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Kelley

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Reply #15 on: November 11, 2010, 03:19:57 AM
I was walking hand in hand with my beloved on Sunday and she showed me something extremely obvious.  She pointed out shadows of trees and how the shadows of branches break to allow some light to hit the ground around and through them.  I still marvel at how I could miss something so simple (and yet complex to paint). In case I'm not the only one that misses the obvious :squareeyes: I thought I'd share this.
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Reply #16 on: November 11, 2010, 03:53:05 AM
thanks Kelley, yes it amazing how often we just presume instead of actually looking  :detective:


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Reply #17 on: November 11, 2010, 10:34:52 AM
Yes, I too plead guilty to the fact! That's one of the reasons I like to carry my camera everywhere I go. Its amazing the little things one misses while actually being there and seeing it...then looking at the picture afterwards and noting...I don't remember seeing that! Its sometimes these little oversights that make our pictures complete.
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Reply #18 on: November 11, 2010, 06:58:13 PM
That oversight is called "Knowing what to leave out and what to put in" -  more on what to leave out than putting in because we tend to put in too much detail - comes from copying a photograph too accurately ::)
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Reply #19 on: December 15, 2010, 04:45:55 AM
 :'( sigh... I finally reached the end of the lesson.  I am so, so grateful for the course and feel  :smart:  I now know how to produce an idea, how to come up with a plan and how to transfer that thought process to canvas with either pencil, acrylic or oil.  It didn't really occur to me that I had a choice, but Nolan is right - I don't have to stick to one medium.  I am also starting on a couple of other ideas that I have started notans for (Nolan has walked me through the first).  What a superb journey this has been.

I am so encouraged by other artists here and am growing in confidence.  I said it before but was insecure and withdrew my offer to sell.  After considering the reason for selling and what price to put on the painting I am confident and ready to sell.  I will be giving the proceeds of my next [few] paintings to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.  I have some friends that have gone to provide shelter, comfort, and time with Haitians. Since I am not able to go I figure this is at least one thing I can do.
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Reply #20 on: December 15, 2010, 08:06:14 AM
 :clap:  :congrats: Bravo Kelley, its a big step. Well done. Do hope that you will keep in touch via the forum, I'm sure there are still lots of concepts to be shared and discovered.  All the best
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Reply #21 on: December 15, 2010, 11:16:39 AM
That's great stuff Kelley :clap:

Now it's to learn as many techniques as you can O0


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Reply #22 on: December 15, 2010, 03:31:28 PM
Val - there is no way I am leaving this site!  I love this place.  I have too  much to learn here.  Thank you so much for your encouragement and fellowship.

Nolan - I definitely agree.  I have so much to learn in the way of technique, style, use of medium.  I started the painting that you helped me do a notan for, but it looks different on canvas.  Not to become a UFO - I will stick with it, but am going to work on another seascape since so many locals here want to see me do it again. 

I purchased a flesh-tone paint because I am interested in painting people.. well, not literally. :whistle:  I have a few photography friends that I may be able to borrow some black and white shots from.  I may actually try drawing first, but I'll need much coaching.
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Reply #23 on: December 15, 2010, 07:26:25 PM
 Hi Kelley.
Noticed you bought some flesh tint. You will find that it still cannot be used straight from the tube as such. I normally mix my flesh colours from Cad Red and Cad Yellow and still have to add a very small touch of other colours to get the right colour and  shade (tone) for the portrait in particular.

Another nice colour to use for skin (specially for someone who has a slight tan) in Burnt Sienna. Obviously there are many different mixes for skin colours - each one depending on the race, the nationality, etc. As I said before - art is just one huge experiment - one never stops experimenting to get things and colours as you want them. This is what makes art so interesting and challenging :help: If you really want to learn, try and keep out of your comfort zone :heeha:

Here are a couple of portraits I have done. One was still in progress.
It is clear here that there are so many different colour mixes for skin tones.  :confused:




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Reply #24 on: December 15, 2010, 09:08:17 PM
 :oops: I'm so used to w/c I put my newest in the wrong spot! I forgot to mention that it is acrylic on w/c paper (all I have at the moment). Seems to work ok.  Will leave it at that for now.
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Reply #25 on: December 16, 2010, 05:37:45 AM
Dennis, such wonderful tips and examples!  I thank you, sir.  I wasn't too sure which colours to mix to get just the right tones.  This will truly be out of my comfort zone so I have nothing but growth during this exercise.  Let's see if I can't get a volunteer to hold still long enough. :2funny:.  Perhaps I'll start with a self portrait.  I am just going through some brainstorming ideas. 

I like the background on the first painting you posted.  The colours on the second are much bolder, younger perhaps.  I especially like the regal looking gentleman in tribal attire.  I have no idea how you achieved his skin tones, but I am going to try it.  I am very fond of your and Nolan's work. O0

Nolan says there are other 'better' artists.  That may or may not be true, but none that I know of that can teach me and encourage the way you do.
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Reply #26 on: December 16, 2010, 09:40:08 AM
WOW... haven't tried 'real' people as yet, have always wanted to do portraits but must be able to draw one first! That will be a growing journey a bit further down the road. Lots to conquer before I get there.
Beautiful portraits.
Cheers, Val

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