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Title: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on January 31, 2010, 07:20:18 AM
At The Paint Basket we don't critique paintings, we believe that to be counter productive as it breeds negativity. We tell you where you need to improve and what you can do to improve the painting.

If you have completed an oil painting or are busy with an oil painting and would like us to comment on it, then this is the place to post it.

If you would just like to chat about or ask a question about painting in oils in general, then go HERE (http://http://www.paintbasket.com/members/viewforum.php?f=2).
Title: My first three paintings
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 01:02:04 AM
I've attached some pictures of my first three oil on canvas paintings.  I don't feel I'm quite done on the second since there is nothing to captivate such as a boat or shoreline.  I am experimenting with different techniques and am not sure which suits me yet.  I appreciate any comments you may have.
Title: Re: My first three paintings
Post by: alta van zyl on October 09, 2010, 01:08:04 AM
 :)  Looks good! 
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 01:25:56 AM
:bigwelcome: to the site kashbrook

I really like your seashell painting I think you have done a great job of the shadings there. You have managed to capture the light in the scene beautifully. Well done.

With your October17 seascape, I agree that it lacks a focal point. It may be because of the photo itself and not the painting, but I would also have added some extra contrast to the painting. This will make it even more dramatic. You can see how I have done it in the photo below.

It looks like you had a lot of fun doing the winter coffee scene, is it on board, can't tell from the photo? I like the impressionist effect you have achieved there, almost a pointillist painting. I would personally have added more dabs in the background to make it appear more solid, similar to what you have done with the steam, but that is something you can do at any stage.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 03:57:18 AM
On the seascape would you recommend clouds for more dramatic effect?  I almost dread painting clouds because they can be tricky.  How do you represent shadowing and depth to an early sunrise without painting puffy childish cotton-balls?  I live in a desert so it is rare that I get to see any clouds anyway, but I'm up to the challenge.  Incidentally, the painting was done from my imagination - no photograph.  I really like the sailboat  idea and adding more contrast seems to give it more depth.  I'll make some adjustments.

The same is true for the "Winter's Cup of Coffee": no picture to go by.  The scheme changed at least twice.  I realize the light shadowing isn't correct, but as we both mentioned it was entirely fun.

The seashell I struggled with a bit because although I did have a real shell model, the lighting kept changing.

I am very grateful for your suggestions and look forward to learning much more!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 04:12:06 AM
Hi Kashbrook

You could add clouds to the sunset, but I think in this case it may actually make the scene appear too "busy" when you are actually trying to create a quiet, calming effect, so adding too many clouds could undo that.

Seashell - It is a pain with the light changing when painting a live object. Usually best to stick with artificial lighting when painting a still life to ensure you have a constant light strength and direction.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 05:22:20 AM
Agreed.  I'll save clouds for another painting.  The canvas is rather small so I don't have a lot of room for colour graduation.  I am presently hunting on line for pictures of sailboats (being careful not to copy any copywritten photographs).  I should be free tomorrow to work on it some more.

The seashell had an original solid black background. It became my gesso since I forgot to prepare the canvas! I also didn't know to thin the paint so it was straight out of the tube very thick and took about three months to dry!  It's lost a lot of luster since I didn't use any tine or linseed oil.  It's been nearly a year so I think I can do the final protective step of lacquer.  My youngest daughter seems quite fond of that painting so I'll see about putting it her room.  Thank you for the tip on artificial light.  I have since purchased a floor lamp that has a flexible neck to have the light practically on my shoulder.  Using fluorescent instead of incandescent, but I think there are some "natural" or cooler lights (in Kelvin) that may provide better lighting.  Any recommendations there?
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 05:39:24 AM
I prefer to stick to fluorescent lighting, but the energy saving lamps also come in warm or cool light, so you could use them too
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Linda on October 09, 2010, 08:58:06 AM
Wow, they're really good O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 06:22:57 PM
I am using the energy saving fluorescent bulbs.  They seem to be doing the job, but didn't know if there was anything better.  The new LED lights are quite expensive, but perhaps may be an option later.

