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Title: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on June 28, 2013, 08:00:03 AM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

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Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on June 30, 2013, 10:09:57 PM
   not too happy with this one, everything seemed to go wrong when I started his head lol but finished it in a fashion  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on June 30, 2013, 10:14:22 PM
Wow, Jennylynn, you carried the paint along through all the way to the end!   :congrats:   


So much fine detail work in this one.  Well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on June 30, 2013, 10:17:20 PM
Great job Jenny  O0 I'd say you did just fine.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
 I really got in a kerfuffle after the 'blue' fiasco  :D   I think I'll try and finish it with whatever blue it is I have there  :heeha: and see what happens. Good thing Dennis explains things so well.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on June 30, 2013, 10:19:22 PM
Lillian & val you are both too kind!!  you got in a kerfuffle you should see my desk  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: CarolHorvath on June 30, 2013, 10:20:24 PM
This is a first for me--first insect--or fly guy. I really feel sorry for this guy. It looks as though he was in a brawl and got the worst of it. Did I say first? last also! Thank you Dennis, I love spending time with Paint Basket and looking forward to the new things you mentioned.
Jennylynn you did a fine job on your fly.


Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on June 30, 2013, 10:25:20 PM
carol don't see much wrong with yours  O0 love the colour blue you used makes him really stand out job well done  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on June 30, 2013, 10:26:24 PM
Carol, I think you've done great with this little fellow. Don't be so hard on yourself, 1st you actually finished the paintalong, 2nd regardless of his 'condition' (  ;D ) he is still easily recognizable for what he is. Job well done.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on June 30, 2013, 10:26:33 PM
Not so bad at all, Carol!  Paint alongs are a real challenge but you made it to the end.   :congrats:


A little heavy with the paint on the wings, but you did manage to mix all the colors and got them where they should be.   You even managed to do all the fine details on the wings and those hairy legs.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: SunRai on June 30, 2013, 10:34:40 PM
Both dragongflies look great!  Good job on painting along!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: doina on June 30, 2013, 10:40:46 PM
here is where I lost Dennis. I have to do a lot of detail work like finishing legs, wings, modify background, etc. Doina

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: SunRai on June 30, 2013, 10:41:19 PM
Here are two photos of the dragonfly that I had riding along with me last week.  When I got home he didn't want to leave my car, so I let him hop onto my hand where he stayed for quite awhile.  I enjoyed my time with him!  We had these pretty little blue ones, and also larger ones that have black and white striped wings.  I hope I get a change to take a photo of one of those sometime.  I took these with my phone, but they turned out pretty good.  I hate to admit that the wrinkled hand belongs to me!!
 
 You're welcome to use these as reference photos to paint from.  But - please, if you use my hand, leave out some of the wrinkles  :2funny:
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: SunRai on June 30, 2013, 10:43:39 PM
doina - it's a great start!  You've captured both dragonflies beautifully.  The finishing touches will make the difference, and you'll have a great painting.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Tousabella on June 30, 2013, 10:46:13 PM
Great pictures, ladies. They are so lovely and you really captured the colors.
Pat..the pic is super. Thanks for posting....your dolphin ring is lovely, too! See....he was hangin on with his little claws!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on June 30, 2013, 10:48:23 PM
Really great job on the paint along, ladies!   :clap: :clap: :clap: You're much braver than I.  As soon as I saw all the detail involved, I decided to set it aside for another day.  Really, really well done!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2013, 10:50:42 PM
This is my rendition, not as neat as I would have liked it to be as I am 'background' challenged for sure. Now to go back and have a look at all the others who have submitted.    Patricia
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on June 30, 2013, 10:54:54 PM
Very nicely done Doina, he's coming along wonderfully.  O0

Patricia, excellent colourings on this fellow. Great job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Very good photo Pat. Beautiful little guy.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2013, 10:56:49 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very well done Jennylynn, Carol and Doina which will be fantastic when you complete it.  Hope I haven't left anyone out.  At any rate, they are all lovely for sure.
 
 :thankyou:  Dennis for an interesting lesson and I pray that you are feeling much better. 
 
Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2013, 10:58:30 PM
 :thankyou:  Val, much appreciated as always, Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Karen on June 30, 2013, 11:05:25 PM
It was interesting today. We have had no power for a week after a once in forty year storm. When we got it back i found my computer had no sound so I have just been watching not listening but i tried to paint along anyway - a bit behind because i spent so long trying to get sound. My paper has buckled but i think I can smooth it out. Some details still to do and i will have to invent the second dragonfly or wait for the replay.
Jennylynn, Patricia and Doina - your dragonflies are all pretty - and i love the different colourings.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Harald on June 30, 2013, 11:15:01 PM
Jennylynn, Carol, Doina, Patricia and Karen it`s fine to see so many different but all beatyful pictures of the same object.
 
