Short-Haired Dog exercise.  The biggest thing I've changed so far is that I'm learning to thin my paint much more.  Thank you!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on January 06, 2020, 12:46:49 AM
Lovely paintings of the dogs, Susan. Are these part of Nolan’s new course or your dogs?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 01:16:54 AM
Thank you, Kathy.  These are from Nolan's wonderful course!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on January 06, 2020, 02:10:54 AM
Very good Susan, makes me want to "go Acrylic"  ;)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 02:20:33 AM
Thank you so much! 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on January 06, 2020, 02:07:24 PM
Great job!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 02:19:38 PM
Thank you!  I'm learning so much as the class progresses.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on January 06, 2020, 02:23:20 PM
Really nice paintings Susan!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 03:07:25 PM
Thank you for your encouragement!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 06, 2020, 05:05:31 PM
Still trying to post my Collie painting.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 05:11:53 PM
Your Collie painting is beautiful!  I love the dog done in oils!  Great job!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 06, 2020, 06:34:21 PM
Charle here is your Border Collie:

and Susan here is your Collie and Labrador:

(to add them here you just copy the [ smg ] code and paste it here into your reply O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 06, 2020, 06:38:25 PM
Annie - why not try the Border Collie and see how you get along. You may just surprise yourself O0

Charle you have done a great job on your Collie, especially the eyes they are nice and alive :clap: :clap: :clap:

Susan, you are doing a great job as well, lots of detail, well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
I do however notice  that the left eye on the Collie is too far to the left, do you think your print moved when you transferred your lines?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 06:59:35 PM
Thanks Nolan!  It could be that the paper moved or that in repainting it become out of line.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 06, 2020, 07:13:06 PM
Charlie and Susan, love your doggies! Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 06, 2020, 11:12:54 PM
  Finally got the message!   :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 06, 2020, 11:49:23 PM
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Annie. on January 07, 2020, 04:22:19 AM
Nolan...  OK  :blush:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 07, 2020, 06:46:43 PM
My Yellow Lab from the class. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 07, 2020, 06:54:49 PM
great job Charle :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You are getting the eyes great in your paintings :clap: :clap: :clap:

In this painting I feel the hairs overlapping the mouth on the upper jaw are touch long so just look out for that next time O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on January 07, 2020, 10:14:13 PM
Both dogs well painted Charle  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Annie. on January 08, 2020, 12:57:25 AM
Wow!  Impressive paintings all of you  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 08, 2020, 03:15:11 PM
Nolan, You are so right, I think the upper lip hairs are too long also.  Next painting I will watch that more carefully.  I think this give him a bit of an old dog look that was not my intent.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 08, 2020, 06:58:07 PM
if you really wanted to you can push them shorter using the inner mouth colour O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Win on January 09, 2020, 10:54:29 AM
All your paintings are very good.  :clap:.... Looks like I will have to do the course one day soon.  :)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 09, 2020, 01:13:36 PM
Beautiful! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 09, 2020, 06:13:23 PM
Your Labrador looks great!  I love the softness of his fur and the eyes are nice!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 12, 2020, 07:55:40 PM
The final series of classes in the course is now live (German Shepherd) :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Martina on January 15, 2020, 09:48:48 PM
Finished  :) , this is my version of the Collie:



Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on January 15, 2020, 10:44:58 PM
 :thankyou:  Ginger for your sweet message and my apologies for taking so long in thanking you but I am slowly trying to catch up on all the posts and yes, it is difficult being the caregiver but it is getting better as time goes on.  Patricia


 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on January 15, 2020, 10:47:38 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Charle your Border Collie was excellently painted.


 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Susan your Labrador was well done too.


 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Martina, your Border Collie was also excellently painted.


You have all done so well.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on January 16, 2020, 12:04:10 AM
Martina, your Collie is excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on January 16, 2020, 06:07:59 AM
Wow, well done everyone. :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on January 16, 2020, 11:19:45 AM
Stunning work Charlie, Martina!!!👏👏👏
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 16, 2020, 01:33:15 PM
Just beautiful Martina! :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 16, 2020, 01:44:12 PM

Collie 30x30cm acrylic on canvas.
My attempt at the Collie, suggestions for improvements are very welcome. It is a very interesting course and for me, very time consuming.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 17, 2020, 12:28:42 AM
Wow Martina!  Inspiring!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: liz on January 17, 2020, 10:38:06 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: You all have painted beautiful dogs!


HARALD,  just squeeze some black paint onto your palette and darken the gray hairs of your colllie.  O0 :) ~Liz
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 18, 2020, 11:32:35 AM

Hi Liz
Thank you so much for good advice.
Harald
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 18, 2020, 03:25:05 PM
Good job Harold.  This one was a tough one.  Took me a long time to complete too.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on January 18, 2020, 04:01:36 PM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 19, 2020, 01:53:48 PM

Charle and Jay, many thanks for nice comments. Yes Charle this was a difficult matter, it was my first dog and I think I learned a lot.
Harald
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 19, 2020, 04:36:23 PM
This is so good Harald.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 19, 2020, 06:54:59 PM
Great job Martina and Harald :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Martina, try to get a few more hair details near the bottom where the black and white meet O0

Harald, yes it is time consuming, but very rewarding. Your dogs eyes are a bit too round, you can fix that by adding the shadow cast by the upper eyelid onto the eye O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 20, 2020, 08:13:30 AM
njnigirl and Nolan, many thanks for encouraging comments and many thanks for the guidance, greatly appreciate it. Harald
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on January 20, 2020, 08:25:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely painting of your dog Harald and I would agree with Liz in making the black hair a bit darker.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 20, 2020, 09:30:53 PM

Many thanks Patricia for encouragement and good advice.
Harald

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Martina on January 21, 2020, 09:44:12 AM
 :thankyou:  all so much for your encouraging comments!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Thank you Nolan, I will try to improve that area with a couple of extra hairs.  ;D ;D ;D



Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 24, 2020, 11:20:03 AM

after several good advices I have improved the picture. is it more that should be corrected i accept good advice with thanks.
Harald

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 24, 2020, 01:56:38 PM
He looks terrific!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 24, 2020, 03:09:19 PM
That looks great!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Harald on January 24, 2020, 05:25:33 PM
Mary Lou and sussanweis, many thanks for the encouraging comments.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 25, 2020, 11:45:33 PM
  I finished the German Shepherd.  In oils on canvas, many many hours of painting hairs.  Love this class Nolan.  Now I am ready to do a portrait of my dog Lady.  Husband just took photos for me today so the work begins.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on January 25, 2020, 11:49:33 PM
The many hours on the fur was time well spent. It looks so realistic.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on January 26, 2020, 09:21:25 AM
Great work on the German Sheppard.


I am also doing my dogs in oils.


Just a question, are you using liquin? I am just using linseed oil and just wait for the in between drying time,
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 26, 2020, 04:23:08 PM
Mahalo Cathy and Maryna.  Yes I use Liquin I like the one to two day drying time as I do lots of layers.  Linseed oil is just too slow for me and sometimes dries yellow.  Only problem with Liquin is you cannot use varnish over when finished but after all is very dry (usually several weeks) a final coat of Liquin will bring out the colors and protect the painting.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 26, 2020, 06:33:48 PM
I love your German Shephard portrait Charle!  I am almost finished with mine, in acrylic, and am now in awe of Nolan's ability to paint each stroke evenly and accurately.  I am learning to make acrylic paint look softer and a little more like oils by watching the course videos.  Great course!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 26, 2020, 06:39:14 PM
Thanks Susan, Can't wait to see yours.  I don't do very well with acrylic and mostly use them for underpaintings but I sure admire Nolan's work with acrylics.  I work very slowly so they tend to dry on me before I get very far.  Looking forward to seeing your results.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 26, 2020, 09:17:29 PM
looking good now Harald :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great job Charle, good colour mixing as well :clap: :clap: :clap:
I look forward to seeing your painting of Lady :heeha: :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 26, 2020, 09:18:11 PM
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 26, 2020, 11:56:35 PM
Thank you Nolan.
Susan I love your GS dog.  Great colors nice and warm overall.  Did you paint the entire canvas first with the warm colors?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 27, 2020, 12:35:40 AM
Thanks Charle.  I love the softness and smoothness of yours!  I painted around the Shepherd first. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on January 27, 2020, 02:34:18 AM
I really love all of the dog portraits everyone has done.  I really want to take this course.. I don't use acrylics that much so its kind of intimidating for me...
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 27, 2020, 06:47:08 PM
Beautiful work Susan, fabulous details :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Just be careful when doing the background that you don't form a halo around the dog - the background must go "behind" the dog O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 27, 2020, 07:29:10 PM
Thank you very much Nolan!  The background issue brings up a question.  Is there a disadvantage to painting the whole canvas first to form the background?  Would that make it hard to transfer the carbon image after?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 27, 2020, 08:59:02 PM
Charle and Susan you both have done an awesome job.  :yippee:  I love both these paintings.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on January 27, 2020, 09:20:34 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Harald your dog is so much better and you have done a great job.


 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Charle and Susan, both your dogs are very well done.  Just makes me wish I could start in acrylics to paint these dogs too.  Time seems to be my enemy!!!


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 27, 2020, 10:44:15 PM
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on January 28, 2020, 03:49:19 AM
Patricia, why not do yours in oil?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on January 28, 2020, 06:17:43 AM
Great work from all artists.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 28, 2020, 03:43:57 PM
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 28, 2020, 07:12:49 PM
there are two ways to do your background:

1) Paint the whole background first as if there was nothing in front of it. Then once the background is dry you use carbon or dress maker's carbon to transfer your portrait to the canvas.
The disadvantage of this method is that you may battle to cover the background area where the portrait is so you end up with the dog looking transparent, lol.

2) You transfer the portrait outlines to the canvas, use clear cover to mask off the portrait while painting the background. Paint the whole background first as if there was nothing in front of it. Peel off the mask once done.
This is the method I use and recommend because you end up with beautiful clean canvas for the portrait and nice crisp edges with no effort. The mask does cost a few cents each time, but is nothing when compared to the time you save and the price you can get for the painting.

Both of these always give you a perfect background that looks like it goes behind the dog.
There is a third way but I only recommend that for experienced artists and that is to draw your portrait outlines then paint the background without masking. When doing this you have to very careful to not create a halo, which is super easy to do because you are having to be careful not to paint into the dog area so you tend to paint around those lines, hence the reason I don't recommend it.
I also feel this method takes longer than creating a mask does so you don't save any time doing it this way.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on January 29, 2020, 02:39:10 AM
Ok that explanation really helps!  Thanks so much for creating and offering this course!  It was very worthwhile and instructive. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 29, 2020, 02:51:00 AM
Nelson,  I tried your method for painting the background and I love it.  For years I have been painting around the image.  The best I have come up with was to paint the first coat on the image and then do the background and the clean up and paint the next layers of the image.  It was tedious to say the least.  This (Nolan's way) is by far superior in my opinion.  Thank you for sharing your expertise!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 29, 2020, 07:38:03 PM
You're welcome Susan O0
I am glad my method works for you Charle :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on January 30, 2020, 09:41:58 AM
Here is my rendition of the Border Collie.
It is done using oils.


Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on January 30, 2020, 12:48:30 PM
Wow, all of these dog paintings look so good!
Maryna, your collie is fantastic.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on January 30, 2020, 01:15:39 PM
Maryna, he is beautifully done! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on January 30, 2020, 03:19:59 PM
Wow, Maryna your Border Collie is fantastic!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on January 30, 2020, 05:57:54 PM
Love your Border Collie, Maryna!  Did you use acrylics or Oils?  It is hard to tell it looks so lifelike.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on January 30, 2020, 07:19:52 PM
Thanks everyone,


Charle I used oils.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on January 30, 2020, 07:41:35 PM
Wow Maryna. you have done an awesome job :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:
 :gl: with your labrador
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Cath on January 30, 2020, 09:59:43 PM
 :smitten: your Border Collie, Maryna.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on January 30, 2020, 11:09:52 PM
Superb painting  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: susanweiss on February 02, 2020, 02:44:56 AM
Beautiful Collie painting Myrna!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Danielle123 on February 07, 2020, 02:30:55 AM
 :yippee: gorgeous painting Maryna
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on February 10, 2020, 03:15:33 AM
Everyone's completed great paintings of these dogs.  :clap: :clap:
I bought this course too but will wait till it's cooler weather here in Canberra before I attemp them.
I have used colour pencils during this extreme heat to make some gift cards.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 10, 2020, 09:32:31 AM
Looking forward to seeing your pencil drawings Teresa :heeha:

Here is Marieomalley (https://paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=3202)'s Border Collie and Labrador:


Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 10, 2020, 09:34:11 AM
excellent job Marie :heeha: :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:

With a start to the course like this, I can't wait to see the rest of your dog studies :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on February 10, 2020, 12:07:35 PM
Beautiful job!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on February 10, 2020, 02:52:17 PM
Wow, beautiful! :painting: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Cath on February 10, 2020, 09:16:20 PM
 :clap: :clap:  O0 Well done, Marie. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on February 10, 2020, 10:49:22 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on February 12, 2020, 10:17:25 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Excellent Marie.     Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on February 13, 2020, 08:23:52 AM
Excellent paintings Marie  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on February 13, 2020, 12:42:36 PM
Fabulous job Marie! I soooo want to take this course... How about a sale Nolan... LOL :2funny:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 13, 2020, 09:31:24 PM

Hi All,
I understand Nolan is out but I'd like to post a question to the more seasoned oil painters.(That would be anyone who has actually completed an oil painting.)
Has anyone placed their artwork in the oven to speed drying time? I became impatient with the second layer of oil and baked it in the oven. It left the white of the canvas slightly scorched. I paint a thin layer over and you can still see the yellowish tinge. I liked how the painting was going but I'm not opposed to completely starting over. Any advice?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on February 14, 2020, 01:13:10 AM
I have never heard of using the oven to increase dry time. Oils dry by oxidation, not evaporation. I’m sorry I can’t give advice on what you can do to fix the damage. You might try layering opaque paint over the yellow areas until it’s hidden. Your dog looks really well done. You have done a great job!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 14, 2020, 05:15:10 PM
Thanks Emma Lee that's very kind! I did not know that about oil paint! I'm just wondering if the painting will crack if I paint on top of it. I have yet to finish a painting.
 I usually muck it up way before the second stage and toss it. You're avocado was lovely! The eycalyptus was brilliant as well!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on February 14, 2020, 07:50:08 PM
Thank you so much, Rommie.

I’m sorry I can’t be more help. I have no idea if it will eventually crack or not. Hopefully not. Nolan would be the one to ask. Im sure he’ll have an answer for you when he returns.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of your artworks!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on February 15, 2020, 06:32:16 AM
Rommie, I have been painting in oils for many years. Putting it in the oven might not have been the best idea. ;)


Painting with oils is a waiting process. I suggest that you either do one of the following:
1. I mix linseed oil in my paints and I find that with most colors it does dry a little faster.
2.You could opt to mix in Liquin that will make the drying time speed up loads, it should be dry to the touch almost the next day.
3. You could paint something else while you wait for one painting to dry.


Your question about cracking if you paint over. It is critical that your top layer be thicker/more oil in than the previous layer. If you were to paint say a thin layer on top of a layer that is very thick the paint will crack! learned the hard way.


It is very important to be patient when creating art and also working in oils. Even though it is very forgiving and you have time to adjust your paints etc, drying does take time. The final result will be so much worth it in the end.


As the pug is part of the course paintings, I would perhaps suggest that you leave it now. This is great practice, you learned how to do the wrinkles and you also learned that paintings and ovens do not mix well.  ;D


Rommie - I removed your individual topic on the course as you did post it here too. Then we can keep all paintings and posts from the course in one place for easy access.  ;)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 15, 2020, 04:53:17 PM
Hi Maryna,
Thank you your advice was very helpful. I'm having to reign in my patience :tickedoff:.That's probably why my paintings often meet a sad end. :2funny:
 I had a rather unfortunate experience with mediums.  I was under the impression that oil paint worked like watercolor and so I used turpentine to thin my oil paints to the consistency of watercolor. :help:
I finally came across one of Nolan's notes that said not to thin with solvent unless you use damar varnish, I believe.
I can't remember where I found it. I have been avoiding mediums ever since.I will definitely try the linseed oil.
Your cat and Yorkie made me want to try the lessons. Their spot on! But I really liked the camel in the Illusion of Movement challenge. It looks lovely in oil!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on February 15, 2020, 05:13:35 PM
Turps (household) is for cleaning brushes. Please don't use it as a medium. Your painting will not stand the time, it will start to flake off with age.
There is however a very specialised turps for artists. It is very expensive too.


Mediums like linseed oil or liquid is great. Don't 'water' it down too much. I found now with the fur that I thin it a little more than what I would when I paint the rest and using a good thin rigger brush works the charm.


Don't give up keep going.


I sometimes want to just put a paint knife through my work when it gets to that ugly phase, but I just hang in and keep going and then I surprise myself in the end.


