Catherine Agnew
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  • Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
  • Canada
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Charles Eisener left a comment for Catherine Agnew
"OK - a mister is a spray bottle that emits a fine, almost fog-like spray of water as opposed to a coarse stream.  They are used for plants (like orchids) that need high humidity.  Can buy them in art supply stores, but will be cheaper in a…"
Dec 3, 2015
Catherine Agnew commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"WOW, I feel like I have the lottery......I have not shown my art to anyone but family so this has made my day!!! Thank you everyone for the kind and encouraging words....Catherine...."
Dec 3, 2015
Charles Eisener left a comment for Catherine Agnew
"Hi Catherine!  I like your "Birches" painting.  From the photo, it appears to be done on a stretched canvas (there is a vertical line on the left side in the photo).  The line that shows up like this is due to the canvas…"
Dec 3, 2015
Elizabeth Amanda Elgin commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"Hate to sound like a parrot to what everyone has said, but YES, well done!"
Dec 3, 2015
Lynda Dinneen commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"I agree Catherine!  You are doing great!  Lovely job on this!"
Dec 2, 2015
Linda Wooding commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"Hi Catherine, You've done a great job in painting these lovely trees.  The bark is particularly well done. Karen has some great painting video's and I don't think it will take you very long to master shadow's, values,…"
Dec 2, 2015
Philippe JOLLIVET commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"I like bent trees and branches. They give diversity and natural to the  composition. Grass, foliage, the path... all is well done. The set makes you want to walk in the peinting. Lovely!"
Dec 2, 2015
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Dec 2, 2015
Catherine Agnew commented on Sarah Irland's photo
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"Absolutely love this Lighthouse!! This is what I am aiming for as I slowly progress!!"
Dec 2, 2015
Jauhara care commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"I always love any kind of tree and these birches are a good beginning. The grass is lovely."
Dec 1, 2015
Sarah Irland commented on Catherine Agnew's photo
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"Hello, Catherine.  Love the colors in this and the brightness of the scene.  Lovely."
Dec 1, 2015
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Birches

Haven't mastered shadow or dimension but having fun anyway.....
Dec 1, 2015
Charles Eisener left a comment for Catherine Agnew
"Welcome, Catherine!  Nice photo of Peggy's Cove too! I grew up in Dartmouth, and have a lot of relatives along the South Shore.  Went from there to Sarnia ON and currently in central NY State.  I started with oils in high school…"
Dec 1, 2015
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Nov 26, 2015

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
Painted in oils 5 years ago and then stopped when my husband passed away. I am now restarting in acrylics
What other mediums have you used?
Oils
Are their specific things you would like to learn?
Not familiar with acrylics at all but loved the fact that I do not need turp or toxic chemicals
Where did you learn about this website?
Surfing Youtube for acrylic instructions

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At 8:20pm on December 3, 2015, Charles Eisener said…

OK - a mister is a spray bottle that emits a fine, almost fog-like spray of water as opposed to a coarse stream.  They are used for plants (like orchids) that need high humidity.  Can buy them in art supply stores, but will be cheaper in a garden center or WalMart. May even find them at dollar stores. You can also lightly spray the surface of your painting to keep it from drying too quickly as you work. For a limp canvas, you want the rear to be damp, but not to the point where the water is running off the surface.  You can do it before you paint or after the fact as needed.

My sister-in-law lives in the "Valley" and does water soluble oils.  She gets most of her supplies from an outfit in ON rather than pay the inflated Michael's prices.  Will see if I can get the addy and pass it along.

At 5:29pm on December 3, 2015, Charles Eisener said…

Hi Catherine!  I like your "Birches" painting.  From the photo, it appears to be done on a stretched canvas (there is a vertical line on the left side in the photo).  The line that shows up like this is due to the canvas being a little "limp" and not completely taut.  There is an easy fix for this.  Simply use a mister and dampen the entire rear surface of the canvas with water.  As the canvas dries out, the fibers will shrink and regain the needed tension.

At 12:36pm on December 1, 2015, Charles Eisener said…

Welcome, Catherine!  Nice photo of Peggy's Cove too!

I grew up in Dartmouth, and have a lot of relatives along the South Shore.  Went from there to Sarnia ON and currently in central NY State.  I started with oils in high school and flipped to acrylics shortly after they became available because I liked doing knife painting.  Oils just took an eternity to dry, and often cracked in the process.

Getting back in to painting now that retirement is a reality; things have changed a lot in the interim.  Karen's site has a lot of nice folks on board, and we do learn a lot from each other.  Don't be bashful about asking questions; makes us all think about our own practices.  There are some free "tutorials" that Karen has done up, and they can be a big help when starting out (or re-starting).

Glad to have you join us!

Charles

 
 
 

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