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Thanks Sheila, I appreciate that you didn't really look twice at it. I see the skill, but I would not give tuppence for it. It would do nothing for me.




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I find when I'm in museums I'm on "overload". I can't really take in ALL the different works so I try to maintain focus on a few and possibly let some amazing pieces go unnoticed.



There are pieces I find amazing while others are casually walking past. Art, for me, is a very "in the moment" thing. Not all pieces appeal to me in all my moods. I do live in a tiny apartment but I have very high ceilings. I have 19 (just counted!) of different kinds of art, different moods, colors, types.... I used to think I had to make a choice. Nope, I like a lot and I hate even more! (There are 3 other walls covered with a similar amount of work, big small, giclees, soft pastel works, photography...)


That said, I think I'm on a roll with my piece for this month. I was watching "A Beautiful Mind" last night and I was hit with an idea. As I went to research I found it wasn't unique but it's different for me. But I'm at the very basic beginning. Some days I want to start at the finish line!


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Hi All,

I have a technical painting question. What causes the fuzzies in acrylic painting? Seeing the same thing with oils. Sometimes, it is wonderful to have (like in this painting). Other times not so much. How can you avoid or bring on the fuzzies? Has to be more than brush strokes.

This is what I mean by the fuzzies and obviously this is a masterpiece:

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I have a technical painting question. What causes the fuzzies in acrylic painting? Seeing the same thing with oils. Sometimes, it is wonderful to have (like in this painting). Other times not so much. How can you avoid or bring on the fuzzies? Has to be more than brush strokes.

This is what I mean by the fuzzies and obviously this is a masterpiece:


Must be intentional, or the persons style, using a 'stiff ish' brush. I’ve done hundreds of Acrylic paintings and never had one come out like this.
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I've seen a couple of Monet's Cathedral series up-close. They're built up with dozens and dozens of layers of very thick paint. He's almost modeling the contours of the architecture, and the effect in person is striking, to say the least. Somewhere I think I have a close-up picture from the side of the one they have at the Clark. I'll post it if I can find it on my computer at home.
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Jim - Style or Stiff-ish brush sounds plausible. What type of brush do you typically use?
Ken - Interesting. With minimal acrylic layers you can end up looking fuzzy just like Monet. But maybe the re-working of a dry area could cause?
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Sometimes - often, for me - it can be the texture of your surface. I've found I can get much more crisp lines with a smoother surface. Loading up my brushes with a lot of paint helps, too. I've found it's easier to soften edges using an near-dry brush.

I see what you mean about the Monet, but a large part of the effect of those paintings in person comes from those thick layers of impasto paint. The canvas is full of tiny cast shadows.
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Maybe dry brushing.

Well, I did something for this project, just not sure if I want to show it lol. Couldn't get myself to really focus on it.
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Jim - Style or Stiff-ish brush sounds plausible. What type of brush do you typically use?
Ken - Interesting. With minimal acrylic layers you can end up looking fuzzy just like Monet. But maybe the re-working of a dry area could cause?

These are my brushes. I use them for acrylic, Watercolour and even sometimes model work 3”. + 1/2” flat (Sky and seas )and 1/8”+ 1/4” dagger brushes (detail and rigging)
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Carl, the effect in Monet's work is deliberate..... the Impressionists were obsessed with the effects of light on surfaces and Monet would have a number of canvases, of the same subject, on the go throughout the day!

One of the criticisms of this search for effects was that they began to lose form and structure.

Oil paint allows a thick build of brushstrokes, more so than Acrylics which often loses that 3D stroke and they'd lay stroke on stroke using different colours to build the shimmer ... or fuzziness!
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Some Monet "in the flesh," so to speak. Apologies for any blurriness...the Clark has a Renoir exhibition running now that I want to see; maybe I'll get better pics then:









I've got more (he's my favorite artist) but I'll stop there...

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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

There is a Marcel Duchamp exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum or Art. I'm thinking about going Sunday. I'm going to stand by his works and discuss "movement". Or, maybe not. But I'll be looking for it.

If I go I'll be looking for the abstract and contemporary stuff. I have a new interest.

I've been working on a landscape. A reflection on the water from a place they was behind my house up north. Even if I can't go there the photos make me feel better. But, trying to do this painting realistically, the underpainting and especially the "ugly phase" causes nausea. I really want to switch it up and be more abstract. I have the photo but I don't have it in abstract and just doing the photo doesn't feel like it puts ME into it. (Phew, just saying that makes the whole thing seem so much more enjoyable.)

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Hi All,

I have a technical painting question. What causes the fuzzies in acrylic painting? Seeing the same thing with oils. Sometimes, it is wonderful to have (like in this painting). Other times not so much. How can you avoid or bring on the fuzzies? Has to be more than brush strokes.

This is what I mean by the fuzzies and obviously this is a masterpiece:

Amatuer Comment: Not sure if this helps but I was told a few years back, by another group of artists that the fuzziness could be caused partially by cheaper paints. If you use a more heavier bodied paint you will see a difference. (Thats not how the experts create fuzziness but how I had trouble with clear, crisp lines.)
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This is called "She Loves me, She Loves Me Not" original piece (J.L.L.F) acrylic 8×10 canvas



Not sure if comments or critiques are allowed, but if they are, feel free...
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My attempts at depicting movement: the dog is a pmp reference 7.5x10 and the eagle is from Andy Morffew 15x10
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Wow Cristel! I thought the eagle was a photo! I've seen far too many dogs getting into that action and then running over to sit in my lap!


I just realized, I haven't even photographed my work yet. This has been such a wild month for me!


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