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patindaytona

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on: September 29, 2011, 06:37:11 PM
When you match paint on a knife up against a photo...it's hard! These are two different surfaces. The glossy paper and the other is paint. I know you just get it pretty close and that will take time to get used to.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011, 07:07:34 PM
Try squinting to make things blurry... And use indirect lighting...
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Reply #2 on: September 29, 2011, 07:17:03 PM
Yes, I do that too. Still can throw you off though, the differences of the mediums.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #3 on: September 29, 2011, 08:27:40 PM
I always close one eye when checking my colours. Also make sure the paint or the reference photo are not reflecting (shiny) as that will give a wrong "reading"


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Reply #4 on: September 29, 2011, 09:22:40 PM
I'll try one eye closed Nolan. I got out my colors again from the fridge since I'm not doing anything today...might as well work on mixing. I matched the colors much closer now in the photo. Didn't think I could, but I can see it is. I might be onto something with this....pre-mix my color one day in advance so to have less to think about.
Nolan, did you use that dark Orange area of the petal to find your base color because it was one of the "bookends"(darkest part of painting/lightest part)? What I'm asking is was their some careful decisiveness beforehand on choosing this particular area?
« Last Edit: September 29, 2011, 09:25:17 PM by patindaytona »
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


 

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