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Old 03-08-2018, 08:06 PM
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Title: Oysters
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Medium: Acrylic
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I just started painting so I don't know much. I'm just looking for advice on anything I'm doing wrong.

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I'm looking for any mistakes I'm making.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:35 AM
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Re: Oysters

Still lives are a great way to learn because you can control the space. It’s easy to set things up to explore composition, chose props to learn about how different objects react to light etc.
And usually the objects stay where you put them so you don’t have the frenzy of other genres where things change.
Oysters are difficult because they will spoil under the heat of any lights and as light is usually the most important thing in a still life it’s a difficult subject you have chosen as you will not have much time to finish the painting.
To me what you have here is very flat because of the even lighting there is no variation of light or composition, the spacing is very repetitive. The out side of an oyster is interesting because of it’s rugged texture and how it contrasts with the softer interior. If some of the oysters are positioned to show the out side and some the inside you could emphasise the contrast.

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Re: Oysters

You could also set any similar shaped object/s on a surface and look down using same viewing angle as your painting, to see where the cast shadows around & under would be. A web search might bring up some too, to give ideas..
I do think some stronger darks around the objects will give some pop..
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:39 AM
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Re: Oysters

Name:  2018-03-14 23.29.26.jpg
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Size:  302.6 KBThanks for the advice. I think I still need to do a little more shadowing and more work on the outside of the shells. Do yall have any advise on varnishing it when I'm done? I have read up on it a little but am not sure what I'm doing still. Im new to painting so I know I'm probably making plenty of mistakes but I'm learning.
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Re: Oysters

I don't varnish or seal my acrylics , unless I want a shine on them and if I am totally sure I won't want to make any more adjustments or fixes..
I do paint with layers so it is completely covered and sealed from that aspect..

I think you can go darker for the shadows like a deep gray blue..
This image is quite similar ( be aware of copyrighted images, fine for practice/studies or personal ownership.. but if planning to sell , it could become an issue...)
https://www.livingnorth.com/sites/de...?itok=5WsR1yBp
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Re: Oysters

Nice work.
Use retouch varnish.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:08 PM
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Re: Oysters

I used a photo I found online for the reference photo. I wasn't planning on selling, this is just for practice. This is only my third painting I've done, so I'm trying to see what I can do and how to do it. I plan on doing something of my own once I learn where my skills are. I wanted to varnish it so I can see what kind of difference it makes and learn how to do it. I really appreciate everyone's help and complements😆. Thank yall.
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