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bruce johnson

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on: December 30, 2011, 02:12:25 AM
Hi All,

I've just joined up here after having seen an awesome portrait by Nolan on Wetcanvas and followed his website  link to PB.
I'm an ex pat Kiwi now living in Brisbane.. there's a lot of us over here  :). I served 20 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy and retired as a Marine Engineer Officer, now working as an Operations and Maintenance Manager for Leighton Contractors, a large Australian Construction Contractor. I specialise in road maintenance and pavement design. I do manage to get back to NZ each year as I am completing a Master of Engineering at Canterbury University. 2012 is my final year yahoooo!!!!
I've been painting since end of 2004 when I attended a watercolour workshop by Susan Harrison-Tustain and Arleta Pech (some of you may have heard of Susan O0). It was a great workshop and I've tried to keep painting as much as I can. I have changed to oil recently (last year) and I concentrate on portraiture. I've been lucky enough to get a couple of commissions which really keeps the motivation up, although it can be a bit daunting when you show your client your finished work. 
I've attached a study of Rembrandt that I painted last year as a tutorial to learn the ins and outs of oil. I love the way Rembrandt used light so it was a great challenge.

I look forward to joing in on the forum as much as I can Cheers Bruce Johnson


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claude

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Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 02:20:47 AM
I compared your  rendition of the Rembrandt painting and the original and all I can say is  :faint: absolutely amazing.  :welcome:
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Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 02:30:57 AM
Hi Claude, wow you were quick... I only just hit the submit button and you were straight back at me..  Thanks for the nice comment.. I have to admit that I think Rembrandt is ' Da Man' when it comes to portraits and light.. I spent a lot of hours studying pics of his self portraits on the internet before I had a go at painting this one.
Its amazing when you look deeper into his paintings and you find all the different temperatures and hues he has used to get the effects he wanted. Man's a genius.

Cheers Bruce


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Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 02:32:40 AM
Welcome Bruce,like your copy of Rembrandt, very good likeness.


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Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 02:46:28 AM
 :welcome:  Bruce! Looking forward to seeing more of your work, Your 'Rembrant' is awesome  :clap: :clap: :clap: Your will enjoy it here....Linda
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Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 02:58:12 AM
 :welcome: to Paintbasket Bruce.  You did a fantastic job on that painting.  I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 03:08:34 AM
 :welcome:Bruce, that is a fantastic painting. You are very advanced. You might have to teach us.


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Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011, 03:09:31 AM
 :bigwelcome: Bruce to the Forum. Your painting is very well executed and with a very sensitive touch - well done :clap: :clap: :clap:  Thanks for letting us know who you are and what you are busy with. I'm sure you will soon get to know the other members of the forum.
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Reply #8 on: December 30, 2011, 03:15:46 AM
Hi Helen, Linda and Lillian

Thanks for the very warm welcome  :1hug: I'm a member of several forum's and right off the bat PB seems to be very active  O0
Here's another study I painted last year, this is Imogen. I painted Imogen as a WIP on another forum. I call it a study as my objective was to capture the cute baby face, and maintain the age. It is so easy to make babies look older and I needed to work on this skill.
Babies, toddlers and children are a great source for commissions...  :smart:

20 x 16 oil on canvas.


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Reply #9 on: December 30, 2011, 03:19:46 AM
Hi GLoria and Dennis...

Thanks for the great welcome.

PB seems to be a big ol' family :) I'm pleased I found you guys  O0


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Reply #10 on: December 30, 2011, 06:31:39 AM
 :bigwelcome: Hello Bruce.. welcome to the big ol' family and growing by the day!   :wave:
Your portraits are awesome, love the technique. Look forward to seeing more. Just as an aside...did you ever do portraits in w/c? 


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Reply #11 on: December 30, 2011, 07:02:04 AM
Hi Val

When I first started painting I did a couple of portraits in w/c. THis is Julie from Paremata, Wellington one of my first ever portraits.
After watercolour I painted in pastel for awhile then changed to oil because of greater demand.

Cheers BRuce


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Reply #12 on: December 30, 2011, 02:33:58 PM
 :welcome: Bruce. This is a wonderful group of people.  You will enjoy it here!  Your work is amazing! Very impressive!  I have just starting painting a few months ago and have a long way to go, but it is a great hobby!
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Reply #13 on: December 30, 2011, 03:38:43 PM
Bruce your portraits are brilliant.  :clap: I'm still fairly new to watercolour and exploring techniques and learning as much not what to do as to do. Your watercolour portraits have done nothing short of inspiring me to push on. many thanks.  :clap:  :clap:
Feel free to toss in any hints, tips or  :pray: prayers!   >:D   :2funny:


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Reply #14 on: December 30, 2011, 10:34:46 PM
Hi C Bodine, thanks for the welcome. When I started painting I had a very good tutor who advised me to look, look, and look again at what I was going to paint. THen once I had decided on colour, hue and temperature I could plan my painting in my mind and then paint what I see. Getting the plan right is half the battle.. THis is especially true when painting shadow areas..

Hi Val
I'm happy to help out if I can. Looking through the site, there's some great talent and excellent tutors here already.



Cheers Bruce