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Title: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on September 14, 2015, 07:18:52 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.  ThanksYou

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Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 14, 2015, 12:50:06 PM
I've a paper set up for this one! This is going to be great fun, love the perspective in this....a great challenge for me!  :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 19, 2015, 07:11:15 PM

What a fun class!! We're heading up to Tahoe in a couple of weeks so I think I'll gather some pine cones and create my own painting using these techniques taught by Dennis. Let me know if something needs to be tweaked!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on September 19, 2015, 07:53:23 PM
Excellent, Sharon :clap: :clap: :clap: The outside edges a still a bit too sharp - needs to be very carefully softened with a small round brush. Try the bottom left first, and if you are not happy with the result then rather leave everything as is. O0
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 19, 2015, 10:46:45 PM
Have watched this lesson, brilliant. I'm trying some of the techniques from this in my current painting. It's the softening off as you go down the cone that has me intrigued. Can't wait to have a go at the pine cone, looks very much like fun to me!  :heeha:

Sharon, excellent pine cone. If you can soften it away as Dennis suggested it will be awesome!  O0    :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 19, 2015, 11:13:49 PM
Thanks Dennis and Val - and when we get home I'll take a stab at softening the edges. Can't wait to see your version Val - this truly was an enjoyable lesson!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 20, 2015, 09:55:40 PM

And here it is with the edges softened - great suggestion, Dennis!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Danielle123 on September 20, 2015, 10:12:42 PM
lovely pine cone Sharon, great job. :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on September 20, 2015, 11:09:51 PM
 O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: thegrindre on September 20, 2015, 11:14:37 PM
EXCELLENT!  :clap: You are doing so well 'round here, Sharon.  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 21, 2015, 12:02:22 AM
 :thankyou: Danielle, Dennis and Rick!! Now the rest of you need to try this lesson!!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: thebryce on September 21, 2015, 01:53:17 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 21, 2015, 01:27:22 PM
Well done Sharon.  O0   This is top on my list after I finish flubbing my current painting. Probably should have waited until my arm was better, but crikey it's been too long.

This is just what I needed to see to get me up and moving again. Great lesson Dennis.  O0     :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on September 25, 2015, 11:25:42 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Once again, a great painting Sharon.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on September 26, 2015, 01:35:10 PM
Sharon;  Your pine cone looks great.  The softer edges are perfect. Kathykuz
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 26, 2015, 07:32:31 PM
 :thank you:Bryce, Val, Patricia and Kathy! Can't believe no one else has attempted this lesson yet - it's really enjoyable! How's your arm doing, Val???
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 26, 2015, 09:18:58 PM
I've just finished putting my paper on the stretcher board for this lesson! Going to watch it while my paper dries outside, if the net holds. We're getting lots of thunderstorms recently which usually means loss of power. My pine cone will be coming soon.  :painting:
The swelling is almost gone, just a bit stiff and achy still, but that won't stop me now!  :strong:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Danielle123 on September 26, 2015, 11:09:49 PM
Hope the weather holds so you can do your painting.
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 27, 2015, 02:01:36 PM
So glad your arm is feeling better, Val - that pine cone lesson is calling your name loud and clear!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on September 28, 2015, 07:57:50 PM

Here is my pinecone.  They are not as easy as they look. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on September 28, 2015, 08:51:47 PM
Very well done! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 28, 2015, 09:29:33 PM
Nice job, Kathy - good to have another pine cone completed! My only suggestion is to add a bit of the pine cone color to the whites on the tips - they seem a bit too white right now. And that's what's great about Dennis's lessons - they always challenge us!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 28, 2015, 10:01:25 PM
I turned my pine cone into an experiment. You know how I love a good experiment!  >:D
I am using my Daniel Smith paints which are limited, and not the usual colours. I decided I  needed a 'real' challenge!  :doh: This is challenging enough without adding the extra stress, but it really is exhilarating even though it's a bit of a dog's breakfast! I did the background yesterday, got the second round of masking on, and the undercoat on the cone. Wasn't able to get back to it today, but hoping to finish it up tonight once it cools off a bit. Not good to drip on your paper and paints!  :sweat:

