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Old 01-12-2004, 05:15 PM
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That IS cotton!! OMG!!
How do you do it?!

I sort of blurred it and did the stripes a little loose....There were SO many of them!! I got sorta tired of doing it....oh well, had to be done! I think I'm going for the red rubber boots next...thats the "pop" in this painting to me, along with the popcicle...my girls are BEGGING me to start on that! They are popcicle nuts! One of my daughters wants me to do the brass hooks that the rope is hooked on...so funny...she's 6...they each have their requests and favorite parts when I paint...

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Ok, I'm back. And STUNNED. What's to critique?? Each painting is better than the one before. I really mean that - it's as though you improve with each one. Wish I saw improvement that fast but I seem to plateau for l-o-n-g periods of time.

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Ok, I'm back. And STUNNED. What's to critique?? Each painting is better than the one before. I really mean that - it's as though you improve with each one. Wish I saw improvement that fast but I seem to plateau for l-o-n-g periods of time.

Great work Monique!

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Grace, you are SO sweet!! I tend to agree with you about the evolving sense about my paintings. I felt this way, and it is cool to read that you can see it.

Here is a little more on the kids....a boot, lol...

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am sooo glad you added the detail pic...wowza! And you're right..the boot does pop! still watching!
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This is lovely! I don't recall seeing how big it is? Can you tell me how big and what kind of paint/paper you are using? Thanks, Joanne
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This is lovely! I don't recall seeing how big it is? Can you tell me how big and what kind of paint/paper you are using? Thanks, Joanne
It is 1/2 sheet watercolor paper, 15" x 23", 300 lb cold press, Arches. I use Windsor & Newton artist grade paints.....I think that is all that you asked. Thanks for responding!!

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Monique, your intermissions give me just enough time to get some popcorn. *back in my seat now... woundn't want to miss anything*

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Two boots....I think I'm finally going to bite the bullet and tackle uniting the parts...arms and legs, here I come!!
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Love watching this evolve! Great boots!
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Woweeee!!
I am so impressed how you can make rubber boots look like rubber and cotton clothing look like clothing. If only you had a secret to share....but I bet it's just pure talent and loads of practice.

We're all watching in awe........
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They have legs!

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And such precious legs, too!
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Re: Summer Day portrait commission WIP

This is coming along so well Monique.

When I first started painting I used watercolors in this style (unfortunately not in this quality ) and was forever beating myself up because I couldn't seem to get that loose, watery look which wc's are best known for. Eventually I stopped fighting my style and changed to oils and acrylics which better suited my "up-tight" approach. However, now I've seen what you can do with watercolors, my next painting (a portrait) is going to be in wc's. If I do half as well as you I'll be thrilled.

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Re: Summer Day portrait commission WIP

Thanks so much for the replies, again!! You all have really kept me upbeat and excited about this painting!

I THINK I'm finished with the kids...on to the swing and ropes...then the dreaded background...hey, will miskit, or whatever brand you use, to protect areas, the stuff that peels off....will it take the pigment off even the slightest bit from a painted surface? After I paint in the ropes, I want to mask them out so I can get a fluid background, wet on wet, I'll mess it up if I can't mask the ropes out, alread painted. Any opinions are welcome on the subject....

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This just gets better. As to masking fluid..i used to use it for airbrushing, which is different as it lays on the surface. It did lift some color sometimes, so that was best on a white unpainted ground...but watercolor integrates with the surface...why don't you pop a quick question in the wc forum?? Frisket is a possiblility but you have to have an extremely sharp razor blade, put no pressure on it that will cut into the paper and it's very time consuming.
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