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Old 01-03-2017, 07:07 PM
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cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Happy New Year Art Friends !!!!

Thought i would start us off with a little challenge to all...
More Art from All of us..

The weather here is very warm 85 degrees..but we may
have some cooler weather coming in this weekend..maybethought
i would try plein aire...but its just too hot
I am still working with w/c and ink, but would like to try
some different things this year ! thinking of pastel pencils ??

So everyone in? Great ! Looking forward to seeing
more art this year !!!!

Ill start..here is a piece I did for the 2017 Year of the Red Rooster !!
yes...its a wee bit scary...but ''Happy New Year" to you all

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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Happy new year! I like the rooster - looks like an illustration from some magical tale in a children's book. :-)

I haven't done much yet. Just some quick sketches to get my eye back in, and I discovered somewhat to my dismay that my fine motor skills have become badly out of shape.
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Happy new year all. You're lucky to have heat Tyree. It was so cold yesterday I stayed in bed with the electric blanket on!!
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

i had done this one a while back..but it was with pastels
on grey toned paper...
something i want to try again pastels or more coloured pencil
works !
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

I love the soft fur effects with the pastels!
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Watercolour paintings done this week.

Whimsical work.



Yorkie on her hat



The catbird.

I am into watercolour practice at the moment. Trying to figure out where I am going with this.

Tyree if you want to start a project on using pastels or coloured pencils please do so. It could be for jan and feb to give us time to join in...
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

june...your whimsy paintings are brilliant ! do you ever write
stories with them ?

i will be happy to start a new challenge thread...! will start one later today !

this is a coloured pencil piece..not recent..
but a style that i liked doing..tyree


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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Tyree, I love the rich and dark colour effects in the background and on the bird's wings.

Its not so easy to get the darks dark enough with cp, I find. Something I could try to improve.

Just spent 4 hours watching a kid's TV fantasy programme. I enjoyed it but now need to move my legs ..serious numbness.

Hope you're having a good weekend.
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

wow...we had a wee bit of cold spell...into the 40's at nite !
warming back up again...

here is a question for you all...
i did the challenge in the w.d.e. last weekend..and
the challenge was to make your work an abstract..
i took the challenge..and painted what i thought
to myself to be abstract...
someone replied that while it was lovely..it was not abstract..
so my question is..
if in your mind..it appears abstract..why isnt it?

just a thought !

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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

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here is a question for you all...
i did the challenge in the w.d.e. last weekend..and
the challenge was to make your work an abstract..
i took the challenge..and painted what i thought
to myself to be abstract...
someone replied that while it was lovely..it was not abstract..
so my question is..
if in your mind..it appears abstract..why isnt it?

Funny you should mention this - I just completed a huge and rambling post on abstraction on my blog:

http://brianvds.blogspot.co.za/2017/...onal-view.html

Not sure it will help much, mind you. :-)
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Brian...thank you..i am at work right now..but I intend to read your blog later today ! It looks like you put a lot of thought into this question ...
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Dutch landscape:



Acrylic on canvas board, 20 x 25 cm
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

Its a big question: what is abstract art? To my simplified way of looking at it...there is representational art, where there is an attempt to make things look as they appear to the eye...realistic. Abstraction seems to focus on more arbitrary principles such as pattern, feeling, idiosyncratic representations.

You can have abstract figures. And by contrast ...Realistic figures.

What we may most easily label as abstract art... focuses more on non-objective colour/pattern etc. Abstract seems to focus more on abstract ideology or values...maybe a direct communication of more spiritual/intellectual ideas.

But I am not an art history expert. Just attempting to figure it out for myself in regards to doing some painting! And not really getting anywhere fast.
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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

I tend to nitpick drawings to death. To help me shake the habit and develop a broader, more painterly style, I am messing around a bit with sticks of charcoal...



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Re: cafe michelangelo ..Jan 2017

brian..these are wonderful..i always like the dramatic darks and lights you get from charcoal .. !
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