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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II



Ugh. I'm trying to remember this is purely a learning experience.

Ok. Sooooo. Found a Dakota pastel sample pack remnant of St Armand Sabertooth paper, about 9x12. Used my smaller Mungyos to block in, trying to adhere to the lesson in Part I of this Spotlight. Couldn't figure out what to make the water, so used a pinky gray color. Then felt like so much paper was showing, so used mineral spirits to help smooth down the under painting a bit, but then the values got darker all over.

Then I started dragging around the darks into the lights accidentally so we'll see if it's maybe a happy accident or not. Lol. A bit of a mess for now.
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Jess, Not a mess at all - in fact, an excellent start with strong, bold simplified masses! Smoothing out that underpainting is almost a must! And using mineral spirits, rubbing alcohol or just water are popular choices for a wet underpainting.

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Jess, cheering from the sidelines. Hang in there! Nice break up of space.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Jess, this looks like great "bones" on which to put the painting and I really look forward to seeing how it will come out. In fact, I was so inspired by it, it encouraged me to try an alcohol wash on the underpainting myself.
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Good Morning Spotlight! I painted a get well painting for my niece. This is 9 x 12 on either Colorfix or MT Touch. Nupastel then Schmincke. My niece took this photo of dawn's light over a field of dark brush. Trying hard to capture it for her. IRL, the painting is not quite as dramatic as it photographed. All comments and critique wellcome.
Don..tried to silhouette those bushes but the sky required some work. Simple enough? Hard for me to simplify.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Ruthie: So sorry to hear about your fall. I had two back to back falls a couple of years ago. Just recovered from a broken tibia at the ankle and fell and broke my shoulder. Maddening! And at my age, those bones don't heal quickly! Using crutches in my 60's was alot harder then when I had to use them in my late 20's. I resorted to wheel chair and knocked the paint off every door way and had to have painters in to repair the damage I did.

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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Jay, beautiful moody painting!

Jess: I am afraid to use wet underpainting technique. Bold move on your part. Anxious to see the final product.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Norma. That must have been hard for you. Sorry to hear about it.

Thank you for the painting comment. It's growing on me. I think I like it. (From far away!)
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Jay, that's GORgeous! Really depicts the mood.

Norma, sorry to hear of your falls. It's no fun!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Great simplification of a scene, Jess.
Jay, the sky colors speak to me. Lovely.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Lucy, really nice massing of the trees, I think you show the simplification technique very well! I like the atmosphere that seems to be building with that beautiful rose color!
Jay, love, love the sky and the way the light falls on the bushes! So simple and delightful! Great choice of colors!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Jay, that sky is gorgeous!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Oh thank you all, Judyb, Karen, Raini and Kedwards. The reference was very dark. I think I've changed the time of day somewhat. It's so hard to keep putting more value when you like what you have. I didn't want to end up with a totally dark fore and mid ground. It's hard!! I forgot to show my thumbnail.

At least I got my painting mojo back. skies usually do that for me!!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Raini, I was looking over this spotlight from the beginning. You say that trees are a challenge for you but those evergreen trees you did are so beautiful. And you say you have trouble doing water. But the water behind the goose is lovely. Just my two cents worth.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Here is my second February spotlight effort. It is on 9 x 12 brown art spectrum paper. The painting is of a reference in the earlier spotlight that DAK included as a link in this month's spotlight. I have been very disciplined in my approach. First the notan, then the thumbnail, then the block in of shapes before going to details.

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