Great job Kathy, hope this turns out half as well as yours did.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on September 29, 2015, 04:20:08 PM

This is after I darkened the tips of the pine cone.   :thankyou: for your suggestion. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 29, 2015, 05:01:34 PM
This is fabulous, Kathy - it all blends in so well now!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on September 29, 2015, 05:37:59 PM
Great painting, Kathy. You did well on a "Looks easy" subject :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on September 29, 2015, 05:58:47 PM
Well done Kathy  O0 Looks great!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Now you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see mine.... I'm making use of some of the tips here. Thanks guys!  ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on September 29, 2015, 10:19:07 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely job on the pine cone Kathy.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 01, 2015, 04:39:35 PM
I didn't get any done yesterday so here's where I am at. I enlarged mine a bit so I could see the little bits better. I've done this using only three colours so far.... Daniel smith Burgundy Yellow Ochre, Deep Scarlet, and Blue Apetite. Just wondered how it would turn out using different colours than the normal that I use. So far.....not bad. Most of the time was spent mixing!  :tongue: Couldn't have gotten this far without my colour wheel.

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 01, 2015, 05:09:32 PM
Val;  So far it looks great.  Good contrast. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 01, 2015, 06:06:03 PM
Off to a good start, Val.  Once I catch up, I want to do the pine cone, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 01, 2015, 09:08:56 PM
Loving this so far, Val! Great background  :clap: :clap: :clap: And it's fun to experiment with the colors - can't wait for the next chapter in this painting!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 01, 2015, 09:17:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Val, this is looking pretty good.  I love the vibrant colours thus far and now can't wait to see the end result.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 01, 2015, 10:33:13 PM
Thanks much Kathy, Mea, and Patricia. This is going to take me a while, this is where my eyes tend to let me down a bit. Seeing the values/colours properly. I have to really concentrate on them. Plus... it's a toasty day today!  :sweat:   My puddles are drying up so fast I have to keep adding water, then I get it too watery, so have to mix more,  :D colour wrong, add a touch of this, a touch of that....aha! Got it! Oops, that's the wrong one, I need the other puddle  :doh:
I'm having so much fun with this one and I'll bet Dennis has never done the quickstep in double time before!!!  :dance: :dance:   He has had such a talking to I'll tell you!  :2funny:

Here's today's endeavour

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 01, 2015, 10:43:37 PM
I think this is coming along great.  Looks like something that takes concentration as far as exactly where you are working in the pine cone and where the darks and lights should go.   This will be great when you are done!  I have no doubt. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 02, 2015, 07:45:40 AM
Val, an absolutely excellent start :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: BeaSue on October 02, 2015, 04:49:34 PM
You have some great shading going on there, Val. Carry on.  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 02, 2015, 06:43:57 PM
Ta much Mary lou and Susan, I think I'd have been further ahead if I'd stuck to my good old W&N paints! But it does show that it is possible to paint reasonably well even if you don't have the exact colours. I don't even worry about that anymore. If I can muddle through this, anyone can.  O0

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 02, 2015, 06:44:20 PM
Val, an absolutely excellent start :clap: :clap: :clap:

Oh good Dennis, I love to hear you say 'excellent'.... that means I'm not allowed to muck with it!  >:D   Just kidding, I'll get this done before the month is up....  :heeha: oh look, it's a new month! That takes the pressure off!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 02, 2015, 08:14:57 PM
This is my submission ... an interesting class, thank you Dennis.  The pine cone was deceiving for it was much more difficult than it looked. I fiddled so much and was making a real mess so thought I better submit it before I do any more damage lol!!!  Comments and critiques are gratefully received.  Thank you.   Patricia


Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 02, 2015, 08:16:39 PM
Val, You are doing a splendid job and I can't wait to see the finished product. It is going to be a knock out for sure.  Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 02, 2015, 08:21:40 PM
Patricia, a very lovely 3D impression of the cone. Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 02, 2015, 08:30:30 PM
My word Dennis, I am flabbergasted at your lovely comment. I really didn't expect it for I thought I had made a mess and was actually nervous to submit it.  :thankyou:  So much.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 02, 2015, 09:07:51 PM
Looks great Patricia, brings back memories of my childhood from when we used to collect pine cones to sell for firewood.  :) :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 02, 2015, 09:40:05 PM
 :thankyou:  Lisa for your kind comments. In Canada, we have plenty of pine cones lying around the side walks, never thought of using them for the fire, we use them for decoration especially at Christmas time.


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 02, 2015, 09:53:19 PM
They are used in New Zealand at Christmas too. My sisters and I saved up to buy and install a swimming pool by selling bags of pine cones, took over a year but well worth it when we got the pool 😃 they make very good firewood especially for little enclosed fires
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 02, 2015, 11:04:56 PM
 :clap:  Patricia;  Lovely painting.  It was surprising how much work this was.  Good job. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 03, 2015, 02:11:31 AM
Wow, Lisa, you girls were really very enterprising to collect, bag and sell the pine cones and as you say, the pay off was well worth the wait and the effort.  Great story which I shall relate to my grandchildren. 




 :thankyou:  Kathy for your lovely comments and yes, it certainly was a lot of work but so enjoyable. Just wish I could draw and paint all day, every day but life is so busy for me. I thought retirement was just that ... what a myth, I have never been busier. I shouldn't complain because it beats the alternative lol!!!


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 03, 2015, 03:44:00 AM
What's retirement?  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: A very elusive occupation O0
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 03, 2015, 10:47:11 AM
Yes, Dennis it really is an elusive occupation but I expect being busy keeps us young. There just has to be some pay off for us not to be able to retire.  :2funny:   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 03, 2015, 04:25:24 PM
Patricia, your pine cone is so 3D as Dennis said.  Really a wonderful job. :yippee:   I am currently painting this and it is quite involved!  I also am retired and seem to be busy, busy, busy!! But I love it!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 03, 2015, 04:31:56 PM
Mary Lou  :thankyou:  for your lovely comments. Now, I didn't see the "3-D" in it but that is something I am so very interested in and that is drawing/painting 3D pictures.   With regard to us retirees, it seems that most people who retire are more busy than ever. I too, wouldn't have it any other way although I would like a little more time to devote to my art. 


Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 03, 2015, 06:26:43 PM
Here is my pine cone.  Excellent lesson and a challenge. 

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 03, 2015, 06:33:12 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Lovely Mary Lou ... it also has a 3D look to it.  Great work.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 03, 2015, 06:57:48 PM
 :clap: :clap:  Mary Lou;  Your pinecone looks great.  Nice contrast and color. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 03, 2015, 07:10:03 PM
Nice work, Mary Lou.  Good separation and tonal value on the petals(??? not sure what they are called) of the pine cone.  I like the blurriness of the background - contrasts well with the detailed pine cone.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 03, 2015, 07:31:53 PM
Well done Mary lou  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:     I love the different colours that are turning up with each pine cone.
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 03, 2015, 08:18:54 PM
Lovely softness around the edges.  :clap: :clap: Great job.  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 03, 2015, 09:05:08 PM
Thank you Patricia, Kathy,. Mea, Val and Lisa.  I really took my time with this and did this over two days. 
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 04, 2015, 04:32:49 PM
I'm on day 6 and on the home stretch!  :run:   Tough going on the clubhouse turn....but got through!  :sweat:    ;D