 
Here is my try to Paint along.
Harald
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 01, 2013, 12:45:55 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Karen and Harald, very nice paintings of the Dragonfly.  Lovely to see such neat, clear and crisp work.  Good for you both and thank you for your comments on my paint a long.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: doina on July 01, 2013, 12:49:13 AM
Thank you everyone for commenting on my painting. Sure I have a lot of work to do! I love everyone paintings. How interesting!!!.... one basic drawing and so many interpretations. Good work everyone.  :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 01, 2013, 12:54:26 AM
You folks are popping out dragonflies really fast - nice work from you all - Karen, Harold, Doina, Patricia to add to the gallery that Jennylynn and Carol started.

I tend to be a clumsy artist, so truly admire those who paint such tiny objects.

Looks like it was a fun class today.  Dennis, you taught them well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 01, 2013, 12:58:39 AM
SueRai,

Don't worry about the wrinkles, everyone is going to be looking at your beautiful ring.  Was it custom made for you?

How unique!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on July 01, 2013, 01:01:07 AM
Patricia, look at those eyes!  Even "buggy" eyes look good under your hands!  Isn't he pretty?  Good job!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Karen, lovely background.  I like the green!  Never mind the buckling; it will all "iron" out.   :congrats: on a job well done!

Harald, as always, your rendition is beautiful.  I love all the detail you put into your paintings--and you did this at the same pace as Dennis!  Entirely impressive!!  Keep 'em coming, buddy!   :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on July 01, 2013, 07:20:30 AM
doina great start on your painting he's coming along great,
patricia love yours too, background challenged  ???    for the first time last nite I used a size 20 brush for my background, wow what a difference worked really well try it patricia  love the colourings on your dragonfly  :yippee:
Karen I think that your dragonfly is very well painted  O0 buckling, what's a bit of buckling between friends  :2funny:
Harald as always a superb painting very well done  O0
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 01, 2013, 12:21:08 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Thank you Doina, Mea and Jani for your comments on my paint a long.  Jani, I got a bit lost around the eye section ... doesn't take much for me to get lost these days but thank you for your always sweet and uplifting comments.


Jennylynn, after posting my effort last night, I went back and had a look at everyone's painting and I especially looked at your background and thought that it was superb. So I found it interesting that you should comment on using a size 20 brush which I will try next time.  Thanks for the help Jennylynn.  This is what I love most about this forum, we nurture and help each other to grow. Bless you all for having such kind hearts. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 01, 2013, 01:00:52 PM
Great job Karen and the background is excellent  O0

Very well done Harald.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:14:03 PM
   not too happy with this one, everything seemed to go wrong when I started his head lol but finished it in a fashion  :2funny:

His head AND rest of him sure looks great to me.  All I see there and my memory may be off too are the little dabs of yellow under his eyes and "mouth" area?  If I'd never seen Dennis do it though, I'd have just said perfect!  And this as a paint along?  Wow, Jennylynn...I was THERE and couldn't do it!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:18:05 PM
This is a first for me--first insect--or fly guy. I really feel sorry for this guy. It looks as though he was in a brawl and got the worst of it. Did I say first? last also!
 
 
LOL..you sound like me, Carol..LOL...but I think you did a wonderful job and your colors are great.  I think your twig may need some lightening on the upper half of it and I only say that because when Dennis was doing it, the application really caught my attention.  But for a first time?  Yikes...I couldn't do it if it were my 10th time!  Great job!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:20:52 PM
here is where I lost Dennis. I have to do a lot of detail work like finishing legs, wings, modify background, etc. Doina
 
 
Great start, Doina!  Just some touchups as you noted and it's done!  Other than that, I think you did a wonderful job!

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:22:03 PM
Jennylynn, Carol, Doina, Patricia and Karen it`s fine to see so many different but all beatyful pictures of the same object.
 
 
 
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Harald!
 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:25:30 PM
Patricia!  I sure don't see any background challenges or any challenged elements here...you did a WONDERFUL job in both colors and details...I love it!   :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 01, 2013, 01:28:54 PM
It was interesting today. We have had no power for a week after a once in forty year storm. When we got it back i found my computer had no sound so I have just been watching not listening but i tried to paint along anyway - a bit behind because i spent so long trying to get sound. My paper has buckled but i think I can smooth it out. Some details still to do and i will have to invent the second dragonfly or wait for the replay.
Jennylynn, Patricia and Doina - your dragonflies are all pretty - and i love the different colourings.

