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Blue Mountain view

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari on Tuesday. 6 Replies

The painting is my first attempt at using values to denote distance. The reference photo is one I found doing a web search. I used the reference photo for a good general idea. The two notable changes…Continue

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Linda Wooding commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"Hi Russ,  I just love the depth you've created in this painting! Nice work!"
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Wenda Spooner commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"great distance here, love the varied greens :) thanks for sharing"
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Sarah Irland commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"Great feeling of distance, Russ. Lovely!"
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Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"You have that right Russ - enjoying it is the primary goal! The rest will come with practice - you are already on your way!"
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Russ Hager replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"Hi Karen, Thank you for your response, and the color charts. Do not worry, I am not discouraged. I made the decision to not try this particular picture now because I find the color, and the scenery in the forefront to be a bit bland in color, and…"
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Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"Hi Russ! You know, trying to nail those value changes in a scene like this is really hard! Don't feel discouraged! And then when you add color into the mix it gets even more complicated. That's why I like to start a painting by doing some…"
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"Thank you so much for the donation Russ! I really appreciate it. And I'm enjoying your posts as well. So glad you found us!"
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Ian Greig commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"Very nice depth Rus on a small canvas."
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This is a loosely interpreted painting of a photo I found on line. it is acrylic on an 11x14 stretched canvas.
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Russ Hager commented on Russ Hager's blog post Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed
"I have completed my second attempt at the Blue Mountain View. I will say that overall I am pleased, but every time I look at it I see something that I would like to change. I have posted it under comments and critiques in the original…"
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Russ Hager replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"This is my second attempt, and for now, last attempt at "Blue Mountain View. Over all I am pleased with the results. I did attempt t do some layering to gain additional effects of the picture. I wanted to use a blueish green to transition from…"
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Russ Hager replied to Mark S Ward's discussion The Young Conductors
"Mark, I have a friend who is a model railroader. I showed him this picture, and he really loved it."
Mar 17
Wenda Spooner commented on Russ Hager's blog post Why did I start painting?
"hi Russ! sorry i didnt see this blog post before! thanks for sharing your story with us :) i have been on this site since Jan 2016. i have learned so much here. i keep learning form these finefolks. i am having so much fun! i am glad you are…"
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Susan G. commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"I am struggling with the concept you have achieved here with the layers of distance.  Great job Russ!"
Mar 11
Mark S Ward commented on Russ Hager's blog post Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed
"No worries Russ, it happens all the time. Most of the time I lay in a color already knowing I'm going to have to fix it's value. I mean try to get it right the first go, but it's hard to tell until you get them all on there. I thought…"
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a few months
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none
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the various methods of developing a picture. I am of limited talent, but enjoy doing landscapes.
The video on painting water was a great example of what I want to learn
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Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 7:45am 3 Comments

I attempted my second expression of Blue Mountain View yesterday, and totally bombed it. However I do know that with each painting there are lessons to be learned, and improvements as a painter can be gained

In my second attempt I totally blew it on my values. The farthest mountains looked more like the sky, and the closest looked like just a blob of color. The two lessons I learned from this experience is:

Pay better attention to the values and how to properly contrast them to…

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Why did I start painting?

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 4:51am 1 Comment

I have never been one who has demonstrated great, or even moderate levels of artistic ability. I cannot look at a detailed picture and replicate it like a truly talented artist. I have often envied people that have such a remarkable talent

 However, I would find myself looking at a tree in full bloom, and I would ask myself "How would I paint that tree? I mentioned this to my wife, and she bought me a beginner's paint set for Christmas 2016. So I have started painting, and really…

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Thank you so much for the donation Russ! I really appreciate it. And I'm enjoying your posts as well. So glad you found us!

 
 
 

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