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Watercolour Painting => Watercolour Encourager Sessions => Topic started by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 12, 2014, 07:00:57 PM

Title: The Boys
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 12, 2014, 07:00:57 PM
My friend's niece's boyfriend was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in January. She's asked me to paint this photograph and of him and his brother to give to their mother. I'd love to get any suggestions for improvements - I tried to keep the background more impressionistic in order to focus on the boys…thanks…

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Post by: scouserl41 on March 12, 2014, 07:43:17 PM
Zooming in to make the boys the subject of the painting might focus it a little more.
It's a good photograph to start with. Maybe tinting the yellow foreground and the background a little to give a "Halo" effect arounf the boys?
I like the depth you have in the painting.
A difficult painting to do with the tragedy associated with it.
Good work. Hope there is some help in my suggestions.
Brian
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Post by: BeaSue on March 12, 2014, 08:19:52 PM
Good job, Sharon! What a meaningful gift this will be.

I think the yellow grasses in the foreground might show a little more detail than you have painted, then fading to blurrier toward the boys. I also like the blueish tint to the far-ground trees in the photo. Maybe a light blue glaze over those in your painting?
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 12, 2014, 09:07:15 PM
Thanks for your ideas. And i think a blue glaze would be good, Susan - and would make the boys pop a bit more brian. And I'll add some more detail to the grasses in the front. Grasses and trees have never been my strength. Thanks!
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 12, 2014, 09:38:38 PM
 very nice :painting: i agree with Brian though I certainly am not an expert but the yelow grass stops to hard. I am sorry for the loss of the boyfriend, this is verry sad.  :'(
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Post by: thebryce on March 12, 2014, 09:56:23 PM
Wow! You have gotten good in such a short time. I am years away from your level.
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Post by: Lisa From Oto on March 12, 2014, 10:00:23 PM
I am in awe of you doing something like this.  It is great.  I wonder if the older boy needs some more highlights in his hair or something, there is something not quite right about the top of his head? The idea of making the background more impressionist seems to work well.  Good luck
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Post by: ncwren on March 12, 2014, 10:06:29 PM
Looks great Sharon-looking forward to the final painting.
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Post by: thebryce on March 12, 2014, 11:52:13 PM
In the oils class atmospheric perspective is a big topic. It would benefit you and your painting to watch that lesson. Understanding the scientific rules of nature, mountains and atmosphric perspective will allow you to fix the transition between the for and aft parts of the mountains. I am sold on it as is however, since I can't do as well. Great job!
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Post by: richkay on March 13, 2014, 12:34:19 AM
I love your painting.  My attention went to the boy on the left.  His left arm raised and the nape of his neck showing made him seem vulnerable to me.  What a great story your art is telling!
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 13, 2014, 03:46:27 AM
Wow, Sharon.  You are gaining quite a reputation.

It looks very good to me.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 13, 2014, 04:16:49 PM

Thanks again for everyone's suggestions - I tried to incorporate them as best I could - here's the final version as well as it framed. I sent this to the client last night and she called me up in tears - she said it was better than she had ever imagined it would be, especially knowing I've only been painting for 23 months.  She's picking it up this weekend so she can deliver this to the boy's mother next week.  I got choked up when I heard her message.  This is one of those ah-ha moments when you realize how impactful art can be. 
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 13, 2014, 04:43:00 PM
Sharon,

I am so happy for you.  Your art is making a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

