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Old 10-12-2015, 09:03 AM
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Sasha - very interesting. I like the triangle composition. IMHO I think that the background would work better is slightly muted so as not to compete with the subject.

Thank you very much!
I think you're right with the competing of subject and the abstract background elements.
To be honest, this was an experiment suggested by my mentor to get something more "chaotic" and colorfull onto a canvas, as I felt my other works are often to controlled and overthought.
I've learned quite a lot on this, so now I have to find something in the middle...

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It is an interesting painting and I agree with Christel about the background.

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Spent this morning playing with my Winsor and Newton Oilbars I had two already, but bought another three last week (including the colourless blender Oilbar). I also grabbed some cheap colour shapers from a local junk shop.



The colour shapers definitely made it easier to smooth the edges than just using my fingers alone. I also once again used a few brushes with citrus thinner.

At first I really disliked how the WN Oilbars felt, especially compared to the Sennelier ones. Where the Sennelier ones are quite creamy and seemed to go on smoothly and easy, the WNs felt sticky and tacky, and I felt like I kind of had to 'mash' the stick onto the surface to put a decent amount of colour down. I don't know if they eventually became smoother with use or if I just got used to them, but by the time I finished my painting I decided they were alright (I still like Sennelier better, though). All the colours used in this painting are WN except for the ivory black and titanium white, which were Sennelier.
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Well done! Great blending! Is it possible to darken the shadow on the table a bit more? Can you add a thin glaze?
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Well done! Great blending! Is it possible to darken the shadow on the table a bit more? Can you add a thin glaze?

Thank you I think darkening the shadow should be easy enough. I basically just used Yellow Ochre with a little bit of Ivory Black and thinned it. I was kind of worried about making it too dark since I wasn't sure if it would dry darker (like a lot of acrylics do). I'd also got to the stage where I was making little mistakes so I thought I'd leave it alone for the day.

I've also noticed the shape of the blue vase at the top is not quite even
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Rebecca, so glad the Winsor Newtons are finally starting to work for you. Keep up the good work!
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Wow this is nicely done. Great blending and Christel has a good suggestion regarding the table shadow.

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Rebecca that looks great!
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The cactus and the stream are Winsor Newton oil bar on 9x12 Fredrick's canvas paper.

The cactus is 90% plein air, done mid morning October 12, 2015 at Saguaro Nat'l Park East, Desert Living Trailhead and finished in studio, mainly due to bugs--tons of 'em.

The stream (oil bar) is studio work, inspired by a painting by toniov.
Palette knife and color pushers used on both, and fingers were used on the cactus, too.
Neither are as bright as in real life.
Comments and critiques welcomed. Thanks for looking.




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Both paintings are beautiful! You have mastered using oil sticks/bars.
Great job!
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:13 AM
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Ntl- beautiful work. I especially like the water!
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Old 11-16-2015, 10:22 AM
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Looks like you are having fun...really like the cacti..

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Old 11-16-2015, 12:10 PM
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Linda, thanks. It was your work and responses to people that encouraged me.
Christel and Pat, thanks. That Cactus is a Saguaro, a giant, and the bugs--most little gnats, no-seeums. I even put on a mosquito net, but it was really hard to see through, and some found their way to my face anyway. It was fun, till it wasn't.
Just as I was packing up, some tourists parked beside me. One woman said she had oil bars but they were hard, she had to throw them away. I showed her mine, and my sharp knife, and how to peel the skin back.
She was looking forward to trying it when she got home!
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:26 AM
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Ntl, thank you for the kind words. I am so glad to be able to help.
Keep up the good work!
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Friends, I love these oil stick paintings. My experience with Canadian Oil sticks (KAMA)? has been wonderful. I have used many brands and it has been wonderful. The small size of the KAMA makes it my favourite. Enclosed is a recent painting...
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