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Re: Viviens STILLMAN AND BIRN experiments

I never thought of sketching the distorted window view...I always turn on the wipers. lol But this looks great!
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Yes I nearly did! and then suddenly thought - no, face the challenge, I didn't know if I could do it though!

When I first learned to drive, we had a very very rainy day on holiday so I left husband and daughters playing pool in the warm and dry and took myself off to sketch from the car, I parked with a great sea view of heaving waves, happily sketching with wipers on ............... wondered why they were slowing down after quite a long time sketching .......... ooops! ran the battery flat I didn't know then that it would happen. Luckily there was a hotel for a coffee while I waited for the AA to come and jump start it for me. I think he thought I was the original dumb blonde.



The car was further away this time so more distorted with the spots on the screen being proportionally much bigger.
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very cool story, Viv. . . and the drawing rocks. I would never had thought to try it like that. Now I will have to some time
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Another great view of a rainy day. There might be a series in this. Great story about running down the battery.
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V this are so cool! At least you didn't get carried away by the tide!
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I've come close to it! Painting at Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey (island off coast of Wales), when sketching with a friend, You can park on the beach and the tide goes out a looooong way. I was painting the view across when I suddenly realised, after we'd been there for quite a while, the tide was creeping nearly up to the car! It's such a huge bay it comes in really fast.
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I had a girlfriend when I lived in Florida whose specialty seemed to be getting her ancient Saab stuck in the sand every time we went to the beach, which of course was rather perilous as the tide came back in. We were young though and there always seemed to be someone around willing to help us get unstuck.
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Love the story about the battery. I just turn the wipers on once in a while. lol This can be a series of blurry rain views. I like them. Great sketch!!
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Yes, I learned to use the wipers intermittently after that fiasco! I'm hoping for some nicer weather so I don't have to do these for a while

ouch! getting stuck in the sand would be scary with the tide heading in
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A quick sketch of an urban street here - old Victorian buildings and shops, tree lined road - again waiting for family ............

Done with a mechanical pencil in the Epsilon book - it's perfect for these quick sketches and fits in my bag easily. I would have been bored waiting about without it.

It's not resolved and is still very very sketchy - they came back and we moved on
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Sometimes it's just fun to do something sketchy and leave it that way.
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Sketchy is fine. You've got recognizable elements that set the scene. Looks great.
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It's a great scene. I think that it takes skill to capture something well with little time and you certainly did it.
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Jennifer I don't think I've ever said - I love your Terry Pratchett tag I adore his books

This one is a roller experiment. I showed in another book where I'd used a sponge roller to create the foundation of tree bark. In this one I've left the right hand paler tree unworked but worked on the darker print on the left and middle trees with glazes of watercolour and cp. The left hand one got a bit too fussy.



I simply rolled the sponge roller across my paintbox! usually I'd pick up from the palette, choosing colours.
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Jennifer I don't think I've ever said - I love your Terry Pratchett tag I adore his books.
I'm surprised how many people recognise it here In German forums, I usually have to explain, although he's not exactly obscure here either.

I first thought your roller experiment was a landscape (turn it on its side, with a river running through a tundra landscape). In any case, I like the effect, I need to try that.
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