Looking forward to the rest of your doggos.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on February 17, 2020, 04:44:54 PM
I suggest Liquin as your medium for oils.  It dries much faster than linseed oil.  However, if you find you are in a hurry, paint your under painting with acrylics and then you can paint over with oils for the second layers.  Works very well this way.  By the way, I would start over oven heated oils are like putting your painting in the back window of the car.  Scary results. :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 17, 2020, 07:31:21 PM
Hi Charlie,
Thank you, I'll give the Liquin a try as well. i had an old bottle of Liquin I bought when I first Joined  Paintbasket but never got a chance to try it. When i pulled it out of the closet it was extremely dark and cloudy, so I chucked it. I was not sure if it was from storing it in a dark closet or the medium itself, so I was reluctant to try it.
I'll definitely give it another go! I particularly love the transparency of oil. They seem to have a slight glow to them. Your dog inspired me to keep going in the class. They're absolutely brilliant.
 I particularly like your  flowers on linen. I don't think you should stop at three. They are quite striking!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 18, 2020, 03:24:50 AM
Putting your oil painting in the oven is not a good idea, but I am sure you have seen that by now ;D

Everybody has already given you the correct advice regarding the medium to use, etc :yippee:

Your Pug is looking fabulous :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: I can't wait to see the rest of your course paintings :painting:

PS - every painting goes through an ugly stage. If you want to end up with anice painting you need to push through this stage instead of tossing the canvas in the bin O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 19, 2020, 03:55:29 PM
Thank you Nolan! Everyone was extremely helpful in your absence! :yippee: I wondered however, why you may apply heat to acrylics and not oils, assuming you figure in smoke point of the binder of course. This was actually the third painting I dried in the kitchen oven.I missed the timer. The other two came out dry and paint-able.
They simply didn't survive the ugly stage. Which was something about painting I'd never actualized; an ugly stage! I never realized how much planning goes into each stage of painting. I will add an ugly phase to the list. I must say that giving an offending painting the boot is somewhat cathartic. :fight: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 19, 2020, 06:53:41 PM
you can use a hairdryer on acrylic as it is a water based paint so the hairdryer is helping to evaporate the water in the paint.

A little heat does in fact help oil paint dry. I always put my oil paintings in a sunny spot to dry. To much heat, like if you put it in the over, will however damage the painting in the same way as it being in a fire. Remember that the painting consists of more than just the paint, it also consists of linen or compressed paper which will degrade very quickly with excessive heat.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on February 19, 2020, 08:52:39 PM
I have started this course in oils and need to figure out at what intervals, I need to let the paint dry? Some of the hair looks like a hot mess and now I am working on the eyes and I think that I need to let the first layer of paint dry.  It almost seems like several/many stages is needed to get these paintings finished correctly.  I am almost tempted to try it in acrylics but have not painted in those for months and something that is still new to me as well. For those that have painted this course in oils, any suggestions or pointers?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 19, 2020, 11:01:25 PM
:thankyou: Nolan,  I didn't consider the canvas. Since I'm not creating original work, I was just thinking about getting to the next step. I have inadvertently created some unstable paint surface in my experiments. :idiot2: My goal is to actually finish one!  :2funny:
Back to the drawing board! :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 19, 2020, 11:21:52 PM
Hi Ginger,
After doing the course the wrong way in oil, I must say I would take Maryna's advice and do multiple (dogs) projects at once.The course is such a delight you won't wish to wait the drying time. Your work is extremely advanced and very accurate. You could easily navigate more than one dog painting at a time. I would caution anyone with less experience to watch the videos straight through first, of course. You can plan for drying time anytime Nolan breaks out the dryer. I'm looking forward to seeing your work!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on February 20, 2020, 04:30:56 AM
Thankyou for posting my dog photos Nolan, I was having trouble with my computer not letting me copy. Thankyou for the lovely comments too. This course so far has been so far out of my comfort zone and really pushing me which is a good thing so thankyou. You are an excellent teacher explaining so much to us I am very grateful. Marie.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 20, 2020, 08:04:37 PM
Ginger, Rommie has given you the best advice. If you want to work in oil, do several studies at the same time, or work on the course dog up to when you need to stop, then do the same on your own dog portrait.

Marie - I am happy to help  O0
Good on you for pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. I think you can now see that you are able to go well outside of the boundaries you have set for yourself :yippee:
So don't be scared to push yourself :cheering:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on February 27, 2020, 06:56:57 AM
Here is my rendition of the Jack Russell short hair study.
Done in oils.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on February 27, 2020, 08:51:19 AM
Maryna this is good painting. Well done  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on February 27, 2020, 07:10:38 PM
it's perfect Maryna :heeha: :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Rommie on February 28, 2020, 03:25:33 PM
It's lovely as always Maryana! The execution is brilliant! :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on February 28, 2020, 07:41:05 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on March 01, 2020, 07:08:46 PM
Thank you everyone.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Debra Kay on March 04, 2020, 04:15:13 PM
Hello,
I’m new around here - not sure this is even where I am supposed to ask questions. I am just getting started on the Dog course. Nolan, where (which handout or # course video module) do I find the specific instructions about how to mark off and section the large canvas like I see You have? OR do I simply use smaller canvas boards and if so what size for the different class projects? Thanks in advance really enjoying watching so far and anxious to get started.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on March 04, 2020, 04:31:15 PM
Nolan talk about it in the equipment class. My canvas is a little smaller than his so I had to do my own calculations.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on March 04, 2020, 07:11:24 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket family Debra :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You will find the info in the equipment class O0

 :gl: with the course. I look forward to seeing your dogs :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on March 05, 2020, 05:19:23 AM
My rendition of the wrinkle study (Pug). I painted this in oils.


When I started I hated it, but I pushed through the really ugly stage. This took quite some time to complete as I had to wait for layers to dry. I am satisfied with the end result.


Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on March 05, 2020, 03:58:00 PM
Wow!  He/she really turned out great. :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on March 05, 2020, 07:16:22 PM
it looks fabulous Maryna :congrats: :cloud9: :not_worthy:

This one does go through a long ugly phase before coming together in the end doesn't it :o

Just look at that reflection in the eye :heeha: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Win on March 06, 2020, 07:09:00 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on March 26, 2020, 02:43:21 AM
I managed to finish lesson 3 and 4 after much procrastinating , it all seemed too much. I am glad I persevered , painting hairs takes way longer than I ever could have imagined. Now I only have 3 more to go!Will add photos when I figure out how. My computer does not like me.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on March 26, 2020, 05:02:45 PM
Great work on the dogs.  Have fun with the rest of them.  I learned so much following this course.  :smitten: :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on March 26, 2020, 07:27:52 PM
Looking forward to seeing the rest. PM me if you need assistance O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on March 27, 2020, 03:10:05 AM
Thanks Nolan but I will leave my dogs to a later date when I feel more enthusiastic.  Just going to try some of the smaller paintings I have lessons for.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on March 28, 2020, 04:25:43 AM
no worries, you work on whatever you feel like. We are all doing art because we enjoy it so it has to be fun O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 02, 2020, 01:59:48 PM


Hi there

I'm a newbie to you all and found you when i found and did the teddy tutorial recently.

I am fairly new to painting (only started towards end of last year) but couldnt resist trying this dog course, even though I worried i was  overreaching.

I am afraid I also need to admit I am not using the correct standard of paints - my bad -  and am trying to make do with what I have (mostly craft with a few student grade)...

Anyway I'm rambling! I want to call my collie done (bar whiskers which I will add when I'm sure I'm done).
 But need advice as to whether it is ok to stop him now - or still way too soon. 

I'm at a stage when I'm just going it over and over and not improving it by doing so - in fact, im often making it worse with the over fiddling.

Can I ask advice from you lovelies as to whether there is anything glaring I need to amend before adding whiskers and formally calling it done.

Constructive criticism is welcome albeit I'm hoping its nothing too major, as I'm not sure I know how to go back too many steps without ruining lol.

Thanking you in anticipation...
Vanessa

Ps. Also any advice how to rotate a photo in the gallery would help this muppet'Ness loads...  :2funny:

 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 02, 2020, 08:15:55 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket family Vanessa, so glad you joined us and the course. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I think you have done an awesome job on your Border Collie. Excellent for someone that has only started painting a few months ago :congrats: :cloud9:

When you feel you are fiddling but not improving things, that is always your cue to stop O0

Put in the whiskers and sign this one with pride O0

I look forward to seeing your progress :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 02, 2020, 09:36:54 PM
Awwww Nolan. Thank you so much for such a lovely encouraging reply.

I shall off back downstairs and do the whiskers now. It's 10.35pm here so it will feel good to finish tonight (after weeks of collie'ng). Heres hoping for a restful sleep to follow with no dreams of brushstrokes and colour mixing lol.