 
Karen - wonderful as always.  I actually really like the way your background appears!  Great job!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 01, 2013, 02:25:21 PM
I'm with you on this one Mary. All I got was a background much darker than intended, and a bit of a yellow wash on the wings. I'd forgotten how strong the Artist colours are over the Cotman.  ???   Better get your  8) sunglasses on folks, things may be a bit bright before I get sorted here again.  :D :painting: :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: CarolHorvath on July 01, 2013, 02:37:28 PM
This is a re-post. Lillian and Mary thank you for your suggestions.  :clap: I tried to lighten the wings and the twig as you suggested.
Great job everyone: Jennylynn, Doina, Patricia, Harald and Karen too. Don't worry about that wrinkled paper, it makes for an interesting background. I let my light paper wrinkle all it wants.

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on July 01, 2013, 06:50:27 PM
WOW!!! :heeha: You all have done such a wonderfull job, i just watched because i was late, and i thought it would start around 21.00 here :blush: ...but it was an hour later and after 30 minutes i had to go and prepare diner...we always have late diner. So i coul'dnot follow the whole class, but i really enjoyed it. What i did was...i have drawn the template so that was my challenge last night. Maybe i start after the replay,  i really love all the paintings you all did, great job and well done!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on July 01, 2013, 07:13:10 PM
VERY good job, Carol!   :clap: :clap: :clap: Your little guy looks like he could jump off that twig and fly away at any moment!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 01, 2013, 09:35:38 PM
Good on you Riya  :clap: :clap: :clap: Can't wait to see what you come up with.  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on July 01, 2013, 09:43:12 PM
Oh, wow!  So many dragon fly paintings!  Dennis will be proud seeing how popular his class is.


I think I'll fill up the rest of this tread if I name you all individually.  I'll just say you've all done very good work.  Well done!!!   :congrats:


Those dragonflies made a very timely visit, Pat.  Nice photos.   :thankyou:   
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: BeaSue on July 02, 2013, 12:28:31 AM
Oh, what pretty dragonflies, everyone! I think you have all done so well.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 02, 2013, 01:42:54 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Mary, Carol, Riya, Lillian and Susan for your kind comments. 


Mary I really appreciate your sweet comments but trust me, I am "background" challenged for sure.  However, Jennylynn said that she did her background using a number 20 brush .... I looked to see if I had that size but haven't so will be shopping this week to get one.  Hope it will help!! Only time will tell!!


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on July 02, 2013, 04:00:45 AM
Such a beautiful Gallery of Dragonflies :yippee: :flowers: Everyone has done a super job. :clap: :clap: :clap: Looked simple,  eh?

Just a few small comments:
Carol - an excellent redo.
Karen - love the background - just darken up the legs.
Jani - you could easily have made it.
These are minor comments for so many paintings :clap: :clap: O0
PS> All neat work.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on July 02, 2013, 08:30:06 AM
 :thankyou:   one & all for your lovely comments they are all very much appreciated  O0 
carol love your redo great job O0
mary you are as sweet as ever  :thankyou:
riya really well done on drawing your template looking forward to seeing your painting, in your own time, I know you have been through an awful lot but your patience and determination are bringing you through with flying colours  O0  we are all proud of you  :hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 02, 2013, 02:28:28 PM
I did a bit on mine this morning. Will have to wait for the replay...got all my colours in a muck, can't remember what went where!  :heeha: I suppose I could just charge ahead and say he's at carnival!?  ::) ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on July 03, 2013, 02:24:38 AM
Val, you're amazing!  I'm blown away with the fact that you joined the class so soon after that long journey.


I'm glad you're back to your familiar painting spot and I'm looking forward to seeing your dragonflies.


You're getting betterer and betterer all the time!   :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: ImBatman on July 03, 2013, 07:21:57 AM
Hmm, replay still appears to be stuffed at my end, is it that way for everyone???

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on July 03, 2013, 07:59:42 AM
same my end batman video just won't play black screen  ???
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on July 03, 2013, 10:12:38 AM
The replay has been fixed :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on July 12, 2013, 12:10:15 PM
Well, i finally did it...my first watercolour lefthanded and i like it. I am not to happy with the eyes, paint was still wet so the purple mixed with the blue, and somehow i just don't get the eyes right. But i think i just did a nice job and i know now that i will be able to paint.

