There are two main types of postings:
-those which are shared, in which you can post your paintings
-those which belong to the initial poster, in which you should only comment on the post
Shared postings include:
Classrooms – these are usually started by the Forum staff and are intended as instruction in how to use your OPs. You are welcome to ‘paint along’, posting your painting’s progress as you follow the instructions.
Monthly Challenges – At the start of each month, a volunteer posts two photos and we all join in to paint one or both. All paintings are posted in the Challenge thread. To volunteer to host a month, see the Monthly Challenge sign-up thread.
Weekly Sketch Thread – At the beginning of each week, Lacey starts a thread for sketches (quick sketches, value studies, compositional studies, etc) and everyone posts their sketches for that week in that thread.
Talking Technique – This is an occasional thread, which can be started by anyone, and is intended to discuss issues associated with painting. Postings of paintings should only be used to illustrate a point, not for asking for comments about a painting.
Poster-only threads include:
Member postings of paintings for comment – When an individual posts a new thread to show you their painting and to ask for comments, you should not post a painting of yours in that thread. You may post a photomanipulation of their painting to illustrate a suggested change, but it’s a good idea to ask the poster if they would like to see your photomanipulation first.
Member postings asking questions – Do not post paintings in this type of thread unless the poster clearly requests examples. Also, try to avoid introducing a discussion which diverges too far from the initial posting. If you find that the question has raised a different issue in your mind, start a new thread with the new topic or question.
Work in Progress (WIP) – Anyone can start a WIP. There are many reasons for posting a WIP. A member may want to get opinions on how their painting is going, they may want to share their painting techniques with us, or they may have been asked to demonstrate their method by other members. Note: A WIP is not a classroom. Please do not post your paintings in a WIP, unless the poster has explicitly invited you to paint along.
Information postings – Information threads such as ‘Getting Started in Oil Pastels’ should not have paintings posted in them.
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