Linda: I humbly thank you for the accolade. It is quite an encouragement.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 07:46:40 PM
like the avatar Kashbrook, were did you get that  ;)
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 08:29:20 PM
It is one of my paintings.  O0
Feel free to use it in any way you want.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 08:56:49 PM
 ;D i was teasing
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 09, 2010, 09:08:06 PM
I'm glad you like it.  I know you were kidding.  My offer stands; if anyone wants to use it I'm okay with it.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 09, 2010, 09:27:30 PM
Looking forward to seeing your next painting O0
Title: Dramatic change to seascape
Post by: Kelley on October 18, 2010, 11:30:16 PM
I wasn't going to change the sky at first, but I placed a seagull too close to the edge and thought about the lesson on perspective.  Instead of trying to "erase" the bird alone I just redid the sky altogether.  The boat is silhouetted, but I had a tough time with the lines (free hand).  Wish I had a better camera to cut the glare, but if I shut off the flash the colors are way off, too.  My next painting I want to include more of what I've learned in your lessons.  Thank you!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 19, 2010, 03:20:21 AM
Woah, what a dramatic improvement :heeha: Well done Kashbrook :clap:

Your painting is really alive now. I really like how you have added the texture to show the movement of the water and the addition of the boat adds that personal "wish you were here" feel to the painting. Awesome!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 19, 2010, 05:08:45 AM
It was work, but the desired effect was achieved. :sweat: I have you to thank for the terrific advice, encouragement and lessons.  O0 By the way, a coworker already offered to buy it.  I'm not sure if I am ready for that, but it is exciting to know others appreciate what I love to do.
Title: Re: My first three paintings
Post by: Kelley on October 19, 2010, 05:11:45 AM
:)  Looks good!

I appreciate the compliment!  This place is really terrific!  I've learned a lot in a short amount of time. Much, much more to learn and paint!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 19, 2010, 05:44:01 AM
Glad you have found some value, then we are achieving our goal :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: dennis on October 20, 2010, 06:15:48 AM
Hi Kashbrook. If someone has offered to buy the painting by all means sell it to them. Not only will it make the buyer happy but you will also be encouraged by the confidence put in you by others who see your work. You can be sure that sooner or later more people will be wanting to buy from you.

Please don't underestimate yourself as an artist. I had the same problem as you many years ago and only through the constant pressure put on me by a colleague to teach him did I finally give in (I thought that I was not good enough to teach). That was the humble beginnings of our Studios as they are today.

Who knows? You may, and can be, a famous artist in the making :clap: :clap: From what I see you have the makings - Go for it :gl:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 20, 2010, 02:25:19 PM
Nolan, you are truly an encourager. :angel:  I will do as you recommended.  I paint for joy of it, but also for others to enjoy so I am going to consider the costs, set a price and sell it.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 20, 2010, 06:45:21 PM
Are you going to frame it first or sell unframed?
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 21, 2010, 03:38:52 AM
I wanted to frame it first, but I am going to see what the buyer wants.  Naturally I could see if for more if it were framed, but I would incur a cost as well.  If she wants me to have it framed there is an arts and craft store that does framing.  Do you recommend matted or glossy glass.. or not at all?
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 21, 2010, 03:49:48 AM
I seldom frame oil paintings behind glass, but if I do I prefer regular 3mm glass. Although you sit with a glint, I feel you lose detail when you use the mat glass, but that's just my personal preference.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on October 21, 2010, 04:52:51 AM
I appreciate your opinion.