Hoping today will be down to the finish line!  :heeha:      :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 04, 2015, 05:55:16 PM
Another excellent pine cone painting. Well done Mary Lou :clap: :clap: :clap: I love your foreground O0
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 04, 2015, 08:47:37 PM
Thank you so much! It was an excellent class. :thankyou:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 04, 2015, 11:31:16 PM
 :( I had hoped to finish today, but have a couple more hours to put in. I tried to get a photo to post but the light was not good so will try tomorrow. I'm beginning to catch the excitement of finishing a difficult subject...I love that feeling. Almost there, can't wait to feel the exhilaration set in!   :yippee:
Have you all ever felt that? Don't worry if you haven't ... I get it for you every time I see one of these pine cones posted!  :heeha:    :2funny:

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 05, 2015, 03:12:14 AM
Great pine cones, Patricia and Mary Lou - so nice for mine to have more company from this lesson!  :clap: :clap:
Val - the anticipation for your pine cone just keeps growing - can't wait to see that post!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2015, 12:59:22 PM
 :thankyou:  Sharon for your lovely comments. It was an interesting lessons and I am pleased that your pine cone has company.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: ncwren on October 05, 2015, 05:51:54 PM
Really lovely paintings everyone!  :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 05, 2015, 09:28:33 PM
Sorry Sharon, got pulled away this morning. Here's the photo of where I'm at... still putting in some darks, finishing off lower sections. Then just the overall wash and finish off the white tips. Almost there!  :heeha:

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2015, 09:54:43 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: MAGNIFICENT so far Val.  I love it.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2015, 09:55:38 PM
 :thankyou:  Natalie for your lovely comment.   Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 05, 2015, 09:57:54 PM
Val;  Your pinecone is looking good.  Can't wait to see it finished.  Looks like Sharon started a pinecone challenge.  We didn't want her to be alone. So we all started working on pinecones. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 05, 2015, 10:15:43 PM
As you would say, Val - you're doing a banner job!!! And glad so many pine cones have finally popped up, Kathy!!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 05, 2015, 10:26:48 PM
Patricia, Kathy, Sharon, you're the best! Thanks ever so for your continuous encouragement, AND for posting all of your paintings. They help me along far more than you can imagine.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
You are all going to be so tired of seeing this pine cone popping up! ' Oh no, not again!   :eyesclosed:    :2funny:

Only once more....  :promise:        :think:   well, maybe twice!  :whistle:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 06, 2015, 12:41:12 AM
Amazing color, love how you have achieved depth in each segment and that nice sheen ....wow Val, this is excellent so far! :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 06, 2015, 02:05:07 AM
As far as techniques go, Val, this is one of your best. Neat and VERY clean - even better than mine. Can't wait to see the finished painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 06, 2015, 06:03:06 AM
Val,

I like your swatches on the side, too.  Pine cone is coming along well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 06, 2015, 07:48:28 AM
Looking great so far. Nice depth and I love the background.   :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 06, 2015, 02:31:10 PM
Wow, thanks guys... I'm just trying to keep up to standards here, these are some pretty impressive pine cones!  O0

Hope it will still holds up when complete. I'll get Cheeky to help me if I get stuck!  ;D

As you can see Mea I do still have my battles when mixing my colours. I'm thinking I might have a pretty good abtract out of it by the time I'm done!  :2funny:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 06, 2015, 03:29:22 PM
Dennis, I'm at a loss here. I didn't know quite what to say in response, but I do know what to do.   :painting:

I have looked at this painting for a few hours now, looked through my portfolio books of older paintings to see where this came from, how did it evolve?  Even though I have not painted every lesson, or been able to see every lesson; I have payed attention to what I have seen, heard, and read in the notes, and apparently I have learned despite myself.  ;) Dennis, this was no easy feat on your part!  :clap:

Master Artist Dennis L. Clark, blessings upon you for all you have taught and given me, including your infinite patience!  :-*

Not to be outdone Nolan, even though you're not one of the 'wellie' crowd (yet  >:D ), I would be remiss in not thanking you for your little swirly puddles; without which I would still  be  :banghead: .  :-*

