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Old 05-13-2019, 01:20 PM
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I just read that painting a blue sky is boring! So what happens to the typical sunny winter days in South Africa?
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Art isn't about reality. We have beautiful blue skies here too. If a third of your painting is blue then one third of your painting has nothing to see.
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I just read that painting a blue sky is boring! So what happens to the typical sunny winter days in South Africa?


Same as us tuscanny… blue and blue and not a cloud. ( which denotes the temp drops at night to quite low.)

But, just to say, have you noticed with films these days, if they are murder related they shoot them in gloomy places, like that Shetland series, you can tell it's cold. But they wouldn't shoot a gloomy murder in a sunny blue sky, sort of doesn't fit the genre... so to answer - make it up as you go.

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I have painted blue skies. Sometimes it suits the painting.
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

What about Hawaii 5-0 and Death in Paradise?
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What about Hawaii 5-0 and Death in Paradise?
True for death in paradise, I don't know the other one, but I believe you. OK I am clearly wrong.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:55 AM
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I'm enjoying this thread and learning too! Thanks!
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Re: MAY 2019 Different Strokes Challenge

By the time I'm dead I'm going to be a master artist!

I'm a sky gazer. I like looking at the skies and attempting to identify what I see- not clouds or stars but what, in the environment, would cause a sky to have such a presence. I live by a river (The Schuylkill River and if you want to live near it you must first be able to spell it!) and I always look at how the sky is reflected in the river.

Where I lived before, the river would be a pristine copy of the skies above (when they weren't frozen for 10 months of the year!) but here in Philadelphia the river always seems perturbed and irate. It's also tidal so sometimes it runs south to north and other times, north to south. (Just at this area.)

I love to collect all this and store it so one day I can paint these observations even if I no longer have access to these places. But these days I often fear I will have the image of a mushroom cloud fried onto my retinas.

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Got my idea laid out. Board size cut and gessoed. Painted it a solid burnt umber. Going over than with a transparent warm grey. Why? Because I have no idea what I'm doing. Hoping this will work. Like last months challenge going to be doing something I've never done before.
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Right there with you wet rat. Trying something different, a painting with living things. Do stick figure animals count?
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Don’t see why not, if they fit in with their surroundings. It seemed to work for L S Lowery! And if you’ve never heard of him, Google.
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Using ivory black I got my piece sketched onto my board. Mixed a grayed out purple using ultramarine, yellow ocher and quin red. Lots of titanium white. Started with the sky. A bit darker than I was shooting for. But needed a bit of orangy red glow on the left. Same purple with more quin red and ocher. That glow ended up taking up two thirds of my sky. UGE! Waiting for it to dry. Start over. At least I don't have to re draw the scene.
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I found this unusual picture of vietnamese salt harvesters at dusk, so it's a landscape (somewhat) and with people doing something. I enjoyed it as I don't usually paint landscapes much, I like doing still lifes animals and flowers more usually. But I enjoyed it and finished it now I have to wait two more days to post it. Can't say it's the greatest painting in the world but there you go I had fun. And from now on I am going to try to do the montly challenge more often not just visit now and then to watch what others did.
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looking forward to seeing these. I took a picture of something that would fit this theme, but haven't gotten around to painting it.
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