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Anya

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Reply #15 on: December 31, 2011, 02:33:38 AM
Brilliant work Bruce !!!

What was your process painting Rembrandt? Did you use glazes?



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Reply #16 on: December 31, 2011, 02:56:15 AM
Hi Anya (love that name)

I painted Rembrandt Alla Prima, which basically means I mixed the colours and laid them down as I went. I pretty much follow Richard Schmid's techniques. He's worth googling  O0


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Reply #17 on: December 31, 2011, 03:53:24 AM
Thanks Bruce, will google Richard. I love ALL the work on your blog, very inspiring.


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Reply #18 on: December 31, 2011, 09:07:09 AM
Bruce ... a warm  :bigwelcome: to our PaintBasket family... you will truly love it here... All fabulous people and awesome tutors. 

 :congrats: on your Rembrandt, the baby as well as your watercolour ... they are truly fabulous... love how you manage to capture the light and luminosity... you are a great artist. O0

Leana

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Reply #19 on: December 31, 2011, 09:21:29 AM
Hi Leana
 
Thanks for the warm welcome and generous comments.

After I painted Sebastian I also painted his sister Stephanie and gave the paintings to their Mum.

Cheers
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Reply #20 on: January 01, 2012, 12:18:22 AM
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Reply #21 on: January 03, 2012, 05:06:58 AM
Hi Vangie

I googled Mark Carder and he is an excellent portraitist with some impressive commission work. Thanks for the link.  O0

When I lived in Melbourne I got my art supplies mostly from Seniors Art Supplies in Malvern or Victoria Art supplies in Eltham. I think between they  had everything I ever needed.  What did TCM say you needed that you couldn't get .

Cheers Bruce


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Reply #22 on: January 03, 2012, 11:26:24 PM
Hi Bruce
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* Holbein Quick Drying White, Stabilo #8044 yellow pencil, glass palettes (but half the size) - got from dickblick.com
* Oil of cloves - got from oilofcloves.com.au

Still to get:
* Venice turpentine - apparently Lukas Venetian Turp available at Senior Art
* 8xPint-sized mason jars, 2x5000k 85-watt flourescent spiral bulbs, 9-watt or 20-watt compact flourescent bulb - I may find these at Bunnings, etc.

Still to set up:   black shadow box & studio (I don't think I'll ever achieve this where I'm living)

Nevertheless, all the other materials will surely help me with my oil painting (if I ever get all of them) regardless of whether I paint the TCM way, or Dennis/Nolan way, etc.  At the moment, I'm just enjoying learning from Paint Basket.
 :yippee: :painting: :coffee:
Cheers
Vangie


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Reply #23 on: January 04, 2012, 04:06:02 AM
Hi Vangie,

I ordered TCM a couple of years ago and was overwhelmed with the set up required to even begin to paint, especially the black room, yikes.

Let me know if you ever try it, would love to know how it goes.


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Reply #24 on: January 04, 2012, 09:53:14 PM
THis TCM sounds intriguing. I'm interested to see how he arranges the  lighting in his studio for portraiture and also what temp lamps he uses. Thats always a tricky part


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Reply #25 on: January 05, 2012, 04:06:49 PM
Bruce, you'd get some idea (although not quite) of what the TCM black shadow box & studio look like by watching the TCM video clip (Home page) and free DVD clips.  The TCM DVD explains/illustrates it all 'though.

Anya, I know exactly what you mean!!! Just too overwhelming to set up the room and gather all the supplies (including Mark's DELQ which is not available outside the US, or equivalent recipe) before you can even get started to properly apply the TCM. I'd need a spare room to convert to a dedicated studio a la TCM... All my rooms are white, all ceiling lights are downlights, and nowhere to hang black curtains (behind the shadow box and behind my painting chair, if not the whole room / ceiling)!!!  Maybe one day... (sigh)  :-\ :(  TCM looks like a really good system if one wants one's painting to be almost 100% realistic in colours/tones/values, etc.   Let me know, too, if you ever get to set up your room.

Today, I ordered some of Richard Robinson's DVDs (recommended by Nolan in PB's Art Product Reviews http://www.paintbasket.com/art_reviews/color_mixing_dvd_review.php).  Then, I watched some of RR's YouTube clips... one was a free chapter from his Artists' Success Guide DVD (http://www.youtube.com/user/rvalentinorobinson#p/u/33/DkB8iKbyM6I) in which he recommends some top websites, including richardschmidt.com, thecardermethod.com, etc.

In the TCM forum, I also happened to read some interesting posts from Dennis Clark going back to I think 2007.  O0
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Reply #26 on: January 05, 2012, 08:14:32 PM
I see you have been doing some sleuthing on me :heeha: :whistle:
Yes, I have tried the Carder Method and have his DVDs - a bit too finicky for me and did not have the space to do the setup as he uses. Another thing is the Oil of Cloves. I could not take the very strong smell of the medium with it. I actually made myself one of his colour checkers. Nolan's Color Buster works better. Maybe you saw the rose I did using his method?

PS do the colour checking the way Nolan did it in the portrait course - from the screen - then you don't need a special darkened room O0
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Reply #27 on: January 07, 2012, 04:11:23 AM
Hi Dennis.  Hahaha!  :2funny:  I hope you're not  :tickedoff: !  You can hit me with a bat! :knuppel2:   
I wasn't sleuthing (honest!!! )... I just happened to see your familiar face and I thought "Oh, that's interesting..."
Your rose entry looks very nice, indeed!  :smitten:

I do love Nolan's Colour Checker, although I haven't organised for it to be printed professionally ... my colour printer doesn't give me good colours... I'll do it sometime soon.  I wish I could just buy it already made... I don't mind paying... At the moment, I've just been spending so much time learning by reading/watching online + DVDs + downloads ... so much to get through.

But I will try to actually paint soon!!!  :painting: :coffee:
 :thankyou: again to you and Nolan for sharing Paint Basket with us!!!  It's a gold mine of information!!!


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Reply #28 on: January 07, 2012, 09:57:29 PM
I have said hello on another thread, but :bigwelcome: again anyway  ;D

You are a master portrait artist Bruce, so it was a was huge honour for you to compliment me on my portrait, thanks mate  :blush:

When I first saw the Carder method I though to myself - I have been teaching these techniques for years, they are hardly unique  :o But it doesn't matter, the results are all that count and the system works O0 I did however shake my head at the back room he paints in - total overkill if you ask me.  :crazy2: