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Old 10-29-2019, 08:43 PM
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Madelaine 1/20

Sarah's invitation to be miserable along with her was irresistible.
I hope attempting this project helps me to loosen up and try new things.
Madelaine is our donkey and very gentle. This is on Canson MT and I liked the idea of the laid texture as a possible enhancement for her coat texture. Not sure it worked, but 19 more to go!



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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Sweet! I like the colors of the background.
Suggestion - your donkey looks a bit squashed into the painting; maybe give her some room to breathe? Try to avoid 'kissing' edges.
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Aw, I love her! She will make a good subject for your project. I think the paper's texture works just fine here. I recognize those MT dimples instantly, having fought them before.

She has lots of character. Question: is this posted photo showing the whole painting? I agree with Christel that she looks crowded into the frame here, but am noticing that not all 4 corners of the paper are visible, so maybe it's just cut off edges in the photo itself.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:57 PM
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Christel, thank you and also for the tip! I remember ...now.... your advice on kissing for the pheasant! My memory can be like a colander.

I'm starting a written list of tips to remember as I work with Madelaine.
Tip #1: No kissing edges.

Terri, thank you! You are correct, not all of the paper is showing, but she fills nearly the whole space (6 x 9), so will downsize her.

Those paper dimples are distinctive aren't they?

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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Good start Mary. The texture of the paper is helping with the look of her coat. Looking forward to seeing your series develop!
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Fantastic, MaryFlora!

You're off to a fantastic start, and what a beautiful lady Madelaine is Look forward to seeing more!
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Old 11-02-2019, 08:55 AM
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Thank you, Rich and Sarah!

Here is #2 using the smooth side..



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Lovely!
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Hi Mary Flora, you've chosen a nice subject to work with!

Do you paint on the more textured side because you prefer it or it just happened this way?
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Beautiful, MaryFlora! She looks so serene in that gentle autumn background.
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Thank you, Christel, Mira, and Sarah!

Our autumn here has been quite gray and damp/wet, so I wanted to try to share that feeling a little if possible. Emotion is a quality of art I would like to understand how to incorporate in a painting!

Mira, I did choose the textured side first, then for second attempt, used the smooth side. I hope this project helps me think more on how art materials work together and also to be braver about experimenting.

Your tips and comments are always appreciated and needed!

Thank you!

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Old 11-04-2019, 07:21 PM
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

My apologies, Mira!

I forgot to answer your question on the Canson paper! 😁 The textured side isn't my favorite, but I like the paper and prefer the smooth side.

The paper has held up really well with scraping (small paring knife), erasing, and layering, then more scraping, erasing, ....

Plus the price lets me work with art as much as I like.

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Old 11-06-2019, 12:07 PM
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Re: Madelaine 1/20

#3. I experimented by painting white watercolor on gray Canson, textured side, followed by layer of white Neocolor I in order to soften the texture. I enjoyed how easily the op's slid over the Neocolor. I also limited my colors to four browns and one white (black pencil to circle eyes).

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Your thoughts and ideas always appreciated.

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Re: Madelaine 1/20

Fantastic! I think some earth yellow in the grasses and leaves would lift it a little bit, but it is lovely limited palette painting as it is.
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Love the limited palette!
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