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Old 03-16-2007, 09:12 AM
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Re: Classroom Thread - Symbols Practice

Hi Ann...This is all just marvelous..I am learning a great deal here! I am anxiously waiting for you to demonstrate painting ROCKS...I need to master them. They are a magic touch if done properly to add to a painting that you have stared at with new eyes each day, knowing there is something missing..sometimes a rock or two placed strategically will do the trick!
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I think it would be a good idea to demonstrate rocks. They can be a curse to me. I have practiced, and could use some tips on them. Jan
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Polygon, I missed your question on pushing the brush. I am guilty of doing that too. I think with drybrushing or scumbling one will tend to push a little . As I understand it, I start at or near the edge where the thicker paint cloud edge is at the top of the cloud. I then lay my brush on its side and scumble back and forth from side to side or in different directions. Whatever it takes to get a smooth transition. The tips of the brushes I use for drybrushing are quite worn now except for the newest brush I am currently using. Drybrushing wears a brush down pretty fast.

Dueck, you are getting some really good dimensions on your clouds, lights/darks. The one suggestion i have is to make the transitions smoother from one value to the next. By doing this you will get more than one value in the transition and the clouds will look more seamless, as one cloud going from light to dark. Clouds have a few hard edges but still manage to look soft on those edges. Love the colors you are using too. That must be a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Hi Jan, the other people looking in may not realize that you have had several classes/workshops with Jerry Yarnell while I have only had one lol.

Molly and Jan, I have been painting this morning trying to incorporate the sky, trees, water and rocks. I have about 50 photos to resize and color correct, so will post them in groups. The stage of the painting is where the landscape has been laid in with blocks of color or shapes, so hope you all will bear with me while I try to explain what is going on in the photos.

Be back in a bit with photos. I am also planning to make this into a .pdf and will place it with the other Wet Canvas drawing .pdf's stored on my website. So feel free to download them. The .pdf will come later though and I will let you know when it is posted.

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Attached are a few photos of the basic lay-in of the painting. Note the brushes and the angle the liner brush is held when laying in tree trunks. The reason for the angle is that the paint will then flow to the tip and you don't have to go back to the palette as frequently for more paint.
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and the last bunch for now. The next group of photos will focus on individual subjects such as the water and rocks.
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Ann it looks great. I am working on a rock practice. I am letting it dry before highlights. I am not really making a picture with any compositition. Just putting rocks, grass and I don't know what else. will post when I am done. Jan
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This is a quick rock study. I just made up the trees. But the rocks were out of a picture I took in Texas Canyon in Arizona. I just picked out a few rocks and used them as a reference. c&c Jan
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Great looking Rocks Jan! They have good variation of color and values. Thanks so much for posting this. Good work on those trees too.
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Hope this is okay with everyone and not too many photos for you.
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Last batch! Is this enough of an idea as to how to do rocks? The very last step is to put the highlights on the rocks.
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Ann - What a fantastic thread! Thanks for taking so much time to provide so many wonderful practical lessons w/pictures for all of us. I can't wait to have time to read everything.
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Great rock tutorial! I'll probably try some rocks tomorrow.

I bought some cheap brushes today to try for drybrushing, it seemed to me when I was doing my clouds that brush quality is not so essential for drybrush, in fact, having the bristles tending to go every which way should be a good thing for some manoeuvers!
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