Again thanks so much for your sweet reply and thanks also for such a wonderful lesson...
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on April 02, 2020, 10:09:05 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: This is a really good painting. Welcome and well done Vanessa
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 02, 2020, 10:25:43 PM
Thank you Bill.
Whiskers now done. Will try upload a final picture tonight
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 03, 2020, 12:34:00 AM
And here she is. With whiskers lol.
Oh me oh my, I painted a dog. Oooooft - cant quite believe it!
Im calling her Jessie
Thank you Nolan...

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on April 03, 2020, 04:49:56 PM
You are off and running.  I believe you could tackle any painting with great results.  Welcome to the group and have fun. :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 03, 2020, 06:32:09 PM
You are off and running.  I believe you could tackle any painting with great results.  Welcome to the group and have fun. :gl:

Thank you so much. So excited to be here
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 04, 2020, 09:30:03 AM
Jessie is beautiful :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Win on April 04, 2020, 10:58:14 AM
Fabulous Vanessa  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on April 04, 2020, 12:51:17 PM
Excellent and welcome!! :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on April 05, 2020, 07:54:44 PM
A very warm welcome to the most fantastic Painting site where you will learn so much Vanessa.  Jessie has turned out beautifully and there is no doubt, that you will excel in your painting endeavors with Nolan to guide you along your path, as he has done all of us, with his dear Dad, Dennis, who has now retired but still pops in to check on us all. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 07, 2020, 09:45:28 AM
Thank you so much folks.
I know I'm gonna love it here
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on April 16, 2020, 10:10:11 PM
Here is my first painting in this course, boy I sure did procrastinate on it.  I really disliked it along the way but see that it came together in the end.  I did paint this in oil so it has lots of layers.  There are a couple of things I see that I might address but I am finished.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 17, 2020, 12:08:42 AM
Hi Ginger, your collie looks beautiful.  :smitten: I love the shine in the eyes.  :clap: I did wonder if you needed to add a little more dark in the mouth to show more depth. And maybe a bit of white on the teeth for highlight, I only say that as I have been doing the portrait mouth lesson over the last two days  ::) As soon as I have finished the portrait course I am going to give the dogs a go as my family are big dog lovers and I will do it in oils as well.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on April 17, 2020, 12:47:56 AM
It does look like the inside of the mouth needs more contrast.  I am going to look at it for a bit and then decide if there is anything else I want to do to it.
I am looking forward to the portrait course as well.  Before I start that one though, I am going to paint the stainglass lamp, the Gisaille painting.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Van Staden on April 18, 2020, 11:53:35 AM
Hi Nolan

Your feedback please.  It was done in Oils.

Thanks
Annetjie

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gNj12BHkkzjvR7Tt9 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/gNj12BHkkzjvR7Tt9)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on April 18, 2020, 12:42:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: Ginger!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 18, 2020, 02:24:25 PM
First part of dog course completed please could I have critical feedback.  Really enjoyed doing the border collie, fantastic tuition from Nolan. I know its not very good but I have learned so much from this and look forward to the starting the next part
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 18, 2020, 02:48:32 PM
Cant seem to upload photo :(
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on April 18, 2020, 11:12:04 PM
Annetjie. I just checked your link and I think this is a very good painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 19, 2020, 02:06:01 AM
I agree with Bill very nicely painted  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 19, 2020, 05:44:59 PM
Ok here is my spaniel exercise from the course. I'm calling it done even tho it's not really cos otherwise I'll spend another week faffing about... lol

I haven't finished the lab yet cos I'm having problems with the colour mixing so decided it best to leave it alone for a bit and come back later. Planning on doing the jack russell exercise next and then the pug. Oooooft... lol

   
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: EmmaLee on April 19, 2020, 06:44:25 PM
Wow! Beautiful fur, Vanessa!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Van Staden on April 19, 2020, 08:04:29 PM
Annetjie. I just checked your link and I think this is a very good painting.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you so much Bill.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 19, 2020, 08:19:48 PM
Wow! Beautiful fur, Vanessa!

Thank you so much  :D
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on April 19, 2020, 09:43:28 PM
That is lovely, the hue's are vibrant and brush strokes very neat.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on April 19, 2020, 10:36:23 PM
Vanessa  :clap: :clap: :clap: The eye hits you and lovely fine hair details.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 19, 2020, 11:26:25 PM
Wow the reflection in the eye is amazing! :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 20, 2020, 09:46:45 AM
Thank you folks. Means such a lot  ;D
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 21, 2020, 01:09:19 AM
Wow everybody has been well busy I see. :heeha:
Great job Ginger, Annetjie and Vanessa :congrats:

All you dogs are nice and fluffy looking with good technique and realistic eyes, so I am very happy :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat you may need to size your photo smaller before uploading to your gallery. You can use Picresize.com (https://picresize.com/) to do that. Size it to 1200 pixels on it's longest edge then follow THESE  (https://paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=504.0)instruction to upload to your gallery and add it to this post. Let me know if you get stuck

Ginger, good hair technique, well done
Annetjie the same for you. I look forward to the rest of your paintingsVanessa, the eye on your dog is perfect
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 21, 2020, 06:24:18 PM
Hopefully I have now pasted in my photo.  I had a lot of fun following your fantastic tutorial many thanks Nolan. Could you please give me feedback, I know its not right but cant see what Im doing wrong. kind regards Pat
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: dennis on April 21, 2020, 07:56:15 PM
The eyes are alive  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Trace on April 21, 2020, 10:01:52 PM
Pat  :clap: Your dog is super cute,
Van Staden I wasn't able to open the link
Vanessa  :clap: Beautiful, The eyes and fur are masterful
G Peachy  :clap: Wonderful
I hope one day I might be able to do this course and am so inspired by you all :)

Cheers Tracey
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 21, 2020, 10:04:57 PM
there you go, well done on getting the uploading sorted O0

Your Collie looks fantastic nothing to complain about. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I have an observation on this painting of yours, but I am going to leave it until you do the wet hair study - after you have completed that study, remind me to tell you about my observation ^-^ :detective:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on April 21, 2020, 10:46:40 PM
Pat.    :clap: :clap: :clap: Love the 'wet' look you have given the fur.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 21, 2020, 10:56:54 PM
Pat your Collie looks wonderful.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 22, 2020, 11:46:20 AM
Im.working on the short hair exercise. But I went rogue and decided he was so adorable, I wanted to try painting all of the ref photo.
So i thought I'd post a work in progress as the muzzle area is what was called for in the exercise.


I'm pleased thus far (albeit I know I'm gonna redo the 'line' along his muzzle),  but any constructive criticism is welcomed...

And any help with colours for the head. I'm thinking burnt sienna and burnt number as bases but not sure as i totally haven't got the hang of colour matching/mixing - i have a definite mental block when it comes to getting accurate colours.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 22, 2020, 08:14:55 PM
Looking awesome so far Vanessa :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Just soften the line under the mouth, don't redo it. You can use a glaze to do that O0

I used Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber, so you are spot on :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 22, 2020, 08:33:26 PM
Looking awesome so far Vanessa :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Just soften the line under the mouth, don't redo it. You can use a glaze to do that O0

I used Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber, so you are spot on :gl:

Fabulous Nolan. Thank you so much
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 22, 2020, 09:37:49 PM
Wow Vanessa, that is looking really good. It is going to be a great painting when you are finished.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 23, 2020, 12:51:06 PM
Thank you Nolan and everyone else for the feed back  x
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 23, 2020, 12:52:37 PM
Vanessa that's so impressive hes lovely
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 24, 2020, 05:05:48 PM
My goodness Labrador is so hard, Nolan you are so good you make it look so easy, I was ok with the first ear then things got a bit complicated lol, I will persevere ….. I wont be beaten lol..... I hope!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 26, 2020, 07:44:50 PM
My goodness Labrador is so hard, Nolan you are so good you make it look so easy, I was ok with the first ear then things got a bit complicated lol, I will persevere ….. I wont be beaten lol..... I hope!

Pat
I too really really struggled with the lab - couldn't get the colours right at all. So I put it to one side and am doing the smaller size exercises. Plan to get back to it after them but before the German shepherd.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 26, 2020, 08:42:08 PM
Just let me know what you are battling with then I will do my best to help Pat and Vanessa O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 28, 2020, 08:00:17 AM
I think its just me I cant get the hairs to look fine enough , I guess it just takes practice.  Like Vanessa my colours don't look the same so I just adjust them to what I think. I think this maybe the computer screen. I have attached a photo of how far Ive got ( hideous I know) lol Thank you for any feed back Nolan
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 28, 2020, 08:01:40 AM
Thank you Vanessa, that's a good Idea
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 28, 2020, 07:14:30 PM
I can see nothing hideous about that. It is coming along nicely  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 28, 2020, 08:44:39 PM
I agree with Lisa that it is coming along nicely :clap: :clap: :clap:

Colour - don't fret too much to get your colour exact at this stage. Do your best, but don't spend excessive time on that. As you gain more experience matching colours, they will become more accurate. Once the painting is complete, it is also super quick to do a glaze to adjust colours O0

Brush strokes - two questions regarding brush stroke thickness:
1) What brush are you using, can you post a photo for me
2) When you pick up the paint are you forming a chisel point?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 28, 2020, 09:07:48 PM
Hey folks. Meet Buzz the jack russell - a friend for Jessie the border collie and poor Woody the labrador who is languishing in the 'stuck' pile...

