Janet Rydberg
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  • Menasha, WI
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Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Price Oct 6. 8 Replies

This will be a 16X20 acrylic painting called Siskiwit River.I have my canvas marked into thirds and a grayscale print of my reference photo.also marked into thirds.I do not has a photo shoppe…Continue

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Janet Rydberg replied to Claire H.'s discussion Help with Lavender Field
"Hello Claire and welcome to the group. I haven't been online here for a few days to comment but your painting is lovely. I love the background trees and your foreground flowers are perfect!  Lavender could use a little move variation of…"
Oct 11
Mike Price replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"I am a little late to this discussion but I like Charles' explanations of substrate painting.  I tend to go with gesso pigmented with Van Dyke Red, thinking that, well, it's going to be covered up anyway. Charles' explanation…"
Oct 6
Karen Ilari replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"Hi Janet! Such a beautiful scene! You should have a lot of fun painting this one. Some general thoughts - you have some wonderful information here from Charles - thanks so much Charles! I think the color of the foliage is more the "focal…"
Sep 25
Janet Rydberg replied to Wenda Spooner's discussion Need help again. The shadows suck. I think i should paint the floor white so i can do it over. What do you think?
"I really love it now! What a difference a few changes can make. The problem with me is I don't know what to do to fix it! That's why I love this site. Everybody helps each other with honest answers even beginners can see things I…"
Sep 23
Janet Rydberg replied to Vicki Corbett's discussion Another Tucabia painting
"I love this painting! Nice color values. The only thing that bothers me is the center tree (with leaves) needs to be grounded. It looks like it is floating. Lighter on the right side and maybe not so dark at the bottom. I hope that helps."
Sep 19
Wenda Spooner replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"Janet, this is a great photo reference. peaceful, I love nature.  I think I like the sunny colored foliage in the distance as a focal point. it sure draws me into the picture. if the waterfall is the focal point, I would have trouble getting…"
Sep 18
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"There are a couple different approaches to underpainting.  Monotone, complementary, and colour. Complementary uses the complement of the final colour, and lets some of the base layer show through the final layer.  Overall this tends to…"
Sep 18
Janet Rydberg replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"I will wait awhile, maybe I will get some more input on this. I do like it the way it is. Still thinking about color palette. I still get confused on warm and cool colors and temperatures. The more I think about it the more confused I get.Trying to…"
Sep 18
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"Janet - the waterfall would normally be sharper.  This photo was taken with relatively slow shutter speed, so it blurs the cascading water and dulls any highlights that may be present.  It does help with the atmosphere, but only works well…"
Sep 16
Janet Rydberg replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"Thank you Charles for responding. I think I understand what you are saying. Wish I had a program to manipulate things so I could actually see it. So the waterfall would be sharper and more glow in the water? Maybe I could find a similar picture with…"
Sep 16
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Rydberg's discussion Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo
"Just a few quick thoughts without too much thinking (sometimes a liability!). Currently my eye is drawn into the picture from bottom right, follows the water up to the brighter yellows and sky, then circles to the left and back to the…"
Sep 16
Janet Rydberg posted a discussion

Help on setting up canvas to start from a reference photo

This will be a 16X20 acrylic painting called Siskiwit River.I have my canvas marked into thirds and a grayscale print of my reference photo.also marked into thirds.I do not has a photo shoppe program. I think the falls will be my focal point. I am not sure what I can leave out or simplify so not so busy. This is a family favorite spot. Down river you can actually slide down the falls on your butt. Grand kids love doing that. Any suggestions on that and color palette. I want the greens and…See More
Sep 15
Janet Rydberg replied to Mike Price's discussion "November Snow"
"Very nice painting Mike. Like the colors of the snow. Your friend should love the painting!"
Sep 6
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Lotus blossom

"Peaceful little painting Wenda. I like your colors especially the flowers!"
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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
Off ND ON OVER THE YEARS. I USED TO PAINT OIL LANDSCAPE
What other mediums have you used?
TRYING TO LEARN ACRYLIC PAINTING
Are their specific things you would like to learn?
THE STEPS WITH ACRYLIC PAINTING. IT DRIES SO FAST.
Where did you learn about this website?
SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET

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At 7:30pm on June 24, 2017, Charles Eisener said…

Welcome Janet!  One has to think a bit differently when going from oils to acrylics, for sure.

The fast dry time is a huge benefit in many circumstances; it allows faster cover up of problem areas, almost no scraping!, and much easier layering.  Not to mention no solvents and almost no odor!

Golden (and others) do have a slower drying Open line that provide more time to fiddle.  I tried them but came back to the regular acrylics, even for plein air.  The slower drying lines are not recommended for thicker paint application, and their habit of opening up and mixing with subsequent layers can drive one nuts.

Again, Welcome!  

At 6:26pm on June 24, 2017, Wenda Spooner said…

welcome Janet! i think you will find lots of things to help you here :)  Karen is a great teacher. there are many videos, blogs, discussions, and challenges. join right in, the folks here are pretty friendly and helpful. 

 
 
 

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