Since the painting is raised (textured) in certain places I think it best not to put it behind glass, but I don't know much about preserving paintings so I thought glass would do...then I thought about all the paintings that are hundreds of years old and not behind glass.  I imagine there are certain polymers or preservatives in the oils to keep it for at least 50 years.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 21, 2010, 10:25:45 AM
Good quality oil paints will last for hundreds of years if treated well, ie, not excessive moisture, dryness or direct sunlight.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: patindaytona on December 23, 2010, 11:39:57 PM
Just got better lighting, an LCD lamp. I noticed that my paintings look so much better and colors pop out much more than before. The different temperatures of light can make a painting look terrible, at least mine. Then, under the right light temperature, it looks so much better.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on December 24, 2010, 01:58:39 AM
This I have to agree with. I know that just by walking around the room and getting different angles of light, the picture comes alive, much more dramatic or colourful. All dependent on the angle and strength of the light. I find it quite intriguing.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on December 24, 2010, 02:41:12 AM
What is an LCD lamp?  Is that which goes in a projector or something new?
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: patindaytona on December 25, 2010, 04:13:08 AM
Sorry, I meant LED..i think. Light Emmiting Diode. It's temperature is cooler than regular incandescent bulbs and much brighter. In other words very neutral temp. My TIM painting looks terrible by the window light, all kinds of flaws show up, the yellows look like someone spilled mustard on it. But under this light, it all looks real nice.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on December 25, 2010, 04:29:08 AM
Ah.. thank you for clarifying. 

I use fluorescent lamps since they aren't as hot directly over my shoulder.  LED's are quite bright and cool as well, but run a bit pricey ($45 - 100) here.  I'll see what I can find that will work on a regular incandescent light socket.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on December 30, 2010, 10:05:54 AM
Most of the lighting on our boat is LED, but I find they are either too white and bright, or a bit too soft with a slight yellowish cast to them. There may be more types out there but haven't come across them yet. Yes, they are pricey. Each of the small cluster bulbs run about US$ 25-30 each. So...I still wait for the sun before I paint!  ;D
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: dennis on December 31, 2010, 12:04:16 AM
It's called natural lighting and you don't have to worry about north/south/east/west lighting - you just turn the boat around to suit  :clap: :clap: :2funny: :2funny:

Wish I had a studio like that  O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on December 31, 2010, 01:10:04 PM
Sounds really nice....I've had to reposition or move my 'studio'  :2funny: more than a few times when the boat decides to swing! Who would have guessed...not only do I  :painting:, I get physically fit  :excercise: at the same time!!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: dennis on December 31, 2010, 08:25:48 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Travis on September 02, 2011, 01:15:09 AM
Hi just wanted to post this painting that I did a few months ago. I am new to this website and I must say I really enjoy looking around at other works of art, and I love watching the live shows. I hope I post at the right place. and I hope you guys like my painting .

have a good day. :)

Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on September 02, 2011, 01:32:31 AM
 :bigwelcome: Hi Travis and welcome to the site. You've done a splendid job with your painting. The reflection of the boat is super. Love your (laughing) seagull! I like the sky as well. What medium did you use?
I can see there is much to learn from you, look forward to seeing more of your work.  :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Travis on September 02, 2011, 02:56:11 AM
Hi Val,  thank you for the comment glad you like my art work. I use Acrylic paint and I paint on canvas and masonite board. I love to paint landscapes and wildlife. I've been painting for most all my life but really started getting into it about 15 years now  but I still have a lot to learn. I will be adding more pictures soon.

Thanks again

Travis.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: dennis on September 02, 2011, 03:06:23 AM
Hi Travis. Your painting is well done and the gulls make the scene.  :clap: :clap:

One improvement you could make is on the shading of the boat - it is still a bit flat and needs some shading to give it volume.

You will notice that I have added some quick shading to the bow and a highlight at the stern as the lighting is coming from the right hand side.  Now the shading of the  boat corresponds to the shading of the tie-posts. I also added some shading to the front of the cabin to make it look 3 dimensional. Also some bow wave to give some movement to the boat.

(http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx360/artyman/TRavis_Painting11.jpg)
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on September 02, 2011, 03:07:46 AM
:bigwelcome: to the site Travis.

