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Old 06-12-2015, 03:48 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Lovely photo Norma. You did an interesting sky. I like your tree. I'm not sure I would bend it like that unless you want the lower part to look like a shadow?

I think you could have a bit of pink in the water? Perhaps? Like the sky? Just a touch. You're just hearing me be picky about a very nice painting. The fronds on the tree are very well done
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Very nice, Norma, even if the horizon gremlins did move the horizon a bit! I think you could put some darker accents in the tree fronds, but I really like your palm tree. I do agree with Jay about straightening the tree a bit. I thought the bottom half was a reflection until I looked closer. You did a gorgeous job on the water and those reeds or cattails there.
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Norma, Very nice sunset painting and photo! I think the fact that the tree bend lines up with the top water line is what is causing the confusion as to whether it looks like a reflection. In the photo the bend is much more subtle, too. Nevertheless, nice painting!

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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Hi, I am sorry for being away for so long. Real life has been emotionally demanding lately and I have stopped painting. But I am lurking
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Nick. Oh do let some of the emotions make their way onto a painting. But if not, we're happy to have you lurking. Hope you feel better soon.

I found some sites that might cheer you up. Baby peregrine falcons. Live. You can snap photos of them. The ones at mdc.mo.gov are four fluffy birds. And then there are other webcams at ab-conservation.com. If they are dark, then it is still dark at the location. I hope you enjoy them.

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Nice to hear from you, Nick! I do hope your life soon gets on an even emotional keel. Hugs to you--hang in there! I'm lurking, too. I began a painting of the photo with the lake and white house but then the plants I ordered arrived, so I've been outside, tending to the yard and the garden. Unfortunately, I hurt my back in the process, and it's painful to stand or walk. Since my painting supplies are set up for me to work while standing, and I've never worked well while sitting down, I haven't been painting, either.
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Blayne. I'm so sorry to hear about your back. Sending healing wishes.
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Beautiful sky, Norma! I love the colors and shapes in your clouds. Horizon creep can easily happen, can see why you had that problem. Cool palm tee, the fronds are gorgeous!

Blayne, be careful after hurting your back. So rough that you can't get used to painting sitting down, but sketching or thumbnailing may be possible. I'm used to painting seated because I can't stand very long and would never finish anything if I had to stand at an easel. It helps me to work small when I do, so studies and sketches may be easier than full size painting.

Or just relax and watch a bunch of videos, read art books, take it easy. Do what you can to get comfortable because that really does speed healing.
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Thanks for the sympathy and advice, Jay and Robert! In trying to figure out how to work while sitting down, I've gained a whole new respect for people who can organize art supplies, especially thousands of pastels, to keep them in reach in order to work while seated. HOW do you do it? I'm hoping my inability to stand is temporary, because I'd think an ideal work station would involve low tables for storage--maybe a U-shaped work area. No place for that setup right now. But I have done some thumbnails, and I can look across the room at prior paintings and criticize my past efforts.
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Oooh, my dream setup, Blayne! I would love to have a U-shaped work area. That would truly rock. I'm looking around at how I have things arranged and that might even be feasible given what I have is a swivel chair. I'd just have to figure out exactly where and how to put everything. Might do that on Tuesday if I don't need Elgie to go to the store for anything.

I recycled a piece of sanded paper with a drawing on it that I didn't recognized, cleaned it off as well as I could and decided to dedicate to my Spotlight Demo. So here it is - the sketch on charcoal after all those thumbnails.


Storm Skyscape Charcoal Sketch
7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Charcoal on (I think) Fisher 400 sanded pastel paper.
Photo reference by DAK723 morphed to my design.

I've now added a spit of land on the left to keep the lake from being boring and put some bigger trees on it to stand in front of the whole treeline and become a secondary focal area. The storm is going to be awesome. The storm is where I'll really have fun with color. Values on the storm will be a bit stronger than sketched. Did not fill in the value on the mountains with the charcoal, that comes in the dry or wet underpaintng. I haven't decided which yet. Shoreline is musical and natural, will probably have some rocks by the time I'm done and the shape of it.
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Robert, I like this! I like it just as it is!! The trees have moods and personalities. Really nice.

Blayne, try standing with one foot up on a little stool? Keep changing which foot is up. Even a little pile of books under one foot. Wishing you well.
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Nick and Blayne, Sorry to hear about your various woes. I hope you all fell better soon! Don't worry if you're not painting!

Robert, Looking forward to see how your painting progresses from the thumbnail!

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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

Thanks for the good, healing wishes, Jay and Don! I'm walking a little better. Fingers crossed I continue to improve.

Robert, your sketch looks great! Good luck with getting your work area arranged.

Nick, I hope you can join us soon!
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Re: The Spotlight - June 2015 - The Horizon Line

The month is coming to an end, so I'll post what I got done a few weeks ago. You may not recognize the white house from Don's photo (sorry, Don!). I know I need to refine the drawing of the house and its reflection, as well as do something to make that dock look like a dock. I wanted a swampy, bayou look for the lake, with Spanish moss in the trees in the background. Any ideas or C&C welcome!

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