Now then, off to finish this...hopefully without spoiling it!  :pray:    ;D
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 06, 2015, 07:03:39 PM
Val, I had to come and look at this again.   You have made flawless transitions from dark to light.  The depth is amazing.  I agree with Dennis, this is the best pine cone of the bunch and masterfully done and it is not complete yet.   :yippee:

I also agree with you that Dennis and Nolan are the best art teachers that anyone could ask for.  I just finished a course with a local artist and came away thinking that I had learned very little for the money.   I have never felt like that here. 
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 06, 2015, 09:41:34 PM
Thank you Mary lou,  but I don't know about it being the best.
I've finished up the bottom rows and just waiting for everything to dry before putting the glaze over it.  Now that bit is nerve wracking for me.  :eyesclosed:
I've made a couple of practice runs on some scrap over my colours....I'm not liking the result.   :-\   I think I may try something a little bit different...  >:D
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 07, 2015, 01:21:20 PM
 :o Ok, I'm not totally freaked out ... yet! I left it to dry overnight, and decided to just go with the red wash on this morning.  :eek: I don't like it! Don't panic, let it dry; don't panic, let it dry; don't panic, let it dry.... this is my w/c mantra. Don't touch it, don't look at it; don't panic, let it dry....  :eyesclosed:
I cleaned off my palette so I can't mess with it...well, I'm less likely to.  ::) RUN  :run: .....get away from it!!!     :help:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Annie. on October 07, 2015, 04:53:00 PM
Don't touch it!
Let is dry and go for a walk (or go drink something if in the evening)!

AND
Don't Panic!!!

I just learned this from a wise person this morning  :smart:
Val, do you remember who it was?
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 07, 2015, 06:12:08 PM
 :2funny:   I really went kilter this morning! I was paranoid of touching it any more. It just looked like I'd lost all of the depth and it looked.... so red!  :eek:

It has dried now and doesn't look as bad, but I'm not as happy with it. I had added more subtle darks but the phasing out seems to have just melted in with the rest.  :( I should have taken a photo before the wash to compare it to.  :doh:

Anyway, I'm taking off the masking fluid this afternoon and touching up the ends and calling it a day. Who knows...maybe it'll be fine in the end.  ???
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 07, 2015, 10:55:21 PM
Val, just reading your post makes my nerves on edge but I am sure that everything will be fine. Looking forward to seeing the final painting.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 08, 2015, 07:09:44 AM
Crossing my fingers, toes and eyes for you Val  :crazy2: I hope it comes out how you want.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 08, 2015, 03:01:25 PM
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 08, 2015, 03:35:56 PM
Val,

I love the background.  The pinecone  seems to lack your usual quality and attention to detail.  I went back and looked at all the others and then studied Dennis's version.

I think it comes down to the textured look of each of the "petals"  (is there a scientific name for those?) and the shading as it moves away from the center.

Could i do a better job?  I doubt it.

Personally, I think your color swatches to the side are brilliant and would make a great abstract painting.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 08, 2015, 04:52:36 PM
Val; The anticipation was worth it. Your pine cone is great. I would soften the bottom of the pinecone a little. Kathy  :yippee: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 08, 2015, 06:18:34 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Val O0
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 08, 2015, 06:59:04 PM
Yay, Val - you made it into the Pine Cone Hall of Fame!!!!! Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Lisa From Oto on October 09, 2015, 11:19:49 AM
I think it is great Val well done. And I agree with Mea the bit on the side is wonderful.  :clap: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 09, 2015, 01:55:32 PM
I have to admit I rather like my test strip as well!  ;D   Perhaps I should market my test strips as bookmarks!  :2funny:

I know this could still be better, but I really lost heart in it. The center piece is out of whack as I couldn't seem to get the colour properly mixed to match once the red wash had been added. I feel the transitions do not show as well as they did, I lost some of the separation between the layers.