Great painting, you have managed to capture the reflections in the water beautifully here :clap:

PS - glad you are enjoying the live online classes :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on September 02, 2011, 03:11:12 AM
 :clap: Congratulations on a job well done Travis and welcome to PaintBasket!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Travis on September 02, 2011, 03:18:52 AM
Thank you Nolan and Dennis for the comments and telling me where i can make changes. and also Kelley. glad to know people like my art work makes me want to do more and try to do better each time :)
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on September 02, 2011, 09:56:36 AM
 :clap: Hi Travis, had a quick look at your fish and ducks. Will be back for a better look later. The water and stone effects around the fish look super.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 07, 2011, 03:38:10 PM
Hello :)

I thought I would post my first 2 portraits. Don's Empty Spoon and Benjamin and Sam.  I use Artistian water mixable oils, which I absolutely love :smitten:.  I started trying to paint in 2007, As I have posted before, no training except that by trial and error and other artist eyes to help guide me along like you do on here.  I am limited in the colors I have so I have make use of the ones I do have.  playing with them to learn how they work interactively with each other.

Steps I took for this first portrait:
I take a small card with a hole punched in to to isolate the color in an area of a photograph I am using for reference and then mix up that color for each of those areas.  I then do a ruff sketch and then lightly lay in numbers I have assigned for those colors and put them on the canvas in those places sort of looks like a map or [I guess paint by numbers hehe which I did when I was little] and then lightly afterwards blend the edges of colors, this is the effect I got.   I didn't do layers of color like I have in the past for other types of subjects and do like how easy and fast it was accomplished. 
My second portrait Benjamin and His dog Sam,(http://) I did I used layers and found it difficult to get the depth I wanted.  I will paste that in as well. 


I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

Thanks, Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 07, 2011, 03:40:41 PM
Hello, I was told that if I use shop lights, in each light place a warm bulb with a cool bulb and it will simulate day light.  just thought I would post this tip.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 07, 2011, 08:24:58 PM
Great job for your first portraits Sandra  :clap:

I really like Benjamin & Sam  :yippee: :painting:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Tony (ASM) on October 07, 2011, 09:06:31 PM
Hi just wanted to post this painting that I did a few months ago. I am new to this website and I must say I really enjoy looking around at other works of art, and I love watching the live shows. I hope I post at the right place. and I hope you guys like my painting .

have a good day. :)

Learning the process of using a forum takes quite a long time and, many mistakes are encountered along the way!
I'm still learning and improving and, if in doubt, it's easy enough to ask or, accept that a post/topic may be moved or modified if it's not in the correct place or content.
I love your painting and, even more so once Dennis added master strokes  :clap:
Looking forward to more. Well done.  ;)
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 07, 2011, 09:18:06 PM
Great job for your first portraits Sandra  :clap:

I really like Benjamin & Sam  :yippee: :painting:

Thanks, did you see any thing that you would suggest to make it more realistic?

Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: thegrindre on October 07, 2011, 09:35:38 PM
Sandra, I'm not sure how you could improve it. It's a beautiful work of art.
How about I suggest a bit more shading for depths and body and feeling.
It's actually quit perfect as is, though.  O0

Oh and  :welcome: to the forums...
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 07, 2011, 10:06:56 PM
I agree with Rick that the painting has been very well executed. I am sure if we had seen the photo you worked from we would pick up a place or two to fiddle with, but when you see it on it's own you judge it for itself and that is all that matter.

If I had to be very fussy I would suspect that some of your shadows are not dark enough - maybe compare with your reference material to see if I am correct. Even if they are, I would leave the painting as is and just remember for the next one O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 07, 2011, 10:13:30 PM
Sandra, I'm not sure how you could improve it. It's a beautiful work of art.
How about I suggest a bit more shading for depths and body and feeling.
It's actually quite perfect as is, though.  O0 

Oh and  :welcome: to the forums...