So i don't let you wait any longer..tadaaa


 :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 12, 2013, 12:49:04 PM
 :heeha: Its BRILLIANT!!!!! Riya, it actually has an expression on its face! Nothing wrong with the eyes, just gives this little fella character.
You really have done a banner job and proved to yourself you can do it. We all knew you could, but now you know. Take great pride in this....you know what's next.... sign it, frame it, and hang it!  O0

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Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on July 12, 2013, 12:51:03 PM
Riya, your have done such a wonderful job on this painting--and left-handed, to boot!!!   :clap: :clap: :clap: I hope you're as proud of yourself as we are of you!   :not_worthy: 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: BeaSue on July 12, 2013, 01:46:41 PM
What a sweet, delicately painted dagonfly, Riya.   O0
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 12, 2013, 03:21:55 PM
CONGRATULATIONS RIYA  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  You did a wonderful job on the dragonflies and with your left hand too.  Just shows you what you can do if you put your mind to it!!!  It is better than mine with my dominant right hand.  I am very proud of you and your achievement.  Carry on and we look forward to your next painting. Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 12, 2013, 04:39:34 PM
Riya - What an inspiration you are...what a wonderful job you did - I don't expect to do half the job you've done here!  I'm so happy that your painting door has been reopened for you and it took great courage to walk through it.  Thank you so much for sharing this remarkable achievement with us as well as a simply lovely painting.  Hat's off to you!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on July 13, 2013, 06:57:26 AM
WOW!!!  :heeha: I just don't know what to say.... :blush: .... :cloud9:  Val, Jani, Susan, Patricia and Rkymtnmary  :thankyou:  so very much for all your wonderful and encouraging comments. This is just what I needed being so insecure about what I do. But i know now that whit practise I will be able to paint like "the old days" righthanded. I still reach out with my righthand to pick up things, all that is possible too, but I dont use it much especially not for creating.
 I really wished I could effort buying some more lessons   :cost: :'(  eg watercolour or acrylic/oils but live is very hard at this part of the world, and there isn't much we can do  :( . But I still have some paint and paper, and some canvas and canvasboards, so I have the material even it is limited  :yippee: .
I still have some of the acrylic lessons that I bought and the free watercolour lesson, and ofcourse I can use all the templates Dennis put up for the lessons. I just look  :coffee:  at all your paintings for the colours, the technique is something different, but I think just being able to paint will be more than enough  :smitten: .
 
So, i myself look also forward to my next  :painting: .
Thank you again for your awesome comments and support,  :hug: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on July 15, 2013, 11:51:58 PM
Here is Mr. Dragonfly  ;D ;D
Nina  :flowers:
PS. You all did a very nice job on your dragonflies Give yourselves a hand :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: doina on July 16, 2013, 12:16:40 AM
Nina is beautiful! the wings are exceptionally fine. The entire painting is so airy  :clap: :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on July 16, 2013, 01:00:09 AM
I love your dragonfly, Nina!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 16, 2013, 01:42:12 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Nina, you did an awesome job of the dragonflies.  The transparency of the wings are very well done, the colours are vibrant.  Excellent.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on July 16, 2013, 12:10:22 PM
 :thankyou:  Doina,  :thankyou:  Jrhallo36,  :thankyou:  Patricia, for your kind words. It was fun to do him.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 16, 2013, 02:55:17 PM
Beautiful Nina.  :clap: :clap: :clap: I love watching these little guys hovering and darting about. Masters of flight!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 16, 2013, 10:04:56 PM
My version after a major mishap from being careless...I'd just finished the thorax on the little one and somehow touched it with my finger and smudged both left wings on it even outside the outline of its body and it was NOT a happy accident!  I fixed it up as best I could so if that one looks a bit odd, that's why.  But the best part was that I was doing this outside on my deck and as I was painting, a REAL dragonfly came by as if to visit...I did get a photo and will post as soon as I figure out how to get it from my phone to here...might be a while!   :2funny: :2funny: He's probably telling all his friends to stay off that crazy lady's deck!

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 16, 2013, 11:33:30 PM
You have got to come up with something better than that story if you expect us to believe you had a not happy accident. Not a crime scene in sight!  :detective:   Love the face on this little fella  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 16, 2013, 11:41:11 PM
You know, Val, till you said that about his face, I hadn't really looked at it AS a face but as soon as I did, I just started laughing!  And now I can't STOP  :2funny: !!!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on July 17, 2013, 12:10:39 AM
He is so unique he could star in his own comic strip!  :heeha: What shall we call it..........
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on July 17, 2013, 07:22:32 AM
Nina and Mary your dragonflies look just awesome  :smitten: , love the fine details and Mary i just love the story of the dragonfly that came by. I love dragonflies and butterflies and made a lot of photo's of them. Only this year we didn't see many of them, just a few.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on July 17, 2013, 10:33:21 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mary, a very good job, no sign of any smudging .... sometimes our mistakes loom bigger than life in our minds and are not discernible to anyone else. Good job.  Patricia 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on July 17, 2013, 12:21:10 PM
Mary, I love your little guy!  He's so cute!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Although you wrote about your mishap, try as I might, I cannot see it.  Patricia is right.  We can readily see our own mistakes, but others will have to search high and low for them. Most of the time, they won't know about your struggles unless you tell them.  Good job here!!  :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on July 17, 2013, 03:33:20 PM
 :thankyou: Val,  :thankyou:  Riya,  Mary he does have a cute little face. Nice job.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jennylynn on July 17, 2013, 04:49:56 PM
WOW riya excellent job on your dragonflies and lefthanded too  :yippee:   knew you could do it and now so do you  O0 you truly are an inspiration  O0
 
nina love your dragonflies the transparency of the wings are awesome  :yippee:
 
mary brilliant job on your dragonflies too  O0  love his face, and ahem!!  what mistake  ???
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 17, 2013, 06:14:51 PM
Nina and Mary your dragonflies look just awesome  :smitten: , love the fine details and Mary i just love the story of the dragonfly that came by. I love dragonflies and butterflies and made a lot of photo's of them. Only this year we didn't see many of them, just a few.


Thank you, Riya....would LOVE to see your pics...I still haven't figured how to get my little guy from my phone to here...maybe in the next century!  Thank you again!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 17, 2013, 06:18:48 PM
Mary, I love your little guy!  He's so cute!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Although you wrote about your mishap, try as I might, I cannot see it.  Patricia is right.  We can readily see our own mistakes, but others will have to search high and low for them. Most of the time, they won't know about your struggles unless you tell them.  Good job here!!  :congrats:


Patricia and Jani - Thank you so much for your sweet comments and you're right...my eyes keep going right to the scene of the crime!  I was really horrified when it happened because it went right over the transparency of the wings (both) and over the line into the background...it was kind of like a double fingerprint.  LOL  But I walked away for a while after it and I got it to where it wasn't headed immediately to the garbage file!  I still want to do it again and thanks so much for your words of encouragement.   :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Rkymtnmary on July 17, 2013, 06:21:51 PM
:thankyou: Val,  :thankyou:  Riya,  Mary he does have a cute little face. Nice job.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:


Thank you, Nina...I still keep laughing when I look at him and still haven't come up with a name per Val's request.  Definitely open to suggestion!  Thanks again.. :1hug:


Cracking me up, Jennylynn!  Thank you so much.  If I think of a name, will let you know!   :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Tousabella on July 17, 2013, 06:58:40 PM
Wow...you ALL did such a wondferful job.  For those that said they had boo boo'd....there is no sign of that!!  They are all beautiful..so many delightful colors, and such cute lil faces, too! They are all keepers.


Jenny...a size 20 brush? Holy Moley!!  Round....flat...mop?  That just boggles my head!!


Congrats to you all on your paintings.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: ImBatman on August 05, 2013, 01:02:49 PM
Hi everyone,

Here is my attempt at the dragonflies.

Dragonflies
Dragonflies


Let me know what you think.

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on August 05, 2013, 01:06:04 PM
This gallery of dragonflies is great!  Everyone has done wonderful work and should be proud.   O0 O0
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on August 05, 2013, 01:18:07 PM
Nice job, Batman!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Hey, we missed you in class today!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on August 05, 2013, 02:53:29 PM
 :thankyou: Jennylynn,  :thankyou:  Mary. Batman very nice job.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on August 05, 2013, 06:35:15 PM
Very nice job Bman  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I just went in my gallery and realised I don't have my dragonfly  :confused: Went and had a look...I guess he flew off! Must have left him up north...oh well, another do over!  ::) :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: doina on August 05, 2013, 07:11:55 PM
What a great rendition of the dragonfly! The wings are sur-real! :clap: :clap: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on August 05, 2013, 07:38:49 PM
Well done, Batman :clap: :clap: :clap: Lovely strong colours O0
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Fencepost on August 05, 2013, 08:37:28 PM
Kudos, Batman. Love your interpretation!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: ImBatman on August 05, 2013, 09:23:10 PM
 :thankyou: Nina,  :thankyou: Val,  :thankyou: doina
 :thankyou: Dennis - were you expecting anything less???  :2funny:
 :thankyou: Fencepost.