So I grade this as a 'not too bad', but will start to pay more attention to my 'voice' telling me when to stop. This will go into the book as a reminder that if I am not sure of something, stop, back away, and listen to what my gut tells me. If I'm not happy with the test strips...don't do it.  :doh:

On the other side of things, I had limited myself completely to a very limited palette of to me, unfamiliar paints. I think if I had pulled out my other paints and used one of the reds from there, it would probably have come out better.

Lesson learned... even when working with a restricted palette, you have to give yourself some leniency sometimes.

I thank you all for your kind remarks.  :thankyou:     Now then, I have a new stretched paper waiting, what's next? .........   :heeha:     :painting:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 09, 2015, 02:39:16 PM
Hmm, maybe we need a TEST STRIP CHALLENGE!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: NHC50 on October 09, 2015, 06:09:49 PM
Nice job Val.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 09, 2015, 06:55:33 PM
Val, Val, Val, .... Why are you so hard on yourself :knuppel2:
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The center piece is out of whack as I couldn't seem to get the colour properly mixed to match once the red wash had been added. I feel the transitions do not show as well as they did, I lost some of the separation between the layers.
This is what I liked the most :yippee: It's not about getting the colour right - it's about getting the technique(s) right O0 Incidentally I really liked the colour you had in the centre section.
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 09, 2015, 08:16:44 PM
Thank you much Nina. Appreciate the support.  :)
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 09, 2015, 08:42:27 PM
Dennis you are right, I am most assuredly my own worst critic! Must be the  >:D in me!  ;D
I know it is the technique more than the colour, but when the technique appears to be working...then by Jove I want it, colour and all!!!  :2funny:
I shall do my best from now on to 'lighten' up on myself  :angel: ...... but can't promise!  >:D    ::)

Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on October 10, 2015, 11:18:18 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Val, you did a great job on the pine cone.   It is beautiful.    Patricia
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 10, 2015, 12:51:50 PM
Thank you Patricia, always there to buoy me up!  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on October 11, 2015, 01:34:33 AM
I think your pine cine is great.   I also agree with Dennis that you are too hard on yourself.  You did a great job! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 11, 2015, 02:48:14 AM
Thanks Mary lou, I appreciate your encouragement.  :flowers:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Danielle123 on October 14, 2015, 12:14:24 AM
Lovely pinecone Val,  nice colours and blending.    I like the idea of your colour test sheet.   :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 14, 2015, 01:23:00 AM
  Val;  I like your color test sheet.  This is what I do to keep a record for a project in case I need the colors again. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 14, 2015, 03:41:18 AM
See, we do seem to have a test sheet challenge developing!

Such neat work, Kathy.  Is Kingfisher a brand of paint?  I'm not familiar with it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: ncwren on October 14, 2015, 06:15:07 AM
Looks great Val!
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: dennis on October 14, 2015, 08:48:17 AM
Kathy, I haven't seen handwriting like yours for many years. We learned this at school with an old fashioned dip pen. The practice book pages had a series of 4 light lines (3 spaces) The actual lettering was in the middle space.  Beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 14, 2015, 01:05:13 PM
The kingfisher is a beautiful blue bird.  The picture is in my album. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 14, 2015, 01:07:07 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis;  That is Catholic penmanship. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 14, 2015, 03:49:34 PM
Palmer Method penmanship is what my sisters learned in Catholic school.  Is that it?

Yes, as a former penmanship teacher, I would give you an A.  I was always embarrassed because my own penmanship is not very good.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: KathyKuz on October 14, 2015, 04:26:08 PM
Val; You are right. Palmer method. Kathy
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: MaryAnne Long on October 14, 2015, 04:42:15 PM
I'm honored, Kathy.  You thought I was Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: LESSON #106 - Pine Cone Still Life
Post by: Val on October 16, 2015, 12:18:20 AM
Thank you much Danielle and Natalie.  :flowers:

Great looking colour strip Kathy.  O0 They are so handy and I like the idea of such a neat reference for your painting. Great idea.  :clap:

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