Thank you Rick, on all accounts.  They were both gifts and painted according to the photographs I had to work with.  I thought Don's face was a bit to plastic looking with that shade of pink, but when his wife sent me photos of his face in natural light she said it was the exact shade his face was.  Benjamin photo was a bit hard to work with it was a evening photo taken in their living room with the one lamp pn which didn't give much light except that which you see reflecting off him and Sam.    I guess next time instead of deciding to do a suprise gift I will go take my own photograph in the right lights and in the poses I want them in , But there in lys the problem of them not looking natural because they know they are being photographed, what to do :-\

Thanks headed off for some Dinner and some Tellie.

Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 07, 2011, 10:22:40 PM
Here are the photos I had to work with.  I agree I am still learning light and shadow.  Practice make perfect.  I would send the one I had for Ben and Sam but can't find it.  Must have deleted it once I was done with it.  It was very dark.

Sandra,

Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 07, 2011, 10:26:01 PM
the top photo has been edited in photoshop, so difficult to tell from there  :-\
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on October 08, 2011, 12:17:53 AM
Yes it has been lightened and blurred to rid of pixelation and this smoothing also helps me to to see the colors better in the skin tones.  The orignal was very dark and taken with a cell phone so this was the best I could get it.  It was from a murder mystery birthday party dinner.  Don's Wife Brenda sent me photos from Korea as they were over seas and I worked from those to do his features better.  Sorry I don't still have the orginal which was almost to dark to see. 

Headed to rest long drive tomorrow we leave for vaction which is long overdue.  going tot he mountians of East Tn to take in some views and color.  Talk with you all week after next.

Thanks Friends
Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Anya on October 08, 2011, 02:24:58 AM
Sandra, I love "Benjamin and Sam" , it just melted my heart and put a smile on my face. The other portrait is very good as well.

If these are your first portraits I really look forward to seeing your future work.

Welcome to the site and have a great vacation.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on October 08, 2011, 10:16:12 AM
These are both great paintings. I must agree that Ben & Sam is my favourite of the two. Very well done.  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on October 08, 2011, 06:33:23 PM
Have a great holiday - take lots of photos  O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on November 05, 2011, 02:35:03 PM
Hey everyone.
Well we got Lady Liberty finished. and even made it in the local newspaper.  the scanner isn't picking up all the color in the article so I am also including another photo one of the ladies who helped up make her.  We had a blast the outreach dinner was a big hit as usual.  Well here she is, our version of Lady Liberty.
Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on November 05, 2011, 08:13:57 PM
Well done Sandra - you're famous now  :heeha:

Still can't believe how big the Lady is - it must have been a LOT of work  :o
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Anya on November 05, 2011, 08:22:42 PM
Sandra, what is she made of? I couldn't read the article, couldn't enlarge it.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on November 05, 2011, 08:48:23 PM
 :congrats: Sandra, well done!   :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on November 05, 2011, 09:37:27 PM
Thank you everyone. :blush: This venture took Mrs. Ann, Mrs. Tina and Myself a day and a half to complete.  We started with a three tier old plant stand made out of wrot iron then bunched up newspaper to fill that in then took duck tape and wrapped it around to hold he shape we wanted so when we put the cloth on her it wouldn't sink in.  then we took a curtain rod bent it around my shoulders to get the shape we wanted then taped that into place and wired it.  we took ployfill and wrapped chicken wire and wrapped the whole this to about her waist.  The plant stand had a little knob on the top so that is what we attached the Styrofoam wig form on.  we then took rubber hand washing gloves and stuffed them for hands and attached them to the chicken wire arms, we practiced to see how quick we could dress her before the POP started to dry.  Then I made up a loose batch of plaster of Paris and we dipped a prewet gown I made out of a tablecloth and slipped it over her form and positioned it the way we wanted it, then I made a thicker batch of the Plaster of Paris and pre wet a queen size sheet in that and one extra Lady Mrs. Carolyn came and helped us lift that into place till we could get the wrap positioned right.  the gown was not as heavy as the outer wrap was, I pulled my shoulder muscle so bad I couldn't lift it that night and was in a lot of pain, stayed sore for about a week.  The outer wrap was about 125 pounds wet but between the four of us we got it on her. we took a child's leggings for the forearm area dipped them as well and put those on her arms. Then we placed the head on her dipped her wig, and added her torch which was made out of a spindle and plastic and toilet paper roll, LOL   We wired her into place to the ceiling rafters till she dried.  We let her dry took about a week, then we spray painted her plastic face with fleck stone and I mixed up some patina paint for her then we painted herthen I repainted her with the over tones of other colors for depth in color.  we put her on the stand once the men moved her for us, she is one heavy 7 foot tall gal.