I agree with njnjgirl. Everyone seems to have produced a winner on this one!!!

Batman.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on August 06, 2013, 03:31:48 AM
Would have disappointed me had you used weak colours :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on August 06, 2013, 12:11:51 PM
 :twothumbs:   Well done, Batman!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on August 06, 2013, 06:12:04 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Good job Batman.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on August 17, 2013, 10:46:02 AM
Goodmorning Dennis,

I just wanted to let you know that i really enjoyed the Dragonflylesson and even i didn't paint along i did draw the Dragonfly that day lefthanded, that allready was a big challenge. I have finished it a few days later lefthanded and i am realy very, very happy with it. I hope i will be able to paint more, but for now i have to deside if i do my operation. It is difficult because they don't know if my wrist will heal good or that it even get worse. I have to make my desision this weekend and i still dont know if i go for the operation or just live with my wrist as it is now, but i know that, whatever i deside, i will be able to paint and not that bad too, i think ^_^.

Here's my Dragonfly, i think you missed it in the topic, but I just wanted to share my first lefthanded painting and hope you like it and what of you think of it. Right now i am not in the position to buy anymore lessons, live is still very hard right here, but i still have the Wood and Stone lesson, and besides that i can use the templates you uploaded, and with all the paintings of all the members i will have a great 'book' of inspiration.

Have a great day and a nice weekend, as for all of you my dear friends,
Riya





Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lillian on August 17, 2013, 12:16:25 PM
You have very good control with your left hand, Riya.  You can be very proud of this painting.  I think it's as good as anyone would do with their dominant hand.   :congrats:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: jrhall036 on August 17, 2013, 01:00:22 PM
Very well done, Riya!! And with you left hand: that's incredible!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on August 17, 2013, 01:22:15 PM
Nice job Riya, Especially with your left hand.  :clap: :clap:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on August 17, 2013, 01:31:49 PM
As good as any of mine Riya  O0 ....and I'm left handed!  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 17, 2013, 06:38:22 PM
Riya,

I love your dragonfly.  The blue hue is exactly what I was trying to create for my bird of paradise.  Did you mix it, or was it straight out of the tube?

Gorgeous!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on August 17, 2013, 08:16:33 PM
Riya, I really must congratulate you on this painting :clap: :clap: :clap: I think you have made a better job of this one than I would have if I tried with MY left hand  :clap:

Your background colour has brought out the delicate transparency of the wings and for a "dumb" left hand you have painted the small details like a craftsman. O0

Come to think of it - you should paint ALL future paintings with your left hand :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on August 18, 2013, 06:43:19 PM
 :thankyou: so much Lillian, Jani, Nina, Val, Mea and Dennis for your wonderfull comments :smitten: . Im still very proud of my first lefthanded painting, it looks so much better than i could have dreamd of.

Lillian, I found it difficult to keep my hand in controle, a lot of shaking and going the other way then it had to, but after slowing down it did go mucht better. I really had to concentrate on what i was planning to do, that way i got controle.....just a bit  :) .  It still is something that cost a lot of energy and thinking but i really love how my painting looks, yes... I am very proud...and happy with my cute Dragonfly :cloud9: .

Val...that is a very nice compliment, thank you so much  :flowers:

Mea, thank you so much, the blue is straight out of the tube and I put on two or three layers to get it so intense. I do love bright and intense colours especially the blue. It is exactly the colour of the Dragonflies i have seen, so I am very happy with how the Dragonfly turned out.

Dennis, Thank you so very much for your wonderful comment  :flowers: :smitten: it is much appreciated and the best encouraging reply someone can get. The background was something unexpected, one of these lucky accidents. And because painting cost somuch energy and lack of cotrole and practise, made that i didn't try to go over it again . I just put on the watercolour once and let it dry. Normaly i see all kind of flaws and try to 'fix' them...always bad  :2funny:
I was surprised too that the fine detailing did look that good, maybe because my hand is not half as steady as my dominant hand and goes everywhere it shouln'd  :whistle: and the fine lines just turned out good just like the little hairs on the legs..didn't know i was able to do so.

