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Old 05-04-2019, 02:07 AM
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

That's funny! I know many words I say are not "proper". A few years ago I was trying to learn Gaelic on Duo Lingo and I was getting everything wrong. But again, I used to teach French, Italian and Latin and get most wrong on that app too! My accents are regional in every language I've learned (and I need to speak several regional dialects of English too!)


I do remember Donegal but nothing too different from the other places. My father was from Tipperary, Cappa Bansha and my mother's side was from Kerry. Most the family moved to England for their working lives, did well, and returned to Ireland to retire. The farm is still in the family. My father, being the eldest of 10 inherited it but he gave it to the youngest girl who still lives there now. We farmed sheep and goats. I have zero family left in the states and sometimes I consider moving to Ireland. I could go to the church and to the pubs with my vocabulary!


Thanks for jogging my memories. They are sweet.
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

A good reference for ideas on people placement do a google search for Hudson River School paintings. You see these huge expanse of land with people or animals tossed in the mix.
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Good suggestion, Wet Rat.
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I like the Hudson River works too - though I was ignorant of them before joining WC ...... as I didn't know about the Group of Seven until Colin told us! - it's nice to learn new things!
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A good reference for ideas on people placement do a google search for Hudson River School paintings. You see these huge expanse of land with people or animals tossed in the mix.

Precisely what I am trying to achieve with this challenge.
Iíve never heard of them either, so we are all learning!.
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

Did my one this afternoon, first acrylic for donkeys ages. Still prefer watercolour though.
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it was the paintings that came out of the Hudson River School that inspired me to start painting. Might use one of them to base this months challenge off of.
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

I've just worked on mine and not sure I like it!I'm not used to making the landscape the feature with the other add on's secondary
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I've just worked on mine and not sure I like it!I'm not used to making the landscape the feature with the other add on's secondary

The 'feature' doesnít have to be secondary. The object is to have a 'real' land scape, not, Sky, Hills, trees, grass, and no sign of life. Have a quick look through WC and see how many show any sign of life.
I didnít have to put the Swans in this, it is a painting of Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich in the west of Scotland. However anyone seeing it commented on the Swans
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Aha! Thanks. I'm adding a feature to my landscape.
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I got something started. It even has people in it.
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I got something started too. No people yet. I'm sure they'll materialize.
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I got something started too. No people yet. I'm sure they'll materialize.

You donít need people,! Although people are ok. Iím trying to get 'life' Forrestís arenít full of perfect trees, put in dead ones, stones, twigs, leaves etc at the side of a road/stream. If you do one of the 'wilderness', make it wild!, the countryside is teaming with life. Some I have seen are more like the landscape according to 'Capability Brown'. LIFE. eg, have you ever walked across a bridge over a river without stopping and looking down at the water? Bet you havenít. If you were a child, I bet you dropped a stone or stick from it! Bet you did!. To me a bridge is just crying out for a mini 'adventure' So if you are painting a landscape, think about it. Does it really look natural, or is it just groups of features arranged to look pretty. Iím not saying paint a Football match, or town market day!, just something that shows there is life on earth (while there still is)
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

Like your recent painting - the still life - the smoking pipe brings it to life!
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Like your recent painting - the still life - the smoking pipe brings it to life!

Thatís about it. I suppose itís mind games really. Without the smoke itís just objects. Adding the smoke ( to my mind anyway) infers that someone has just put it down and walked out of 'shot'. The connection to everyday life.
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