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 28, 2020, 09:19:13 PM
 :congrats: :cloud9: :not_worthy: what more can I say
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 28, 2020, 09:22:24 PM
:congrats: :cloud9: :not_worthy: what more can I say

Oh my word. Speechless'Ness personified. Thank you so much.

But i must say that you, Nolan are phenomenal. It's all down to you!

I shall now wander off in a bubble.of bliss... lol
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Trace on April 28, 2020, 11:07:39 PM
Helllloooo Buzz, Vanessa I just love your painting  :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on April 29, 2020, 12:39:39 AM
WOW!! Buzz is just amazing  :not_worthy: :not_worthy:  :clap: :clap: :congrats:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: dennis on April 29, 2020, 03:26:10 AM
Excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on April 29, 2020, 11:49:04 AM
I started Nolan's Dog course and I'm enjoying it soooo much! It does take a lot of patience for sure.. Here is my first dog the Border Collie. Critiques and comments welcomed.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 29, 2020, 05:59:49 PM

Colour - don't fret too much to get your colour exact at this stage. Do your best, but don't spend excessive time on that. As you gain more experience matching colours, they will become more accurate. Once the painting is complete, it is also super quick to do a glaze to adjust colours O0

Thanks for this Nolan. But I'm.afraid it raises another question with me lol. I have been trying colour washes/glazes to adjust but I can find myself being a bit hit and miss. Again probably cos I'm guessing at hows and whats. I trawled YouTube for videos on this when I was trying to sort colours on Woody my lab who is currently still languishing in my stuck pile, but didn't find much to help.

Do you have any top tips or is there is a particular video you may have done where you go into more detail on the whys and wherefores of glazes?

 I know that my approach of washing over everything is wrong but I haven't seemed to be able to gauge depths etc of different glazes so they blend together.

I am however much heartened by you saying not to worry too much about colour mixing issues and that it will hopefully come and develop in time.

Again Thanks for everything
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 29, 2020, 06:01:00 PM
Thank you folks for the lovely emcouraging comments about Buzz my jack russell.

And Robyn, I love your collie
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 29, 2020, 06:16:16 PM
This is my completed lab, sorry all my photos are posting sideways I have no idea why and I cant change it.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 29, 2020, 06:20:04 PM
Hi Nolan these are the brushes I mainly used , I cut the one as you suggested and seems to work quite well. I didn't use a chisel point, but came across this in the nose exercise.
Loving the course.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 29, 2020, 06:22:00 PM
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on April 29, 2020, 08:40:20 PM
Pat he is gorgeous. Looks like he is gonna lick me ❤
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 29, 2020, 08:54:49 PM
great job RobynAnn and Pat :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Both have been executed beautifully. I do however see the same problem with both - the brush strokes for the hairs are too thick making the clumping effect too large.There are two ways to fix this:1) Use a finer rigger brush remembering to form a chisel point when picking up your paint. Pick up new paint often in order to reform the chisel point.2) Work on larger canvasses so that the brush strokes appear proportionally thinner. O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on April 30, 2020, 08:06:28 AM
Thanks Nolan for your input.. I opt to get a finer rigger brush.. Nolan I'm having a problem on the 2nd. dog. I can't seem to get my brush strokes right for the shorter hair. Is there some trick to the way you were flicking the brush? Here's what I've done so far.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 30, 2020, 10:06:23 AM
Wow Vanessa hes fantastic you must be over the moon xx
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on April 30, 2020, 10:11:19 AM
Thank you for the feed back Nolan x
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on April 30, 2020, 09:59:26 PM
the ear looks good to me RobynAnn :clap: :clap: :clap:

I don't flick the brush however. Each stroke is controlled. Three or four at a time until the chisel point is gone.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 01, 2020, 08:24:24 AM
Thanks Nolan...
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 01, 2020, 04:08:16 PM
Here is my finished Lab. Boy I'm learning soooo much. Nolan you are a fabulous teacher. I love how I am able to see the palette as your picking up paint.Thanks sooo much.. This one was hard... lol  Comments and critiques welcome.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on May 02, 2020, 02:27:35 AM
Hi Robynann, well done  :clap: the hair is looking good. The right (our right) eye looks a little small or something compared to the left. I haven’t seen the reference photo so not sure if this is meant to be  :blush:, but otherwise looks really good.  :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 02, 2020, 07:39:01 AM
Thanks Lisa.. You know I looked at that and on the reference photo that eye is right. Maybe it's the other eye. I'll see what Nolan says...
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 02, 2020, 01:08:22 PM
I find the shorter hair dogs harder to do. Anyone else feel that way?

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 02, 2020, 02:09:54 PM
Well done on the dogs.


I am also busy with my Labrador. I am painting in oils so have to wait for layers to dry. I did cut the brush as Nolan said but something is off. I also think I did the initial color on the face part of my lab to light, but will still work on it.
In the mean time I also started with the wet fur lab. But that is also drying before I can go on.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on May 02, 2020, 05:17:12 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Vanessa, your dogs are excellently painted.  I was shocked to read that you only started painting on the 19th September and you are doing incredibly well.  You are no doubt a natural artist. Keep up the fantastic work.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on May 02, 2020, 05:18:06 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Robynann, you are doing so very well too.  I am amazed at the wonderful work being done.    Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 03, 2020, 08:28:10 AM
Thanks Patricia.. I am having a great time... :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 03, 2020, 09:49:33 AM
Nolan, a question on the Jack Russell. I am busy painting my own Jack Russell. She however not a true breed so she has a lot more brown tones/fur. In the lesson you used a greyish undertone in the shadow areas. Should I use a light brownish undertone as there is notable no grey/blackish shadows in my dogs fur?
Update: Since my post I did go ahead and do the brownish blocking in. I will post the final painting once completed (will be a few days) in a separate post in the oil encourage section. As I am painting in oils.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on May 03, 2020, 03:53:04 PM
You  are doing a good job Robyann.  I don't know what the reference looks like so you best wait for Nolan to make suggestions.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 03, 2020, 09:20:29 PM
I think this is your best painting yet RobyAnn :congrats: :cloud9:

To me it looks like you can make the right hand eye a bit larger so just move the top eyelid up the same thickness and you should be okay O0

Maryna, what you did and posted on Facebook looks fine O0 :gl:

RobyAnn, your Jack Russel is looking great, well done :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
I suggest adding more of the short hairs to form a matt. At the moment you can spot the individual hairs, so just add more. Then there is a shading missing on the nose - I am seeing a hard edge between the dark and mid tone to the left of the nostril.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on May 03, 2020, 11:39:23 PM
Love your dogs Robynann  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 06, 2020, 09:38:45 AM
Thanks Mary Lou and Bill.

Nolan thanks I will make the changes. I'm waiting for some paint to arrive as I ran out of Paynes gray and white. Amazon is slower lately as it's not a necessity.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 08, 2020, 11:06:32 AM
HELP! I'm getting very frustrated! I bombed out on the Pug three times so I put it aside for a bit... My anxiety level is getting high... anywho's here I am on the wet exercise and I'm bombing out again. What am I doing wrong? I'm watching your strokes but when I do them it's wrong... My rigger brush I think is too big. I ordered a smaller one but damn Amazon is having problems and I keep getting refunded for my items and no rigger is on it's way. I'm trying to make do with what I have.

Please take a look and tell me how I can fix this if I can.  If not I'll put it aside and go onto the next and go back to it like the pug. I have problems with anxiety and I don't want to have a panic attack. I'm trying sooo hard but messing up. Also I've cut up three brushes and none of them came out any good for the technique you want. Help Paleese!!!

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 08, 2020, 12:18:47 PM
Robyann I fully understand how you feel.


I am also busy with wet fur now. I have done the initial dark block in stage, must still go on to the smaller fur.


When I did the Pug I found myself crying at one point, it looked horrible. I am painting in oil so I have to wait for layers to dry. I totally wanted to give up on that one but I pushed through and it came out beautiful.


I have two rigger brushes one is a 2 Dynasty brush, the hair is longer than my other one. The other one is a 5/0 Black Silver Dynasty. The latter is the one I use for my fur. The hair is shorter than the nr 2 and it gives you a nice fine point.
What size rigger are you using? Are you thinning your paint down enough? If so then the size of your rigger might be too big.