Maybe i do as you say and paint only lefthanded.....even when after the operation my right hand is much better. Yes, i have decided to do the operation...I will take the risk, but I am really scared. But when i dont i am sure one day i will regret that and than it is too late. Now the change on healing good and be able to use my wrist again is 75%, in a year that will be just 50% and every year it will be more difficult to repair the damage.

So, wish me luck..tomorrow i'll go to the hospital and at the end of the day i will hopefully awake after the operation (my biggest fear is not to wake up). It will take several weeks before we know if all is good, but that is the future.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: doina on August 18, 2013, 07:21:50 PM
Riya, your dragonfly is much better than mine with my right hand done. I admire you. I like the vibrant colors and especially the sky. Keep doing, you're doing well. I wish you good luck tomorrow on the surgery. Keep us updated.  :gl2: Doina
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on August 18, 2013, 11:09:26 PM
Riya, we will  :pray: for the guiding of the surgeon's hands and your quick and complete recovery :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Riya on August 18, 2013, 11:22:26 PM
Doina, thank you so very much for your lovely words, and your wishes. Ofcourse i will let you know how things go, but for now i am off to bed...try to  :sleep: a few hours.

Dennis thank you so very much for these warm and kind words, they will be in my mind together with all the other kind, warm and encouraging words i received. They will give me great comfort and trust in the operation. I am sure that it will be just fine and that i am in good hands.....when only my head and body would believe it :sweat:

 :flowers: :smitten: :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on August 19, 2013, 12:15:08 AM
Believe it Riya, I'm with you all the way.  O0 :1hug:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on August 19, 2013, 01:03:06 PM
Riya a great painting of the dragonfly.  You have reached such wonderful heights with your less dominant hand. You can be very proud of your achievements.  Have positive thoughts about your wrist operation and just believe, feel and know that all will be O.K. Our minds are very powerful and what we think about, we bring about.  So think on good things.  Please let us all know how you are getting along and I will lift you up in prayer.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Tony (ASM) on August 19, 2013, 03:42:39 PM
Took me ages to get through all the pages of this thread! I missed this lesson and can see by all the great Dragon Flies paintings and, some photos, it was a fabulous one!
Congratulations on all those lovely art works  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Alice L Lemke on October 26, 2013, 06:17:33 AM

This was my first paint-a-long and I was so disappointed with the result, I wouldn't even put it up in my portfolio.  The wings look deformed and the background was so bland!  I decided at the last minute to try the class, but was so rushed getting it drawn and ready that I couldn't get the smaller dragonfly painted.  After this, I decided to always be prepared. That's what this is all about - learning, and I learned so much by my failures.

Alice
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on October 26, 2013, 07:31:17 AM
Alice, I would love you to do another dragonfly painting using the video and then paste the new painting just below this one so that we can see the before and after.

This will be of encouragement to you as well as all the other beginners and newbies along the road.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on October 26, 2013, 12:20:00 PM
Alice, a good suggestion by Dennis.  We all hopefully, learn from our failures and if anyone has never failed at anything, then they have done nothing.  You are a fantastic artist and even what you think is a failure, to me looks pretty good.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Alice L Lemke on October 26, 2013, 05:00:37 PM
Thanks, but I really hate that dragonfly!  I will try to paint a dragonfly again, as you suggested, but I may use a different photo.   This one had sharp focus on the eyes and body, but I think the wings were in motion so the image of them was blurred.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on October 26, 2013, 07:39:05 PM
No, don't use a different photo - otherwise there cannot be a comparison.
Trust me. It's not the "like or dislike" of a subject - it is all about practicing techniques. :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on October 30, 2013, 09:07:50 PM
The dragonflies are wonderful.  Good job everyone.!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Here is my dragonfly:
 
 
 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on October 30, 2013, 10:21:15 PM
Good job MaryLou, such a cute face!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on October 30, 2013, 10:27:04 PM
Never thought of a dragonfly having a "cute" face..but I guess to other dragonflies it would be important :2funny: ..Thanks Val. :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on October 30, 2013, 10:56:37 PM
I could see this little fella flying right out of a Disney cartoon.  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on October 31, 2013, 12:57:01 AM
Oh, wow!   :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Tania on October 31, 2013, 01:48:33 AM
I agree with Val! He definitely has character! Nicely done!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on October 31, 2013, 02:21:22 AM
Excellent, Mary Lou  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on October 31, 2013, 09:51:14 AM
 :thankyou:  Tania,  :thankyou:  Dennis!  This was a lot of fun to do!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on October 31, 2013, 12:50:32 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely dragonfly Mary Lou, well done.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 31, 2013, 06:32:59 PM
oooh, I really like this! Can't wait to try this myself. Well done!!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on November 01, 2013, 11:43:00 AM
Thank you Patricia & Sharon! :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on November 01, 2013, 04:01:45 PM
Way to go Mary Lou.  O0 O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on November 01, 2013, 07:25:03 PM
Thank you Nina!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 19, 2013, 04:16:17 PM
Back from a brief vacation in Puerto Vallarta and so happy to be taking another PB watercolor class!  This was a fun painting to do - I think my background should have been lighter to make these guys pop more...especially enjoyed learning how to paint the wings for that see through effect...as always, open to any suggestions for improvement!