Sandra
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on November 05, 2011, 09:51:39 PM
 :eek:  That was a mountainous job! I think you all did a splendid job, showed real ingenuity with her bits and pieces.  Incredible!  :clap:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Anya on November 05, 2011, 11:46:41 PM
Amazing Sandra, what creativity!! She is wonderful.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on November 06, 2011, 12:52:04 AM
I forgot the funniest part. she needed Breast  :o and we didn't want to have to form them with chicken wire  :-\  so we turned to the left overs from the youth yard sale. Thanks to youths left overs we used a white teddy bear and a brown teddy bear, their bottoms were the perfect firmness and shape O0 , She was then a full figure gal :blush:  Oh, and we also used a shoe for her foot. 
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on November 06, 2011, 03:02:53 AM
 :2funny:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Tony (ASM) on November 06, 2011, 07:05:08 AM
Great creativity! Thanks for telling us about this venture and posting the pictures.  O0
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on November 06, 2011, 12:11:45 PM
 :clap:   :2funny: 
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Sandra Haley on November 06, 2011, 03:18:02 PM
Anya,
See post #62 and #63 wher I describe how we made her and of what.  The article didn't really say much about her construction in detail.

Heade off to Morning Service  :clap:
Sandra
"Aneja"
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: anki on August 07, 2012, 09:19:12 AM
I watched the rule of thirds and it opens up quite a new way of looking at pictures and even when I watch television. Now I understand how it works anyhow I do in the theori, now I'll  try to make it work in my paintings. Nolan did you dip your head in the paintbasket?  It suits you!
PS I do not know if I put this message int the right place. Im am trying to learn how the forum works, but have not quite got it yet.
Thanks a lot.
Anki
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Lillian on August 07, 2012, 11:43:21 AM
 :bigwelcome: to Paintbasket, Anki! 

 :2funny:  I love your sense of humor!  Nolan is up to date in many ways, including fashion.   :)

He's also a very busy boy but reasonable to deal with.  I think he'll excuse a new member if posting in the wrong place.  He will simply move it where it belongs.  Occasionally, he's not so reasonable and chides us for all the posts he has to move so we try to be on our best behaviour.  This might be the first time he uses his  :knuppel2:  on me. 

I'm glad you found Paintbasket.