I just had a look again at Nolan's final painting, I think you are on the right track, just keep layering, you will get the final look you are after. Don't give up!


I am busy with so many pieces at the moment. As I said I have to wait for layers to dry and then I go on to something else. I found that when I feel miserable with a painting I just put it aside for a day to two and do something else. When I get back to it I feel so much better with reloaded confidence. I study the reference and try and look at it from all angles, I also study Nolan's final painting to see how he ended up painting the way he did. Might sound silly but that is what works for me. I have a book where I keep making notes of what Nolan/Dennis says and I refer back to it all the time. I also have canvas paper pad where I make color notes. I note down all colors I am using and also the sample. Makes it so much easier to mix up similar colors in the future. (sorry for rambling so much)



Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 09, 2020, 02:10:45 AM
Thanks Maryna for your words of encouragement. I started on the next one. My Rigger I think is a size 1. I ordered a 10/0 but Amazon refunded my money so I guess I have to find another and order again. Shipping is very slow right now with them. I would have rather used oils but thought about the waiting time between layers. I'm not a patient person. Lol  I don't like acrylics much. I guess I'll get back to this tomorrow and see how it goes.  P.S. you werent rambling. Lol
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on May 09, 2020, 11:35:19 PM
Great work everyone  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 10, 2020, 12:21:41 AM
I went on ahead and did this lesson of long hair.

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 10, 2020, 06:42:46 AM
Wow beautiful work on the Spaniel Robynann.  :smitten: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on May 10, 2020, 03:46:36 PM
Wonderful Robyann! :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 10, 2020, 08:54:49 PM
Fantastic job on the long hair :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

For the wet hair I feel your triangles need to be larger / broader on the wide end, the clumping isn't pronounced enough O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 10, 2020, 09:18:47 PM
I went on ahead and did this lesson of long hair.

This is brilliant. I love it - especially the ear.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on May 10, 2020, 11:11:54 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: the eye is striking, it takes me away from the hair.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 11, 2020, 01:10:34 AM
Thanks so much Maryna, Mary Lou, Nolan, Vanessa and Bill.. :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:

Nolan I'll try to fix it..
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 11, 2020, 01:13:53 AM
Nolan I did try to fix the eye on my Lab. Is it okay now?

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 11, 2020, 08:39:05 AM
Nolan I can't find clear cover. Is there another name for it? Can I go on without it?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on May 11, 2020, 05:56:11 PM
Wow wee, Nolan was right when he said not to get frustrated and that it was a pretty intense course.  I have had to put mine aside too for bits of time.  I see I need to pay close attention to the wet hair lesson. This is a great course.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 11, 2020, 09:02:37 PM
Your lab looks great now, well done on the adjustment :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Clear cover - only it's general name of clear adhesive. It is available from Amazon HERE (https://paintbasket.com/go/clearcover) if that helps O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 11, 2020, 10:14:44 PM
Thanks Nolan.. I bought some..
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 12, 2020, 06:31:52 PM
 
This is a work in progress of my pug life wrinkle study. I'm posting this cos my hubby thinks it looks like he is wearing a covid face mask lol...

Ps. I really couldn't do his eyes justice so went off piste! Sorry Nolan!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 12, 2020, 06:41:30 PM
Wow the pug is stunning.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 12, 2020, 06:49:39 PM
Wow the pug is stunning.

Aww fank you
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 12, 2020, 07:13:59 PM

Clear cover - only it's general name of clear adhesive. It is available from Amazon HERE (https://paintbasket.com/go/clearcover) if that helps O0

Can I ask about the clear cover? What is this for? Is it something I should sensibly order before it pops up as needed in a tutorial and I freak as haven't got any and delivery then takes FOREVER cos of covid... lol...
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on May 12, 2020, 07:57:21 PM
Excellent start. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on May 12, 2020, 09:54:49 PM
Fantastic detail  :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 12, 2020, 10:34:36 PM
The pug is perfect so far.  :congrats:

If you are following my painting classes then yes you will need clear cover as I use it to mask off areas of the painting often. Once you have used clear cover as a mask you will constantly use it O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 12, 2020, 11:22:40 PM
Thank you all for the lovely pug comments.
Nolan - I've ordered it 😁
Here's to figuring out using it.. lol
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on May 13, 2020, 12:13:29 AM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 13, 2020, 09:34:40 PM
most times when I use the clear cover I also show how to use it O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on May 14, 2020, 07:54:04 AM
Hi Nolan here are 2 of my dog course exercises you said to remind you to make a comment about the border collie once I had done these exercises  :thankyou: :)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on May 14, 2020, 07:56:24 AM

2 dog course exercise
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on May 14, 2020, 07:58:31 AM
Post your Paintings and Questions from the course below. Get access to the course HERE (https://paintbasket.com/shop/dog-portrait-painting-course/).

 
This is a work in progress of my pug life wrinkle study. I'm posting this cos my hubby thinks it looks like he is wearing a covid face mask lol...

Ps. I really couldn't do his eyes justice so went off piste! Sorry Nolan!
Wow hes fantastic love it
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 14, 2020, 09:06:26 AM
Pat. These are amazing. I'm in awe of your skill
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on May 14, 2020, 10:06:54 AM
Top class painting Pat  :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 14, 2020, 05:13:43 PM
Wow Pat these are fabulous!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 14, 2020, 08:57:19 PM
Pat, these are perfect :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:

You will see that your Border Collie looks like (s)he is wet. Now you know why - the hairs have been painted in large clumps as opposed to thinner, finer clumps O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 14, 2020, 11:35:08 PM
And here he is. Meet Hamm, my piggy'pug...

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on May 15, 2020, 03:58:12 AM
  :clap: :clap: :clap: Superb. I hope to achieve this standard  one day  :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 15, 2020, 08:14:57 AM
Wow Vanessa well done, looks beautiful.  :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on May 15, 2020, 08:24:17 AM
Pat and Vanessa Your dog paintings are stunning  :clap: :clap: :clap: :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on May 15, 2020, 06:46:33 PM
Vanessa fantastic painting!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 15, 2020, 08:27:28 PM
Thank you folks for your wonderful compliments. Made me smile big time.

Can I ask some advice from you lovely seasoned artists and of course Nolan himself?

I need a wee break from the fine detail work of dogs before I tackle the rest of this course.

I have been thinking about trying pencil drawing and pastel work but I'm a novice. Are there are particular courses or classes you would recommend i do first on here. And should I start with pencil or can I go straight onto pastels. I do like a challenge but I need basics too (like I don't even know what pencils or pastels I need lol)...

I have signed up to the new monthly subscription and would also consider buying classes if necessary if a particular one would suit me best...

Thanks for reading and in anticipation
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: charle on May 16, 2020, 04:35:40 PM
You might try pastels especially if you like working on animals.  They pastels will give you a great way of doing the hair and making it look natural.  Pencils take longer but are a very nice way to work that is not quite so messy as the pastels.  Good luck with your new ventures.  Looking forward to see what you come up with.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 16, 2020, 05:27:18 PM
Doing pencil work os excellent. As Dennis always say, the better you draw the better you paint.
The Let's draw course is excellent. You will be blown away what you can draw in the end.
But you can also loom at all the pencil classes on Online Art Lessons, you will see Nolan starts at the beginning techniques, equipment etc. Each lesson tells you if it is beginner etc.


I always try and do some other mediums in between my other artwork, it is good breaks and you learn so much more. Enjoy every step of the journey.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 16, 2020, 05:55:11 PM
Thank you Maryna and Charle.for your replies and am glad it seems to be a good idea to have a wee diversion before finishing the dog paintings course.

I have trawled through the site and found Nolan's Pencil Drawing Made Easy, Getting Started Lesson 1 on Online Art Lessons, during which he shows pics of things we will cover (like a teddy bear).
However having watched that Lesson 1 and got as far as drawing a ball, i can't now find the follow up lessons. I'm wondering if they are part of the dropped lessons with the recent rejig to site and memberships.

Or maybe I'm not doing my searches right. 

Ocht I'm.not even making sense to myself now, never mind yourselves lol.

I have found individual classes in pencil on OAL - like the peeking dog (CUTE) etc but not sure if I can go straight onto doing them or need more basics first.

Or if I can is there a specific order I would be best working through the pencil classes on OAL.

I haven't found the Lets Draw course you mention.

