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Mike Finn
10-06-2005, 01:30 AM
Hi all...

I haven't posted anything for a while now... so here goes :)

These three are 60x40cms on MDF.
Mostly painted with sponges... brushed the details.
The palette is just Ultramarine Blue, Red Oxide, Yellow Oxide and White...
I would appreciate your thoughts and maybe any hints.

Mike Finn

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2005/41667-washing_day.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2005/41667-lonely_bay.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2005/41667-shpwreck.jpg

alfredart
10-06-2005, 03:31 AM
Mike, these are really fantastic. You'll have to do a WIP and teach us how you do with those sponges. Beautiful work.

Peace,
AL

BrideOfTyr
10-06-2005, 05:32 AM
These are good, I especially like the 3rd one. Please do a WIP on using sponges, I'm currently painting a seascape and want to use a sponge but i'm worried about messing up.

Nitsa
10-06-2005, 07:58 AM
Mike they are very nice, I especially like the third one!
I agree it would be interesting to see a WIP. :)

Bertoni
10-06-2005, 09:37 AM
Mike:
Like the first and the third a lot!! Missed seeing your terrific spongework!!!
It would be great if we could see WIPs re: spongework!!!!!!!!!!?

chaz
10-06-2005, 01:05 PM
Nice work. I'm impressed by the seascape. I agree with the other responders. Would like to see a wip?


Chuck.

3chaway9
10-06-2005, 06:46 PM
Fantastic.

Mike Finn
10-06-2005, 06:57 PM
Thank you everybody...

I am not too confident yet to do a WIP but I will do a short "Sponge how to and tips" kinda thing... I'll knock something up today if I can.

Mike Finn

Jprice022
10-06-2005, 08:53 PM
All three are very good Mike.....I prefer the first one though.

Thanks for sharing.

John

Marty C
10-06-2005, 09:39 PM
Hi Mike,
Great job on all three. Sponges can be very effective with acrylics.

maverick
10-06-2005, 10:14 PM
Sponges are great for texture. I've used them on some mixed-media acrylic paintings.

If we're voting, I like #2 for the color and the interesting angle of the clouds...kind of surreal.

Jon
10-07-2005, 12:18 AM
Beautiful! Sponges, Hmm. For sure a WIP sometime would pull me in.

All three are wonderful - especially the clouds.
The second one really moves me. Theres something about the juxtaposition of the dynamic,slanting clouds and the serenity of the boat sitting quietly on the sand.

Nice work, Mike!
PS. Post more often! :D

Lady Carol
10-07-2005, 11:59 AM
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. All 3 are wonderful. You have come a long way from your first tentative steps in sponge paintings to these. Wow. I really never would have guessed you could get such sophisticated results with sponges.

Did I say these were wonderful? :D

cricket in malibu
11-29-2005, 02:00 PM
Snookums, when you paint on MDF do you first prime the surface with gesso?

xxoo

Cricket

mrs willow
11-29-2005, 04:06 PM
Great work Mike! :clap: :clap: :clap: I agree with the others....a wip showing how you paint these lovely pictures with sponges would be very interesting.
Sandy

Mike Finn
11-29-2005, 06:04 PM
Snookums, when you paint on MDF do you first prime the surface with gesso?


Hey Cricket :)

Yes I do...usually two good thick coats front, back and sides. When painting is finished I varnish all over too. Unsealed MDF leaks a gas thats not healthy and after some time allows the glues inside to weaken... therefore painting falls apart :)

I like to paint on a nice smooth surface so after the gesso has dried I run a paint scraper over it .. lightly. Finishes up smooth as glass :)

Big hug and kiss :)
Mike Finn

Mike Finn
11-29-2005, 06:14 PM
Great work Mike! :clap: :clap: :clap: I agree with the others....a wip showing how you paint these lovely pictures with sponges would be very interesting.
Sandy


Not a WIP but.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299654

Mike Finn

madrigle
11-29-2005, 11:01 PM
intrigued. and your paintings are gorgeous, but I'm more intrigued by these sponges. Do yo mean like natural sponges, or those black sponge brushes? tell me more.

James

Mike Finn
11-30-2005, 12:43 AM
intrigued. and your paintings are gorgeous, but I'm more intrigued by these sponges. Do yo mean like natural sponges, or those black sponge brushes? tell me more.

James

Yes James.... Natural sponges mostly.... One can spend a pleasant afternoon beachcombing for them.... or buy them in a packet :) I do use foam brushes to apply the gesso and final varnish.

Mike Finn

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2005/41667-sponges.jpg

mauricar
11-30-2005, 01:07 AM
Love your paintings, and the sponge site was great. I rated it highly. Thank you so much. I have only done one acrylic painting and found that I just might like it. Much different than soft/oil pastel or colored pencil. Hmmmmm. This could be the start of something big. lol

Dewi
11-30-2005, 03:17 AM
All are beautiful Mike still hoping some day you will do WIP or teach class.

tubby2legs
12-01-2005, 12:47 AM
i couldn't find my claps but if i could they'd be a bunch of them. wonderful on all three and my vote is for a wip

bionicanaconda
12-01-2005, 07:54 AM
Mike, Very nice indeed. Just a Q.
Are the sponges natural or synthetic? If you have time I'd really like to know. Thanks.
Sorry Missed the post. Forget this!

Bill P
12-01-2005, 09:09 AM
rally Good, all three.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Bill.

TxAggieDarlin
12-01-2005, 01:53 PM
I like all of them.....Looks like pictures from the time of Jesus.