If when you sign in, click on the 'Forum' heading, then scroll almost all the way down until you see the heading 'Forum Tech Stuff'.  Below that, you can access all you need to know about how to navigate around the site, submit your artwork, etc.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you.  Welcome to the family.
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: C.Bodine on August 07, 2012, 01:04:08 PM
 :welcome: Anki!! The Paint Basket is the best forum around for anyone interested in learning to be an artist! Fantastic teachers who are very patient and break down the lessons for ANYONE to be able to do. All the members are some of the friendliest bunch you will ever have the privilege of talking with. You will be encouraged and inspired!!
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on August 07, 2012, 03:33:01 PM
 :bigwelcome: Anki,  also there is a section at the top of the forum for New Members to read first. You may find additional information there.
Nice to have a new addition to the scoreboard:  Anki..... 1; Nolan....0 !   >:D   :2funny:
You'll have no trouble fitting in, and just ask if you need a hand or three with anything. There are lots of helping hands and minds about the forum.
Looking forward to seeing your works, come join us often and have a little jocularity while you paint.   :painting:
 :wave:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: anki on August 07, 2012, 04:38:01 PM
Thanks Val, how kind of you. I'll remember that I can ask for help. I agre with you that Paintbasket is a fantastic way of learning painting. I start all over from the beginning with Nolan and Dennis and I just finished the Tulip that I'll post soon and now I am painting the sunset.
Regards from Spain
Anki
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Leana on August 07, 2012, 06:47:34 PM
 :wave: Anki,  :bigwelcome: to PB.  I know you will be happy here  :yippee: ...definitely best place on the web...Filled with amazing, supportive, encouraging art family here... ahhh yes...then there is of course the few clowns  :goofy:  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  Just kick off your shoes, have a  :coffee: and enjoy.  Happy  :painting:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Val on August 07, 2012, 08:50:05 PM
Excellent Anki, I look forward to seeing your Tulip.   :clap:

Leana...   :nono:    :angel:    :2funny:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on August 08, 2012, 02:42:13 AM
:bigwelcome: to the family Anki, great to have you here and looking forward to seeing your paintings  :heeha:

PS - My hair colour is 100% natural  :whistle:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: NHC50 on August 08, 2012, 03:29:06 AM
Oh Nolan.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: C.Bodine on August 08, 2012, 02:03:58 PM
  ??? !   :)  ;D   :2funny:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Mihaela on October 15, 2012, 10:20:49 PM
Since I've just arrived in PB family just about a couple of months ago, you'll forgive me if I am to post a reply to a post 2 years old...  :whistle: But I can't help it. Although I completely agree with you, Nolan, regarding 'giving advices how to improve' I also support the constructive criticism. I usually don't say anything about someone's work if I can say something nice, but I believe that sometimes, it's very useful for the learning process to hear some 'bad' opinions too, if they are given with some solutions too. Anyway, I think you are doing a wonderful job and finding PB is just about the best thing that happened to me this year!  :thankyou:
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: stoney on January 21, 2013, 06:13:00 PM
Since I've just arrived in PB family just about a couple of months ago, you'll forgive me if I am to post a reply to a post 2 years old...  :whistle: But I can't help it. Although I completely agree with you, Nolan, regarding 'giving advices how to improve' I also support the constructive criticism. I usually don't say anything about someone's work if I can say something nice, but I believe that sometimes, it's very useful for the learning process to hear some 'bad' opinions too, if they are given with some solutions too. Anyway, I think you are doing a wonderful job and finding PB is just about the best thing that happened to me this year!  :thankyou:

I think its important to have feedback on what went right, too.  This lets a person know where they're on the "right track".
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: Kelley on January 22, 2013, 03:58:22 AM
The word "criticize" has a bad reputation or connotation so people don't like to use it. There is a difference when someone says, "You messed up by not adding yellow" versus "You're doing good so far, but you may want to add more yellow here"...in my opinion and personal experience.   I used to receive the former critical complaints and it was rather discouraging.  On the other hand, constructive criticism I believe is a form encouragement.  I want to be corrected and trained as you mentioned, just simply in supportive way.
Title: Re: Reflection Water class
Post by: michael lemieux on February 28, 2013, 11:30:50 PM
Nolan, I have not been able to find the class about reflections on your web, could I already have and not know , what is the name of the class. 
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 13, 2014, 04:40:02 PM
Nolan,

Is there a way to change the title of my 30 minute practice topic in the Encourage section?  It says "30 Minute Sunrise."  (the first one I did)  But, I would rather it said, "30 Minute Practice Sessions.

As we say in Hawaii, "If no can, no can."  I can live with it this way.  Just wanted it to be a better description.

Mahalo,

MaryAnne (mea)
Title: Re: What is an Encourager Session
Post by: nolan on March 13, 2014, 07:47:39 PM
I will change it for you Mea O0