Ocht I'm sure I just be looking in the wrong place!!!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on May 17, 2020, 03:15:59 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan and everyone else for feed back  :)
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 17, 2020, 09:22:27 PM
I love it when I see a painting that has been done better than mine :smitten: :not_worthy: :cloud9:

I would normally suggest the Lets Draw course as that will give you a fantastic intro to pencil drawing before moving on to the pastel.
As you are a OAL member however I suggest starting with the pencil classes in their recommended order. The first four or five classes will give you a great grounding and understanding of the basics. From there you can pick and choose what classes you want to do next. O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 17, 2020, 09:38:53 PM
I love it when I see a painting that has been done better than mine :smitten: :not_worthy: :cloud9:


Wow! I'm.absolutely buzzing at that. Thanks so much. But all credit to your teaching!

Thanks also for the pencil class advices. I don't know why I didn't think to click the recommended order option - can't see the wood for the trees sometimes me... Lol

And again- I'm buzzing. Thanks
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on May 18, 2020, 12:11:19 AM
Wow Vanessa, really great job on your Pug.  His nose looks so cute.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Happychappy on May 19, 2020, 08:14:00 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Vanessa, your Pug is absolutely fantastic.  It looks as though you are a natural artist.  With regard to what you should do next, take Nolan's advice for pencil is a very good grounding.  Best of luck and carry on with the wonderful work you are doing.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Vanessa G on May 22, 2020, 06:52:21 AM
Patricia and Ginger
Thank you so much
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 22, 2020, 08:41:45 AM
Nolan I keep struggling with the eyes. I am still busy with the Labrador, had to remove the eyes as it looked off. Any suggestions and tips on painting the eyes?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on May 23, 2020, 12:51:58 AM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 24, 2020, 10:20:19 PM
generally I try to copy exactly what I see.

There are two ways to do it:

1) paint the eye colours ignoring the reflections, dry the eye then come back in with the reflections as glazes
2) Place correct colours in the correct places then blend them into each other

When battling with something it is always a good idea to post what you have already before removing it. Don't be shy to show your mistakes on the forum. That forum is here so I can help you. By seeing your mistakes, I can usually pinpoint the reason you are not getting the result you are looking for. Chances are the fix is small and there is no need to lift it all out and start again O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on May 26, 2020, 10:38:47 AM
Thanks Nolan. I will post the 'mistake' next time before I 'erase'.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on May 26, 2020, 09:43:39 PM
 :clap: O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on June 02, 2020, 11:02:01 AM
Here is my rendition of the wet fur study. I painted it in oils.


Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on June 02, 2020, 09:15:34 PM
very good Maryna, the hairs are clumping together nicely :smitten: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on June 09, 2020, 12:05:51 AM
Having seen the wonderful work from members it inspired me to do the course.
Here is my Collie,

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: dennis on June 09, 2020, 06:53:54 AM
Excellent  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on June 09, 2020, 08:57:13 PM
excellent job Bill. You have especially the eyes, nose and mouth area spot on :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:

I feel you can still get more detail in the hair though. How large is your painting and which brush are you using for the hair?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on June 09, 2020, 11:32:10 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis and Nolan.
Size  32 x 30, a mixture of brushes Nolan, No 6 soft filbert, No 2 round and rigger for the fine lines.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on June 10, 2020, 06:47:27 AM
Well done Bill just as good as some of the others  :confused: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on June 18, 2020, 02:12:37 AM
I'm not sure if the photo is going to show up, I am finding it confusing posting? This is my wet fur lesson , does it look finished Nolan?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on June 18, 2020, 03:10:03 AM
My Pug wrinkle face
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on June 18, 2020, 03:11:53 AM
I think I have the hang of posting now . My last one for now the Jack Russell
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on June 18, 2020, 11:50:43 AM
All your paintings look fantastic to me. :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on June 18, 2020, 09:56:10 PM
 :painting: Incredible artwork.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on June 18, 2020, 09:56:16 PM
 :faint:

 :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:

What more can I say Marie. They are perfect. You have grasped the techniques 100%.

I can't wait to see your full portrait studies :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on June 18, 2020, 11:39:42 PM
Thankyou , I must say that it is way out of my comfort zone painting fur / hairs. Your teaching makes it easier to grasp but I still need to pause constantly and remember to breathe  :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on June 19, 2020, 06:00:44 AM
Wow Marie, you work is excellent. All of it!
That wet fur study is super awesome, it looks so so real.  :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on June 21, 2020, 04:07:15 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Amazing paintings  :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on July 03, 2020, 07:01:08 AM
 Learned so much painting the German Shepherd . Loved the course, struggled with this one from the ear section on , but learned a lot by making mistakes then putting it right. Not exactly as he should be but thrilled with the results, thank you Nolan
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on July 04, 2020, 12:18:06 AM
Love him Pat, the paintings in this course are really making me want to do the course.

I am hoping to have some free time soon. I have handed in my resignation where I have managed the last 5 years. We have purchased a two story commercial building that already has the upper story leased out and I am going to start my own business in the large lower floor. As it will be slow to start my husband suggested I have an area set up to paint and have a small gallery for my paintings, very exciting.  :yippee: :yippee: :painting: :painting: :smitten:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on July 05, 2020, 05:02:13 PM
 :     thankyou:   Wow Lisa that is really exciting well done hope it goes well. X    :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on July 06, 2020, 05:20:03 AM
Great work Pat!! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on July 06, 2020, 05:21:14 AM
How wonderful for you Lisa..all the Best!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on July 06, 2020, 09:16:56 PM
Brilliant job Pat. I think you nailed it :congrats: :cloud9:

Lisa that sounds awesome. :heeha: :gl: :gl2:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on July 15, 2020, 10:59:27 AM
Marie your paintings are great.  Well done.  :clap: :clap:
Pat your painting of the german shepherd is excellent.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on July 20, 2020, 09:12:39 AM
I am having a real hard time with the Labrador. The ears, mouth, nose etc is good. The face is a problem. Those who have completed the Labrador did you make the initial blocking in color same as the ears? My ears blocking in color was much darker, I did try to match according to what Nolan did in the lesson. I just feel that perhaps I went to light and now adding the rest in hair by hair is getting to me.
For those who completed the Lab, any advice and insights please.
I do feel rather discouraged at the moment.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on July 20, 2020, 10:55:54 PM
please post what your Lab looks like at the moment Maryna then I can help you from there O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on July 21, 2020, 06:29:41 AM
Lab in progress:
Here is the progress so far. I did the darker areas yesterday and tried to add lighter fur but it hardly picks up, that is why I think I must do the base color darker perhaps?


Here is a closer view


There is still a lot of tweaking and details that need to be done after I completed the fur.


What do you suggest Nolan?

Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on July 23, 2020, 09:32:36 PM
yes, your base is not dark enough to light colours have nothing to contrast against. I suggest giving a glaze. That will darken up without loosing all the existing texture, then you can come back and add the lighter colours back in. O0

PS - the eyes are looking fantastic :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on July 24, 2020, 04:59:24 AM
Thanks Nolan wil do that.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on July 27, 2020, 09:18:21 PM
 :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on July 30, 2020, 11:37:49 AM
I am finally done with the Labrador. Done in ois.





Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on July 30, 2020, 09:07:14 PM
 :congrats: :cloud9: you have done a fantastic job Maryna. Show this around and you will get commissions O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on July 30, 2020, 11:55:52 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on July 31, 2020, 05:23:59 AM
Thanks Nolan, it is al thanks to you.



Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on July 31, 2020, 11:35:23 AM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on August 01, 2020, 11:18:07 PM
Wow, I finally finished this one.  Because of family circumstances I restarted this one several times. I am glad that I finished it. 
It is painted in oil.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on August 02, 2020, 01:01:46 AM
Very impressive work of art  :painting:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on August 02, 2020, 02:39:34 AM
Thank you Bill, that is kind of you.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on August 02, 2020, 01:19:12 PM
Maryna and Ginger, you have oth done a spectaular job with your dogs :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 02, 2020, 09:01:20 PM
 :congrats: :not_worthy: Ginger fabulous work
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on August 02, 2020, 10:42:34 PM
Thank you Nolan and njnjgirl, it surely does not look so good, as it is coming together. though. So important to not give up.  :sweat:  I had an easier time adding the contrasts with glazes since I had to restart several times.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 03, 2020, 10:11:04 PM
each artwork does go through an ugly stage before coming together doesn't it :crazy2:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on August 04, 2020, 02:09:45 AM
My Spaniel, do you think I have finished Nolan or do I need more work ?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 04, 2020, 03:58:22 AM
Spot On Marie :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on August 04, 2020, 05:33:12 AM
Thankyou Nolan, I have completed my board, Yay. Now to get onto the Shepard.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Lisa From Oto on August 04, 2020, 10:12:34 AM
Wow Marie that looks so great  :clap: :yippee: :not_worthy: :not_worthy:

