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dduchene
11-04-2000, 05:20 PM
Hello everyone, llis asked me if I would become one of the moderators of this forum.What that entails is a mystery to me as I have spent very little time in forums...here or anywhere, hopefully I can add something of interest and value to the mix here.

I am not a professional artist, in fact I just recently got back at it after a few years of discouragements. I once sold my landscape etchings across the US and UK with some success...the recession ( let's call it what it was..a depression ) of the mid 80s put a swift end to that, and my family decided they wanted to eat...every day!! So I fell back on my engraving skills and made a living there. Now my 2 daughters are grown and don't need me anymore...sniff!!
So I find myself wanting to paint now more than ever...and wildlife seems to have a pretty strong hold on me at the moment.
I am also self taught...never had an opportunity to attend any art classes..I am no Larry Eisler , that's for sure.
Anyway I said yes to llis and here I am. Looking forward to swapping ideas with you all here at WC.
You can see some of my work here http://www.cgi-assoc.com/duchene
the only recent pieces there are the wildlife ones and the graphites...some of the etchings are 20 years old.


Darrell

ReNae
11-04-2000, 06:57 PM
Darrell,

Congrats!! I believe you will do a great service to WC by being the moderator for the wildlife forum.

Who cares if you haven't had any schooling! Your wildlife art definitely speaks for itself! Including all the other artwork you have displayed! I believe most artists have the talent already in them and it just needs a little tweaking!

Oh, will u be doing any simple lessons?? Hmmmmm??

Warmth,
ReNae

Cherie
11-04-2000, 07:03 PM
Darrell........You'll be great here!!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

dduchene
11-04-2000, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the encouragement ReNae and cherie.
ReNae, I hardly feel qualified to do a lesson as you say...but next painting, I am going to take the plunge and make an applet of 10 scans as I progress through it...close my eyes, hold my nose and jump in!.Then you can all pick it apart for me....be kind http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

thanks again...Darrell

animal
11-04-2000, 11:00 PM
Darrell,
<FONT size="6">Congratulations</FONT s>, you`ll be Great as moderator.

BevL
11-05-2000, 09:54 PM
Darrell
Congratulations on becoming a moderator. I am new to this forum and just learning how to paint, and I am awed by your work!
A few times I've called my husband into the room, yelling "You HAVE to see this!"
I am honoured to be amongst people such as yourself and Larry and the other artists here who are willing to share thier expertise.

Bev

Katee
11-06-2000, 12:36 AM
Darrell

CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve it.

One thing though, I hope this doesn't take you away from your portrait skills.

By the way, have you started that portrait yet? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Well you did say to keep nagging you!

Look forward to seeing you in chat soon.

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

dduchene
11-06-2000, 06:21 AM
Thanks a lot Bev, I have been following your painting in this forum and eating up Larry's great advice...was kinda scared to make my feeble comments in light of his vast experience with painting birds and wildlife.
I think it's coming along great....how long have you been painting?

Darrell

BevL
11-06-2000, 08:47 AM
Darrell
I have been painting for only a year. I used to be strictly a tolepainter, following the designs in the tole painting pattern books,(folk art) but never attempting anything on my own.
I painted my first parrots on a bird club banner, and then did a mural on the wall of our favorite pet shop. I literally worked for birdseed. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gifThe story is on my website- the url is in the icon links below.
There are a few other people who do paintings of birds for the parrot owners, so I thought "I can do that". I never intended my work to ever cross over into the art world- it was strictly for parrot people to see. But, I have an overwhelming desire to learn! It was a very scary step for me to post my work here amongst 'real' artists. (yeah, i gotta get over those feelings)
But seeing I do paint a form of wildlife, I figured it was safe to ask questions here and try to learn something. I'm sure glad I did!
I was in a highschool art program (in the early 70s), but dropped out before they let us handle paint. So, I never learned to paint,(never even got to hold a brush!) and I forgot everything they ever taught me about drawing, colour theory, composition. I didn't touch my art for over 20 years, until I began the tolepainting. Now, here I am, trying to start all over again.
I trained under Wilma Pinkus. Being an Ontarian, you might be familiar with her?
Anyway, here I am 25 years later, trying to relearn everything from the beginning.
And I'm so greatful to have found Wet Canvas, and people such as yourself, to learn from!

JaneS
11-06-2000, 11:37 PM
Darrell, in the Wizard of Oz, the wizard tells the lion, you already have courage, all you need is this badge....(and lion beams). Well, YOU already ARE a professional artist...all you need is the madding crowds at your door. And never doubt, paint it, and they will come! You deserve every accolade that comes your way as your fame builds...This is just the start. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif