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Old 02-28-2013, 11:04 AM
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Talking PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?(Beach scene/sunset)

Another member (ColinS) and I are having a Paint-a-long doing a reasonably simple sunset and beach scene.

If you are interested in giving it a go, please join us in this thread and share your work at various stages.

This is the reference, by kind permission of Beth (blarkin) -


St. George's Island, Florida.

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I'm using a deep-sided canvas, triple primed, 20x28".

I've increased the saturation on the original - purely for my on purposes. Others may prefer to keep the colours lighter.

I also wanted a lower eye-level so did a couple of very quick thumbnail sketches to see that it would work OK.

Remember, a reference is just that - a starting point and inspiration

I'm using mostly regular heavy-body paints (Cryla, Liquitex, W&N) but also some Atelier Interactives because of the colour - mixed with the ordinary acrylics the working time for the Interactives is reduced somewhat.

My colours -
Tit. White, Medium Magenta, Napthol Crimson, Prussian Blue (Interactive), Naples Yellow Deep, Arylamide yellow light (Inter.) and Brilliant Blue.(Liquitex)

Brushes for the sky - a 1" house painting brush and a 3/4" acrylic (Royal Soft-grip)

Plus a spray bottle for misting.

I laid masking tape along the horizon line to keep it straight!

I first sprayed the canvas to keep the paints as soft as possible for blending - add water as and when necessary during the process.

Keep brushstrokes as long and horizontal as possible.
I started with the white and pruss. blue and worked down from the top - working right across the canvas with each stroke.
clean brush before adding the yellow - and similarly, work down through other colours towards the horizon.

When dry, I re-taped the horizon to keep the sea line straight and clean before blocking in sea - adding a medium to (supposedly) seal the line and prevent seepage.

Didn't work! (.. and just as I was starting to clean the line, friends called - so I have that to do again!)

So I'm now just about ready to block in the sand dunes and also to decide if the sky needs more adjusting. The water will get more work!.

1 - the rough th'nails!


2. First pass at sky


3 first blocking of sea.


I hope to add more tomorrow.

I hope some others might like to join me here and keep me company
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:47 AM
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Re: PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?

Maureen, it is a beautiful reference. I wish I could join in but my acrylics are already packed for removal to my new home. Sigh!! I shall be watching your progress. Looks great already. Great blending in the sky area.
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Re: PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?

Nice work, Maureen. I am about where you are, but I have started to try meddling with the sand and my sky-blending isn't pretty. Resembles a block of spumoni ice cream so will have to work on that. I have also adjusted the horizon line a little from the photo - not as dramatically as you. I am at the office right now (bad bad must work not blog ) so will have to wait til this evening before I can post what I have done.

Thanks for getting this started.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:36 PM
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Hi Colin - will see your's tomorow then - you're so far behind our time over there

Chammi - I wish you could join us too - but you have too many other things at present - all in boxes!
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Hi Colin - will see your's tomorow then - you're so far behind our time over there

The west coast of N. America is Yesterdayland. It was fun on the eve of the Millennium though - we got to see all the spectacular midnight fireworks from New Zealand/Australia through Asia to Europe before it was even time for afternoon tea.
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Re: PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?

This is a great idea! I'm not sure if I will have enough time but I will be watching for sure! The reference is so very tempting as well as the opportunity to learn from a master, Maureen. I'll see if I can make time to do this.
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Haha - not sure about the 'master' bit Judy but it will be good to have you along, so please do try

I'd like to think that those less experienced can learn from seeing other people's work - like yur own

Hi Dominic - please be tempted and join in
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I'm tempted too Maureen. I'll try to join in on the fun . Agree with Judy on the opportunity to learn from a master.
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Re: PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?

Please miss, we can all learn from The Master :

Here is my effort so far:



It is on canvasboard (20 x 24 I think but I am too lazy to go downstairs again)

I have not used masking tape, spray bottles, housepainting brushes or any other similar high-tech gizmos.

The pink 'blob' at the bottom of the grass is going to turn into the patch of sand hit by the sun, so that is an underpainting that I can see from the photo has bled into to the sand.

Oh well, that's surely why titanium white was invented.
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Interesting! I love looking at WIP's. Both of you have unique styles too so this is great. I'll join if you don't mind my black backgrounds.
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Maureen, Colin - I am so excited to report that I decided to join as well. Once I got started I just could'nt stop . So I kinda painted the whole thing in one sitting. Did not click WIP pics also. Sorry . Hope it is ok to share the completed painting
So, I decided to keep the high horizon line as I am working on another seascape with a high horizon. So thought this will be good practice. I am quite unhappy with the water. Could not portray the depth I wanted. Should I increase the value of the blue-gray's in the distance? I think overall the water is too light? Am looking forward to see how you guys handle the water. I welcome your thoughts on how I can improve the water or anything else for that matter. C&C welcome
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Re: PAINT-A-LONG anyone interested in joining us?

Oh welcome Bhavani - finished or not!

Virginia - don't mind black b/g at all - glad to have you here

Bhavani - if you look at the ref. you'll see the water is quite a lot darker at the horizon - increasing the depth there, making it lighter towards the fron and where the waves are visible will give the sense of distance we're all after

The sky is lovely - nice blending ther
I do like your light in the foreground - and the path helps to lead us in - that's why I wanted one too
Your sea oats are good too.
Yes - good to have this - thanks for joining us with your energy Good example of an interpretation of a ref.

Colin - get those high-tech gizmos out for the blending of the sky ...... well, the spray will help if you do want to add another coat and blend .... I hope you do You should still be able to keep the painting light and use the paint thinly ... actually, my paint is fairly thhin too, it's scrubbed and blended so much!

Back to the easel .............
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Maureen......I can't wait to see the 'thonged beauties' on the beach.....

but seriously, it's a real beauty so far......I see this very site everyday.....nice to see you painting my home.....and yes, I've painted it many times.....

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What a great idea and beautiful reference pic. I would love to join in and learn from the "master" as well. I have so many irons in the fire already, but maybe I can work it in.
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