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Old 07-01-2010, 05:30 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

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Maria, I am SO there with you! I'm torn between doing some very awkward trees, or blowing off this month's spotlight (out of cowardice).

Paula, can I do a bonsai? Less scary!
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I'm right with the 'timid tree people' -- I'd sworn off landscapes because they really frustrate me. So, I promise to do at least one, who knows maybe it will be better this time.
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Ok, maybe I'll try one too. I'll just crop one of the photos so it's just one tree (and a distant one). How 'bout it Maria?
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No bonsais!!
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

No bonsais? Bummer!

Until May's spotlight, I don't think I'd attempted to paint trees. I can see a lot of different colors in that last photo, so I think that's where I am going to start.
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

I suspect the bonsai might be just as hard for me as an normal tree.
Have a look at Debora's Landscape Painting Book this week .
Looking forward to your WIP Paula.I will be looking through the thirty in thirty thread for help.
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

OK friends - I'll jump in first. I am headed to U.S. for 3 weeks of leave in July; so there is limited time to paint this month. I tried the last photo Paula uploaded -- a stunning view that may be too deserving for my amateur hand.

As usual from here in Iraq, working with limited tools in the couple hours of free time at night. Have a 30 - color Blick set applied on ColourFix of slightly bluish tone. C&C always welcome.

I will be able to check the site from home and can't wait to see all the beautiful paintings for this month!

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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

And here is the pic with a frame was thinking about ordering. Is the frame too much? It is double mat (olive color) with an acrylic covering.

Hardly museum-grade, I know, but it's amateur work.

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David, BEAUTIFUL painting! Wow!! And with limited palette. I'll leave it to the landscapers to critique but I love this painting! Don't underestimate your abilities guy (although that seems to be the MO around here).

The frame may be a little heavy for the painting, which is so ethereal. But then my personal preference for narrow frames is probably getting in the way. Just make sure the mats are heavy enough to distance the painting from the cover, especially if it's acrylic, which can build up static.
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Hi David....I agree with Chuas...Beautiful painting! And I also agree that the frame is a bit too heavy for the painting. Maybe a larger, or different color mat would help....
Anyway...It looks great.
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David,
Lovely painting.I really like how you have painted the sunlight in the trees, especially the main one.
I can't give you any help on the frame,my preference is also for narrow frames. Have a safe trip home and enjoy your leave.
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

You sure know how to handle a limited palette David! It really is a lovely piece! Don't be so hard on yourself!

I don't use mats, so am not sure how I would frame this with them... sorry.
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By the way, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! Thank God for our servicemen and women. You are the reason we are free! Thank you so much!!!

P.S. Have a wonderful time on leave and be sure to pick up lots of pastel goodies!!!
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Re: The Spotlight - July - Landscapes - Summer Trees

Great picture. I want to do this one too.

I personally like the frame, but I would lose the mat and use spacers. I use pleine air frames like these all the time, but never with a mat.
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Ladies, and Chuas, thanks sincerely for the comments. Appreciated. You all have a nice, safe 4th!

Quick ignorant question and then I'll stop hogging the thread: Where can I buy spacers? From any particular website to have shipped?

I looked at PictureFrames.com and could not find anything called a "spacer". I am not big on mats, either, and will take it out if I can find spacers. I'm also hearing you on the size -- believe I will look at thinner option, maybe order both...just to see in person how it feels.

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