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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:21 am

I wasn't sure about taking on one of these challenges because I prefer to work from my own photos, and then I found this sumac tree while on a walk on Friday. It reminded me a lot of the challenge pic, so I thought why not do it for the challenge? I got a start on it at my painting group today.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:16 am

You're rite your reference does look very similar to the challenge photo. Looks like a great start! Looking forward to seeing how your painting progresses. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:08 pm

Almost finished, need to go back over the tree trunks after it dries some.
8 x 10 in. on Fredrix watercolor board:



Sofie, I hope you have more patience than me, I about went crazy putting all those branches in. You're off to a good start!
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:25 pm

Callie, Your landscape looks great! I love the colors, loose brushwork and the branches. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the tree trunks.

I never thought about having to do the branches until now. Do you need to thin the paint a lot to do the branches?

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:50 pm

Since I was working wet on wet, I thinned the paint so it would flow over the sky instead of mixing into it. I used walnut alkyd, but you could use whatever medium you usually paint with (but probably not impasto gel!).

I made myself do this picture, just because I find tree branches to be a pain in the ***. Practice, practice, practice.....
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:08 pm

It's looking good, Callie! Way to go on the branches - I know my sanity will be challenged when I get back to my painting too. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:38 am

Callie, thank you for sharing your process with the branches. I think the practice payed off because they look really geat. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:09 pm

Nice job, Callie. You guys are ahead of me. I just have to finish the foreground of the still life and then I will post it. I want to do the landscape next.

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:31 pm

Judy, can't wait to see your still life. I might wait until you all finish your landscapes and then do mine. Then I can get some ideas from everyone else.

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:48 pm

Chicken!
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:12 pm

Yup, that's me... landscapes scare the cra* out of me.

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:24 pm

Well, I hope you'll just relax and have some fun with it!

Looking forward to seeing your still-life, Janet!
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:57 pm

Here is the photo of what I thought was the finished still life. As I was loading it, I realized, that I didn't do the back edge of the opening of the vase. Oh well, you get the idea. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry. I trying to get too many things done todsy.

The background was in acrylics. I had experimented with this using my left hand while the right was in the cast. I figured it would make a good background for this. A very thin layer of walnut oil acted as the bonding agent for the WSO's to adhere to.

Next will be the landscape.

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:50 pm

Nicely done Judy! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:52 pm

I'm still working on the landscape. I've completed another stage and have to wait for this to dry a bit before continuing on.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:52 pm

Judy, I love your still life. Great choice for the background! I really like the colors in the fruit. I especially like the variation of color in that plum. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:55 pm

Sofie, Your landscape is looking great! The shadow has a very dramatic feel that I like. It's a little difficult to see details because of the size of the photo but from what I can see the branches are looking wonderful! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:04 pm

That's so funny Judy! That's happened to me, too.
I love the background, and the vase and bowl are looking good in spite of.. well, you know....
What size is this?
I'm glad to hear the watercolor-fixative-oil process is working out.

Sofie - that's looking good, love the shadow. Post a bigger picture next time!
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:26 pm



There you go. I see what I was doing wrong - I am using a photo album at facebook and I took the properties from the thumbnails - this time I clicked on the picture to enlarge it, then took the properties. The photo is not that clear because it was taken indoors with no flash.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:32 pm

Sofie, Wow I love the way you rendered the branches. Thank you for the bigger picture.

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:55 pm

So much better! Wow - the branches are very nice, love the patterns they form.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:27 am

Thanks Janet and Callie. I really like concentrating on the negative spaces created by branchwork in my tree paintings. I'm glad it works for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:47 am

I've tried posting an image before, without success here's hoping.
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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:13 am

Hi kopo! Is your photo located on the web somewhere. On a blog, flickr, image hosting site etc. If yes you can provide us with the link and we can post it for you and give you the steps we used for future reference. Judy, has put a document together on uploading an image. Go here to get the steps: http://watersolubleoils.forumotion.com/water-soluble-oils-f5/how-do-i-load-an-image-to-my-post-t16.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Challenge November - December 2009   Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:21 am

Hi Janet
Thanks. My url is http://jackpurvisart.blogspot.com

Here's kopos painting:

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