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on December 19, 2013, 07:43:01 PM
Very well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 19, 2013, 09:30:43 PM
Thanks, Dennis - as I look at the finished painting I'm really enjoying the whimsical elements of these creatures!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on December 20, 2013, 03:12:50 AM
Well done Sharon  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap: Just love the little faces on these guys.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on December 20, 2013, 06:08:08 AM
Nice dragonfly, Sharon.  Love the sahade of background color.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Denise808 on December 20, 2013, 06:31:21 AM
Nice Sharon! I can see from this that even bugs can have personality! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: njnjgirl on December 20, 2013, 10:59:53 AM
Cute as a bug! Oh, it is a bug  :2funny:....Really kidding aside, very well done Sharon!  This was a fun one, wasn't it? :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Ray3 on December 20, 2013, 05:26:05 PM
Excellent work Sharon great detail and well executed in your wings   :clap:   Ray
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 20, 2013, 06:14:25 PM
 :thankyou: all! Usually I'm not much of a bug person but I'm becoming rather fond of these guys! A photographer friend of mine I showed this to has sent me a few dragonfly photos he's taken over the years so i'll have lots of opportunities to practice what I've learned!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: lynn p. on December 20, 2013, 10:14:34 PM
I think this is just great Sharon and I really like the color of the background. I think it is rich and perfect.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 22, 2013, 12:46:52 AM
Thanks, Lynn - and I've become much happier with the background the more I look at the painting!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on December 23, 2013, 11:50:32 PM
Good one Sharon.  :clap:  :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2014, 12:12:37 AM
Here is my try of Dragonflies :)
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Steven on February 04, 2014, 12:33:47 AM
He looks.... hungry! Nice detailing and colors Bhavna :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 04, 2014, 06:20:01 AM
Bhavna,

That dragonfly is beautiful.  The blue hue is gorgeous.  So lifelike.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Bhavna on February 04, 2014, 03:47:03 PM
Thant you Steven and Mea :flowers:

Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on February 04, 2014, 06:29:19 PM
Bhavna beautiful job.  O0 O0
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Bhavna on February 05, 2014, 01:13:10 AM
Thank you Nina :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on February 17, 2014, 01:13:27 PM
Fabulous Bhavna!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on February 18, 2014, 12:34:35 AM
Another one I seemed to have missed. Well done, Bhavna :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Happychappy on February 20, 2014, 12:44:59 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Bhavna, an excellent job.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Bhavna on February 20, 2014, 01:46:28 PM
Thank you Dennis :flowers: :flowers:
Thanks Val and Patricia :flowers: :flowers:


Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Danielle123 on October 23, 2014, 06:56:12 PM
Some nice dragonflies everyone.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Danielle123 on October 23, 2014, 06:59:58 PM
Here is my version of the dragonfly. 
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Sherri on October 23, 2014, 07:04:12 PM
Love this painting.  You are so talented!!!  Sherri
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: BeaSue on October 23, 2014, 08:20:00 PM
Gorgeous, Danielle! Love those clean, bright colors.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: ncwren on October 23, 2014, 08:29:37 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 23, 2014, 10:10:45 PM
Great dragonfly, Danielle.  Love that blue hue.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Tania on October 24, 2014, 01:58:43 AM
Awesome  :painting: Danielle!!
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 24, 2014, 05:04:32 AM
Beautiful colours Danielle, love it  :smitten:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: dennis on October 25, 2014, 03:33:01 AM
Beautiful, Danielle :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Danielle123 on October 29, 2014, 01:43:41 AM
 :thankyou:  All for your encouragement and taking the time to view.
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Val on November 02, 2014, 02:23:31 PM
 :yippee: Well done everyone!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: NHC50 on November 02, 2014, 02:26:39 PM
Way to go Danielle. Very well done.  O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #65 - Dragonflies
Post by: Danielle123 on November 03, 2014, 10:59:41 PM
 :thankyou:  Val and Nina
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