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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Sept. 2018: optional "small" theme!

AnnieA, the paper:
https://fabriano.com/en/28/tela

it feels guite tame tbh, the grain is barely there, but it's really impressive to work with, as you can understand!
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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Sept. 2018: optional "small" theme!

Thanks, Ronsu, I'm going to have to look into that oil paper and maybe some others.

I found an interesting article that you all might like; it's on eliminating distractions so one can focus on painting (a very timely article in my case):
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Thanks Annie, I don't really get distracted by things when Im painting but those brush holders look useful, better than holding them in my mouth anyway
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Thanks Annie, I don't really get distracted by things when Im painting but those brush holders look useful, better than holding them in my mouth anyway

right?! they should put honey in the laquer!

thank you AnnieA,
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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Sept. 2018: optional "small" theme!

Life class finally resumed today, after a long hiatus. Thank goodness! I was quite rusty. We did a number of short poses, for which I drew in pen and ink. Then we had about 90 minutes for a longer pose. I chose to paint the model with a limited palette -- alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, Mars black, Veridian, and Titanium White. Given the long layoff, I wasn't expecting too much of myself, but I was reasonably happy with this effort. "Sheba," oil on panel, 11" x 14."

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90 minutes! that is mighty progress right there, much bolder, confident stroke and the light is immaculate. interesting palette, which alizarin (brand&pigment nr) do you use? it looks gorgeous. memorize how you worked, something's different and it's yours to keep!
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Glad you like it, Ronsu! Yep, 90 minutes -- our instructor likes to make us work quickly. It's good training for plein air, when things change fast, and for portraits, because sitters don't sit forever. I use all sorts of brands of paints; this was Jack Richeson Alizarin Crimson, M. Graham Titanium White, Gamblin Viridian, M. Graham black, and I don't recall the brand of the Cad Red Light. Anyway, thanks for the support!
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90 minutes? even I could find time for that I think although I haven't got any living creatures that would sit still that long lol.
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Thanks, Sarah! Heh, you're right about finding live models. I've never been able to persuade anyone to sit still for me for a portrait, so my only option is life class.
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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Sept. 2018: optional "small" theme!

Today was the first nice day in two months, or so it seemed, and I found time to slip outside for an hour or so of plein air drawing and painting. This was my first excursion with my new Thumbbox, which holds 6" x 8" panels. I liked it! But I was rusty, and I had an easier time with my ink sketch than with my oil sketch. I chose my biggest brush to sketch in the drawing, and I think I'd have been better off doing the contours in a small brush and switching to a large brush for blocking in color.

Anyway, here's the ink study; it took about 25 minutes. "River Road House," ink on paper, about 3" x 5."



And the oil sketch; it took about an hour. "River Road House," oil on canvas panel, 6" x 8."

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nice! for an hour's work, great! i llike the green in the windows. i understand how you mean. all color is in place, light is there, atmospheric distance is there, the tree on the right looks really nice. had you changed brushes for the windows for example, this would look more finished. when i was able to paint more, the point you're making was there almost immediately, that one major decision would have easily taken the painting twice as far. oh, plus it's great to get some mileage from the tiny brushes with this challenge!

continued on the little favourite of mine but it doesn't photograph. got the grass right (plein air) but not the light on the trees or clouds (studio guessing). still keeping it 😋. painting and varnishing now, but on furniture. tough month, it seems nobody has time for painting. hope everyones ok

edit; i'll go ahead and plonk it here. photo values was either darks right or lights right.
see how i got a sense of distance on the grasses! the rest is just that flat irl.

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aaand piling on.
untitled study through window while stalled by the freak show of thunder in september north of Santa.
5"x7" oil on paper.
(yes they are lemon marengue clouds. you're welcome. )

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Ronsu, I'll have an order of those lemon meringue clouds with whipped cream, please. :=) But seriously folks, that's really neat work. I don't quite follow what you mean about things being flat; your picture looks plenty 3D to me.
You mean the lay of the land is very flat?

Also, I'm curious -- That's the view out your window? All you folks with interesting window views! My view is kinda boring.
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3D, really!? thank you! i'm so glad! what's left then is getting the highlights. that angle is not returning and i've painted clouds five times..six? and yes, that's from my window with slight editing.
the second with correct meringue spelling is... let's say elements picked and chosen from my window, placed hastily, clumsily and once again, in the dark! there was an anvil cloud perfectly placed but no chance of capturing it in time so painted over it. i liked the bright yellow stripe of light (birches) to the stripes of needles+ orange upper, black middle, silvery lower trunk. rain doused old pines look really pretty.
8 months a year it's white with sticks protruding. basically. no sky. yet after the felling i guarantee i'm going to miss them like old friends.
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Started from life, kept playing with it, and have now decided this will be a practice piece. I’d like to spend some time with it and do a large painting. 8x10 oil on canvas

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