I am just starting this course. Although I am doing individual boards as I have a roll of canvas and it was easier. I am really excited  :yippee: and a lot scared  :sweat: :2funny:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Maryna on August 04, 2020, 05:26:36 PM
Wow Marie, your board looks beautiful.
Nolan I am so excited to share, I got pet portrait commissions. This is all thanks to you, thank you so so much
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 04, 2020, 09:53:28 PM
You are doing an outstanding job Marie and can be very proud of your paintings :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:
I will have to brag about your achievement on Facebook :heeha:

Good luck Lisa. You are going to do a great job O0

That is awesome Maryna :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: , that is what I like to hear. Take your time, then this commission will bring in the next and so on :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on August 04, 2020, 10:43:26 PM
Superb paintings Marie  :painting:  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: marieomalley on August 05, 2020, 12:07:45 AM
Thankyou everyone for your confidence booster comments , loving the learning this course has bought me.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: GPeachy on August 05, 2020, 10:37:47 AM
Everyone's paintings are looking fantastic.   :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on August 06, 2020, 05:54:49 AM
 :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on August 15, 2020, 03:16:43 AM
Hi Nolan, I am wondering what I am doing wrong.
 I have bought atelier paints so I would have good quality paints BUT I still have a problem of paint lifting. I am painting the black collie dog on acrylic paper.
When you paint your paint stays dark and no problems using the side of the filbert. When I do it I get nearly grey strokes not the dark Paynes grey colour. I have tried this with thick paint and thin paint.
 I have tried painting gently and normally but it makes no difference.
To get it dark I have to use the full wide of the flat brush.
Even when I dry the paint with the hair-dryer, it still tends to lift off when I try to paint with new paint.
I don't have this problem at the time I need to use the rigger brush.
VERY FRUSTRATING
It's a cold drizzly day here if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on August 15, 2020, 12:07:49 PM
Beautiful work Marie.  :yippee:


Nolan should be able to help you Teresa. :gl:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 16, 2020, 09:00:30 PM
Try on a canvas and not the paper to see what happens Teresa. It is probably the paper giving you the hassles
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on August 26, 2020, 04:34:17 AM
Nolan I have the same problems with canvas and I have several pads of Canson acrylic paper so not a solution.
Maybe I just press too hard. Although I did notice your paint doing a bit of this in some of your close up video shots.
 I have found if i put a base layer of a solid colour let it dry for a day then come back  to do the hair layers it works. Not as hairy as your dog but it works. It's like instructions you gave for the teddy bear painting.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 27, 2020, 09:50:59 PM
Yep pressing too hard could do it as well.

What brand of paint are you using?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on August 28, 2020, 06:53:19 AM
Nolan I purchased Atelier paints as I wanted good paint and that is your recommended brand.
Well after days of painting sections at a time, mainly because I have a bad back I have finished.  :yippee:
I am pleased with the results. Not sure when and if I will paint the others time will tell.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on August 28, 2020, 10:57:56 PM
 :painting: Teresa this is Fantastic,  :clap: :clap: :clap: your perseverance paid off. I know what you mean about not sure about continuing the course. It is intensive.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 30, 2020, 08:53:55 PM
Wow that is amazing Teresa :congrats:
You would never tell that you had any problems.
Just keep testing different things to see why your paint is lifting.
Try pressing softer, try using soft hair brushes instead of bristle brush, try having your paint less thin, try hair drying the area dry before adding the next layer, etc. You will find the culprit sooner or later.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on August 30, 2020, 11:22:22 PM
Thank you Bill  :flowers:
Thank you  Nolan   :flowers:    and yes I  am proud of the result and perseverance.
I  have tried all the things you just mentioned in your last post. You can see part of the problem in the green background where the green was lifting off and showing the colour underneath, but it looks like shrubs so I left it.

Also just wanted to mention that I ordered a paint brush from Rosemary and Co and it arrived last week so I  used it to do the fine hairs on the dog which was a great help and may help others in this group. It's a filbert grainer and Lydia Steele's has a excellent video on YouTube on how to us this brush as it can be a bit tricky on paint thickness and wiping of excess paint near the ferrule. 
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 31, 2020, 08:57:15 PM
what were you doing when the green lifted Teresa?

I will look into that brush, it sounds interesting
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on August 31, 2020, 09:04:02 PM
ah I see, filbert grainer is another name for a comb brush. They do work well, but are very fussy when it comes to the consistency of the paint. Once you have the correct consistency then you are A for away. O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on August 31, 2020, 11:38:33 PM
What was I  doing when the green lifted off ? Well I 1st painted strokes like you did but the were very textured so I let that dry. Then started a 2nd coat dried that off with a hair dryer. Stil it didn't look much better so I got my sea sponge with green paint to make it look motley but in several areas it started to lift of the 2nd layer of paint. Don't  know why.

It also happened with the Paynes grey when I  was doing the blocking in. It's a mystery!!!! :o :   :surrender:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on September 01, 2020, 09:41:30 PM
it was the new layer of paint re-activating the layer below it. The Atelier Interactive is designed so you can re-activate the dry paint using their activator, but paint will do the same thing. You would need to leave it for several days to cure for that to not happen.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on September 02, 2020, 04:18:39 PM
Love it Teresa!!! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on September 22, 2020, 07:42:48 AM
Hi Nolan could you please take a look at the painting I have done of a spaniel, I have included the photo I worked from and wondered could you please give me your opinion. People say it still seems to light but I find when I add the highlights it makes my dogs look lighter than they are, could you please tell me what you think Im doing wrong it would be a great help,
many thanks Pat
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: robynann on September 22, 2020, 10:45:32 AM
I have to get back to this course. It is so intensive I had to leave it alone for a bit.. I just had surgery on my throat so now isn't so good a time as my energy level is way low. I'm having a hard time doing anything that is laborious. I'm pushing myself as I can't stand to be idle.. I really love this course and want to learn so much.. Everyone's results are wonderful.. boy I seem to be rambling today! I'll shut up now... :2funny: OH YEAH the results came back and I DON'T  have cancer! WHEW
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: njnjgirl on September 22, 2020, 12:11:01 PM
Teresa your dog is fantastic! :yippee:


Pat, I think your dog is well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap: [size=78%] Perhaps use a lighter color rather than white for the highlights.  But wait for Nolan to comment.[/size]


Robynann, Good news for you and wishing you a speedy recovery! :flowers:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on September 22, 2020, 06:19:04 PM
Hello Robynann just had to get in touch to say fantastic news, what a relief for you. Yes it certainly helps to have an interest doesnt it. I just seen your Yorkshire paintings... wow really fantastic. I love Yorkshire . We moved up to North Wales a couple of years ago , from Worksop in Notts so visited Yorkshire often, you have captured it beautifully. All the best hope you are tip top soon x :1hug:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: JayJ on September 23, 2020, 12:17:13 PM
Beautiful Pat!


Robynann that’s great news!Praying for a speedy recovery!
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on September 23, 2020, 02:56:20 PM
Thank you njnjgirl  O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on September 23, 2020, 03:00:56 PM
Thank you jjay
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on September 24, 2020, 01:08:09 AM
Pat. I think you have done a great job  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I am assuming the top of the photo is washes out from the light and is not a true representation of the colours? If so I assume they are of similar intensity as the bottom of the photo. In that case the colours looks great. maybe try and get a better pic for just in case O0

Robynann - that is great news. All the best for a speedy recovery :flowers:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Pat Wilson on September 24, 2020, 06:20:57 AM
Thank you for the feed back Nolan x :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: TeresaM on October 05, 2020, 08:26:07 AM
 :thankyou: MaryLou and Zayn

Well done Pat  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: ellenbo on November 24, 2020, 03:16:22 PM
Well how exciting to complete my first acrylic painting. The tuition was really good thank you Nolan. It was very monkey see, monkey do but I'm delighted how it turned out. Might I have your feedback please Nolan? How do I post a copy of the painting for you to see?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: ellenbo on November 24, 2020, 03:35:32 PM
:thankyou: MaryLou and Zayn

Well done Pat  :clap: :clap:
Well how exciting to complete my first acrylic painting. The tuition was really good thank you Nolan. It was very monkey see, monkey do but I'm delighted how it turned out. Might I have your feedback please Nolan? How do I post a copy of the painting for you to see?
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: nolan on November 24, 2020, 07:04:43 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket family Ellen :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You have done a fabulous job with your Border Collie. Just think if your first acrylic painting looks like this, what is your 10th, 20th, 50th... going to look like :heeha: :smitten:

Good luck with the rest of the course.

PS - once you have uploaded your image just copy and paste the smg code here to show the image O0
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: Bill76434 on November 24, 2020, 09:54:53 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: This so very good Helen, I look forward to your future work.
Title: Re: How to Paint Dogs Course
Post by: dennis on November 25, 2020, 02:02:30 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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