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Bill76434

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on: January 15, 2018, 07:26:12 AM
This is my 1st practice piece, I intend to do a "good" painting so I can present it to Jeff at his birthday in two months
I need all the help you can give.  :thankyou:


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Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 08:48:41 AM
Looks good :clap: :clap: :clap: I suggest you blend out the spottiness of the background. Specially the top half to add distance. It is too busy and detracts from the main subject O0
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Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 04:27:37 PM
Bill,

What a thoughtful idea for a gift.

Dennis had a good suggestion.  I would add that the shadow green color looks too different. Experiment by adding bits of red gradually to the exact green you used for the grass until you get a more matching shadowed grass.

 Looks like a very nice dog.  Seems so proud.

aloha

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Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 11:39:26 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis and Mea, I just love you guys.
A rough adjustment on your recomendations.



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Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 11:57:25 PM
Wow :heeha: Look at the difference  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 08:22:36 AM
Great corrections Bill.  O0 Can you possibly post the ref. photo? Would like to see the dogs actual colouring. It just looks a bit too patchy to me, thinking perhaps it may need a very light blending or a light basecoat. Just my thoughts.


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Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 01:38:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Amazing what a few tweaks can do Bill.  It looks really good.    Patricia
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Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 08:46:07 PM
Thanks Patricia.
Hi Val see below, I couldn't make the light fawn color and I'm still learning blending techniques. Your advise will be welcome.


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Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 09:44:54 PM
Yes, getting the blonde colours can be tricky!  :crazy2:   I have only done one golden lab puppy for a fellow boater a few years back. I used a blend of raw umber and raw sienna. The first wash was very thin wash of raw umber.
I do know that I used very thin washes/glazes to build up the areas of colour. It took a bit of going back and forth to get the colour close enough.
I was so new back then I didn't know they were called glazes!  :doh: Unfortunately I didn't note the colour I used for the shade/crease areas. Big lesson learned there...always make a note of combinations in order to recreate them if necessary. I hope this may be of some use.

Perhaps someone else may have some suggestion for the colour mix. I know Sharon has done a few blonde coloured dogs. Check her gallery here,  http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?action=profile;u=7876   She may have a suggestion or two for you.


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Reply #9 on: January 16, 2018, 10:35:03 PM
Thanks Val I have sent her a private message.


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Reply #10 on: January 16, 2018, 11:49:38 PM
Good job so far.
 I would make his eye area darker and make his sink folds curve and go up and around the top of the back.
Cad yellow mixed with yellow ochre gives you a nice pale colour. Just keep adjusting the mix and varying the washes. You can always lift off using a dry brush or tissue. Plus for the shade areas use complementary colour on the colour wheel  to darken. Eg for green use  a red or alizarian crimson. Try out on sample paper first. Hope this helps
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Reply #11 on: January 17, 2018, 10:27:56 PM
I appreciate your good comments Teresa and I'll be sure to take your advise on my next attempt.


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Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 09:11:39 PM
Cheers,
Sharon