be proud of all that you have accomplished in so short a time.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 13, 2014, 04:57:11 PM
Thanks, Mea - it's nice that something I love to do can make such a difference to someone else...
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Post by: Lisa From Oto on March 13, 2014, 06:30:26 PM
That is awesome Sharon, you have done a beautiful painting  :)
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Post by: ncwren on March 13, 2014, 07:32:37 PM
 :clap: Great job Sharon!
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Post by: JayJ on March 13, 2014, 09:02:48 PM
Thats so touching Sharon!great painting!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 13, 2014, 09:51:52 PM
Thanks Lisa, Natalie and Jay…I'm very proud of this painting...
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Post by: Happychappy on March 13, 2014, 10:19:11 PM
Sharon, a beautiful painting as heartbreaking as it is for the mother. You are doing so well with your painting in such a short time too.  Fantastic really.  Patricia
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 14, 2014, 03:04:21 AM
It looks fantastic congratulation you should be proud and in such a short time in learning.   I am  sorry for that mother's loss.
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Post by: scouserl41 on March 14, 2014, 05:16:08 AM
Well done Sharon, you have created something with real meaning.
Brian
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 14, 2014, 04:28:53 PM
Thanks Patricia, Danielle and Brian - and this project has inspired me to look for other meaningful subjects to paint…and to keep learning!
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Post by: Denise808 on March 15, 2014, 02:26:22 AM
Beautiful Sharon, congratulations  :smitten:
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Post by: jennylynn on March 15, 2014, 09:52:23 AM
Sharon what a beautiful painting  O0  you should be proud of this one very proud not only have you done it well but you've made a lot of people very very happy  O0
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 15, 2014, 04:02:00 PM
Thanks Denise and Jennylynn. I'm delivering the painting to my client this afternoon. Can't wait to see her expression!
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Post by: Val on March 15, 2014, 07:02:43 PM
 :gl2:
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Post by: njnjgirl on March 16, 2014, 12:41:02 PM
Very touching and well done Sharon.  :flowers:
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Post by: Neil Nicholson on March 16, 2014, 12:43:37 PM
It turned out great Sharon, you should be very proud!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 17, 2014, 04:41:50 PM
Thanks Mary Lou and Neil! I gave the painting to my client on Saturday and she got very emotional. She and her niece will bring it to the boy's mom this weekend. Definitely proud of this.
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Post by: Tousabella on March 17, 2014, 06:03:52 PM
The painting shows so much caring and feeling.  I'm so glad you chose to 'open the window' on your artistic side. You have a wonderful talent, Sharon, and a special gift.
I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 17, 2014, 07:17:04 PM
Thanks, Retta - what an absolutely lovely message!
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Post by: JayJ on March 17, 2014, 09:41:07 PM
Congratulations Sharon for being featured in newsletter this week!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 17, 2014, 09:46:37 PM
Thanks, Jay - I just saw that and am so honored! I immediately sent the newsletter to my husband and my client - I'm speechless!! Thank you to the choosing committee - this means a lot to me...
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Post by: Lisa From Oto on March 18, 2014, 08:34:42 AM
Congratulations Sharon, well deserved.  :clap: :flowers:
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Post by: Bev S. on March 18, 2014, 09:31:15 AM
Congratulations Sharon. . . . .well done and well deserved!
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Post by: Val on March 18, 2014, 10:23:21 AM
Congratulations Sharon on both counts!  :yippee:

 :congrats:    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Makes one wonder what is next on your agenda  ??? .  Looking forward to finding out.......  ;D

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Post by: jennylynn on March 18, 2014, 12:56:24 PM
congratulations Sharon on being featured artist  :yippee: very well deserved  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 18, 2014, 03:48:04 PM
Congratulation Sharon for your artwork being featured on the newletter it is absolutly beautiful. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 18, 2014, 04:30:24 PM
Thanks everyone - I've been on cloud 9 ever since I saw the newsletter! Of course the painting never would have looked as good as it does without the wonderful suggestions from the PB community. I love the support and encouragement that flows so beautifully online.

And what's next Val - I'm being commissioned by a city councilman here to paint a picture of an iconic scene of his district. So stay tuned since I'll be needing everyone's feedback on this project too!

Thanks again!!
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 18, 2014, 04:44:22 PM
Sharon,

Congratulations on having The Boys featured in the newsletter.  That is such a wonderful painting and you are such a great painter.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on March 18, 2014, 08:51:53 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sharon, congratulations on being featured in the Newsletter.  You are so deserving of the recognition.  Patricia
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Post by: BeaSue on March 18, 2014, 09:42:02 PM
Whoo-hoo! Sharon, it has been such fun--and a great encouragement--to see you progress in your painting. Very happy for your recognition.
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Post by: Harwant on March 19, 2014, 12:20:36 AM
Congrats  Sharon,well deserved !!

Harwant.
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Post by: njnjgirl on March 19, 2014, 11:38:32 AM
Sharon, congratulations on the newsletter recognition.  Well deserved and keep up the beautiful work! :painting:
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Post by: Daisyblue77 on March 19, 2014, 12:07:50 PM
Congratulations Sharon.  So happy to see your work chosen for recognition in this weeks newsletter.  Your painting is awesome.    :yippee:  :clap:  :yippee:  :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 19, 2014, 03:32:32 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: everyone!!!
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Post by: Val on March 20, 2014, 08:24:31 PM
Congratulations on your upcoming commission!  :yippee:   Not to worry, we'll all be here ready to lend a..... thought....sorry, you'll still have to use your own hand!  :2funny:     
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 20, 2014, 09:03:10 PM
Thanks, Val - the painting is going to be a sign from his district from the early 1900's with street cars running underneath it. He wants me to incorporate some of the elements of the new playground they're building in that community. As soon as I get both photos I'll post them and would love everyone's help in composition to start...
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Post by: Val on March 20, 2014, 09:21:16 PM
 O0
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 28, 2014, 04:12:41 PM
Today on my Facebook page, the mother of the young man in this painting that died sent me this message below:

"I just want to let you know how much this painting means to me and my family. I cried tears of appreciation and joy when I saw it. It is right at the entrance of our home so it is the first thing you see when you enter our home. with gratitude to you."

As Dennis recently posted ( and I'm paraphrasing) - a life dedicated to art is most definitely not a life wasted.  I'm so grateful to be an artist now and to know my art can be so meaningful to someone...
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Post by: Lisa From Oto on August 11, 2014, 05:11:56 AM
Congratulations Sharon, you deserve it.  Good luck with the new one. Wondering if I keep looking at what I have missed you have already put up the photos and started :-)
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 11, 2014, 04:52:26 PM
You're so sweet, Lisa - thank you!